Larissa Ione, author of The Demonica Series in all of her awesomeness spent some time answering some questions for Once Upon a Chapter. Check out her answers below!
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OUAC: What inspired you to write paranormal romance?
Larissa: You know, it was pretty much a natural thing, and I can’t believe it took me so long to put it together. See, I grew up reading paranormal and horror novels, and the first stories I ever wrote were little horror novellas. Then I moved onto stories about wolves…sort of Jack London-ish fiction. Later, I wrote fantasy stuff. And then, after a friend introduced me to historical romance, I started writing that. I moved on to contemporary romance (yes, I was all over the place.) I did enjoy all of that, but I finally realized that my voice just didn’t work for contemporary and historical romance. I was reining myself in way too much, and in order to let out the natural dark, gritty voice I have, I needed to go places I’ve always wanted to go – paranormal with a touch of horror. And paranormal romance was the perfect fit, because I also like to write hot romance.
OUAC: I’ll be honest, I had a really hard time believing that demons could be sexy but you’ve flipped that opinion completely. What drew you to write about this particular paranormal entity?
Larissa: Well, at the time, everyone was writing vampires. Now, I love vampires, but I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to do them different enough to stand out in the crowd. So when I came up with the idea for an underworld hospital, I wanted to make sure the books could be super sexy, so I started thinking about demons – incubus demons, to be specific. I was excited, because I thought I had hit on something…but by the time my first book came out, Gena Showalter and Kresley Cole had made a big splash with their demons, so…hmm…guess it’s not that original after all! *g*
OUAC: Who was your favorite hero to write?
Larissa: Wraith. Hands down. His book wasn’t the easiest, but it was the most fun. I adore writing him.
OUAC: Who was your favorite heroine to write?
Larissa: Sin! Which should come as no surprise, since she’s so like Wraith, and he was my favorite hero to write.
OUAC: Out of the Demonica series, which book was your favorite to write?
Larissa: Again, we’re going to have to go with Passion Unleashed. I loved the adventure, the Egyptian setting, and Wraith.
OUAC: Are you currently working on a book? If so, can you share any details?
Larissa:I’m working on the second book in the Lords of Deliverance series, which is a Demonica spinoff. It’s tentatively titled Immortal Rider and is scheduled for October 2011. It’s about the third Horseman of the Apocalypse, Limos, the only female Horseman. I’m about halfway done and loving it!
OUAC: Your newest release Sin Undone ended the Demonica series. Do you have any plans to revisit it in the future?
Larissa: Absolutely! The Lords of Deliverance series actually relies heavily on the Demonica world and features all of the characters, and some play large roles. Readers will be updated on the lives of all their favorite Demonica characters, and there MAY be future books. We’ll see how that goes, but I’d LOVE to write a book for Reaver!
OUAC: Do you have any books in your To Be Read pile?
Larissa: About a million. WAY too many to list!
OUAC: Are there any upcoming releases that you’re looking forward to?
Larissa: Frostfire, by Lynn Viehl, Enclave, by Ann Aguirre, and Deeper Than Midnight, by Lara Adrian, among others!
OUAC: When you’re not reading or writing what else do you enjoy doing?
Larissa: I love to play computer RPG’s…give me a Dungeons and Dragons type game, and I’ll play for days straight. I also love to bowl, watch movies, travel, and camp.
OUAC: Most of us have a sweet tooth for chocolate or a favorite reality show we can’t get enough of….can you tell us about one of your guilty pleasures?
Larissa: Bacon. Yes, bacon. I’m a vegetarian, but I freaking LOVE bacon. Hanging my head in shame, here…
OUAC: The famous question: You’re deserted on an island and can only have three things with you. What would they be?
Larissa: Bacon! Bacon! Oh, and coffee…
OUAC: Since you’ve started writing, tell us about one significant moment or milestone that stands out in your mind.
Larissa: Hitting the New York Times bestseller list with Passion Unleashed! Wow, that was just amazing. I’d hit the USA Today with Desire Unchained, which absolutely floored me, and I celebrated like crazy. But the next month, when Passion Unleashed hit even higher on the USA Today AND hit the New York Times…well, at that point, I had exceeded even my wildest dreams.
OUAC: What was the best writing advice that you have received?
Larissa: Don’t spend a ton of money and time on promo. The best promo is a well-written book, which leads to word of mouth, which is the best promo there is.
OUAC: What would you say to any aspiring authors that may be reading this?
Larissa: You know, I used to tell aspiring authors to learn “the rules” and then break them. But now that social media has come into play so heavily, I see a lot of aspiring authors doing things that make me cringe. So my advice? Be careful what you say on Twitter, Facebook, and blogs. So many published authors, editors and agents are networking now, and they WILL remember you, which can be good….or it can be very, very bad. So be aware of your surroundings – which is solid advice whether you’re online or in a grocery store parking lot! : )
OUAC: Before we wrap up, is there anything else you’d like to add?
Larissa: Just thanks for having me!!!
Thanks so much for stopping by Larissa!