Monday, May 23, 2016

Author Interview: Jennifer L. Armentrout

# 1 New York Times and International 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, 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. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.
She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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Casey Marie: If Daemon and Katy were Pures in the Covenant World, what abilities would they possess?

Jennifer L. Armentrout: Katy would have the ability to control the Earth, she is rather Earthy with all of her gardening. Daemon would be an Apollyon, he would have the control of the four elements plus akasha

CM: Who do you think would win: Seth or Daemon?

JLA: It would be a tie since it would be like two immortals trying to kill each other. Daemon would use the Source, which is extremely powerful, but Seth has akasha, which is equivalent to the Source. It would be a draw.

CM: Out of all of your characters, who do you think had the happiest "ever after"?

JLA: It would be a three-way tie. I love the endings for Alex and Adien, Daemon and Kat, and Cam and Avery. My stories usually contain a high body count, but there is usually some form of happily ever after.

CM: If you could pick two characters, each from a different book of yours, who do you think would have the greatest chemistry?

JLA: Kat would probably go well with Seth or Roth since she now has experience with a alpha, hard-to-like bad-boy. Many think Alex would be good with either of those two, but she is the female version of them and they would never match.

CM: If you could bring one of your characters to life, who would you choose?

JLA: I would probably bring Roth to life because he has tattoos that come to life. It would be pretty cool to see something like that in real life.

CM: How did you come up with the idea of familiars (Roth's magical tattoos)? 

JLA: I do not even know. I was just thinking about tattoos and that ended up being how they carried their familiars with them. It was a random thing that popped into my head one day.

CM: If you could be roommates with one of your characters, who would you want to be roommates with?

JLA: Katy because we could talk about books together and a whole bunch of other stuff. If I chose one of my hot guys, I would probably stab one of them in the eye with a fork by the end of the day.

CM: What cities or regions of the world do you think your characters belong in?

JLA: Daemon and Katy would belong in a wilderness area. Alex and Aiden belong near beaches. Layla is used to a city so she belongs in a city area. Roth would be like someone you would see in New York and Zayne you would see in a beach somewhere in California surfing. For my New Adult characters, they are in the city that they belong in. 

CM: When you are going about your regular day, do you ever see your characters in random people or just in your own actions?

JLA: I do sometimes say or think things that I see in my characters. I do have a snarky internal thought process. Lesa and Carissa are both based on two people I know, so their behaviors are very reminiscent of who they are. It is kind of funny when you have cover models, for example, sometimes they will adapt to certain personality traits of the characters if they have read the book. Drew has read the Titan Series and he can really adapt to the character of Seth and sometimes he will do or say something that is very Seth-like. It is kind of jarring when I see that.

CM: What is it like seeing your cover models, did you ever expect to meet them?

JLA: I have been very lucky. Pepe was picked before the book came out and he was picked by the publisher. When I saw him, I was kind of shocked by how much he resembled Daemon. When we were picking out models for Seth, as soon as we saw Drew's picture, he had that cocky-grin. It was tiny details that really allow them to pull off their characters. I have been really lucky to find the people who match the characters.

CM: Do you have some say in the selection of the cover models?

JLA: Some, if it is a cover model we are picking and putting his face on the cover. I will put my foot down if that person does not resemble what I think they look like. Sometimes, I cannot if the publisher is using stock photos and they only have what they could find. For the most part I have been lucky, several of my book series had photo shoots attached to them, allowing us to pick the model beforehand. 

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