Interview with Jennifer L. Armentrout

|All About From Blood and Ash & A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire|

The From Blood and Ash series are your first high fantasy novels. What made you finally decide to take the plunge with this genre?

I’ve always wanted to write a fantasy, but I wasn’t sure if I could do it or not since it requires a whole lot of world building and plotting, at least for me. So, I played with the idea for about three years before finally sitting down and deciding to do it. I think fantasy is pure escapism, and I’ve always been drawn to that aspect.

What inspired From Blood and Ash? Did it require research?

Randomly, it was the 2016 Olympics. I know. Olympics have literally nothing to do with the books, but it’s a weird, twisty road of inspiration, LOL. I’ve also always been fascinated by the idea of Atlantis, so there was some research there, but not much.

Were there scenes you ended up cutting you wish you could have kept? What was the decision-making process behind cutting them?

Actually, yes there are a couple of scenes I had to cut and will appear in the 3rd book. It happened because I realized those scenes couldn’t happen yet. It’s not often that I have to cut scenes, but it happens.

Was it harder to write From Kingdom of Flesh and Fire than from Blood and Ash?

Definitely harder because second books are always harder. You don’t want to fall into the second book slump and now you have to write within the world you’ve established versus creating that world.

|All About Jennifer L. Armentrout|

When you are writing a series how do you plot it out? What’s your writing process?

I know how I want each book to begin and end, and how I see the series end, but I usually don’t heavily plot beyond the first book.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I cannot write if someone is sitting beside me or standing behind me. I hate the idea of someone reading what I’m writing while I’m writing.

Last, Current, and Next – what was your last read, what is your current read, and what’s next?

My last read was Jackal by JR Ward and I’m getting ready to read a Nalini Singh novel.

This or that?

Tea, coffee or hot chocolate? Coffee
Ebook, physical copy or audiobook? Ebook
Bad boy, nerdy boy or sweet boy?  A combo of all three
Book, tv show or movie? Book

|Meet Jennifer L. Armentrout|

#1 New York Times and #1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Shepherdstown, 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, hanging out with her husband and her Border Jack Apollo. In early 2015, Jennifer was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a group of rare genetic disorders that involve a breakdown and death of cells in the retina, eventually resulting in loss of vision, among other complications.  Due to this diagnosis, educating people on the varying degrees of blindness has become of passion of hers, right alongside writing, which she plans to do as long as she can.

She is the owner of ApollyCon and The Origin Event, the successful annual events that features over a hundred bestselling authors in Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult Fiction, panels, parties, and more.

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