Writer of the Lux and the Covenant Series sits in for a Q&A session just for Movellians
A blog written by Jennifer Armentrout
Why do you write fantasy?
There’s something incredibly freeing about creating a world that doesn’t exist. You’re not boxed in, and even with well known myths and legends, you can still put your own spin on them. Simply, it’s just so much fun.
What does your writing process look like?
It’s not very exciting since I don’t do plot boards or anything very intricate. Typically I start off with a book idea than start right off on chapter one once I have all my character names, which can be one of the hardest parts. I usually write unilaterally, but sometimes I will reach the middle part of the book and jump ahead and write the last 3-5 chapters and then bridge the book together. Sometimes I will actually write the last chapter first. It helps to have a scene that you’re working toward.
When you’re writing a book series, do you work with an outline or plot, or do you prefer just see where an idea or character takes you?
No plot. I have a general idea of how the book and the series will end, but I let the story and character get me there.
Have you always liked to write?
Yep. I used to write really bad poetry. Luckily I gave up on that and moved onto fiction, but I wrote my first full length novel in 9th grade during algebra class.
What books or authors are your favorite to read for inspiration?
Sarah J. Maas, JR Ward, Larissa Ione, Lara Adrian, Wendy Higgins, Jana Oliver to name a few. They inspire me to be a better writer.
What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
The last book I wrote (The Possibility of Tomorrow) centers around a life altering decision the main character Lena makes—a decision that many teenagers and adults have faced in their life or will. And it’s the kind of decision that carries a lot of weight.
Do you ever get writer’s block? Any tips on how to get through it?
I’ve never gotten true writer’s block, but I have gotten the minor version of it, and usually I’ll just jump ahead and write a scene I’ve been dying to write. That typically helps.
We’ve seen the series guide and it looks like there is a lot of novels coming soon! What are you writing now?
I just finished up The Possibility of Tomorrow and I’m currently working on The Struggle. Then I will be writing Fire in You.
What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?
Best advice I can give writers is to write what they want to read. Don’t write something just because you think it will sell or someone is telling you to write about something. You have to want to read your story if you expect other people to read it.
Thank you to Jennifer Armentrout for answering our Q&A and talking more about your writing