Larissa Ione! SQUEEEEE! + Giveaway

Ok, everyone. I am going to try and contain my excitement here…but you guys…LARISSA IONE is here!!! SQUEEEEEEEEEEE!! I can not even believe I am saying this…seriously…what??!!

Alright, that’s out of my system…ok I lied…but I will try to keep myself from scaring Larissa away…hehe.

*Waving Frantically* Hi Larissa, thank you so much for coming over! I am so excited (can you tell) to ask you some questions that I am sure everyone wants to know! I was turned on to your work by Cynthia Eden about a year and a half ago and I blew through your backlist extremely quickly. Now I am like everyone else…sitting on pins and needles…waiting for the next release. But, before we get to the current stuff let’s go to the past. You have done and seen so much in your lifetime thus far…what would you say has been your biggest accomplishment…either personal or professional.

Professionally…it has to be getting published.  That was a dream of mine since I was a kid.  So I guess it could be a personal accomplishment as well, but since it turned into a career…I’ll count it on the professional side. 🙂  Personally, it’s a tossup between making it through Air Force basic training…and graduating #1 from EMT school.  Basic training because joining the military was a big turning point in my life — I am where I am because I made that choice.  Basic wasn’t easy, but I did it, and I’m pretty proud of myself.  It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.  The EMT school thing…might not sound like a big deal, but I’m terrified of needles, and I have a tendency to pass out at the sight of blood, so to have made it through without freaking out or fainting…big accomplishment for me. And to do it and come out with the best grade?  It was awesome! 🙂

Wow, see I could never join the military and be an EMT, though both are so commendable. I have huge issues with people screaming in my face…which I hear happens often in basic training LOL. I don’t mind needles but blood kinda freaks me out. I don’t want it on me. I’m slightly germaphobic too, which is another issue. You really have done so much and you managed a family in there too. I know your close to your family too. Daughter, wife, mother and writer extraodinaire…how do you fit it all in?

LOL — honestly, I don’t think I do a very good job.  I haven’t learned balance.  I always have the computer on my lap, so it feels like I’m working 24/7.  BUT…I think that recently things have started to shift.  I have an office now, so I’ve started working all day in there, and then leaving the computer so I’m with the family at night with no interruptions. It’s been really nice.

Congratulations on getting an office! I think it will really help you have more stable work hours. And now you can decorate it in all your writing awards..and pictures of hot guys…you know, for inspiration 🙂 Speaking of office hours, what do you do in non office hours then? What do you enjoy in your downtime? Do you even get downtime?

LOL — downtime?  That’s funny?  When I do find some, which doesn’t happen often lately, I like to read, watch movies, and play RPG’s on the computer.  I’m currently obsessed with Dragon Age.

I love movies, but find my time is so short these days that I usually end up watching tv WHILE reading a book. I multitask everything. But I totally understand you not having much time. You just finished up your Demonica series and are starting a new series, Lords of Deliverance, which is loosely based on the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse (though I understand one is female, love the twist)…can you tell us anything about this new series?

Well, it’s a spinoff of the Demonica series, and really, more of a continuation with new players.  You’ll see a lot of the Demonica crew, and get updates and stuff.  The series is basically about the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and yes, with twists. 🙂  Their fate is in their own hands…when their Seals break, they can either go evil or good, and they’re all in a fight for their souls — and for the human race.


To say I am excited about this would be a HUGE understatement! I feel another SQUEEEEEE coming on! I loved loved loved your Demonica series! Not only do you write as yourself but you co-write with another author a  completely different series of books under the name Sydney Croft. How does that work?

Basically, Stephanie (Tyler) writes the heroes and I write the heroines.  We have traded off a little and we share some characters, but we pretty much just write a scene and pass it to the next person without really discussing much. It’s more fun that way, to see how the characters react to what the first character does.  It’s more real-life that way, since you never truly know how your partner will react to something, especially when you’re just developing your relationship.
That’s an accomplishment right there…that has got to be a whole lot of work! But I assume some are easier and others take more time. Which book or series have you enjoyed writing the most? Which gave you the most trouble?

In the Demonica series, Wraith’s book was the easiest.  His book just flowed, and I loved writing it.  On the other hand, Ecstasy Unveiled gave me hell.  OMG, I was ready to throw myself off a bridge a few times with Lore’s book!  In the Croft series, Unleashing The Storm was the easy one.  I swear, that book wrote itself.  Tempting The Fire made Steph and I want to jump off a bridge together…

I loved Wraith’s book. I do believe it was my favorite…well then there was Sin’s story…awww who am I kidding I loved them all. BUT there is something about an extremely mean guy with a heart of gold…*sigh* You said Wraith’s was the easiest… what is your writing process like? Do you do a story line first or does everything just kind of flow out?

