Jan 20, 2012

Incarnate: Interview with author Jodi Meadows +Giveaway

I am ecstatic to have Incarnate author, Jodi Meadows, back at the blog! I was mesmerized with her cover last summer and it went immediately to my TBR pile. Incarnate comes out January 31st, don't miss it! Welcome, Jodi!
We talked about your gorgeous cover reveal back in early June of last year. Does your heart still flutter every time you see Ana even after all of these months?
Oh definitely! I still catch myself staring at her sometimes. She's just so magical, plus it's my first cover!
This is your debut novel! *claps* In three words, describe your publication journey.
Before my agent said yes: Difficult. Discouraging. Worthwhile.
After my agent said yes: Hopeful. Encouraging. Amazing.

What was the working title of Incarnate or has it always been titled that?
For a long time it was "reincarnation book." Yeah, I'm not awesome at titles. *g* By the time I finished the first draft, it was called Erin Incarnate -- because Ana's name used to be Erin. When her name changed, we dropped it from the title, which was just fine with me; I'd been calling it Incarnate in my head for a while.


Ana is truly a brave and courageous character who only has herself to rely on. Did you model her after anyone?
My characters tend to appear in my head fully formed, but like most people, I've known victims of emotional and physical abuse, and I've done the research to understand what they've gone through. It's sad and frustrating stuff, but I wanted to paint a realistic portrait of someone in her situation. I also wanted her to be someone the reader could cheer for as she grows and overcomes her past.

Being a nosoul in a world full of souls that are continuously reincarnated leaves Ana open to ridicule and abuse. How would Ana have turned out differently if her mother viewed her as a newsoul?
Because her mother was embarrassed of her, Ana grew up in seclusion. If she'd grown up in Heart with a more accepting mother, she might have been educated, and she'd definitely have more practice at social interaction! Her life wouldn't have been perfect, though. The people of Heart would still have varying opinions about her, not all of them welcoming.

Sam is not a perfect knight in shining armor and has some hangups of his own. Do you think that makes him even more perfect for Ana?
Absolutely. Ana is intimidated enough when it comes to him. Even when his issues cause trouble for them, the fact that he has issues makes him human and relatable to her.

The characters in INCARNATE have some unusual names. (Dossam, Meuric, Menehem...) Where did you find these names?
Lots (not all!) are real names, just unusual to some of us. Like most writers, I have a few favorite baby name sites/books. The site I use most is BehindTheName.com

If you were to be reincarnated, who/what would you come back as?
A ferret. No, a cat! No, a ferret! No, a trumpet! Gahh!

Tell me, how excited are you to be coming to see me in Texas? ;)
Squintillion excited!

Care to give some teeny tiny hints about book 2?
Hmm, title hints for book 2: It starts with a vowel. It is an adjective. It has three syllables.
Other vague book 2 hints: More discovery of the world. More characters. More of the characters we've already met. An extra serving of sylph.

You can find Meadows at her website
Add to Goodreads
Read my review HERE

Dark Days Tour is coming our way, Texas!

February 16th at 5pm: Barnes & Noble in Southlake, TX
February 17th at 7pm: Barnes & Noble in Austin, TX
February 18th at 4pm: Blue Willow Bookshop in Houston, TX

Want to read this book? Here is your chance to win yourself a SIGNED ARC! Also, there are 2 mini swag packs - bookplate and stickers - for two lucky readers. Three winners in all. US only.
Fill out the fancy doo-hickey below to be officially entered. Good luck!



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53 comments:

  1. I can't wait to read Incarnate! And I love reading what authors called their novels while they were still WIPs, as well as all of the other changes that came about during the writing process.

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  2. Sounds like a FANTASTIC book (and the cover is stunning).

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  3. It's always so interesting to see where authors get their characters names (and if they change over the course of time, like Ana's did)! :)

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  4. I love the themes behind the story of Incarnate! I was surprised that the cover looks a lot like what I envision for the novel that I am working on.(Thankfully, other than the idea of reincarnation and the use of the butterfly imagery, the stories are not at all alike. Whew!)

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  5. Ive been hearing so much about this book and I cant wait to read it! The cover is gorgeous and the premise of the book sounds really interesting. This book sounds really fresh and fantastic and I can't wait to read it. Thanks for the awesome giveaway :-)

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  6. The cover is absolutely beautiful! Looking forward to reading the book! Great interview and great post...as always!

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  7. I have this from NetGalley, but haven't had a chance to get around to it yet! I haven't heard anything bad about it... Seems like everyone who has read it raves on and on about it :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Double your chances to win Incarnate by entering my giveaway at Inklings Read

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  8. This cover is breathtaking! I can't wait to read the book!

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  9. I've loved this cover from the very first time I saw it.
    *fingers crossed that I win* haha.

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  10. I've been hearing such good things from Incarnate and the cover is fantastic! I love Jodi's answer to the question about her mother treating Ana as a Newsoul. My heart already goes out to her.

