#CMCon24 Featured Author Spotlight: Ilona Andrews

Posted November 29, 2023 by Jen in Author Interview, Coastal Magic Con Tags: , , ,

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Ilona Andrews

Today I’m happy to welcome the husband-and-wife writing team of Ilona and Gordon, aka Ilona Andrews, to the blog. They are answering a few of their fans’ questions and telling us more about their newest books. Please help me welcome Ilona and Gordon!

Featured Author Q and A:

How does writing Kate now differ from when you wrote Kate (at the beginning) all those years ago? Will we get more instalments in the Wilmington Years series?

Kate has matured and so have we. She is still Kate, still violent and snarky but now she has more patience and more wisdom. She’s learned to be more calculating, so writing her is even more fun. The only thing we miss is her connection to Atlanta. She had formed many connections over the years, and whenever she needed something specific, she either knew someone who could help or knew someone who could point her to the right person. Wilmington is a new stage for her. 

We will probably do at least one more installment because we need to prep the stage for Blood Heir 2. And Barett is truly insufferable.  Someone needs to clip his wings a bit.

photo of dog Sookie after the vet, displaying a grumpy face
Sookie after the vet (a mood).

You announced that the next Innkeeper Chronicles book may be the last, and we will finally find out the mystery of the parents’ disappearance. Will you not miss it when it’s over (like we will)? Are we likely to return at the Inn or with Maud for short stories and novellas?

The next Innkeeper book will be the final novel in that story arc. Whether it is the final Innkeeper novel remains to be seen. The story doesn’t have to stop just because the mystery of the parents’ disappearance is solved.  But we may take a break because the Innkeeper fans are notoriously demanding. We just released a huge Innkeeper novel less than a year ago, and some of them are outraged that a new novel isn’t forthcoming and want to know why their favorite series has been abandoned.  We have a lot of projects on our plate, some of them years overdue, and the Innkeeper has to take a back seat so we can get a few of those stories out the door.

Does it ever happen that one of you is more invested in a project than the other or are you always in sync?

Yes.  Sometimes we come to the project with various levels of enthusiasm. For example, Gordon was all in on Bayou Moon and I was more in the place of “We are contractually obligated, let’s get this done.” However, as we start working on the project, we both become equally committed to finishing it.  

This helped us a great deal during Ruby Fever.  We both deeply hated that book. We were coming out of the black hole that was COVID. That virus and the pandemic shutdown just smothered creativity across the board.  Multiple writers were late on their manuscripts, and we were no exception. We just didn’t want to write it, but because there are two of us, we ended up alternating: one of us would muster a bit of willpower and drag the other one along, and then we’d switch when the first person ran out of creative steam.

Photo of Tuna the cate defeating a cross-stitched dragon
Tuna defeating a dragon!

 Your pets- lots of dogs and cats! – always make appearances on your blog and in the Q&A videos you do for fans. Do they often distract you from writing or are they legitimate writing buddies at this point?

The dogs come down with us to the office and run around because the door is usually open. They all developed different ways of attracting attention when they need to go outside, because when we’re working, we don’t always notice. The Frenchie will plant himself and bark or he might sit there and make sad whiny noises. The giant old bulldogge will walk over and pant, and her breath is so bad, we jump right up. The Dachshund-Shih-Tzu, who is the smartest, will sneak up on me and stealthily lick my ankle. But in terms of interfering with work, Tuna is the worst.  There is no work.  There are no words.  There is only a giant orange cat, who flops on your desk, and if you are not petting her enough in between typing, she will sit up so you can’t see the screen.

THANK YOU, Ilona and Gordon for stopping by the blog! Now let’s learn more about Ilona Andrews’ newest books:

Kate Daniels: Wilmington Years by Ilona Andrews

book cover of Magic Tides by Ilona AndrewsMagic Tides (Kate Daniels: Wilmington Years Book 1) roughly 7 years after Magic Triumphs

Kate, Curran and their son, Conlan have left Atlanta, vowing to keep a low profile, and are settling into a new city and new house…but some things never change! Magical mayhem is about to erupt when Kate undertakes the rescue of a kidnapped youth, while Curran guards the homefront. It should be a simple retrieval, but with monsters on land and sea, Kate’s got her work cut out for her. Still, she’s never let her blade dull or her purpose falter. And that low profile? It’s about to wash away with the raging tides! 


book cover of Magic Claims by Ilona AndrewsMagic Claims (Kate Daniels: Wilmington Years Book 2)

Kate and Curran have just settled into their new home and their ‘low profile,’ when a local businessman approaches them with an offer they can’t refuse. A mysterious evil has spawned in the nearby forest and is holding a defenseless town hostage. The ‘due date’ is rapidly approaching.It’s exactly the kind of fight the Lennarts can’t resist, not for the prize the town offers, but for the people who will surely die if they ignore it. If they succeed, they’ll be rescuing an entire community and can build a strong new base for their family and the Wilmington Pack. If they fail…well, fail is a four-letter word. Nothing comes without a price. Now Kate must decide if she has what it takes to pay it


Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels: Wilmington Years 
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Spin-off series from the main Kate Daniels series 

About the Author:

#CMCon24 Featured Author: Ilona Andrews. Authors headshots and bio.“Ilona Andrews” is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Texas with their two children and many dogs and cats.

They have co-authored several bestselling series, including the #1 NYT bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels, rustic fantasy of the Edge, paranormal romance of Hidden Legacy, and Innkeeper Chronicles, which they post as a free weekly serial. For complete list of their books, fun extras, and Innkeeper installments, please visit their website at Ilona-andrews.com.

Contact Information: 

Website: https://ilona-andrews.com/
Blog: https://ilona-andrews.com/blog/

I hope you’ve enjoyed this Coastal Magic Convention Featured Author Spotlight post. Ilona Andrews will be one of the amazing authors we’ll be hanging out with during the 12th annual reader weekend in Daytona Beach, FL, Feb 22-25,2024.

For a full list of Featured Authors, info about the weekend, and link to register to attend, visit the Coastal Magic Website HERE. And be sure to watch for more Featured Author spotlights coming up here each month!