Spotlight Thursday: Jodi Meadows

It’s Spotlight Thursday!

Every Thursday we spotlight authors, agents and more! It’s to let writers and readers know there are awesome resources out there! And awesome books!


Today I had the pleasure to interview author Jodi Meadows. Next week The Mirror King releases, the sequel to The Orphan Queen. We loved The Orphan Queen, check out our review here, and we can’t wait to see where Jodi takes Wilhelmina in this conclusion!


Now to the interview!

Tawney: A lot has happened in the first book Orphan Queen and The Mirror King wraps up Wilhelmina’s story.  Was it hard to wrap up a series in two books?

Jodi: Gosh, yes, it was difficult! There was even a brief flirtation with “what if I had a third book???” because I was having such a hard time fitting so much story into one book. But, as you know, it worked out. Miraculously, and with the help of amazing critique partners, my incredible agent, and my endlessly patient and wise editor, I managed to finish this book without setting it on fire.



Tawney: Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way, either growing up or as an adult?

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Jodi: Oh several! I really connected with books by Tamara Pierce (fun fact: Tobiah Pierce’s last name is a nod to her!), Robin McKinley, and Garth Nix


Tawney: Sometimes writing can take up your whole day so be honest, how often do you wash your hair?

Jodi: I shower every day! Whether I need it or not! 


Tawney: What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

Jodi: There was a lot of rejection in my life before getting published (and let’s face it, there’s still a lot, but it’s a different sort), so my relationship with criticism is pretty thick-skinned. But that doesn’t mean I like reading negative reviews! So I don’t. 🙂 


Some of the best compliments have been from people who really identify with my main characters, though. From people who say that my books literally changed their lives. From people who say that if Ana could get through her problems at home, they can, too. Those — the ones that show my stories are having a deeper impact than I could have dreamed — are the ones that stick with me the most.


Tawney: What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Jodi: I don’t know if it’s a quirk, exactly, but I love writing about masks. Most of my stories involve masks of some sort — though they’re not always literal!



Tawney: You also have another book coming out this year My Lady Jane, co-authored with Cynthia Hand and Brodi Ashton. What was it like working with other authors?

Jodi: It was great! Not only did we have a lot of fun working together, but we were able to really work to our strengths individually, and our strengths as a team. Brodi is amazing at dialogue and humorous situations, while Cynthia really knows how to dig in to the emotional undercurrents of a scene and make them stand out. Plus, we each write about a third  of a book and get credit for the whole thing! 


Thank you Jodi for joining us!

Let’s take a look at The Mirror King!


  • Series: Orphan Queen (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (April 5, 2016)

In this stunning conclusion to The Orphan Queen, Jodi Meadows follows Wilhelmina’s breathtaking and brave journey from orphaned criminal on the streets to magic-wielding queen. This epic fantasy duology is perfect for fans of Graceling by Kristin Cashore, The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson, and Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.

Princess Wilhelmina is ready for her crown, but declaring herself queen means war. Her magic is uncontrollable and now there’s a living boy made of wraith—destructive and deadly, and willing to do anything for her.

Caught between what she wants and what is right, Wilhelmina realizes the throne might not even matter. Everyone thought the wraith was years off, but already it’s destroying Indigo Kingdom villages. Princess Wilhelmina’s ability might be just the thing to help reclaim her kingdom—or ruin it forever

Order your book today!


jodi About the Author:

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 sinc

she decided against becoming an astronaut. She is the author of the INCARNATE Trilogy and the ORPHAN QUEEN Duology (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen), and a coauthor of the forthcoming MY LADY JANE (HarperTeen). Visit her at


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