Friday, September 6, 2013

Feature Friday: Jennifer L. Armentrout

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.
She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.


Interview:

A.L.:
What piece of advice would you give to a budding author?

Jennifer:
I always give the same advice.  You should write what you want to write, not what you need to write.

A.L.:
What's your favorite book and why?

Jennifer: 
I can’t pick just one!  I love the Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent and the Demon Trappers series by Jana Oliver.  I absolutely love the writing and the characters in both series.

A.L.:
Where did you get the idea for Origin?

Jennifer: 
I had an idea about what I was going to do in Origin when I was writing Opal, but the book started to change and evolve while I was writing it.  I really wasn’t expecting what happens at the end of the book, but I’m excited about it.

A.L.:
Did you hit any snags while writing Origin?  What were they and how did you fix them?

Jennifer: 
Origin is the first book in the Lux series to be written in dual POV, so I had to adjust to alternating the POV’s between Daemon and Katy.  I had to keep reminding myself that writing a scene from Daemon’s POV was an option.

A.L.:
Which one of the characters in the Lux series is your favorite and why?

Jennifer: 
Katy is the hardest character to write in the Lux series because she’s changed so much from Obsidian to Origin, but that also makes her my favorite character.

A.L.:
What are you working on now?  Sequel?  Something new?

Jennifer: 
I’m writing the second book in the Dark Elements series which is about gargoyles and demons with lots of action and kissing.

A.L.:
You've got a lot of different books/series on the table!  Of all the series that you've written, which was your favorite and why?

Jennifer:
That’s a tough question.  I’m fond of the Covenant series just because Half-Blood was my first published book.  But, I love the books that I’ve written in the Dark Elements series, too.  I’ve really fallen in love with the characters in this one.

A.L.:
Do you prefer to write for YA, NA, or Adult?  Or does it depend on the day?

Jennifer: 
I actually enjoy writing all of them, so I don’t think that I prefer one over the others.  I tend to mix it up by alternating the series and genres that I’m writing, so that keeps it interesting for me.

A.L.:
What's your favorite zombie movie?  Why?

Jennifer: 
Shaun of the Dead because it’s the best zombie movie ever!

Giveaway:
Jennifer is giving away some swag.

Origin: Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything.

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on?

And will they even be together?


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