Paperback Proust and Giveaway: Authors Ilona and Gordon Andrews
Ilona Andrews is the pen name used by urban fantasy novelist Ilona and her spouse Gordon. They write urban fantasy, an odd hybrid of a genre that includes elements of mystery, fantasy, and horror. Their stories are set in a modern setting that has a touch of paranormal to it: shapeshifters, werewolves, vampires, necromancers, and an occasional pagan god. Right now they are working mainly on two different series: Kate Daniels, a modern sword-and-sorcery set in a post-apocalyptic world where magic came back in a big way and ruined things, and The Edge, a romantic urban fantasy set in a no-man’s land between our world and a parallel dimension of magic. Visit their website to find out more!
They’ve managed to escape it for over a year, but no more! With the release of the latest (book 5) in the Kate Daniels Series, Magic Slays just around the corner – mark your calendars May 31 – we finally managed to get Ilona and Gordon to go through the ringer – The Paperback Proust *insert dramatic music here* and in honor of the occasion there’s also a giveaway – one brand new copy of Magic Slays for one lucky follower! So, lets get to it!
What are your favorite qualities in a man?
I: My favorite quality in a man is dependability. I want someone that I can rely on and someone who want run away when we’re in trouble.
The quality you desire in a man?
I: Sense of humor would be great.
What is your favorite quality in a woman?
G: Sense of humor and intelligence; the first is required to put up with me, the second to compensate for my own lack thereof. Also I have no common sense, so it’s better if she does.
The quality you desire in a woman?
G: When I was younger, they just needed to say yes. Lucky for me Ilona did, to the whole life together thing. Ilona is serious, smart and hard working, things I did not know I wanted before we met but now know I desperately needed.
What is your main fault?
I: I have a terrible tempter.
G: I am lazy, stubborn and think that I am always right. Also, I fear I may not be as funny as I think I am.
What is your favorite occupation?
G: Sailor, soldier or student, those all were fun.
What is your idea of happiness?
I: A happy healthy family, a fulfilling career, and no dog accidents in the house. :)
G: Being able to have enough and not worry about things. Also when our kids are older we want to be able to help them, life is tough when you’re young and on your own. We don’t want them to struggle as much as we did.
What is your chief characteristic?
G: I think that I am kind and funny but also lazy and stubborn.
What you appreciate the most in your friends?
G: Loyalty, honesty and discretion. We are not perfect and if you hang around with us for any period of time you will see some strange stuff, and I don’t want to see any of it blogged about. We also need to be told when were out of line or going too far. Friends should be able to tell you when you’re full of crap or agree to disagree about things.
What is your idea of misery?
G: Working a job you hate for all your life and then wondering what might have been if you had tried something else. Maybe it is the same as staying in a relationship that you know isn’t right.
I: Gordon pretty much said it.
What would be your greatest misfortune?
G: Losing Ilona or the girls, that would be awful. I would just move to Thailand and drink myself to death like Nic Cage in “Leaving Las Vegas” except with nicer beaches.
If not yourself, who would you be?
G: OMG I would be Gerard Butler, that guys is amazing. He is handsome, can act and sing as well. It is not fair.
Where would you like to live?
G: Somewhere warm and exotic like Tahiti or Greece. Have you seen “Mama Mia”, somewhere like that.
Who are your favorite heroes/heroines in fiction?
G: Flash Gordon, Conan, Thudarr, Kamandi, John Stark, Robert B. Parker’s Spenser, David Gemmell’s Nogusta and Druss. Steve Perry’s (not the Journey guy) Emile Khadaji who I admire immensely. Perry’s Matador series is as amazing as it is underrated.
Who are your heroes/heroines in real life?
G: Johnny Cash, Clint Eastwood, my Uncle Gene, who raised me and reminds me of both of the previously mentioned individuals. The late Pat Tillman who quit the NFL to join the military after 9/11.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
G: I have two honorable discharges from two branches of the military and most of my bits and pieces. Seriously though, I am most proud of my daughters who are so smart, funny and pretty that is scares me a little. Plus, we make an ok living doing what we like and that ain’t bad.