Author Interview: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Jennifer L. Armentrout
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  • Half-Blood
  • Pure (April 2, 2012)
  • Deity (November 6, 2012)
The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi-pure-bloods-have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals-well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures.Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden.Unfortunately, she's crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn't her biggest problem--staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

Describe your book in 5 words or less.

The gods made a big mistake.

What has your road to publication been like?

I think it was fairly common. I started off completely naive about it. Wrote a book (the 1st draft of Half-Blood) and thought now I must go query. I learned that the first draft is not want you to try to get published. After several rewrites and revisions, I really started querying. Fielded rejections and requests right up until I was offered a contract for Half-Blood. By that time I'd already written two more books. Started writing Half-Blood in 2008 if that gives you an idea of how long it took.

The cover is gorgeous! What was your reaction when seeing it for the first time?

Thank you! I was really happy to see something so different from what we see on YA covers. I was really excited. And the cover actually plays into the book, so that makes me happy.

What do you hope to accomplish during your time as a writer?

That's such a hard question. I guess I hope to immerse readers in my own imagination, for them to be able to forget about things going on and live through my characters. That alone makes writing worth it.

What's something surprising about yourself that most people wouldn't think was true?

That I was a double major in college, Psychology and Sociology with a criminal justice track. Yeah, don't ask how I started writing YA Paranormal. I have no clue.

If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what book would you choose? Why?

Oh man, that's a tough one. I don't know if I could just pick one book. I guess a Soul Screamer novel. Preferably the new one.

Is there anything you would like to tell your readers?

Thank you so much for giving Half-Blood a chance. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it!

Thanks Jennifer for stopping by!!

Thanks for having me, Casey!



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 spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write. She shares her home with her husband, his K-9 partner named Diesel, her hyper Jack Russell Loki, and her pet turtle called Michelangelo. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent her time writing short stories. Therefore explains her dismal grades in math.

She writes Adult and Young Adult Urban Fantasy and Romance. Half-Blood, the first book in a planned series, is her debut novel and is available October 2011.

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