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Today on the blog I have Jodi Meadows, author of one of my favorite fantasy/dystopian series, The NewSoul Series, and author of soon to be coming The Orphan Queen!
Welcome to the blog Jodi! So happy you are here! To start off, why don't you tell us about your latest project.
My next book coming out -- and the latest book that's finished finished, as opposed to the books that are finished and being revised until I get new gray hairs -- is THE ORPHAN QUEEN. It's the first in a duology. Think YA Batman meets Game of Thrones, about an orphaned princess fighting to reclaim her kingdom, set in a world where magic isn't just illegal, but destroying everything. And the fact that she has magic means she has to work extra hard to avoid the masked vigilante who looooves to capture people like her.
I absolutely LOVED your New Soul Series, and fell in love with Ana and Sam. Who is your favorite character that you've written?
Oh gosh, I don't have a favorite at all! I love them all equally and I'm proud of them all equally!
What's a typical day look like for you?
I don't really have typical days, I think. There's always a lot of email (which sometimes I put off), maintenance of my social media accounts (fun!), and of course writing. I used to write until I crashed, but I've been trying to do better about stopping after a reasonable amount of work has been completed.
What made you decide to become a writer?
I've always been a storyteller and loved making things up. It wasn't until seventh grade, though, that I realized writing could be a legitimate job. My teacher read WAIT TILL HELEN COMES by Mary Downing Hahn to the class. I don't know what it was about that book that switched my brain like that, but it sure did it.
What books have you read in the past that were inspiring to you? Especially when you were a kid?
Oh tons of books! WAIT TILL HELEN COMES, as I mentioned, THE BLUE SWORD and THE HERO AND THE CROWN by Robin McKinley. SABRIEL by Garth Nix. WINTER OF FIRE by Sheryl Jordan. Others I will think of immediately after sending this email.
What is your favorite thing about being a writer? What is your least favorite?
All the things are my favorite. Except taxes. Taxes is my least favorite.
Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
They're certainly not unique, but I think they're interesting: I knit and crochet, and I can spin my own yarn on both a spinning wheel and drop spindles. I've also recently learned how to do calligraphy (for THE ORPHAN QUEEN), so that's been fun!
What book have your read do you think should get more hype and recognition than it does?
One of my favorites is DEFIANCE by C.J. Redwine. And lots of others. But off the top of my head, that's it.
If you woke up to your house on fire, what is the one thing you would grab and save if you had time? (And assuming all people and animals were safe already)
My computer. It has my books on it!
What is one tip you could pass along to beginning writers?
Keep writing. You're going to get rejections, and that's okay. Keep writing anyway.
What is the most important thing you've learned so far on your own journey?
Eyes on your own paper.
Thanks so much for visiting us today Jodi! To wrap things up, share one random fact about yourself.
Once I knit a stuffed hedgehog.
Oh, I'd love to see that!