Sunday, December 11, 2011

Author Interview: Jennifer L. Armentrout + Giveaway!

 I am SO excited to have the author of Half-Blood and Obsidian, Jennifer L. Armentrout, on the blog today!
A few months ago (and I am just now posting this. I'm so bad), she was kind enough to answer some questions for me, and she is just an over-all awesome person, and an amazing writer. Please, PLEASE read Half-Blood--I can't tell you how amazing it is. Well, actually, I can. You see, if you click, oh, I don't know--HERE!--you will be taken to my review of Half-Blood. Isn't that easy? I hope to read/review Obsidian very soon.

Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in West Virginia. All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true. Well, mostly. When she's not hard at work writing, she likes to read, work-out, watch zombie movies, and pretend to write. Rep'd by Kevan Lyon of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.
 Where you can find her: Blog Twitter



909 Reviews: First of all, I just wanted to thank you for coming on the blog today. I know how crazy-busy you are, so I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it!

J.L.A.:  No problem! Glad to be here!

909 Reviews: I know you probably get this question all the time, but for the readers who have yet heard of you—can you tell us a little about yourself? Your likes, dislikes, when you first started writing, where do you write, etc… 

J.L.A.: I started writing when I was wee little, first with really crappy poems that made no sense. I wrote my first full manuscript between 8th and 9th grade. So I've always been writing. Went to college, studying Psychology and Sociology with a criminal justice track. Started writing again in 2007/2008. Love zombie movies, reading, writing, and working out. Wanna be gardener with no talent. I pretty much write in my office or on the couch. 

909 Reviews: I know that you have said in past interviews that you can write a book in the time frame of anywhere from eight days, to three months. How do you do it without burning yourself out?!

J.L.A.: That's a good question. I think what helps is that I only write what I want to write, and I don't push myself to finish every novel in such a short time. And when I'm starting to feel burned out, a take a break from that world. That always helps.

909 Reviews: Aiden and Seth get into a good, old-fashion throw-down, no controlling the elements involved. Who throws the first punch? ;)

J.L.A.: Ha. Depends on what the fight is over, I think. In maybe one or two cases, Aiden would throw the first punch. The rest would be Seth.

909 Reviews: In Half-Blood, Alex’s birthday is March 4th. That would make her a Pisces—same as me. I know some authors like to match their characters to their Zodiac sign. Do any of your characters have their personalities based off of their Zodiac sign, or were they their own person from the start?

J.L.A.: They were their own person from the start. Alex is more like a Gemini or a Scorpio. I picked her birthday because it's a friends BD in real life and helps me remember.

909 Reviews: Your next novel, Obsidian, which is a different series than your Covenant series, comes out December of this year. Can you tell us anything about that? What readers can expect?

J.L.A.: It's labeled as a sci-fi, but it's really light sci-fi, so that shouldn't turn anyone off who isn't into science fiction. It has a lot of romance, snark, danger, and did I say romance? Almost everyone who has read has laughed out loud once per page, so that's good news, right?

909 Reviews: The male lead in Obsidian is Daemon, and he just so happens to be an alien. Can you tell us little about Daemon and Katy? What are they like?
 
J.L.A.: They do not have your typical romance seen in YA books and I think that's why all the early readers love them so much. Their relationship was probably the most fun I've had writing about two characters in a long time. Daemon is very protective of his family. Katy is a book blogger, so you'll get to see a lot of blogger terms in there. There isn't much more I can say about either of them that's not spoilery.

909 Reviews: The cover for Obsidian is really something! Look at that guy—I mean—the colors! Lots of bright green colors…

J.L.A.: He's hot.

909 Reviews: I just want to wrap up this interview with something I like to call Five Question Dash. The idea is to learn more about you in five quick questions and answers. Let’s go!

909 Reviews: It’s the end of the world, but you can take three things with you to wherever you’re going. What do you take?

J.L.A.: Besides people or animals?
A Gun (because I have a feeling I'll need it)
A book to read
Toothpaste

909 Reviews: Who is your book boyfriend?

J.L.A.: I have many. I'm a book slut. Kale, Todd, Tucker, Luc--the list could go on and on

909 Reviews: Cupcakes or muffins?

J.L.A.: Cupcakes, baby!

909 Reviews: (Without being too spoilery) What was your favorite scene to write in Half-Blood?

J.L.A.: Chapter 16

909 Reviews: I saw that you like the zombie movie, Shaun of the Dead. That’s my favorite zombie comedy! What is your favorite line from that movie?

