Interview with Jodi Meadows – Incarnate
1Like Ana, what’s something you’d love to experience again for the first time? (I think mine would probably be food-related…)
A.) Oooh, I do like food.
I think there are a lot of things I’d like to experience again for the first time. There are a few books I’d love to reread like I’d never read them before. Oh, and I’d like to meet (and be charmed by) ferrets again for the first time. But really, I’m glad I can’t. I’d feel compelled to do things again for the newness and I might miss out on doing all the things I haven’t yet done.
2If you were like Sam and the others who were continually reincarnated, what do you think you would do with those lifetimes? Would you try a million different thing or become really good at one thing?
A.) I think I’d try to focus on a few things I really enjoyed, leaving room to try new things as well. I know how I am: when I get involved in something, it’s all I want to do. One thing for every lifetime would get boring. Too many things would be confusing for me. But a handful? I could handle that.
3In Incarnate, the way that souls are reborn is very mysterious. In the next Newsoul book, will we find out more about how that process works?
A.) Absolutely! One of the things I hope people enjoy about the series is discovering what happened and how could a world end up like this?
4One of the most striking scenes in the book is when Sam looks back at pictures of himself in his past lives. It was such an fascinating idea that was described so vividly and clearly. What was the process like of fleshing out the reincarnation aspect of Incarnate?
A.) I had to let go of a lot of our world’s general assumptions about physical bodies, gender, and age, because none of those things matter to characters in Range. What truly matters is the soul inside.
One of the most feared warriors is a woman. One of the most powerful leaders in Heart is a skinny teenage boy. One of the most skilled medics in existence is currently a nine-year-old girl who needs a stool to do surgery.
It was important for me to let go of our social norms so I could write this world in all its strange and wonderful glory. Though I wanted to make it accessible for readers, I couldn’t in good conscious only do things halfway. The world is similar to ours in some ways, but it is not our world. Lots of it is strange to us. It’s completely normal to them.
That is one of the things I’ve tried to remember every step of the way.
5There’s so much raw emotion in Incarnate – rejection, internal struggles, passion. Do you think it was as emotional to write as it was to read?
A.) Definitely. I spent months at a time deep inside Ana’s head, experiencing her thoughts and emotions as she did, trying to draw them out and make them relatable and believable. This wasn’t always easy; Ana grew up in a physically and emotionally abusive household, and it was painful to watch her reactions not only to her mother, but everyone else.
6As a debut author, what has it been like to meet your readers? Have you had any odd/funny encounters?
A.) It’s been incredible! Family and friends are predisposed to like my stories (though they’re always honest about their thoughts, for which I’m grateful), but strangers? People I haven’t known for years and years? It’s thrilling to hear about people connecting with INCARNATE so deeply. I couldn’t be happier that people are enjoying INCARNATE.
7 Will ferrets or knitting ever appear in any of your future books? Or will it only be cheese? 😀 (If you have no idea what I’m referring to, please read Jodi’s “FAQ” page on her site!).
A.) Ana actually wears a lot of knitted items. She talks about her mittens and fingerless mitts quite often! Ferrets and weasels get mentioned here and there, too.
I don’t know if either will ever have the spotlight in a story (cheese doesn’t!), but I do like slipping them in for people who know me.
8Even though Incarnate will be released January 31, when can we expect to see Newsoul #2 hit shelves?
A.) I don’t have a firm release date yet, but I suspect it will be around the same time in 2013. On the bright side, I’m sure we’ll have another gorgeous cover to stare at long before that.
9Is there anything else you would like to add about Incarnate, yourself, etc.?
A.) The first thing I did when I got my author copies? I made a book fort.
Thanks again to Jodi for coming on the blog and providing some insight about Incarnate and her writing!!