5 Questions with Chloe Neill: Chicago Foods, #MEthan, What’s Next & Giveaway


Blade Bound by Chloe Neill // VBCPretty much everyone at VBC HQ is a full-on Chicagoland Vampires fangirl. Chloe Neill’s urban fantasy series has grown over time, and with each new installment Merit, Ethan Sullivan, Mallory, Catcher, Lindsay, Jeff and the rest of the crew became dearer to us.

As Blade Bound, the final installment in the series, hit shelves yesterday, we had to catch up with Chloe and get the lowdown on what’s next—hello, spinoff—snacks, YA books and more.


VBC: Are there any Chicago foods/locations that you wanted to feature in a Merit book but didn’t get a chance to include?

Chloe Neill: Chicago’s food scene is so varied, I’m sure I missed tons! I really only hit the “famous” foods, because those are the
foods most available to readers who visit Chicago. I didn’t give any attention to Chicago’s amazing modern food scene,
with restaurants like Alinea or Girl & The Goat, and I did absolutely no justice to the amazing variety of ethnic foods
available in Chicago, from Greek to Mexican to Malaysian.

VBC: What was the experience writing Blade Bound, knowing it would be the final Chicagoland Vampires book? Did you know when you started that you were going to spinoff the series?

Chloe Neill: Having never written a series before, I had no idea how many books it would take to get Merit to her HEA–and teach her the things she needed to learn along the way. The final scene in BLADE BOUND I actually wrote at the very beginning. I
didn’t know I’d write a spinoff (who even hopes they’ll be able to finish a 13-book series?!), but I did “know” the
characters. 🙂

VBC: Looking back on the series, now that it’s completed, what was the most difficult thing to write (i.e. a certain character, plot twist, an entire book, etc.)?

Chloe Neill: There are things in the CV series I’m really proud of, and things I wished I’d done differently. While I’m really happy with HARD BITTEN, I wish I’d handled the “come back” in DRINK DEEP a little differently. I wish the timeline for that book had given Ethan and Merit a little more opportunity to relish his return.

VBC: We loved Dark Elite. Do you have any plans to return to YA in general or to those characters? We would be all over grown up Scout.

Chloe Neill: Thank you so much! I’d love to write more DE novels, but that would depend entirely on Penguin wanting to publish more. 🙂 I think a book featuring Scout as an adult would be fantastic! She is a really, really cool person. (And I named my dog after her!)

VBC: Any details about the spinoff series (other than read Blade Bound to find out) that you can share?

Chloe Neill: The Chicagoland Vampires series will take place . . . in Chicago! 😉 You’ll have to read BLADE BOUND for the rest. But I will say this—don’t peek at the announcement until you’ve read the book!

Thanks so much for having me today!


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19 Responses to “5 Questions with Chloe Neill: Chicago Foods, #MEthan, What’s Next & Giveaway”

  1. April says:

    I have loved this series so much and am so bummed to see it end. But I’m also looking forward to whatever Chloe Neill has planned to come up next. So I’m trying to take in the good with the bad. Merit and Ethan will always be in my heart.

  2. Debbie M. says:

    I loved Methan’s HEA! I will miss them and their adventures.

  3. Nancy says:

    This series will be missed.Oh but the anticipation of what is to come is so exciting!

  4. Rob says:

    It might not have been super varied but I always loved all the food references in this series. I want to visit Chicago someday just to try eating all this stuff!

  5. Gwendolyn Jordan says:

    I love the series

  6. Viki S. says:

    Thanks for the interview and the great answers. You’ve made me a happy reader :).

  7. Sonja says:

    I love this series, and I can not wait for the spin off

  8. Vanessa N. says:

    Great interview. Cool cover.Thanks for the giveaway.

  9. jessie ferraccio says:

    Catcher + Lifetime = Best idea ever

  10. Liz S says:

    Terrific series! Thank goodness there is a spin off. Thanks for the giveaway.

  11. Sue says:

    I haven’t read this last book yet, but I know I will miss MEthan!

  12. Nicole Newman says:

    Thank you for this great opportunity. This is one of my all time favorite series and I am so sad that I have to say goodbye.

  13. Laura Lovejoy- Brunk says:

    Crushed this series is ending, but im seeing chatter of a spin off series. Cool !

  14. Betul E. says:

    I have to so catch up on this series. I read books 1-7, so I have still 6 books to read!

  15. Mary Preston says:

    Thank you for the great post.

  16. Dawn Roberto says:

    Thanks for the great post and I look forward to seeing how it ends. 🙂

  17. Elaine G says:

    Enjoyed reading the post. Can’t wait to read the spin off series.

  18. Pam says:

    I have loved this series and am sad it’s over.

  19. DC says:

    METHAN. You will be missed! Spent the last week and a half re-reading so I could finish book 13 and it was great! Can’t wait till the spin off!

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