J.L.A.: Come and get it! It's a running buffet! 
909 Reviews: I LOVE that line! The whole movie is so quotable. :)


909 Reviews: Thank you so much once again for your time, Jennifer. Is there anything else you would like to say?

J.L.A: Thank you for having me!

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Thank you to Jennifer once again for being so awesome. She was so fun to interview!
Now, since I love Jennifer's books so much, and because I just finished reading it--I hope to have a review for it by tomorrow!--I am, once again giving away another copy of Daimon: The Prequel to Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Artmentrout. Also, since I'm feeling the holiday spirit--I'll also throw in a signed Daimon bookmark to another winner. :)
To enter, please fill out the Rafflecopter form below. All winners will be chosen randomly.
The first place winner will win one (1) paperback copy of Daimon by Jennifer L. Armentrout.
Second place will win one (1) signed bookmark.
The giveaway for the book is open internationally, so long as the Book Depository ships to your country.
The giveaway for the bookmark is opened to US, CA, and people of the UK only. Sorry to all of my other overseas friends! Next giveaway, for sure! :)
RULES:
Must be 13 years of age or older to enter.
MUST be a follower of 909 Reviews.
The winner will have 48 hours to reply to the email that I will send them, letting them know they have won or else a new winner will be picked.
You can enter so long as you follow 909 Reviews, letting that be your main entry, or you can fill out the form and follow the instructions to earn extra entries. 
Thank you! All entries will be verified to make sure you are following the rules. Please don’t leave out any information if the form asks for it: it’s there for a reason. :)
Thanks, and good luck!




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18 comments:

  1. Cupcakes are delicious! Wow you sometimes finish a book in eight days that is amazing! I am looking forward to reading Half-Blood. I just bought it recently so I know I would love to have the prequel to go with it! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  2. hi, thanks you for this giveaway. I'm not used to this new rafflecopter so i didn't see how to enter my gfc name.... sorry

    either way, i follow via gfc: isabelle frisch ( or perhaps i'm listed as miki)
    goodread: miki

    thanks you so much for this opportunity to win

    happy holidays and best wishes

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  3. Great interview! I LOVE Jennifer's Half-Blood series too! The rafflecopter wouldn't led me type my GFC name, but i do follow your blog. GFC name is Taz :)

    Thanks for making the giveaway international :)
    Taz x

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  4. Very beautiful interview! Shaun of the Dead is very funny movie. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  6. Thanks for the giveaway! I have had this series on my tbr list for a while!
    I love the cover for Obsidian too! I would also have a gun at the end, I think it would definitely be needed!!

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  7. Great interview Jennifer is awesome! <3

    Giselle
    Xpresso Reads

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  8. An entertaining interview! And Thanks for the giveaway. :)

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  9. Awesome interview, Angel! I'm definitely going to have to start this series, and read Obsidian when it releases. :D Maybe I'll get lucky and win a copy of Daimon. Thanks for the giveaway, and for recommending this series! :D

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  10. thank you for the giveaway. I loved the interview

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  11. Thanks for giveaway!!! Interview was awesome!!

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  12. Happy Holdiays & thanks for the interview & giveaway!

    elizabeth@bookattict.com

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  13. Yeah Seth! Kick Aiden's butt! J/K! I love Aiden!!! But I have the super hots for Seth! LoL

    I love the guys eyes on the Obsidian cover! I can't wait to read Obsidian and PURE!!!

    Magical Urban Fantasy Reads
    bookluvrmindy

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  14. Really great interview. I really liked it!

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  15. We meet several hot guys as the story progresses and I can tell you that I am in love once again. This time it's with Aiden St. Delphin, he's just so dreamy...*sigh*...and those beautiful eyes of his are to die for. Aiden is a "Pure" and that means that mixing any sort of pleasure with Alex, who is a "half-blood" is a big no, no. But who said anything about following the rules.
    There is so much that happens in this story but it never feels like it's too much. I loved every bit of it.

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  16. Hahaha, girl! Read Pure now, please :D You will get your answer to who throws the first punch :D Haha :D What a fun interview, thanks for telling me you had one on your blog as well. Jen's such a fun person and you did an awesome job! Thank you for sharing :)

    Siiri @ Little Pieces of Imagination

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