Please welcome Jennifer Armentrout to the blog today! Jennifer is the author of the brand new paranormal Obsidian, as well as the Covenant series, and was kind enough to answer a few of my questions! Also up for grabs is an ecopy of Obsidian to one lucky winner, so please see the giveaway details at the end of the post!
Jennifer, you’re the author of the Covenant Series and your brand new book Obsidian, comes out in early December. Have you always wanted to be a writer? Can you tell about your journey?
I’ve always wanted to be a writer, as cliché as that sounds. I started writing when I was in middle school and probably younger. My journey is like a lot of other writers out there. It was a road paved with rejections, revise and resubmits, and a whole lot of frustration. They key thing was that writing is a passion, something I CAN’T quit doing. So I never gave up. Getting published was fairly different from others. I got two publishers before I got an agent. And I’m thrilled it worked that way. My agent rocks.
Can you tell us a bit about Obsidian?
Obsidian is very science fiction light, and a lot of people are saying it’s more character driven then plot, even though the plot is fairly fast paced and full of action. It centers around Katy, an ordinary teenage girl with an obsession for books—hey, she’s a book blogger—who moves to a small town in West Virginia. When she meets her new neighbors, she immediately senses something off about them and well, you can guess why. A lot of the characters start off one way and end another, and that’s what was so fun about writing Obsidian.
What’s one of your most unusual writing quirks?
I cannot write when someone is in the same room as me. True Story.
What are some of your biggest literary influences?
I grew up reading Ritchie Cusick, Christopher Pike, LJ Smith and RL Stine. So if I had to say I was influenced by anyone, it was them that fostered my interest in writing.
What’s on your nightstand right now?
When you’re not busy writing, how do you like to spend your free time?
Catching up on email, lol. Working out. Reading. Hanging out with family. Trying to garden, but I really suck at it.
If you could pack your bags and go anywhere in the world tomorrow, where would you go, and why?
Greece. The history there is just fascinating.
Name something that makes you laugh out loud!
Tosh.O I can’t even write when he’s on the TV. I’m laughing too hard.
Is there any news of upcoming projects or events that you’d like to share with us?
There are a few projects in the pipeline that may have news about them soon. One is a YA thriller/mystery that is contemporary and a paranormal centering around gargoyles. Right now, I am working on Aiden’s novella for the Covenant Series. Poor guy.
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2. Giveaway is for 1 ecopy of Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout to 1 winner
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7. Giveaway book kindly provided by Entangled Publishing.
Starting over sucks.
When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.
And then he opened his mouth.
Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.
The hot alien living next door marks me.
You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.
If I don’t kill him first, that is.
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. Rogers.