Author Interview: Jennifer L. Armentrout

With Daimon, Half-Blood and Obsidian out this year (and Pure, Deity, Cursed, Unchained, and Onyx coming out in 2012!) you seem to be QUITE busy with writing. How do you keep yourself motivated to write so much?
Next year is going to bring the crazy sauce. I have my days where I don't feel like writing a single word, but usually motivation is easy, because i LOVE writing. It's something that I need to do. A lot of people ask how I can write so much, and there are days that I write for 12-15 hours. That's how.
I read Half-Blood and Obsidian back to back, and I was really impressed by how different they were in terms of characters and plot. Do you find it difficult to write so many different stories and struggle to keep them standing out among each other?
The worlds and characters are so different, that I don't really have a hard time keeping them apart, but I don't write or edit two different series at the same time. My biggest is problem is that Alex from Half-Blood has a tendency to bust up in my other novels, mainly because she has the "loudest" personality out of everyone, so I have to be careful in edits to catch when the character is being too Alex.

Do you find Katy and Alex to be opposites or do you see ways in which they're very similar to each other as well?

Both of them are stubborn and strong, I think, but polar opposites from that point on. Katy has impulse control while Alex pretty much does what she wants, whenever she wants. Katy is also more normal and has normal reactions to things. Alex is sort of a hit first and then investigate later.
If you had to choose: Marry, Date, or Dump- with Seth, Aiden, and Daemon. I know it's a tough question, but what about some of your favourite and least favourite things about your guys?
Haha. I don't know how to answer that question. All of them have their flaws and things that make them perfect. Daemon would be the hardest to get along with, because honestly, he's the one who's really like a normal, real guy. He doesn't always say the right things like Aiden or is in your face snarky like Seth. Aiden is the hardest to write I think, besides Daemon (because Daemon has to be written a very certain way and EVERYTHING he says and does means something), but Aiden may come off as one way when he's really a storm brewing under the surface. He's the one I think will surprise the most in the end. And Seth is just hilarious. He always makes me laugh.

Jennifer Armentrout

Jennifer Armentrout
Some of the most common reactions I've seen to your books (and some of my favourite parts!) deal with the enchanting and delicious romance- would you ever write a book that doesn't have such a heavy influence on the romantic aspect?
I will never write a book that's not heavy on the romance. The romance aspect is my favorite part and that's what I read and enjoy. I think its key though that the actual plot isn't lost in the romance, which can be hard when all you want to write is the kissy face scenes.  

Thank you for having me.

Thank you for stopping by at Esther's Ever After today, Jennifer!

Because I love her books so much, I'm also giving away a copy of either Half-Blood (Covenant #1) or Obsidian (Lux #1) both of which are amazing (or even a pre-order of Pure). It's open internationally, since it's coming from The Book Depository. Winner's choice of the the options.

Just leave a comment and make sure to include your e-mail address so I can contact you if you win :)


Patricia's Particularity said...

I have heard amazing things about the Covenant series! Thank you so much for the chance to win the first book!


mimz said...

Great interview! I have to admit I haven't read any of the books but they are SO on my wishlist. Everywhere I turn I read positive reviews and praise for them.

Thanks for the chance to win!


Stephenie said...

Great interview! Jenn is amazing. I loved Half Blood and I can't wait for Pure. Half Blood was one of my favorites of 2011. I'm excited to read the Lux series. I've heard so many awesome things about it. Thanks for this giveaway!

Jen said...

I'm so looking forward to reading these books. On my wishlist!

Jamie said...

I absolutely LOVE Half Blood and Obsidian and I cannot wait for Pure and Onyx to come out!!! Jennifer Armentrout is definitely one of my favorite authors! Thanks so much for the giveaway... you rock! :)


Maji Bookshelf said...

ooh i haven't read either honestly, my vacation is starting soon so I'm going to read both the obsidian and half blood :D

thanks for the giveaway! both r on my wish list

- juhina

Pamela said...

I love Jennifer's writing. I read Half-Blood, and the prequel Daimon, and I can't wait to read all the books she has coming out this year. I'm pretty sure I'll love anything she writes. And so, of course I would love to have the opportunity to win a copy of one of her books! Please enter me and thanks!

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Aziza said...

Hi! Great giveaway! I really want to win Half-Blood! diana.elena.taranu (at) gmail.com

miki said...

Oh my thanks you so much, i really want to discover her book so i would be delighted with Half-blood ( or pure if i lucky enough to win half blood before this end)

thanks you for this international opportunity

all the best and Happy new Year


Natalie said...

Really good interview! She has so many books coming out this year!!

Thanks for the giveaway! natalie152@gmail.com

Nicc209 said...

this is so awesome, seriously can't wait for the new books to come out this year. Gonna be epic! These characters have such fire and boy, they make me laugh!
Awesome interview! Thanks!

Annabell said...

I had no clue this was the same author for both series! I haven't read either series, but with as much as I have been seeing them around lately, I think I better hop to it! Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

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Rachel said...

"...which can be hard when all you want to write is the kissy face scenes."

