Jodi Meadows, author of Incarnate and Asunder [read my review of Asunder here] joins us to talk about reincarnation.
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One of the questions I get asked a lot is “why reincarnation?”
Well, why not?
I’ve always found reincarnation to be a fascinating idea. When I was young, my sister and I used to pretend that we were reincarnated princesses from some fictional kingdom. (Research was not our strong suit.) We made up elaborate stories about our pasts, and how they were affecting us as modern children.
As I grew older, I realized that reincarnation didn’t fall in line with my personal beliefs, but the idea of it never grew less interesting.
Before my agent and editor picked up INCARNATE, I’d written sixteen manuscripts. INCARNATE was number seventeen. With this, I pulled out an idea I’d had years before, but never had the courage to write — because it looked hard. I wanted to write about a world where everyone was reincarnated over and over, except for one person. One new person.
When I sat down to work out the logistics of this, I did some research on reincarnation that real people believe in, but I tried not to borrow much, because I had ideas where I wanted to take my reincarnation, and it wasn’t all very nice. (I didn’t want to inadvertently insult or offend anyone.) As a result, the reincarnation in the INCARNATE series is wholly fantasy.
While I can’t speak for other authors, I think this is pretty common: I find something that fascinates me, and I incorporate it into a story. (You’ll find others in the INCARNATE series, too: hidden identities, soul mates, the power of music, the very-still-and-quiet feeling of snow.) If you’re working on a novel and there’s something you desperately want to add to your story, then go for it! The key — whether it’s dragons, ninjas, or black holes — is making it equally as fascinating and compelling to others.
Ana has always been the only one. Asunder. Apart. But after Templedark, when many residents of Heart were lost forever, some hold Ana responsible for the darksouls–and the newsouls who may be born in their place.
Many are afraid of Ana’s presence, a constant reminder of unstoppable changes and the unknown. When sylph begin behaving differently toward her and people turn violent, Ana must learn to stand up not only for herself but for those who cannot stand up for themselves.
Ana was told that nosouls can’t love. But newsouls? More than anything, she wants to live and love as an equal among the citizens of Heart, but even when Sam professes his deepest feelings, it seems impossible to overcome a lifetime of rejection.
In this second book in the Newsoul trilogy, Ana discovers the truth about reincarnation and will have to find a way to embrace love and make her young life meaningful. Once again, Jodi Meadows explores the extraordinary beauty and shadowed depths of the soul in a story equal parts epic romance and captivating fantasy.
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. WEBSITE | TWITTER
*A Kippy is a cat.