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 Russel 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 also writes adult romance under the name J. Lynn.
What inspired you to become a writer?
As cliché as it sounds, I’ve always wanted to become a writer. I started off with poetry when I was in middle school and I sucked at it. I wrote my first full length novel when I was in the 8th and 9th grade. I think because I read so much growing up, that’s what inspired me. Now I write because I bore easily and it keeps me from being bored. =)
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
Really bad TV like Honey Boo Boo
When you found out you were being published the first time who is the first person you shared the news with?
What are you reading right now?
Nothing actually. Gasp! I know. I’m in a reading funk right now, so I’m searching for something to read.
What authors are on your auto-buy list?
JR Ward, Rachel Vincent, Jeri Smith-Ready, Wendy Higgins, Leigh Fallon, Kim Harrington, Jana Olive, Erica O’Rourke. I could go on and on
If you could co-author with anyone who would it be and why?
One of the guys I listed above.
You write under two names in different genres: Jennifer Armentrout and J. Lynn. Can you tell us a little about both?
Honestly, they are the same. I don’t really write under two names because one is adult and one is YA, because that’s not true. Obsession, an adult novel is coming out under my real name. The two names are mostly marketing and shelving reasons. I write fantasy, paranormal, and contemporary under both names, but my adult stuff is really, really adult.
What made you decide to write paranormal predominantly for young adults and contemporary romance for adults?
My first adult book is an Urban Fantasy (Unchained) but it just hasn’t come out yet. And I also have two contemporary YA books coming out with Disney/Hyperion in 2014. So I could back and forth on both names.
What is your writing process like? Do you focus on one story at a time or go back and forth between them?
I focus on one story at a time—one world. I do not edit one series while writing the other. I keep them completely separate. Sometimes I write all day and other times I write in 25 minute burst, around 5 or 6 sessions, and I usually write more if I do it that way.
Your book covers are some of the most striking out there. Do you have a lot of say in what the covers?
I do have some say. Like if I completely hated a cover, I’m sure they’d do something about that, but it’s the pubs that do such a great job with the covers.
Are any of your characters based on the people in your life?
Lesa and Carissa from the Lux Series are loosely based on my friends Lesa and Carissa.
Does music influence your writing?
Sometimes. Like if I’m writing a fight scene or a sexy scene, then yes.
Woohoo!! You have several new releases hitting shelves soon! You had a stand-alone title release in September and coming up there will some releases from each of your Hot YA series’. Can you tell our readers a bit about each of them?
Okay. Here I go. There’re a lot of them.
and high school senior Ember McWilliams knows firsthand. After a fatal car accident, her gifted little sister brought her back. Now anything Ember touches dies. And that, well, really blows.
Ember operates on a no-touch policy with all living things–including boys. When Hayden Cromwell shows up, quoting Oscar Wilde and claiming her curse is a gift, she thinks he’s a crazed cutie. But when he tells her he can help control it, she’s more than interested. There’s just one catch: Ember has to trust Hayden’s adopted father, a man she’s sure has sinister reasons for collecting children whose abilities even weird her out. However, she’s willing to do anything to hold her sister’s hand again. And hell, she’d also like to be able to kiss Hayden. Who wouldn’t?
But when Ember learns the accident that turned her into a freak may not’ve been an accident at all, she’s not sure who to trust. Someone wanted her dead, and the closer she gets to the truth, the closer she is to losing not only her heart, but her life.
For real this time.
Deity: The Third Covenant Novel
Covenant, Book 3
History is on repeat, and things didn’t go so well the last time.
Alexandria isn’t sure she’s going to make it to her eighteenth birthday–to her Awakening. A long-forgotten, fanatical order is out to kill her, and if the Council ever discovers what she did in the Catskills, she’s a goner… and so is Aiden.
If that’s not freaky enough, whenever Alex and Seth spend time “training”–which really is just Seth’s code word for some up-close and personal one-on-one time–she ends up with another mark of the Apollyon, which brings her one step closer to Awakening ahead of schedule. Awesome.
But as her birthday draws near, her entire world shatters with a startling revelation and she’s caught between love and Fate. One will do anything to protect her. One has been lying to her since the beginning. Once the gods have revealed themselves, unleashing their wrath, lives will be irrevocably changed… and destroyed.
Those left standing will discover if love is truly greater than Fate…
Covenant, Book 3.5
Aiden St. Delphi will do anything to save Alex.
Even if it means doing the one thing he will never forgive himself for.
Even if it means making war against the gods.
Opal (A Lux Novel)
Lux, Book 3
No one is like Daemon Black.
When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well… There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.
But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.
After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.
Together we’re stronger… and they know it.
Obsession (March 2013) this is an adult book under my real name that takes place in the same world as the Lux series, but is a totally different spin on things.
What other events are attending in the future besides Olde City, New Blood?
I’m going on tour for the release of Deity in November. You can see the tour stops HERE.
Then in December, I will be during a release party for Opal with Pepe Toth (the male model on the covers of the Lux Series) in the city where fans have chosen. Contest details HERE.
Then I’ll be at RT in Kansas City next year and BEA in New York City in 2013.
Don’t miss your chance to meet Jennifer Armentrout and spend some time with her and other awesome authors and readers at the Olde City, New Blood urban fantasy / paranormal romance mini-convention this February 8-10th in St. Augustine, FL. We’ll have panels, readings, meet & greets and lots of time for everyone to mingle with their favorite authors. Check out http://OldeCityNewBlood.wordpress.com for all the details. Can’t wait to see you there!
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