How was writing a sequel harder than the first book
Fitting in the backstory.
It's hard to figure out the right balance of backstory. You don't want to just dump in a ton of information, but you don't want to leave it out, either. Finding the best way to seed in reminders is incredibly difficult!
Why is music such an important part of Ana's journey
Music is a universal language. It speaks to all of us, and can convey emotions sometimes words can't manage.
In Ana's case, it's the only thing that makes her feel good. Music is the only thing that seems to understand her and what she's going through. It's how Sam connects with her and helps her grow beyond her pain.
You can pick any of your characters to go to lunch with. Who do you choose, where do you go, and what do they order
Either Sam or Ana. Both would be nice! I think they'd like Italian food. (I know I do.) Or Mexican food! (Mmm.) We could order sopapillas! I mean something healthy.
What advice do you have for aspiring writers
Read. Write. Revise. Learn. Don't let rejection get you down. Everyone gets rejected. Focus on improving your craft and telling stories that make your heart soar.
What books would you recommend to a fan on Incarnate
Gosh. Lots. But a few to get you started:
DEFIANCE by C.J. Redwine
THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS by Rae Carson
PEGASUS by Robin McKinley
I recently just updated my recommendation page here. http://www.jodimeadows.com/?page_id=225
Who was the hardest character to write
They're all pretty hard to write. But . . . maybe Ana? In some ways, she was really easy to write. Her voice is just so natural to me. But in other ways, she was incredibly difficult. For one, she's a lot braver than I am! And two, she thinks and reacts in different ways from me. And since she's the point of view character . . .
Butterflies are symbolic in Incarnate, and Roses in Asunder. Any idea what symbols we might find in Book 3?
Yep! Book three is already written and turned in, so I absolutely do know what the symbol is for that book. But I can't tell you.
You'll figure it out when I'm allowed to share the cover. Probably May or June.
I’m looking forward to it! Thank you, Jodi, for stopping by!