So here’s where Dot finally pulled her big girl panties on. I’ve been wanting for a while to start an interview series with some of the authors I love, but me being me, and being shy and awkward and socially self-concious (even on the internet) ((I swear, I really am shy)) I couldn’t quite convince myself to reach out and ask authors to take time for that. Well, I finally asked, and the awesome Jodi Meadows is here to kick off our interviews!
For anyone who doesn’t know, Jodi is the author of the fantabulous Incarnate, an epic story of identity and romance and a changing world. Seriously. Amazing. So everybody give a cheer for Jodi!
Okay, icebreaker question: who’s your favorite superhero?
Jodi: Currently Batman. I don’t know. I go back and forth a lot on my favorites, and it’s usually the last superhero movie I’ve seen. The husband and I recently caught up on the first two Christian Bale Batman movies in preparation for the third one and they always make my heart go pitter-patter.
I’m sure this is a question that makes you cringe every time, but where did the idea for Incarnate originate?
Jodi: When I was a kid, some of the other kids in day care and I had a hole we were digging under a tree. We were going to dig to China. Well, we never made it to China, but I did find a box of ideas. Millions of them. All the ideas came flying out when I opened the box. I had to shut it quickly to keep them inside. >em>Incarnate was one of those.
(This answer may be a lie.)
Having written three Nosoul books, which was the hardest to write? What was it that made it more difficult than the others?
Jodi: They were all difficult in their own ways, but I think book 3 was probably the hardest. There are so many storylines to tie up, problems to resolve, character arcs to complete. . . . I also had to throw away the first draft of book 3 — all 75,000 words. And then the next 10,000 words when I tried to start over. When I’m answering these interview questions, I haven’t turned the draft in to my editor yet, so I don’t know what kind of changes she’s going to suggest, but right now I’m pretty pleased with the story. I know it will need more work once I have some distance from it, but I think it’s solid right now.
What is a perfect day of writing like for you?
Jodi: Quiet in the house. No distracting drama online. Just a lot of coffee and inspiration.
Is there anything you have to have while you’re writing? Lucky pen, lucky drink, lucky ferret?
Jodi: Nope. I mean, a bottle of water is always nice, because no one writes well while they’re dehydrated. But otherwise, no. I don’t want to need something like candles or a ferret while I’m writing if, say, I want to write during a layover in the airport. I hear they don’t like candles there.
What about a writer’s life has surprised you most since you got your book deal?
Jodi: Hmm. Not sure. I had a lot of friends who were already published by the time I got my deal, so I had the advantage of hearing their stories and seeing them go through the process. I was pretty well prepared!
What about a writer’s life has been the most gratifying?
Jodi: When someone writes to me and tells me that my book made a difference in their life.
What book or books most influenced you as a reader or writer?
Jodi: ALL the books! Everything is an influence. But some of the books that affected me the most deeply: Sunshine by Robin McKinley, Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn, The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley (basically all of her books), Winter of Fire by Sheryl Jordan, Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce.
Side note from Dot: having read and loved most of those books- YAY! Anything Robin McKinley or Tamora Pierce is on my must-read list, but Winter of Fire is one of my all-time favorites!
You get to corral a gaggle of fellow YA authors into a single space: what’s the space, and what do you do?
Jodi:Oooh. The space is a bookstore and we talk about books. (Hopefully there’s a cafe in the bookstore so we can drink caffeine and eat junk food.) One of the best things about writers is that they LOVE talking about books they love and books they’re working on. So yeah. That.
What is your most anticipated read of 2012?
Jodi: Oh geeze. I don’t even know. There are a lot. Some I’ve already read: Defiance by C.J. Redwine (fab dystopian fantasy), Timepiece by Myra McEntire (fab timeslip romance), Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock (fab urban fantasy), Everneath by Brodi Ashton (fab myth fantasy), Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins (fab paranormal romance).
Okay, final question: What was it like, that moment when you found out your book had sold?
Very surreal. I had a big clue ahead of time since my agent had to set up an auction, and I’d already had a chance to talk with the editors who wanted to offer. But I kept not believing until the minute we got our first offer because I’d had so much practice in disappointment in the past. My agent called me while I was reading the first offer email and there was a lot of “wow” and stunned silence and then incoherent babbling. I’m still kind of embarrassed about the babbling.
Heh, I don’t think you need to be embarrassed about the babbling- I know my call had a lot of nervous laughters and sudden bursts of Oh my God!
Thanks so much for dropping by, Jodi!
And if you haven’t read it yet, definitely check out Incarnate first book of the NoSoul trilogy, to be followed by Asunder next year!
Until next time~