Interview + Giveaway: Jodi Meadows

1.28.2012
As Jodi warns, you should put your drink down before reading this. While I am an awkward turtle swimming in a sea of awkward penguins, Jodi is the queen of all the normal penguins.

(Do not judge my analogy.)

Anyway. Jodi Meadows, the author of the amazing book Incarnate, decided to answer my awkwardly awkward questions. :D

I used the opportunity to make it colorful. I'm purple, just in case that isn't clear :P

(Also, please ignore the weird formatting. I don't know what's wrong with Blogger lately -_-)


How many books did you start and/or finish before INCARNATE?


How many did I START? Hang on. I will go count.

*vanishes for two hours*

Okay, I think 25. It's hard to get an accurate count because for some ideas I wrote a page of notes . . . but that doesn't count, does it? And does every written page 1 count, even if I never made it to page 2? What about the stories I wrote as a teenager?

Anyway. Counting ones from when I began aiming at being published (at 20), which I think had somewhat substantial beginnings . . . 25.

How many did I finish? Heh. INCARNATE was number 17. 

Did you have any specific writing quirks while writing INCARNATE? Or just any writing quirks in general?


I think I just have quirks. There's the whole swearing to punctuation thing. The ferret thing. The yarn thing. The-- Wait, never mind.  

Jodi does not want to reveal her secrets to us >:o  
Are any INCARNATE characters based off of anyone in your life? 

No. My husband insists that Sam is based off him, but if Sam were, we would not have had the following conversation:

Me, eyeing the haphazardly piled dishes that look ready to topple: SAM knows how to properly stack dishes in the sink.
Husband: Sam has had lifetimes to practice getting it right! I'm still on my first one!

I rest my case.



Did you ever have any other career aspirations before you became a writer?

I wanted to be an astronaut, when I thought being an astronaut was more like being in Starfleet. (Star Trek.)



I wanted to be an astronaut, too. Back in those days when I didn't realize how much work it is. 
What is your favorite song, at this very moment? 

3055 by Ólafur Arnalds -- which is YOUR fault. I mean, thank you.


MWUHAHAHA. Ólafur Arnalds is never a bad thing. Youtube him. I demand it.

 Is there any famous (or not-so-famous) quote you think could apply to INCARNATE? 

"One life to live." No, wait, I think that's a soap opera.



How long did it take you to write the first draft of INCARNATE? How many drafts did INCARNATE go through?

Three years and three months.

Three years of that was the premise sitting in the back of my head and growing like a little pearl while I wrote other stories. Then one month for all the prep-work like worldbuilding and plotting, and two months for the first draft. 

I do a lot of editing as I write, so the actual number of drafts is impossible to calculate. (I like using the word "calculate" even though I don't like doing math.) But let me attempt to count . . . 

*vanishes for another two hours*

At least ten.



Dum dum didilly dum dum. I can't think of anything else. Exceeeept . . . . How's that ferret army of yours coming along? 

Don't.
Look. 
Behind you.

T_________T 

I think you mean INCARNATE emoticon:  >\*_*<

And there you have the ever-amazing Jodi Meadows.

And now, I have a giveaway! :D For one hardcover copy of Incarnate, which comes out on the 31st! The contest will end a week from today, after which I will order it from The Book Depository and have it shipped to you.

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
Published January 31st, 2012 by HarperCollins/Katherine Tegan Books

NEWSOUL
Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.

NOSOUL
Even Ana’s own mother thinks she’s a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she’ll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are suspicious and afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?

HEART
Sam believes Ana’s new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana’s enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else’s life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?


The giveaway is international as long as The Book Depository ships to you. Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below! 


a Rafflecopter giveaway


 ~Zoey~
12 comments on "Interview + Giveaway: Jodi Meadows"
  1. Great interview you two! This made me smile. :D Thanks for the giveaway, Zoey. :)

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  2. Love the interview! It was very entertaining. I love hearing about how an authors work comes into the real world.

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  3. Thanks for the giveaway, Zoey. :)

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  4. Now, see, if all author interviews were like this I would read them far more often.

    Please do not stop being awesome. Either of you.

    (Oh, and Zoey, I have no idea why a unicorn is afraid of a ferret army. It's called a horn, darling.)

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  5. Thank you! I enjoyed the interview.

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  6. I concur with Lexie. This is a very amusing interview.

    And whoa, that is a lot of stories and a lot of drafts. Take it from a master, kids: writing is not easy.

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  7. Oh dear, I love Ólafur Arnalds. ;) (super random comment, I know).

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  8. great interview

    a big thanks you for the international giveaway too

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  9. Hilarious interview and great giveaway! Thanks so much Zoey!

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  10. Best author interview I've read to date!! :)

    Thank you for the chance to win this book!

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  11. Great interview and giveaway! I've been looking forward to read this. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  12. Oh, what a FUN interview!!! Love the humor... now I must read this book. You may pick me to win, if you randomly so choose. Thx!!!

