Book Nerd Interview
USA TODAY BESTSELLING Author 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. Lynn. She is the author of the COVENANT Series (Spencer Hill Press), the LUX Series (Entangled Publishing), and the upcoming YA contemporary mystery/thrillers DON'T LOOK BACK (Disney/Hyperion Spring 2014) and yet untitled book (Disney/Hyperion tentative Fall 2014).
Was there a defining moment during your youth when you realized you wanted to be a writer?
I don’t think there was one moment, but I grew up reading books, so it seemed natural that I’d be interested in writing my own stories. I wrote my first full length novel in long hand while I was in the 9th grade. It probably sucked.
What’s one thing that readers would be surprised to find out about you?
Um, zombies used to scare me to death.
What was the greatest thing you learned at school?
There are things you don’t want to do that you have to do.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received from another author?
You can’t make everyone happy and don’t try. It leads to nothing but misery.
Can you tell us when you started Obsidian (Lux Series #1), how that came about?
Obsidian is the story that almost didn’t happen. My editor on my adult series had asked if I was interested in coming up with a story that focused around aliens in high school. That was all she gave me—come up with a story that has… Aliens. In. High School. And I laughed, because who wanted to read about aliens in high school and I said no. But the more I thought about it, I came up with the characters and the rest just took off.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating Daemon?
That people are attracted to the jerk.
You have the chance to give one piece of advice to your readers. What would it be?
I don’t think I have any advice to give the readers. I mean, I hope they enjoy the story, but reading is so subjective and is truly in the eye of the reader. But I had to give some kind of general advice it would seriously be to follow your dreams and do what makes you happy.
When asked, what’s the one question you always answer with a lie?
I think I always answer the questions honestly. At least, I hope. =)
What's the worst summer job you've ever had?
Working at Burger King. Enough said.
When was the last time you cried?
I think the last time I got all teary-eyed was when I said goodbye to Pepe and Sztella. I don’t cry a lot though. It takes a lot for me to do that.
Most horrifying dream you have ever had?
I used to have these dreams were I was stuck in a maze trying to follow someone. Those dreams were horrendous because I could never get out of the maze or find the person.
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.
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