Jen Armentrout fans, you’re in luck! The author of the new book White Hot Kiss was kind enough to sit down and answer some questions for us. She talks about her new series, her writing process, what she’s been reading, and more! And now, without further ado, here’s Jen!
I write YA, NA, and adult romance novels ranging from paranormal, contemporary to thrillers. I don’t ever want to write a book that I wouldn’t enjoy reading, so my books tend to be heavy on the romance with some seriously hot guys. I spend most of my time writing, but when I’m not, I like to watch Supernatural and The Walking Dead. I’ve also been known to watch Toddlers and Tiaras, although I might deny that in person.
2: In your own words, can you give us a little summary of White Hot Kiss?
The first book in the Dark Elements series, White Hot Kiss, is about a half demon, half gargoyle named Layla whose kiss kills anything with a soul. She’s caught between a hot gargoyle, Zayne, and a sexy demon, Roth, and things definitely get interesting.
3: I’ve heard you talk about this before in interviews, but for our readers, can you talk about how you were inspired to write about gargoyles?
I wanted to write about something a little different, and writing about gargoyles seemed interesting to me. I thought it would be a bit of a challenge to write a story about hot gargoyles because I don’t typically think of gargoyles as being particularly attractive, much less sexy and appealing.
4: You have an awesome love triangle in this book. Let’s talk about the boys. What was it like writing them? Do you have a favorite?
Zayne and Roth were both fun to write because their personalities are so vastly different. I can’t even begin to choose a favorite since they both have characteristics that I find attractive and they both have something to offer Layla.
5: Take us through the development of Layla as a main character. There’s so much conflict within her as she learns more and more throughout the story. What did you enjoy about writing her story?
At the beginning of the book, Layla is completely submersed in the world of the gargoyles, and that is the side of herself that she has chosen to embrace, going as far as to work with the gargoyles against the demons. After meeting Roth, Layla begins to learn more about herself, and also more about the gargoyles who took her in as a child. Her relationship with Roth shakes up her world in a lot of different ways, thus forcing Layla to step back and reassess her situation. I enjoyed writing Layla because she really begins to change throughout the story as she learns more about herself and her situation.
There’s actually an interesting balance between good and evil in White Hot Kiss, especially in terms of Layla’s view on the demons and the gargoyles. Layla, as a half gargoyle, half demon, has been brought up to believe that the demon side of her is truly evil. It’s an internal struggle for her, a battle between what she believes to be the good and the bad in herself. As the book progresses, Layla begins to question what she’s been taught as she begins to see that sometimes you cannot make judgments about a group as a whole.
7: How important to you is comic relief in a story? Throughout this intense book there were a lot of funny, light moments that I as a reader appreciated. Do you set out to write a book hoping to put in that balance, or does it just seem to come out of the characters?
I enjoy humor in books, but only when it doesn’t seem forced. When I’m writing, I don’t think about the humor, I just try to let it flow naturally when it fits a specific scene or character.
8: Tell us about your writing process. Walk us through a typical day.
A typical day includes writing at some point, but I don’t have a set schedule. I sit down to write whenever it fits best into my day. Do you outline a lot, or do you try and let the story flow as you’re writing? I usually have a general idea where my stories are heading, but I don’t typically plot out my books in advance.
9: Can you tell us anything about book 2 to help hold us over?
I can’t give away too many details of Stone Cold Touch, but I can tell you that Layla is dealing with the consequences from the events at the end of White Hot Kiss. Her entire world has been turned upside down, and nothing is as it seems anymore.
10: What’s on your reading shelf right now? Anything you’ve read recently that you’d recommend? We’re always looking for great books.
I’ve been writing so much that I haven’t had time to read lately. I’m a huge fan of the Shade Trilogy by Jeri Smith-Ready, the Soul Screamers Series by Rachel Vincent, and The Demon Trappers Series by Jana Oliver.
Thanks Jen! Be sure to check out the other goodies from Jen’s Featured Author Week, and stay tuned tomorrow for an exclusive post from the point of view of the editor of this series. It’s great, you don’t want to miss it!