Jodi Meadows is the author of Incarnate, a story about a girl who is the only person in her society who hasn’t been reincarnated again and again. The premise fascinates me, so I asked Jodi to drop by the virtual offices to fill us in a bit more about her new book.
[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Jodi Meadows] Novelist. Yarner. Wrangler of ferrets. Likes chocolate.
[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about your book, Incarnate?
[Jodi Meadows] Incarnate is about the only girl who’s new in a world where everyone else is perpetually reincarnated, and her quest to discover why she was born, and what happened to the person she replaced.
Beyond that? You can check out the flap copy!
[Manga Maniac Café] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Jodi Meadows] The moment of concept conception is gone now. I wrote a note to myself with the idea for Incarnate three years before I started writing it, and in between there I was working on so many things, I’ve simply forgotten what sparked that thought. But characters — that I can answer.
I knew that everyone was reincarnated over and over, except Ana, so first I put together their society. I wanted to establish the rules of their world before I broke things for them, just like Ana does. When I started thinking about her, I imagined how scary it must be to be new in this world where everyone knows one another. You’d feel like the ultimate outsider.
Everyone knows what it’s like to feel new somewhere. Ana’s case is just a little more . . . extreme.
[Manga Maniac Café] What was the most challenging aspect of writing the book?
[Jodi Meadows] Everything is a challenge! There’s a saying out there that you don’t learn how to write books — you learn how to write *this* book. That’s definitely been true for me.
Fortunately, I really enjoy every challenge in writing.
[Manga Maniac Café] What have you learned about yourself through your characters?
[Jodi Meadows] I like to think that after mumblemumble years of living with myself, I know myself pretty well. When I write characters, they aren’t me. They’re 100% their own people. While we may share some passions (music, dance, whatever!), for me, writing characters is learning about *them.*
[Manga Maniac Café] Why do you think books with paranormal elements are so popular with readers? What do you like best about them?
[Jodi Meadows] The paranormal is mysterious. It’s a peek into the shadows, and a break from the mundane. Who doesn’t need a break from mundane??
I love paranormal stories because of the possibilities. Anything can happen. Magic is real. I love that.
[Manga Maniac Café] What are some book releases that you are anticipating?
[Jodi Meadows] I’m looking forward to EVERYTHING the Apocalipsies have coming out! I’ve already read EVERNEATH (Brodi Ashton) and UNDER THE NEVER SKY (Veronica Rossi) and they’re both amazing. If this is what 2012 looks like, the year will be bright.
[Manga Maniac Café] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Jodi Meadows] My mom says that when I was little, I loved a book called SEASON OF PONIES. (Google says it’s by Zilpha Keatley Snyder.) I don’t remember that book, but apparently I made her read it to me again and again.
The book that got me reading on my own? This is going to sound silly, but I don’t remember the title. I DO remember it was a book assigned at school. I was home sick and read the entire thing in a day — a big deal for me then. I was very disappointed when what I thought was a paranormal element was explained away with SCIENCE, but eventually I did find stories where magic was real.
That’s when my bookshelves began bowing with strain.
[Manga Maniac Café] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Jodi Meadows] I like to spin, crochet, and knit! I learned how to crochet in my early teens, and picked up knitting and spinning in my early twenties. One day, I’d love to learn how to weave.
[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!
You can learn more about Jodi by visiting her website: www.jodimeadows.com
Incarnate will be released January 31, 2012
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