Well, because my contracts require a synopsis before I write the book, I have to outline each book a little.  Problem is, the story NEVER turns out like the synopsis. And the thing is, I never write two books the same way.  Some I need to plot out, and others I wing.  The ones I wing seem to need the most revisions.  See above about Ecstasy Unveiled! *g*

Being on this side of the book I don’t think people realize all the work that truly goes into not only the set up but the execution of each individual story. I am so glad for it though, truly. Thank you for fueling my guilty pleasure! Speaking of guilty pleasures…do you have any you would like to share with everyone?

Bacon.  I try to live a vegetarian lifestyle, but dear Lord, I freaking LOVE bacon.
hmmmmm BACON…thats sounds yummy. Well you know my guilty pleasure is reading but who do YOU read? What are you reading right now? What authors do you enjoy?

Right now I’m reading an ARC for a quote, and really enjoying it. (Can’t say what yet *g*) What authors do I enjoy? There are SO many in romance that I can’t list them all.  Outside romance I adore Sharon Kay Penman and Robert Jordan.  I’m so sad that he passed away. 🙁

Seriously? Your gonna do that to me? Wahhhhhh! lol..ok I will ask you later 🙂 But if your reading it for a quote then it must be great!

And finally my last question, which I ask everyone that stops by my blog….If Hollywood came calling today who would you want to play the main characters in your latest book? (Sin Undone)

Ack!  I can’t even begin to suggest actors.  The only ones I’ve ever had in my head are Josh Holloway from Lost as Wraith, Julie Benz (oooh are you a Buffy and Angel fan, cuz she played Darla, love her) as Serena, Melissa Archer (Natalie from One Life To Live,) as Tayla, and Oded Fehr as Kynan. So, okay, I guess I did begin to suggest actors! 🙂

All fine picks…and some new ones that aren’t on the extremely popular list..which I like!

Thanks so much for having me, Nikki!!!!

Bio:

Larissa Ione, an Air Force veteran, has been a meteorologist, EMT, and professional dog trainer, but she never gave up on her dream of being published. In 2006 her dream came true, and she is now a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author. She is lucky enough to write full-time, which is a blessing given her husband’s very mobile military career. Though she considers the Pacific Northwest to be her home, she has lived all over the world and currently resides in Wisconsin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So who wants a giveaway? Huh huh? I am going to offer any of Larissa’s backlist from thebookdepository.com . You need to leave a comment and make sure you include a way for me to get in touch with you if you win. This contest will go until Nov 16th at 11:59pm and I will announce the winner the following day…Nov 17th. Since shipping is free this contest is open to anywhere thebookdepository.com ships.

GOOD LUCK!


50 Comments

  1. Don’t enter me into the giveaway. I own all of these wonderful, fabulous books by the awesome Larissa Ione. I just wanted to stop by and say how much I enjoy reading her books and to recommend to anyone who hasn’t read them that you are missing out on some great reading! Demonica is one of my favorite series and I’m excited that Larissa is on your blog Nikki. SQUEEEEEEEE!

  2. What a great interview! I must admit, I haven’t read any of these books, but they sound great! I love hearing what goes into the minds of the authors and how they’ve accomplished such great feats to get published. Congrats Larissa! Very inspirational! Thanks for the interview and giveaway Nikki and Larissa!

    Lou

    readerrecommended@yahoo.com

  3. I’m always happy to hear what’s going on with Larissa and about her latest and greatest book. She’s a great inspiration to all of us prior service gals with a pen in their hand. 🙂 Congrats on the books Larissa! Keep’em coming!

  4. I am a HUGE Larissa Ione Fan! I have a circle of friends at work, at the Prison, that we share the books and keep an eye out for her next books. Larissa is a very talented writer with an exceptional mind. She’s just graphic enough to hold the attention of male and female readers alike.

    My favorite character is Wraith of course Sin being my husbands.

    I love you Larissa and wish you all the best. I do hope one day to see your books on the Big screen!

    Leah

  5. Don’t enter me either as I too own all of Larissa’s books. Just wanted to say thanks for interview and that I love Larissa’s work.

  6. I just re-read the series, before diving into “Sin Undone” and I think I liked them even better the second time around. It’s funny to hear Larrisa say how much she struggled with Lore’s story, because I think his story was my favorite. (Although, to be fair, who DOESN’T love Wraith?)

