Welcome back to Under the Covers! We are so excited to have you here today sharing about one of UTC’s FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2014! Burn For Me begins a brand new series. Where did the inspiration for this series stem from?
Probably from several sources. True crime shows on Investigation Discovery, our Kate series winding down, and the desire to write something with more romance, more of a PNR then UF.
When starting a new series, what do you need before you can start writing?
We need to know what the world is like. Is there magic (yeah, if it’s one of ours, it probably has magic) How does the magic work? What is its source? Where do we want to set it? Who is our main character? What sort of person is she? What are her strengths and weaknesses?
How is this series different from the other well-loved series you write?
It is set in a world very much like our own. It’s not so much a magical world as it is a modern world where some people have access to strange powers. It’s much more recognizable than Kate’s world and less complicated than the Edge.
Magic (and mayhem) are something we see consistently in your books, what inspires you to write something with this element in it?
I guess we were both drawn to those type of elements in books, movies and TV shows as kids. We love writing about different types of magic and how it affects people, how they use it or are shaped by it. I think it would be hard for us to write a story without magic or advanced technology or both. It’s really all we’re good at. We can’t sing, dance or write YA.
How difficult is it to write separate series, do you ever get confused with what goes where, or have days where you are more inspired to work on one series rather than the other?
I think that it is actually easier to write a few different things. If not for the Edge or Burn For Me, we’d be on Kate 12 or something. It’s good to finish a book in one world, and then work on something completely different before going back to the next installment of the first series. It’s a chance to recharge your batteries and avoid series fatigue. Is that a thing? Yes, sometimes you are supposed to be writing a scene for one thing but all you can think about is the dialogue or fight scene for this other thing. If you do what you’re supposed to, then you can do what you want.
Let’s talk about Mad Rogan for a second. I truly believe readers will fall in love with him. What are your favorite characteristics about him?
I guess I like how damaged he is, how ruthless and completely unconcerned with societal norms he is. He has a code, he is loyal to a fault, he would never harm a non-combatant or a child but Nevada’s quaint obsession about following laws amuses him to no end. It’s not even arrogance as much as a supreme confidence in his own abilities. He also believes that he knows better.
Was there a scene that was the hardest to write? What about the easiest?
I don’t want to spoiler it. The hardest was a scene where the bad guy attacks Nevada’s family. As parents it’s very scary for us to imagine harm coming to our kids when we’re not there to protect them. That and the smexy bits. We really wanted to bring the heat since we have a little more leeway with this story while still doing the slow burn thing. Easiest? Probably the finale, we both knew what needed to happen and we wanted to go big and really knock the reader’s socks off with the action and the emotions. Plus Michael Bay explosions!!
Do you have a favorite quote from the book?
Ilona’s fav quote: “Mad Rogan smiled. ‘Wind mages. They’re all fancy dancing until you drop something heavy on them.’”
Gordon’s: “What do you know about sacrifice? You never watched someone’s head explode from a bullet, then brushed pieces of human being off you and kept going. So how about you shut the fuck up?”
What can we expect from this series? How many books, etc?
Three books chock full of action, adventure, romance, beautiful billionaires, magic and mystery.
What’s next for Ilona Andrews?
In late November we going to be part of an event in San Francisco which is one of my favorite places but Ilona has never been. I’m very much looking forward to that. Book wise we’re still working on and publishing installments Sweep in Peace with plans to publish it as a whole in late Dec 2014 in time for the Holidays.
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer our questions today and can’t wait for everyone to read BURN FOR ME and get hooked!
You’re very welcome and thanks for having us.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews launches a brand new Hidden Legacy series, in which one woman must place her trust in a seductive, dangerous man who sets off an even more dangerous desire…
Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile case. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.
Then she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan—a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run or surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive.
Rogan’s after the same target, so he needs Nevada. But she’s getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change. And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world.
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