Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Writers Like Us - Jodi Meadows

Whenever I read author interviews, I'm always looking for that one thing that tells me whatever it is I'm going through--rejection or acknowledgment or insecurity or excitement--is totally normal and just a part of the process. I want to know what makes that author like me.

Agency sister Jodi Meadows volunteered to be the first in my new blog series, Writers Like Us. Jodi's second book in her INCARNATE trilogy–out January 29, 2013 is available for pre-order. And INCARNATE is out in paperback today!

Her answers are below in bold. Let us know what makes Jodi like you in the comments.

Jodi on Writing
  • I've written 21 books, and 2, eventually 3 have seen the light of day.
  • My favorite type of scene/character/setting to write is something mundane that becomes slightly magical.
  • No matter how long I've been writing, I still have issues with spelling.
  • A typical comment from my CP is "Didn't you check for typos?"

Jodi on Getting Published
  • If my agent really knew how crazy I was, she would find out nothing. She already knows. I try not to hold anything back, that way she's prepared for any other crazy client who comes at her. 
  • When I was querying, I felt depressed.
  • The biggest mistake I ever made querying was when I sent requested pages...for the wrong manuscript.
  • The craziest thought I've ever had while writing/querying/subbing/being published is "I should quit."
  • When I got "The Call," my first thought was "They're going to say it's a joke any minute now."
  • When I saw my book sale in Publishers Marketplace, I cried.

Jodi on Life Outside Writing
  • If I weren't a writer, I'd probably be a unicorn. 
  • Secretly, I'm terrified of GERMS.
  • My secret boyfriend is fictional.
  • Sometimes, when no one is around, I sing to the ferrets (they wish I wouldn't).

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.


  1. Love this! That´s a wonderful idea and make me feel a tad less dysfunctional :D
    On another note, can´t wait to read ASUNDER!

    1. And I meant "makes" me of course. Doh!

    2. I can't wait for ASUNDER either!! And I love Jodi's answers. I feel so much better knowing another author struggles with spelling too.

  2. Love this series!! Can't wait to see the rest!

    1. Oh, just you wait--I have some ~*amazing*~ authors lined up. Jodi is an absolute dream for going first. <3

  3. Neat series! Can't wait to read more. Thanks for sharing, Jodi!

  4. I LOVE JODI!!!! Thanks for sharing Valerie, this is going to be a great series. :)

    1. Thanks Stacey!! I love Jodi too! She did such a great job with this interview! I love the answer about not being able to spell-- *raises hand* Guilty as charged.

  5. Yeay! I'm excited about this series! Thanks for doing it Valerie! (And Jodi! And all the future ~*amazing*~ authors lined up.)

  6. I love the idea of this series! Great first interview, and I'm excited to read more. :)

    1. Thanks Ghenet!

      I loved Jodi's answers...especially the one about sending pages for the wrong manuscript! I know so many people who have done that.

  7. Love this, you two! Loved Jodi's answers! Lol

    Great series, Valerie!

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    1. Thanks Roxanne! And I have more fun interviews where that came from ;)


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