[box title=”JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT” color=”#7e0c0c”]Jennifer L. Armentrout is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Covenant and the Lux series. She also writes Adult Contemporary Romance under the psudonym J. Lynn and today she sits down with Gliterary Girl for a little chat.[/box]
A big warm welcome to Jennfer L. Armentrout for stopping by Gliterary Girl. Not only have you written several series that we absolutely love, but each one of your stories taps into a truly unique voice and premise.
Thank you! So glad to be here.
At what point in your life did you know you wanted to write, and more specifically when did you decide you were going to write for young adults?
I’ve always wanted to be a writer as cliché as that sounds, but it wasn’t until 2007 that I started taking it seriously. Young adult has always appealed to me. Writing about characters in that age group is so much more richer and complex. You get to experience the firsts: first love, first hate, first like, first kiss, first heartbreak, etc. Nothing beats that.
Both Half Blood and Covenant series are edgy, yet romantic. You are particularly skilled in creating steamy, yet antagonistic situations that get the blood boiling, while keeping readers gripping their Kindles to the breaking point. Were you a young adult romance fan before you began writing novels?
Yes, I was, but I’ve always been a fan of what they call ‘upper YA’ as I feel that stories classified into those groups usually don’t talk down to teenagers. I grew up reading historical romances, because there wasn’t a huge selection of realistic YA books with characters that seemed real. Then again, historical romance wasn’t very realistic, but hey, they had great kissing scenes.
Is it more fun writing the men or women characters?
Probably writing the male characters. I have a lot of fun with them. Males tend to be less introspective than a female, are more action based, and don’t have nearly as much internal dialogue.
You have already branched out with your contemporary romance novel, penned under the pseudonym J. Lynn. What other genres do you see yourself writing or dream of writing?
I pretty much write everything—contemporary, mystery/thriller, paranormal and urban fantasy, and all of them are heavy on the romance. I’d love to be able to write historical, but I could never pull it of. It would be terrible and totally incorrect.
You have several novels in the pipeline, a couple New Adult/Contemporary Romance, are any of them going to continue as series?
Wait for You is the first book in the series. The second novel is called Be With Me and features Cam’s sister Teresa. I also have another New Adult book coming out in August called Frigid. Then on the Young Adult side, I have Don’t Look Back which is a contemporary thriller/mystery coming out with Disney/Hyperion.
Of all the sexy, strong male protagonists you’ve written, which one is your favorite? If you can pick just one.
Oh wow, it’s hard to pick one. I’d have to go with Cam from Wait for You, because he’s realistic.
The Covenant Series originally piqued my interest because of its unique premise. It stepped outside the “same old” paranormal themes by designing a world based on Greek Mythology. What made you decide to take this route and did it require a great deal of research?
I’ve always been obsessed with Greek Mythology and knew I wanted to do a book based in that, but didn’t want to retell one of the popular myths. It took me a while before I decided on putting my own spin on the demigod myth. There was a lot of research on working some of the myths into the story and getting to know the various gods.
Now for some personal questions because as much as we love chatting about your books, we also want to know a little about you and your writing process. Is there any thing in particular that you use (movies, other books night out, family time) to drive your motivation when you hit a slump?
When I hit a slump, I usually try to listen to music or take a day to just chill and do something other than writing.
Do you have any advice for new authors looking to get their work published? Any complications or warning blocks you could issue, as well as inspirational anecdotes.
The best advice I can give is to never give up. Writing must be a passion, because it’s not easy, no matter at what stage in the game you’re at. Some days you’ll wonder why you’re doing it, but there will be other days that you wouldn’t want to be doing anything else. Writing should also be about writing what you want and not what you need to be writing.
I know asking for a favorite author is too broad a question and I would never expect anyone to choose just one, but is there any writer or writers that you admire and considered inspiring while writing?
Rachel Vincent is an amazing author. The way she tells stories blows me away.
If you weren’t a writer, what career path would you have ventured?
Since I spent an ungodly amount on getting a degree in psychology, I guess I’d be doing something with that.
And finally, we want to know a little about you. Family, dogs, friends, favorite food…anything.
I have a Jack Russell terrier called Loki. And no, she’s not named after the Avengers. She’s actually named after the Norse God Loki and the movie Dogma. I am married to a K-9 police officer, so we have another dog named Diesel, who’s about a billion times more well behaved than Loki could ever hope to be. My favorite food is anything involving red meat. Not the healthiest, I know. I have a huge soft spot for animals and have never ate apple pie. Bridges over water also scare the bejeezus out of me.
Thank you so much for stopping by Gliterary Girl and answering some of our hard-hitting questions 😉 . It means a lot to have you stop by and mess around with us for a bit. Don’t be a stranger and we look forward to EVERYTHING you have set for the future!
Thank you for having me!
If you want to learn more about Jennifer L. Armentrout, or to purchase her books, visit:
[fancy_link color=”black” link=”http://www.jenniferarmentrout.com/”]JENNIFER’S WEBSITE[/fancy_link] www.jenniferlarmentrout.com