Jennifer L. Armentrout
Hello everyone! LITERAL ADDICTION and Book Monster Reviews are very happy to welcome Jennifer Armentrout to our sites today!
Jennifer writes young adult paranormal science fiction, fantasy and contemporary romance. She also writes adult romance under the name J. Lynn.
As Jennifer L. Armentrout, she is the proud creator of the COVENANT and LUX series.
COVENANT currently has 3 titles with at least 4 more on the way – “Daimon”, “Half-Blood”, and “Pure” are available. “Deity” will be released 11/6/12, and “Elixer”, “Apollyon” and “Sentinel” will follow.
LUX is currently comprised of “Shadows” and “Obsidian”, with “Onyx” coming 8/14/12 and “Opal” following after.
As J. Lynn, she gives us the NEPHILIM RISING series and some awesome single titles like “Tempting the Best Man”.
NEPHILIM RISING’s first book, “Unchained”, will be released 10/16/12.
For those of you not yet familiar with Jennifer’s work, we thought we’d give you the synopses for some of her books to peak your interests a bit.
“Half-Blood” Book #1:
“Deity” Book #3:
“Obsidian” Book #1:
“Onyx” Book #2:
NEPHILIM RISING Series as J. Lynn
“Unchained” Book #1:
They sound fabulous right!!? They are, and you can find them at your favorite bookseller. Before you run off to find them though, give us a bit more time so we can tell you some more about Jennifer and her work.
LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews: Hi Jennifer! We’re so happy to have you here today. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to sit down and chat with us.
Thank you for having me!
LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews: We always start out by getting to know our guest authors a little bit better.
Q1): Can you tell us 3 things about yourself that we couldn’t find out easily on the Internet?
Hmm, let’s see. I’m afraid of heights over water, so that means I’m not a big fan of bridges. I’ve never ate apple pie and I’m not ashamed to admit that. I’ve also saved someone who was drowning once.
Q2): What are 2 things that always make you smile, and 2 things that never fail to piss you off?
Two things that make me smile: Tosh.0 and getting emails from readers. Two things that never fail to piss me off: People that are snobby or judgmental and any kind of cruelty or neglect of animals.
Q3): We found out in your bio that you love to read. Are there any titles and/or authors that you continually return to when you get the time to do some pleasure reading?
Right now, I’m a big fan of JR Ward’s BDB books. They always make me giggle, true. I also love the Soul Screamers Series, Demon Trapper Series, and Midnight Breed.
Q4): What’s your favorite inspirational quote?
This may sound really terrible, but I’m not one of those authors who do quotes.
Q5): What are some of your favorite TV shows and movies?
TV shows: Tosh.0, Vampire Dairies, anything on the ID channel, Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, True Blood (but its losing my interest). Ghost Hunters, and oddly enough, Dance Moms. Don’t ask. My favorite movies range from Talladega Nights (yeah, that movie just cracks me up) to really bad zombie movies.
Q6): With Fantasy and Romance being such popular genres these days, what made you choose them, and what about it fascinates you personally?
I’ve always read romance books, ever since I was a youngin, so it seemed natural that when I started writing the books would have heavy romantic elements. Fantasy is fun because it’s a pure escape. I love reading and writing it.
Q7): What is a typical writing day like for you? Do you have a routine that you follow? Are there specific things that you have to have with you to get the creative juices flowing? Do you have any interesting writing quirks, etc?
My typical day starts depending on when I went to bed the previous night. If it was a somewhat decent hour, then I’m up early in the morning, but if it was like past 3am, then my morning gets a late start. The first thing I do every day is respond to Tweets, Facebook message, look at my email and *try* to respond. I try to clean up all those things first, then I stare at my Word program and usually find someone to call. After that, I stare at my Word program, but end up checking out Twitter, blog, Goodreads, and other shiny internet things. Most of the time it’s hours later before I start writing.
Q8): Was there any specific inspiration behind the creation of the COVENANT and LUX series?
Other than always being fascinated with Greek Mythology and wanting to create strong female leads who may start off one way but experience some form of character growth, not really. The Lux Series is a series of mistakes that actually worked, lol. My editor asked me if I’d write about aliens in high school and my immediate response was a laugh and an unapologetic no, but the more I thought about it, I came up with the idea of Obsidian.
Q9): How many books do you have planned for each series?
As of right this very second:
Covenant Series—5 books total, two novellas
Lux Series—3 books total, one novella
Nephilim Rising—3 books total
Q10): What about the NEPHILIM RISING series, why did you feel you had to tell that story and what can we expect when it’s released?
When I write, it’s never about feeling a need to tell a story. Every story I write starts off as entertaining myself basically (I bore easily) and spirals into a full length novel. I write what I want to read. From the Nephilim Rising series, you can expect humor, action, danger, and lots, lots of romance—romance of the steamy, adult kind. Lily is one of my favorite characters. She’s kick ass and strong and has a love for Big Macs. And Julian, well, he’s yummy. Also one of my favorite creatures I’ve created exists in that Series and they’re called dead heads. =)
Q11): If you could spend the day with any of your characters, with whom would you want to spend it, and what would you like to do?
Daemon. I’d like to spend the day watching him tick off the masses.
Q12): What were some of the challenges (research, literary, psychological, logistical, etc) in bringing your current series to life?
Ah, none of the above? My current challenge is impatience with what I’m writing. I like to finish things.
Q13): What are you the most proud of with regards to your career thus far?
My readers—I have the best readers in the world, honestly. They are just the coolest and I’m proud of all the things they do to spread the word about my books.
Q14): Is there a question you thought it would be great to be asked in an interview but have never been asked? How would you answer that question?
Ah, I think I’ve been asked just about everything except “What would you do for a Klondike bar?” And my answer would be: kill? Giggle.
Q15): Is there anything special you would to say to your readers while we have you here today?
I love you guys. I’d like to give you all a hug, but that would get kind of awkward.
LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews: Thank you so much again for being with us today. We’d absolutely love to have you back to promote the actual release of “Unchained” in October if you’re interested.
I’d love to come back. Thanks!
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