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Author Insider: Jennifer L. Armentrout

About the Author:

Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in West Virginia. All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true. Well, mostly. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.
I'm so stoked to have Jennifer Armentrout on the blog today! She wrote the AMAZING Lux and Covenant series, with way more awesome books on the way. I'm a huge fan! Please give her a warm welcome on the blog today, as she answers some questions I've been dying to know the truth about!
I find it totally amazing that there are so many fans of your books. I certainly am one! A BIG ONE. Were you ever expecting this kind of response toward your Lux/Covenant series?

A. Thanks! I don’t know. Honestly, when I started writing (any book really), I just hoped people liked them. Anytime I get an email from a fan or something in the mail, I’m always blown away. Like I can’t believe people want my signature. It’s really cool and awe-inspiring.

Which story were you inspired to write first? How did you begin to write it? Which came to you instantly, the characters, the setting, or the events of the plot?

A. I wrote Half-Blood first. I began to write that in late 2007 and finished in 2008. The characters came first and then the plot. The setting changed a couple of times until I discovered Bald Head Island in NC.

From aliens to figures in Greek mythology, both are on completely different ends of the YA paranormal spectrum. Why aliens? And was Greek mythology something you always wanted to write about?

A. I know. Totally bizarre, right? I’ve always been obsessed with Greek mythology, but didn’t want to retell a myth, so I created my own. The aliens were actually one of my editor’s ideas. At first I laughed and told down the offer to write about aliens, because seriously, aliens? But then I thought about it and decided to give it a go.

They just re-released the cover of Obsidian, and it’s a personal favorite of mine. What was your initial reaction to the first version? And now, with this gorgeous newer version?

A. I really liked the first version, too. It was so different than what you typically see on the YA shelves, so I’m thrilled they kept the 2nd cover unique and I love the new background.

Can you tell us how many books will be in either series?

A. There is four books in the Covenant Series and at this time, three books in Lux series plus a novella.

Do you have a favorite character you love writing for? Are there any surprising twists we can expect to head this character’s way?

A. I love writing all the characters, and oh yes, you can expects lots and lots of twists.

I hear you just landed another book deal. Congratulations! With Cursed releasing in September (oh, I’m so excited!) and now with talk of Don’t Look Back, this must be an exciting time for you. What can fans expect from either of these new novels? Is there anything you can reveal for us fans?

A. Thank you! There isn’t much I can say about Don’t Look Back yet other than it’s a contemporary mystery/thriller. Cursed is also very different from Obsidian and Half-Blood and I think people will really connect with Ember.

Okay. We’ve looked at the positives. But what are some of the worst aspects of having so many stories circulating at once? Is there any frustration or pressure going on? What’s something you do to take your mind off of the stress?

A. Sometimes it feels like my head is going to implode. The bad side is when a lot of things come do at one time and you have to be really careful about your time management.

So you like bad zombie movies. What are some of your favorites? Do you have a favorite good zombie movie/show? Are any zombie story ideas cooking in the brain for future books?

A. Oh, man, do I love crappy zombie movies. I like the old school zombie flicks, not that they are bad, but they are totally different. The Walking Dead is awesome. And I don’t know if I’d ever write about zombies. They’ve gotten a lot of attention right now and it would be super hard to stand out.

I had such a fangirl moment when you agreed to stop by the blog, Jennifer! I can't wait for ALL your upcoming books!

Be sure to read my review for Obsidian and my mini review of Half-Blood.

The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi-pure-bloods-have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals-well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures.

Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she's crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn't her biggest problem--staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.


Nea Barabea said...

OMG Asher!! This interview is amazing!! I totally love Jennifer and her books! :) 

Liz. R said...

Definitely looking forward to Cursed! Ember sounds awesome. Thanks for the great interview! Love all of Jennifer's books :).

Brodie said...

Love this interview!! Oh I am SO happy she decided to take a chance on aliens! <3 Jennifer is on such an upward slope lately with all her novels, but yes, the time management must be intense! I applaude her dedication and organisational skills :D

Danny Bookworm said...

OoOoooo I loooove Jennifer - she's amazing and managed to get into my favorite author lists so fast. Her writing is brilliant, her characters beyond amazing! Can't wait to for the next books to come out! 
Oh and thanks for telling about the new covers, I didn't know they did change them. Well, I do like them both! Thanks for this interview, I would also go fan girl over this:) 

Asher_Knight said...

*high fives* I'm the same. She has this engrossing writing style and a voice that really carries.

Asher_Knight said...

Riiight? Sounds like Ember is going to be another fab heroine to add to the list of already great ones Armentrout has created.

Asher_Knight said...

YES. I can't imagine how incomplete my life would've been without Obsidian/Daemon. I thought she had an excellent take on them as well - no freaky green beings from another planet because EWWW. Definitely.

Asher_Knight said...

It's astonishing how quickly a person call fall in love with an author. I was wary because of all the buzz surrounding her books, but I instantly fell into Obsidian and couldn't stop, love spawning immediately.

Yeah, Obsidian has an even BETTER cover. I'm a little miffed that I don't own that one. *high fives*