That is so freaking hilarious! I know as fans we'd want her to write nothing but kissy face scenes sometimes, but then the story wouldn't be as good and we wouldn't like the books as much. She strikes a perfect balance. Thanks for the giveaway! I'm at whitechocolaterachel at gmail-dot-com.

Jessica said...

I'm in love with daemon.
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Samjam G said...

I LOVED LOVED LOVED Half-Blood and I immediatly ordered Obsidian! I cannot wait for Pure!! :)

A Canadian Girl said...

I really liked Half-Blood and am so excited for Pure. I can't wait to see what will happen with Alex, Aiden and Seth. I've got Obsidian in my TBR pile and will hopefully get to it soon.

Thanks for the giveaway, Brenna. Hope you had a happy new year!


marybelle said...

A great interview thank you. I must begin reading he series.


Sophia Rose said...

That was a very enjoyable interview and the questions were fresh and interesting. Loved reading the answers too. The books sound really good.

Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.


JJandstormy said...

I love both books. I can't wait for more but I also don't want the series to end. :(

Thanks for the giveaway. jjandstormy(at)yahoo(dot)com

Christina Kit. said...

I'd love these books! Either one!

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Veronica Morfi said...

I already have Half-Blood and it's great. And since I can't wait for Pure I am entering for Obsidian, I heard so many great things about it! :)

Thanks for this awesome giveaway.


Iole Rugger said...

I'd love Obsidian!


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Marie Kaye said...

Thanks for the giveaway - I'd love either one.

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LinaM. said...

Thanks so much for this!

I'd pick Halfblood

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StefiH. said...

I would love to read either - they sound great:)

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Tricia Cain said...

I have to read Obsidian!


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Marie Kitro said...

Thanks for this!

Half-Blood has been getting a lot of great reviews, so that's my choice.

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Patty Curtis said...

I hope I win Obsidian!

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Flip Gideon said...

Just looking at those covers, I'd like both:) But Half-Blood is my choice.

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Gisella Fiorelli said...

Half-Blood looks great!


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CharlyG said...


I hope I win Obsidian - great cover, great guy:)

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Millie E said...

I haven't read any of her books! Half-Blood would be great.

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Christina M. said...

Jennifer Armentrout ROCKS - sign me up for Half-Blood!

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Dory Stinco said...

I have heard so many good things about Obsidian, that' my choice.

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Abby Rowe said...

OOOOOHHHH - great giveaway. She's one of my favorite authors, but I haven't read Half-Blood yet.

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Sandy Cole said...


He's really gorgeous, the guy on the cover!

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EloiseG said...

Half-Blood is my choice - thanks for the giveaway!

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Tricia Cain said...

Both are on my list - either one would be great!

I loved the interview.

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Cindi Brice said...

Half-Blood looks AWESOME!

Thanks for the international giveaway.

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Emmi J said...

Please please let me win Obsidian!

Thanks! Happy New Year!

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Patty Wells said...

Oh Oh Oh! Half-Blood! ANd international!


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Ellie Grey said...

Obsidian! Obsidian! Please!

As a late present:)


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Lucy Crown said...

Your choice of book if I win - both look awesome

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Leslie W said...

Half-Blood or Obsidian...hmmmm difficult choice but either one is GREAT!

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Mara Fletcher said...

My friend has been bugging me to read Half-Blood and after this interview and the summary on amazon I HAVE TO!


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Jesse Disanti said...


Great giveaway!

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Thisbe Brower said...

I don't know which one to pick! Half-Blood, probably!

Happy New Year!

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Mira Wr. said...

Obsidian sounds incredible!

Thanks for the giveaway!

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Nedraw said...

I would love to win this. I have this series on my wishlist of must haves.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Janiera said...

I 've heard great things about her books and would love to win one.
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Jetches said...

An amazing giveaway! jesetches23@hotmail.com

picyadri said...

wow this interview was great! It seems I can't get enough of them. And I really like to know what Jennifer meant when she said 'He's (Aiden) the one I think will surprise the most in the end'

Thank you for the giveaway!

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DANIELA said...

I've read the prequel and loved it. Can't wait to read Half Blood. I'd love to know what happens between Alex and Aiden.
Thanks for this awesome giveaway!

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MKitroeff said...

WOW! I loved this interview and I'd love Half-Blood!


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Kat C said...

I have Obsidian on an e-book, but would love Half-Blood or Obsidian "for real". I think Jennifer's Sucess in such a short time is truly amazing.


Emilie said...

I just recently read Half-Blood and absolutely loved it and cannot wait for Pure.


Christina Cond. said...

Thanks for such a great interview!

I'd love to win Half-Blood. It sounds great.

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Netherland said...

I find myself drawn to seriously every aspect of this story, Alex and her kick-ass snarky personality, Aiden and his mysterious, protective, and romantic personality, Seth and his arrogant yet sexy personality, Caleb and his humor, the mythology, the romance, the action, this book had it all. Perfect story, with perfect characters.

Dea S. said...

I just finished Pure and it was mind-blowing! It was so awesome and Jennifer is one of the best YA authors out there. Please count me in for a pre-order of Onyx. Thank you!

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