Today we are so excited to welcome an all-time Book Pushers favorite, Larissa Ione, back to the blog. The fourth book in the Lords of Deliverance series – Rogue Rider – is out on November 20th, and we couldn’t be more excited. Today, we have Larissa here to answer some questions we had about writing two different series, and blending them together within one world.
Larissa – Welcome back to The Book Pushers!
Thank you! Awesome to be here!
The Book Pushers: When you first started writing the Demonica series, did you ever imagine you would spend so much time playing in and expanding the world?
Larissa: Oh, I imagined! Imagined and hoped and prayed…and I planned loosely beyond the original three books I was contracted for. I’d sketched out two plans; one for a trilogy, and one for a longer series. Thankfully, the first three books did well enough that the series was able to continue!
The Book Pushers: What made you decide to create the Lords of Deliverance series within the Demonica world, and not start fresh?
Larissa: Really, I didn’t want to leave the world, and with the things I’d imagined for the Horsemen and the Demonica crew, it just made sense. Especially because I had a huge character arc in my head for one person in particular, and the Horsemen became key to that arc.
The Book Pushers: How challenging was it to interweave the two series without overlapping them too much?
Larissa: On a scale of one to ten? Eight-hundred and seventy-three. At least, Eternal Rider was hell when it came to that challenge. I really struggled with exactly how intertwined I wanted the two series to be.
The Book Pushers: What is the greatest challenge you’ve run across while blending these two series together?
Larissa: The greatest challenge is something I struggle with even when I’m not blending two series together, and that is trying to keep things uncomplicated and the focus on the main romantic plot. I have a tendency to write multiple plots with multiple characters, and with each book in a series, there’s a lot of backstory. One series can be difficult enough when it comes to detail and backstory, but when you write a spinoff that is SO closely related to the original series…it gets dicey.
The Book Pushers: Has writing the Lords Of Deliverance series influenced or changed where you want the Demonica series to go?
Larissa: Yes and no. The Demonica series has always revolved around the hospital, and I don’t see that changing. But some big things have happened in the Lords of Deliverance books that will impact the Demonica crew, for sure, like changes in the Aegis and civil wars between certain species.
The Book Pushers: Can you tell us what is next up for the Lords Of Deliverance series (Puppy dog eyes) and can you give us any delectable hints?
Larissa: I’m such a sucker for puppy dog eyes! Sadly, I can’t really give much in the way of hints because they’d be spoiler-y for Rogue Rider, but I can tell you that next up is Reaver’s book, which doesn’t have a title yet. He’ll finally get the answers he’s been looking for and an HEA he could never have predicted or dreamed of!
Thanks again for having me!!!!
Thanks so much for being here! Forever is offering to giveaway the full Lord of Deliverance series to one lucky commenter. Just leave a question or comment for Larissa to be entered. The giveaway is open to US only, and ends November 23rd. Good luck!
Also, for all you Twitter fans out there, be sure to join Larissa for a Twitter party on November 19th from 1-3 EST with #LODApocalypse hastag.