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Ilona Andrews

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Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. author2sm“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 Oregon with their two children, three dogs and a cat. They have co-authored two series, the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge.

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Ilona Andrews Hey Amy,

This is a complicated question. Short answer: I'm not sure.

Long answer: On one hand, Kate pays the bills and I still like writing her…more
Hey Amy,

This is a complicated question. Short answer: I'm not sure.

Long answer: On one hand, Kate pays the bills and I still like writing her adventures. But there is also a very large amount of pressure, both from fans and the publishing house. When you hit 3-4 books in a series, the worldbuilding and characters form a history that you have to continuously reference and fact-check. The publishing house wants each book to hit higher on bestseller lists and to sell more copies. The fans, who followed the series for several books, form a special relationship with its characters and they want more and better and right away. :)

There is no pleasing everyone, unless you follow a very similar plot and emotional arc in every book. I don't want to go stale as a writer and write the same book over and over. Life is too short.

So the honest answer is I don't think we'll go past ten. The only reason we went past seven was because we built Roland up too much for a resolution in a single book and creatively we didn't feel we could wrap it up and do it justice. We've discussed finishing the Kate and Curran storyline and then either doing Kate world with a publishing house or independently. Roman is a good candidate. Grown up Julie also might be fun.

But as much as I would like to make it all about writing, some of it is also about business. If Kate stories continue to sell well, we may end up extending it by a couple of books if it's still fun to write. I can tell you though, that money alone isn't enough. We walked away from the Edge series and it was selling really well. If we are done with the world, we are done.

Sorry I don't have a better, more definitive answer. (less)
Ilona Andrews That's an interesting question. If we do, it would probably take the form of short stories on the side.

Would you read short stories if we wrote them?…more
That's an interesting question. If we do, it would probably take the form of short stories on the side.

Would you read short stories if we wrote them?
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Magic Slays (Kate Daniels, #5)
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Magic Rises (Kate Daniels, #6)
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“Curran looked back at me. "Why is it you always attract creeps?"

"You tell me." Ha! Walked right into that one, yes, he did.”
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"What are you doing?" Ghastek asked.
"My hole puncher broke."
"You have no respect for the undead.”
Ilona Andrews, Magic Burns

“Not only will you sleep with me, but you will say 'please.'"
I stared at him, shocked.
The smile widened. "You will say 'please' before and 'thank you' after."
Nervous laughter bubbled up. "You've gone insane. All that peroxide in your hair finally did your brain in, Goldilocks.”
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message 18: by Sara

Sara Hemenway Thank you so much for the add! I just finished Magic Rises and now I don't know what to do with myself. I guess it's The Edge series next! Keep up the amazing work! :D

message 17: by Elena

Elena Schmid torre Thanks for accepting my friend request! I am a huge fan of your Kate Daniels books!

message 16: by Luys (last edited Aug 09, 2013 04:04AM)

Luys Hi. Thanks for the amazing books, stories and let's not forget about your delightful snippets. They totally made my day on too many days to count :).
I don't wanna sound like a dork but I've been puzzling over Kate's "Are you going to say Psych?" line from Magic Rises since yesterday. I totally remember the scene in Magic Burns where Curran says "Psych" in Kate's apartment and I still don't get it. A push in the right direction, please? A fellow reader mentioned Eddings, but I have no idea who he is hence his connection to the phrase.
Thanks for your awesomeness!

message 15: by Jo


Have you heard about this?? ebook price fixing

Starryjules Thanks for the add. You guys rock and I love your blog. :D

message 13: by Sweetie

Sweetie Thanks for adding me as friend, I enjoy your work.

message 12: by Angela

Angela Blount Thank you for the friend acceptance, Ms. Andrews! ^_^ I very much look forward to reading your books. Some of my most trusted sources have been recommending you.

You may be interested to know that your works are in such high demand on PaperbackSwap, there's a 17 week estimated wait. o.O Clearly I will have to take matters into my own hands. ;)

message 11: by Danielle (last edited Feb 28, 2013 07:05AM)

Danielle Hello :)

I just re-read the Kate Daniels series,'s my most favorite series and I thought I'd hop over to tell you how it's so near and dear to my heart, when I saw your post about Gunmetal Magic...I'm totally in for Roman getting his own book. In fact I was wondering when he would. I love Roman, he's a fantastic character. I'm totally in. Let me know if you need me to send you more encouragement :). I'll keep my fingers crossed.

message 10: by Sophia

Sophia Hi Ilona and Gordon! Thanks for accepting my friend request. I just recently discovered your Kate Daniels series and love them. Your creative world building and scene descriptions are wonderful.

message 9: by Maya

Maya Love your books so much!! I was just wondering where the research came from on the different pantheons and myths used in the Kate Daniels series. Is there a specific author or book series I should look at? Thanks!!

message 8: by Ioana

Ioana Thank you for accepting the FR. :) I'm a huge fan of yours and loved the Kate Daniels series

message 6: by Mary

Mary Ford Thanks for adding me, the Kate books were fantastic. I read them all in a single weekend while I was house sitting. I can't wait to get Magic Slays and read it too.

message 5: by Dawn

Dawn Thanks for adding me!

message 4: by Teri

Teri Thanks for the add!

message 3: by Sangr1a (last edited Mar 25, 2011 07:29AM)

Sangr1a Thanks for your friendship, Ilona! :D

message 2: by Ilona

Ilona Andrews Lisa wrote: "How many Kate books are planned?"

Lisa, look right here:

message 1: by Lisa

Lisa How many Kate books are planned?

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