Author Interview: Jodi Meadows author of Incarnate

Incarnate by Jodie Meadow has been a favorite for many of our readers. We took advantage of that fact and wanted to bring Jodi closer to her fans with this interview. Learn about Jodi’s journey into becoming a published author, what scenes she found most challenging, and what she’s working on now.

Photo by Housdon Photography

Tell us something about yourself you haven’t told anyone yet?

I love M&M’s. (That’s not the secret.) I try to make them last as long as possible, so I hide them from myself. Unfortunately, I always hide them in the same place on my desk, which is still in arm’s reach. And out in the open. It sort of defeats the purpose of hiding them, I know.

Where were you when the idea for Incarnate came to you?

Probably in my living room. Or hanging out with the ferrets. Maybe sleeping.

Which books do you think should be on every teen’s reading list and why?

I tend not to have a blanket suggestion for readers. I like to suggest things based on what people already like, that way they’re more inclined to like what I suggest.

What scene was the most challenging write in Incarnate? How did you overcome it?

Hmm. Probably one of the fights toward the end with the bad guy. Action scenes tend to be difficult for me, so I usually outline the scene, and then layer in more information, description, and goodness. This usually takes several passes before it’s worth anyone else reading, but it’s the best way for me to overcome the difficulty.

What rituals do you preform before you start writing?

I don’t have rituals, because I may not always be able to have them, and I want to be able to write without. Unless you count needing a bottle of water a ritual, but I usually call that “avoiding dehydration.” *g*

Was Incarnate the first book you’ve ever written? If not, how many stories have you written before Incarnate?

Oh no. Incarnate was number . . . Wait, sit down before I tell you. Okay, ready? Incarnate was number 17.

Tell us the most/least exciting part in your journey from being an aspiring writer to becoming a published author.

It’s always exciting when I start a new story. I love the thrill of exploring a new world, meeting new characters, writing the first words. Before my agent said yes, beginning something new was definitely the most exciting. New stories have so much potential!

The least exciting . . .  was probably getting back rejections.

How hard was it getting your book published, and do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Hard! I wrote full time for several years before anyone said yes. I got an agent, but it didn’t work out, so we parted ways on friendly terms. Then I spent another couple years trying to find another agent, writing more stories . . . I sent out lots of queries. I got lots of rejections, requests, and almost-yesses, but it wasn’t until I wrote Incarnate that things really took off. There were a lot of times I wanted to quit because it was so hard.

Can you share a sentence or two from your current work with us? (a teaser)

I actually just started completely over on Incarnate 3, so right now all I have is “Chapter One.”

Finally what would you like to say to your readers before diving into Incarnate?

I hope you enjoy it!

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Jodi Meadows lives and writes in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, with her husband, a Kippy*, and an alarming number of ferrets. She is a confessed book addict, and has wanted to be a writer ever since she decided against becoming an astronaut.

*A Kippy is a cat.

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