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1.28.2012

Interview + Giveaway: Jodi Meadows

As Jodi warns, you should put your drink down before reading this. While I am an awkward turtle swimming in a sea of awkward penguins, Jodi is the queen of all the normal penguins.

(Do not judge my analogy.)

Anyway. Jodi Meadows, the author of the amazing book Incarnate, decided to answer my awkwardly awkward questions. :D

I used the opportunity to make it colorful. I'm purple, just in case that isn't clear :P

(Also, please ignore the weird formatting. I don't know what's wrong with Blogger lately -_-)


How many books did you start and/or finish before INCARNATE?


How many did I START? Hang on. I will go count.

*vanishes for two hours*

Okay, I think 25. It's hard to get an accurate count because for some ideas I wrote a page of notes . . . but that doesn't count, does it? And does every written page 1 count, even if I never made it to page 2? What about the stories I wrote as a teenager?

Anyway. Counting ones from when I began aiming at being published (at 20), which I think had somewhat substantial beginnings . . . 25.

How many did I finish? Heh. INCARNATE was number 17. 

Did you have any specific writing quirks while writing INCARNATE? Or just any writing quirks in general?


I think I just have quirks. There's the whole swearing to punctuation thing. The ferret thing. The yarn thing. The-- Wait, never mind.  

Jodi does not want to reveal her secrets to us >:o  
Are any INCARNATE characters based off of anyone in your life? 

No. My husband insists that Sam is based off him, but if Sam were, we would not have had the following conversation:

Me, eyeing the haphazardly piled dishes that look ready to topple: SAM knows how to properly stack dishes in the sink.
Husband: Sam has had lifetimes to practice getting it right! I'm still on my first one!

I rest my case.



Did you ever have any other career aspirations before you became a writer?

I wanted to be an astronaut, when I thought being an astronaut was more like being in Starfleet. (Star Trek.)



I wanted to be an astronaut, too. Back in those days when I didn't realize how much work it is. 
What is your favorite song, at this very moment? 

3055 by Ólafur Arnalds -- which is YOUR fault. I mean, thank you.


MWUHAHAHA. Ólafur Arnalds is never a bad thing. Youtube him. I demand it.

 Is there any famous (or not-so-famous) quote you think could apply to INCARNATE? 

"One life to live." No, wait, I think that's a soap opera.



How long did it take you to write the first draft of INCARNATE? How many drafts did INCARNATE go through?

Three years and three months.

Three years of that was the premise sitting in the back of my head and growing like a little pearl while I wrote other stories. Then one month for all the prep-work like worldbuilding and plotting, and two months for the first draft. 

I do a lot of editing as I write, so the actual number of drafts is impossible to calculate. (I like using the word "calculate" even though I don't like doing math.) But let me attempt to count . . . 

*vanishes for another two hours*

At least ten.



Dum dum didilly dum dum. I can't think of anything else. Exceeeept . . . . How's that ferret army of yours coming along? 

Don't.
Look. 
Behind you.

T_________T 

I think you mean INCARNATE emoticon:  >\*_*<

And there you have the ever-amazing Jodi Meadows.

And now, I have a giveaway! :D For one hardcover copy of Incarnate, which comes out on the 31st! The contest will end a week from today, after which I will order it from The Book Depository and have it shipped to you.

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
Published January 31st, 2012 by HarperCollins/Katherine Tegan Books

NEWSOUL
Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.

NOSOUL
Even Ana’s own mother thinks she’s a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she’ll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are suspicious and afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?

HEART
Sam believes Ana’s new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana’s enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else’s life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?


The giveaway is international as long as The Book Depository ships to you. Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below! 


a Rafflecopter giveaway


 ~Zoey~

12 comments:

  1. Great interview you two! This made me smile. :D Thanks for the giveaway, Zoey. :)

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  2. Love the interview! It was very entertaining. I love hearing about how an authors work comes into the real world.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Thanks for the giveaway, Zoey. :)

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  4. Now, see, if all author interviews were like this I would read them far more often.

    Please do not stop being awesome. Either of you.

    (Oh, and Zoey, I have no idea why a unicorn is afraid of a ferret army. It's called a horn, darling.)

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  5. Thank you! I enjoyed the interview.

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  6. I concur with Lexie. This is a very amusing interview.

    And whoa, that is a lot of stories and a lot of drafts. Take it from a master, kids: writing is not easy.

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  7. Oh dear, I love Ólafur Arnalds. ;) (super random comment, I know).

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  8. great interview

    a big thanks you for the international giveaway too

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  9. Hilarious interview and great giveaway! Thanks so much Zoey!

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  10. Best author interview I've read to date!! :)

    Thank you for the chance to win this book!

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  11. Great interview and giveaway! I've been looking forward to read this. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  12. Oh, what a FUN interview!!! Love the humor... now I must read this book. You may pick me to win, if you randomly so choose. Thx!!!

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