Have you heard of this great new novel by Chloe Neill? Some Girls Bite is a great addition to the Urban Fantasy genre and Chloe is here today to talk about her heroines and the guys they undoubtedly meet up with. If you haven’t checked out this book yet, you really need to. I couldn’t put it down (I do have a review for it, but I haven’t been on the computer much, so it’ll be up later this week….as will the newsletter). Long sentence short – GO BUY IT NOW!
First in a brand new series about a Chicago graduate student’s introduction into a society of vampires.
Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn’t exactly glamorous, but it was Merit’s. She was doing fine until a rogue vampire attacked her. But he only got a sip before he was scared away by another bloodsucker—and this one decided the best way to save her life was to make her the walking undead.
Turns out her savior was the master vampire of Cadogan House. Now she’s traded sweating over her thesis for learning to fit in at a Hyde Park mansion full of vamps loyal to Ethan “Lord o’ the Manor” Sullivan. Of course, as a tall, green-eyed, four-hundred- year-old vampire, he has centuries’ worth of charm, but unfortunately he expects her gratitude— and servitude. But an inconvenient sunlight allergy and Ethan’s attitude are the least of her concerns. Someone’s still out to get her. Her initiation into Chicago’s nightlife may be the first skirmish in a war—and there will be blood.
Make sure you stick around because we have a bunch of goodies we’re giving away.
I Love a Good Hero . . . But Does My Heroine?
One of the most frequent questions I receive as an author is whether the events that I write about (presumably the non-supernatural ones) actually happened to me.
The answer that I invariably give–an honest one–is that I’ve already lived the stuff in my life, so why would I want to write about it? :) At least in part, I write so that I can try on someone else’s experiences, someone else’s friends, someone else’s drama.
But that’s not to say that my characters are any less real to me than if I actually knew them. And that makes one thing a pretty big challenge–connecting to the hero.
At least so far, in order for me to put the hero and heroine together (or, in Merit’s case, to think about how she and her hero might *eventually* get together), I need to connect to him. That is, even if he seems completely irredeemable in the beginning–as was the case in a half-finished contemporary romance that’s moldering in a dusty folder on my laptop–if I “get” him in some way, I can figure out a way for he and my heroine to make it work in the end.
Sometimes, that connection just isn’t there. Sometimes, no matter how many great qualities the hero has–charm, good looks, great personality–I don’t connect with him. There’s no pull. No spark. It’s like dating a guy who, on paper, is perfect for you, but who doesn’t trigger that tingle in your stomach when he smiles. And just like in real life, it’s not just about physical attraction; it’s about the connection, truly understanding someone. Truly connecting to someone.
If I don’t connect with the hero, how can I convincingly write about a heroine connecting with him?
Therein lies the problem–is it fair for me to bring my preferences (as an author) into her relationships (as a heroine)? It is her life, after all. Should I simply pick the “best” guy on paper–the one with the best resume and credentials and the least emotional baggage–and put her together with him? And if I don’t, am I giving the guy I *do* connect with a chance he shouldn’t have been given?
These are tough questions, and issues that I struggle with. Each of my heroines, I’m sure, has some bit of me in them. They are, in some way, my fairy-tale children. And like any parent, I want them to be happy. But as a writer, I also have to follow my gut, to write the plot that wants to be written, whether the hero turns out to be the sensible one . . . or the redeemable one.
Here’s the moral of the story: relationships aren’t simple, fiction or otherwise. In both cases, you do the best you can.
Best wishes readers, and thanks to Literary Escapism for hosting me today!
Contest Time! We’re giving away a Cadogan House tote bag, Some Girls Bite magnet, “I Heart Cadogan” bumper sticker, and an autographed Chicagoland Vampires bookplate to a lucky commentator and it’s very easy to enter. All you have to do is answer one of these simple questions (or all of them your choice): What are some of your favorite Heroine/Hero matchups? Has there ever been a matchup that you didn’t like (i.e. Bella should have been with Jacob instead of Edward)?
The contest is open to everyone, so everyone overseas can join in the fun as well.
As always, if you want more chances to win, you can post about today’s contest on your blog, social network, or anywhere you can. Digg it, stumble it, twit it, share it with the world. Wherever you share it, make sure you add a link to it along with your answer (in the same post). The more places you share it, the more entries you get.
For 2 more entries, purchase either Some Girls Bite and/or preorder Friday Night Bites (through LE’s Amazon store or any other novel) sometime during this contest and send a copy of the receipt VIA email for your purchase to: myjaxon AT gmail DOT com. That’s a possible 4 entries if you purchase both books!
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I’ll determine the winner with help from the Research Randomizer. All entries must be in by midnight on June 9th.