Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Jodi Meadows
By OFW Editor: Michael Keyton
Published: June 15, 2013

Accomplishment: Jodi Meadows lives and writes in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, with her husband, a cat called Kippy, and a huge ferret army. She is a confessed book addict, and has wanted to be a writer ever since she decided against becoming an astronaut. Check out the Incarnate and Asunder series!

To agent or not to agent? Why or why not?

For me, yes. I could not act as my own agent. My agent (bless her heart) takes care of my contracts, foreign deals, and any nudging of people I don't want to do. She also tells me when to go away from my computer because I sound like I'm about two inches away from a meltdown.

In terms of digital publishing do you think paperbacks will ever be collectible and what would you start collecting now?

Goodness, I hope not. I really love paper books. I don't currently have an ereader (though I'm lusting after the latest iPad), and I have zero desire to read ebooks on my computer or smartphone. I spend enough time staring at the screen as it is. I like to imagine there are lots of other people like me out there, who love paper books and are willing to give up living space to store them. I don't need anything in my kitchen, do I?

Would you see it as an exciting or a retrograde step if digitisation encouraged writers to choose sound and pictures to augment their words?

I suppose it could be either. It's not something I'd personally want, as a reader or a writer, but I can see the appeal for others.

Which four literary characters would you like to invite to dinner, and why?

Tough question! I think I'd want a fun group that would make me laugh, so maybe Howl from HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE (DWJ), Sophie from the HEX HALL series (Rachel Hawkins), Emerson from HOURGLASS (Myra McEntire), and Anna from ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS (Stephanie Perkins). Howl would probably implode from all those beautiful ladies around, though.

Are you ever afraid that one day you will stop enjoying writing?

Sometimes! I love writing, but like with any job, there are good days and bad days. Sometimes writing is more difficult than others. Those days, I start worrying I won't always love writing, but that always passes. I tend to go by the philosophy that if I'm not enjoying writing it, no one is going to enjoy reading it.

Every writer has a weakness, what is yours?


Is there an over-arching moral theme in your work, if so what?

Hope. I think it's an important thing to have.

I read the transcript with a growing sense of wonder, especially that last word - hope - and then there were her books, the Asunder series followed by  Incarnate. Wasn't that what had happened to Sheri and me - torn asunder by the casual cruelty of Bo Chi Song? And here she was, in the flesh incarnate and looking more than lovely. "We'll read the books later, Sheri." My voice was thick, barely a mumble. "First we have some catching up to do!"

(And apologies to Jodi for being so late with this. My filing system or a deranged Korean war-lord. Take your choice)

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