Please help me welcome J. Meyers, author of the young adult debut novel, Intangible, to The Bawdy Book Blog today!
About J. Meyers J. Meyers grew up in Vermont and now lives in Central New York. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s chasing her four kids around, exploring the outdoors with them, relishing the few quiet moments she gets with her husband, baking sweet treats, and forgetting to make dinner. Though she cannot actually see the future nor heal with a touch of her hand, she likes to think her children believe she can. Intangible is her first novel.
~You’ve included a plethora of paranormal species in Intangible. Did you start out knowing you would include each of them or did that sort of happen along the way? I started out knowing there’d be vampires because my original idea was of a girl who could heal and she accidentally transforms vampires back to human. The other species came into it as I created the story because I didn’t want it to be just a vampire book since there was so much talk about vampires being “so five minutes ago.” And actually, because of that I kept trying to replace the vampires with some other species, but nothing else was right. Jonas just had to be a vampire, there was no way around it.
~My favorite character in Intangible was Fey because she was so bad to the bone. Who is your favorite character and was that character easy or hard to write? Oh goodness, I don’t think I have a favorite. That’s like asking me to choose a favorite child! I like each of them so much for different reasons, and actually found them all pretty easy to write. I worked to find their voices, their idiosyncracies and let those shine through when a scene was told from their point of view. As to the favorite part of my characters…I love the relationship and banter between Sera and Luke, together and individually they are really interesting people. I love Marc’s charm and wit, and that he’s trying to do the right thing, he really wants to do the right thing. I love Jonas’s complex sense of morality and honor, his loyalty, and (ahem) the fact that he’s totally swoon-worthy. I *love* Fey for her strength, intelligence, loyalty, warmth, and general kick-butt-ness. I’m so glad you liked her too–she’s named after a friend of mine, so she feels extra special to me.
~Is there anything you would change about the story or does it leave you completely satisfied? While I am completely satisfied with the story, there are a few little things I would change after reading some very lovely reviews that pointed out a weakness here or there. But the book is complete, polished, and DONE. 🙂 I can’t go back to it. But what I can do is address those little weaknesses in book two. Which is what I’m doing right now.
~If I was an author, I don’t think I could read criticism. Do you read all reviews, even the negative ones? I’ve read most of the reviews, and at first even the small criticisms hurt a bit. But I thought about why it hurt–was it because it was true? If so, then it was a help to me to open my eyes to something I missed and can do better at next time. If it wasn’t true then why would I let it bother me? So after the initial few that contained criticisms, nothing has bothered me, and I’ve taken notes on what I need to address in book two. Some criticisms have made me laugh out loud because they just felt ridiculous or contradictory to me. And to be honest, I’ve been really very lucky in that I haven’t gotten a bad review yet. (*knocks on wood LOUDLY*) And when I do (because I know it’ll happen at some point) I’m not going to read it. Everyone is entitled to her/his opinion and not everyone is going to love my book. I know that, and I fully support a reader’s right to criticize my book to pieces. And I don’t have to read about it if they do. 🙂
~From ideation to finalization, how long did it take to write Intangible? It took me a little over a year to actually write it, and then another year to revise/edit/rewrite/polish it up for publication. So a little over two years total from idea to publish. (It took so long because I have four young kids, we homeschool, and so the only time I have to write is at night when they’re asleep.) (It’s slightly insane that I wrote a book when I have no time for it.) (Well, maybe more that just “slightly.”)
~What’s your favorite book…EVER? I have NO IDEA. For the longest time I *loved* Gone With the Wind and Wuthering Heights, both of which I read numerous times. But I haven’t read them in a LONG time and I’ve gotten MUCH pickier in my reading tastes, so I’m not sure I’d feel the same way about them now. Some books that I’ve read in the past two years (and I’ve read a LOT of YA) and absolutely LOVED are: -This is All: The Pillow Book of Cordelia Kenn by Aidan Chambers (has one of the funniest scenes I’ve ever read that gets me laughing so hard I cry–*every* time I read it, and that NEVER happens for me, plus it has brilliant dialogue) -Chime by Frannie Billingsley (AMAZING world that is so alive and the most beautiful writing) -Dreamdark series (Blackbringer and Silksinger) by Laini Taylor (another incredibly complex and beautiful world that practically breathes right off the page, so beautifully written)
~Describe that book in a tweet (140 characters or less!) – if you didn’t have a favorite, then describe one of your favs: This is All: It’ll make you laugh so hard you cry, it’ll make you cry so hard you sob.
~If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing for a living? Drawing portraits in pencil. (Okay, I probably wouldn’t make a living at it, but that’s one thing I’d do to bring in extra money.) [TBBB: I draw, too! My family is mad I “waste” my talent…]
~Favorite positive phrase? Everything will work out for the best.
~If you could be one of your characters, who would you be and why? Sera. My brother has incurable cancer, and I’d heal him in a heartbeat. [TBBB: My heart goes out to you and your family; cancer is a real bitch.]
~This is the first in a series. When can we look forward to the next being released? Hopefully by the end of the year. (Fingers crossed!)
~And finally…describe YOUR book, Intangible, in a tweet (140 characters or less): Twins have to figure out how to change the future to save one of their lives. (And they discover their world is not what they thought.)
- Summer, winter, spring or fall – Fall
- Morning person or night owl – Night owl
- Facebook or Twitter – Twitter (LOVE Twitter!)
- Hotdogs or Hamburgers – Neither (vegetarian) (but I’d take a veggie burger over a veggie dog)
- DTBs (dead tree books) or eBooks? – DTBs, no contest (LOVE my library book sale!)
- Favorite place to read? – EVERYWHERE
- Movie? – Love Actually (or anything with Johnny Depp) (sigh…Johnny Depp)
- Vacation destination? – ocean, any ocean
- Place to write? – on couch in front of the fire
- Food? – fresh fruit or dark chocolate, depending on the day
Twins Sera and Luke Raine have a well-kept secret—she heals with a touch of her hand, he sees the future. All their lives they’ve helped those in need on the sly. They’ve always thought of their abilities as being a gift.
Then Luke has a vision that Sera is killed. That gift they’ve always cherished begins to feel an awful lot like a curse. Because the thing about Luke’s ability? He’s always right. And he can’t do anything about it.
Thank you, J, for stopping by and answering a few questions, it was great having you!