Getting to What Matters:
SOME GIRLS BITE and Urban Fantasy
Like many science fiction and fantasy readers, I've always been attracted to the idea of something *more*. Maybe the sense that we weren't alone in the universe (Starfleet Academy, here I come), that I could make a contribution to the Big Fight against evil (I could rock those Princess Leia buns), or that the mundane details of our day to day existence weren't *it*. That magic existed.
Why? Because I live in my world--I know how to get up, go to work, meet a boy, walk a dog, shop, and do all the other average bits of living. But I haven't, at least that I'm aware of, met a vampire. Or a nymph. Or a shapeshifter. I haven't been called into that battle between good and evil--which is a good thing, given my utter and profound lack of skill of the evil-battling variety. Writing fantasy gives me an outlet to imagine a world beyond the things I experience Monday through Sunday in my chunk of the Midwest. And more importantly, it gives me a completely new set of rules and conflicts to tie down, to guide, to motivate my characters.
When I sat down to write SOME GIRLS BITE, I thought about those rules. Sunlight allergies. Vampire Houses. The Canon of vampire law. A reigning council that's become corrupt from the inside. The thirst for blood. The silvering of eyes. The use of honorable weaponry. The impact of genocide on a supernatural community.
Individually, of course, many of these items are part and parcel of the vampire mystique. Of the myth. But what if they were more than pieces of a fairy tale? What if they were here, all around us, even in the midst of metropolitan sprawl . . . and we had no idea?
Chloe Neill: Mini Bio
What if we had average lives, satisfying lives, and all of that was tossed aside by an amoral antagonist guided by little more than narcissism and a 200-year-old rejection? What if they were assimilated amongst us, Cylons to our Capricans, merely trying to survive?
What if I was a girl, with an education and a family, with dreams and ambitions, and my human life, my humanity, was taken away because of that narcissism?
Well, after some period of grieving, I suppose I'd fight back.
And so must Merit, the heroine of SOME GIRLS BITE. The girl who had no idea that her life would take such a strange, supernatural course, but who must learn, in SOME GIRLS BITE and future installments, to adapt, to take charge, to thrive.SOME GIRLS BITE tells the story of the first few weeks of Merit's vampire adventure, and of the sarcasm she uses to cope with it.
FRIDAY NIGHT BITES, the second book in the CHICAGOLAND VAMPIRES series, tells the story of her first official mission as House Sentinel . . . and the surprises that entails.
FRIDAY NIGHT BITES is due on shelves October 6, 2009. I have many, many adventures planned for Merit (et al), so I hope to negotiate the next book (or books) in the series in the coming months.
And, in January 2010, I'll debut a new young adult urban fantasy series. We're still working on the perfect series title, but the title of the first installment is FIRESPELL. As a special treat for SciFiGuy readers, here's the brand new teaser:
In the event I ever have free time again, I have two more series in the planning stages. A very interesting post-apocalyptic urban fantasy and a werewolf-focused extravaganza, both with butt-kicking heroines to their credit.
As the new girl at the elite St. Sophia’s boarding school, Lily Parker thinks her classmates are the most monstrous things she’ll have to face…When Lily’s guardians decided to send her away to a fancy boarding school in Chicago, she was shocked. So was St. Sophia’s. Lily’s ultra-rich brat pack classmates think Lily should be the punchline to every joke, and on top of that, she’s hearing strange noises and seeing bizarre things in the shadows of the creepy building.
The only thing keeping her sane is her roommate, Scout, but even Scout’s a little weird—she keeps disappearing late at night and won’t tell Lily where she’s been. But when a prank leaves Lily trapped in the catacombs beneath the school, Lily finds Scout running from a real monster.Scout’s a member of a splinter group of rebel teens with unique magical talents, who’ve sworn to protect the city against demons, vampires, and Reapers, magic users who’ve been corrupted by their power. And when Lily finds herself in the line of a firespell, Scout tells her the truth about her secret life, even though Lily has no powers of her own—at least none that she’s discovered yet…
Well, that's it for me. Thanks, Doug, for allowing me to speak to your readers, and happy weekend to everyone in blog land!
Thank you Chloe! And readers don’t forget to leave a comment or ask a question of Chloe to enter the contest. You can visit and find out more about her books and stay in touch through her website here.