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  11. The cover is amazing. Looking forward to picking it up (one way or another) for me and my youngest (I share a lot of books with he).

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  12. I've heard so many wonderful things about this one...would love a chance to read it!!

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  13. This book sounds amazing. I can't wait to read it!

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  14. I've been excited about this release for months!

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  15. I loved this book, and would adore a signed copy!

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  16. I've been wanting to get my hands on this lovely book for some time now! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  17. This book looks and sounds amazing! THank you so much for the giveaway! :D

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  18. This was such a fun interview to read - I would never be able to chose what I'd come back as if I were to be incarnated, too many choices! :) I cannot wait for Incarnate.

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  19. Laughed out loud. Maybe come back as a cat who is trying to blow a trumpet that has a ferret inside it?

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  20. Wow, I definitely have no idea what I'd want to be in my next life. That's a toughie....thanks again!

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  21. This is a fantastic giveaway! I've been wanting to read this ever since I read what it was about! This interview just makes me want to read it even more!! Thank you!!

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  22. Hmm.....I would come back as a cat if I were you. All they get to do is eat, sleep, and sleep some more. Plus, they are totally adorable. :D Thanks for stopping by. :D

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  23. This book is definitely on my to-read list! I can't wait for the Dark Days Tour to come to Austin. Thanks for the interview, Jodi & Jen. =)

    P.S. I also use BehindtheName.com to find unique names for my characters. It's such a handy website.

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  24. This book looks really interesting.
    I'm excited to read it sometime.
    (The cover is beautiful, too!) :D

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  25. Great interview! I can't wait to read this book.

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  26. I have been waiting for this book a long time! I can't wait to get my hands on it! Lovely interview! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  27. I'm looking forward to reading this book!

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  28. I have been so excited to read this book!!, The cover is beautiful and the synopsis is great! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  29. Thank you so much for the giveaway! Ive been wanting to read this!!

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  30. i cannot wait to read this book! thanks for the giveaway!

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  31. Thanks for the giveaway! The cover is amazing! I can't wait to read this book! Thank you so much for the chance:)

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  32. Oh my god this is so amazing! This is ultimately the best giveaway EVER!!!
    chloe

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  33. hah! A ferret! I'd want to be reincarnated as chairman meow. :)

    The cover is truly amazing. Thanks for this fun giveaway!!!

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  34. I already got an e-book copy of incarnate but would LOVE a signed one too! along with the swag :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  35. I absolutely cannot wait to read this!!

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  36. The more I read about this book, the more I can't wait to read it. Plus, Jodi seems like such a nice person, it just makes me want to read her work even more.

    Thanks so much for the giveaway op!


    Smiles!
    Lori

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  37. Thanks you so much for the giveaway! I heard so many good reviews for Incarnate! I can't wait to read it!

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  38. Jen! This is awesome! Are you going to the Austin book singing? I totally want go - if I'm not working.

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  39. I've been waiting to buy Incarnate for when Jodi is in Houston for the Dark Days Tour, so I've been trying to avoid reading anything about it, but an interview was too much to pass up! :)

    I am really intrigued by the premise of the book, and Ana sounds like my kind of character. I can't wait to learn more! :)

    Thank you both for this great giveaway!

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  40. I fell in love with Incarnate and I admired Jodi as an author. So many elements of the story spoke to me, and I connected on every level.

    Great book, awesome interview, and a generous giveaway.

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  41. I cannot wait to get my hands on this book, I feel like I have been following it since the cover reveal last summer! I feel like I already know Ana and Sam and I haven't even had the chance to read it yet. Very excited for Jodi's debut novel!

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  42. Congrats on the new book. I've always been fascinated by the idea of reincarnation. I can't wait to read your version. I LOVE the cover!!!

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  43. I'm dying to read this!!! Cover is gorgeous! Thanks for an awesome giveaway!!

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  44. Thanks for the great giveaway!! I've been hearing so much about this book!!

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  45. Such a beautiful cover!! Really. I'm genuinely excited to read it....

    Oh, and that's interesting that the character's name changed. Is there a specific reason? It's amazing how much a manuscript can over the editing process. lol. Congrats and enjoy ever moment of this! A once in a lifetime experience.

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  46. I got to read this one thru NetGalley and it is amazing! I'd love to win the ARC just so I had a copy because there's an expiration on the NetGalley copy. It's one that I KNOW I'm going to want to read again. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  47. I've been dying to read this book! I keep looking to see if my local Chapters has it available but nothing yet! Keeping my fingers crossed!

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  48. Let's hear it for Virginia authors! Woot!

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  49. I have seen this book around and it look amazing! I absolutely love the cover and the sound of it! Thanks for the giveaway.

    Kayla
    kayla.s.graham at gmail dot com

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  50. Can't wait to read this. Win or not.

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