    It’s strange to hear the author’s ideas on casting for the books. I picture everyone so differently in my head.

    Thanks for the contest!

  7. Wonderful job ladies! I was blessed with being able to review Larissa’s book on a blog she belonged to. I honestly can say here that I really did enjoy her stories. I would love to add to my collection, but first I guess I need to see which ones I already own, lol. I would be honored if I could get my hands on another author autographed novel!

  8. I have not read any of Larrisa’s books yet but I have heard so many great reviews of her work and would love a chance to win one of her books to get me started! Thanks for sharing with us today!

  9. Thanks for the chance, I have had those books on my wish list for ages but never get round to buying them. Great post aswell.

  10. Absolutely love this author! I’ve been currently entering contests just so I do not have to send my precious copies (because one or two are signed * grins*) to a friend. I know if she would read the first book she would absolutely LOVE it. The men and the heroines are something I know this friend would love.

    Larissa love ya babe! Keep up with the stories and can’t wait for the new books! always pimping you out to anyone who listens!

    Raonaid at gmail dot com

  11. Hey, great interview! Loved hearing a little about Larissa’s writing process and downtime (ha!-very sparse and stollen from writing time I’m sure!)
    Thanks for the great interview post!

  12. Great interview! I’m a huge Larissa fan and really look forward to her new Lords of Deliverance series!!! She’s a great writer and I get so excited when I have one of her books in my hands.

    Amy
    angeldream3(at)gmail(dot)com

  13. Heeh, that was great interview!
    Larissa is such a fun person! And she has so much on her plate that I wonder how she manages all that!!!

    It’s really impressive to know that some books give her a hard time, whereas for us readers when we read them it seems so effortlessly and flawlessly written! sometimes we do not give thought to the whole process that has raken place prior to publication! *g*

    Gosh, the new series sounds amazing! I was always fascinated with the Four Horsemen of The Apocalypse, especially after the story tie-in when i was watching the show: Highlander 🙂
    (I’m Duncan McLeod of the clan McLeod *g*) and recently with Hunger and Rage by Jackie Morse Kessler. 😛

    I’d love to enter!

    yvantis[at]hotmail[dot]com

  14. I’ve read the first 3 books in the series and I absolutely loved them! I can’t wait to start reading Ecstasy Unveiled. I’m really looking forward to her spin off series as well. Thank you for the awesome interview and giveaway!

    spettolij AT gmail DOT com

  15. I love her Demonica series. I have every single book! Does her books written as Sidney Croft count? If so, enter me in the contest.

    spav05(at)gmail(dot)com

  16. I haven’t read any of Larrissa’s books, but I would love to. The titles are very thought provoking!
    mom1248(at)att(dot)net

  17. OMG! So I never read any of your books, but now I have to start – and not just because of the insane welcome – but because you are one cool lady! I wish you loads of luck and I am going to go buy one ….

    Please enter apereiraorama @ gmail.com in the contest – Thanks! 🙂

  18. OMG!!!!! I love Larissa…. her home town is right next door to mine!!!! Love love love her… this is a fabulous contest… Thank you for a chance to win… Can’t wait for Eternal Rider!!! looks really really good….
    So Many Book, So Little Time,
    Kelly

    crazyforbooks@comcast.net

  19. Great Great Interview and how exciting for you! So happy you are getting to interview authors and are loving it. Keep up the good work!

    You don’t need to enter me – I have all her books, but I just wanted to stop by and let you know what a fantastic job you are doing.

  20. Wow- I have seen these books all over in the stores but have not had the pleasure to read any of them myself! Please enter me into this contest! I am impressed about Larissa doing sooooo much with her life! I am an RN working in a hospital but would someday like to get my EMT or Paramedic license to go along with my RN- I am an adrenaline addict! – Have a great day! *Laura* punkey_00@hotmail.com

  21. Great Interview! Thanks for having this contest!
    I am a newbie to the great Larissa! I haven’t read any of the Demonica series.. funny thing though, I just added them to my GR account wishlist last night! I also joined Larissa’s mailing list etc. I’m very interested in this series! 🙂
    Thanks again!
    Amy (Lady Reader)
    amydelrosso@gmail.com

  22. Great interview 🙂 I just downloaded her first book onto my Kindle (as per your loophole suggestion) and so I’m excited to learn more 🙂 Sign me up for the giveaway!

    thebookishsnob(AT)hotmail(DOT)com

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