Asunder and Prodigy: Release Day Twins

Since Marie and I both have books coming out today—YAY!!!—we thought it might be fun to do a post together discussing what it’s been like gearing up for our second books’ release.

So…here goes!

Jodi: Marieeee! It’s finally here! Prodigy and Asunder are out at last. It’s been a year for me, and over a year for you. What a long wait! Has the wait killed you? Are you dead now?

Marie: Dude, I am sooo dead from waiting. I feel like 70% of a writer’s life is waiting! Waiting on pub date, on query/mss/submission replies, on revisions, on reviews, etcetc. At least we get lots of practice with patience! How about you? Does the waiting game feel different with the release of your second, and how do you handle the new skill of juggling book 1 responsibilities with your book 2 obligations (and waiting)?

Jodi: I wholeheartedly agree that most of a writer’s life is waiting! The waiting for book 2 does feel a little different from the waiting from book 1. With Incarnate, the waiting for release pretty much consumed my life as soon as I wasn’t given something productive to do. The weeks between turning in Asunder edits and Incarnate’s release were basically all stress all the time. This time around, though, I have all kinds of work to do, so I don’t really have time to stress about Asunder.

What about you? Any difference? I’m really curious how it’s been for you with over a year between the books. Your fans must be going crazy waiting for more June and Day!

Marie: It was totally the same way with me, re: too much to do to stress! At the same time, there’s also this sense of relief, because Prodigy was so much harder to write than Legend. It’s just such a weight lifted from my shoulders, knowing that this very challenging-to-write book will finally be in people’s hands.

Was Asunder more difficult to write than Incarnate? Or was it easier the second time around?

Jodi: It’s hard to imagine anyone thinks the second book is easier to write. On one hand, you don’t have to develop all-new characters, build a world, find a trilogy-worthy plot—because it’s already there. That seems like it should make it easier, but for me, Asunder was just as intimidating as Incarnate. Maybe more! It went through several major drafts before I finally found the right way to tell story.

What kind of expectations did you have before Legend was published? Was it different with Prodigy?

Marie: I also went through many rounds of major revisions before Prodigy finally congealed! Totally commiserate with you. 🙂 And you know, I’m not entirely sure what I expected with Legend’s publication. I just remember hoping to high heaven that readers would enjoy the story, and that Legend’s performance would make Penguin happy. With Prodigy, my expectation changed from “I hope readers like it” to “I hope readers like this better than the first one” (or its close variant, “I hope readers don’t think I’m a one-hit author”). We always want to push ourselves to write progressively better books, and with each book, we raise our personal bar. It’s definitely a new set of fears!

Did Asunder turn out the way you expected it would? Did you have a solid story arc in mind for Asunder back when you wrote Incarnate, and if so, did the final copy of Asunder deviate from that initial arc?

Jodi: Having been lucky enough to read Prodigy already, I don’t think you’re in danger of anyone thinking you’re a one-hit author!

Asunder did turn out the way I hoped. I started out with a solid plot arc for all three books—and the trilogy overall—but as always, things changed: the plot became more streamlined, the structure shifted into an actual book structure, and scenes, events, and themes were adjusted to fit right. It was a lot of work, but all those drafts really served to help me get to the final one—the story I was trying to tell all along.

Will you be doing some traveling for Prodigy, now that it’s finally out in the world? Where will you be stopping, and where can readers find more information?

Marie: How awesome that Asunder came out in the way that you hoped! I’m so excited to read it–and can we say, prettiest cover ever?? Also, yes, I’ll be touring in early February for Prodigy as part of Penguin’s 2013 Breathless Reads tour! I’ll be signing in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Boulder, Austin, and Salt Lake City. Details can be found on my site!

Jodi: Fantastic! Meanwhile, I’ll be visiting Boston, New York City, Albany, Richmond, D.C., Harrisonburg, VA, and Crozet, VA. You can find dates and times on my website.

Now, for all you fabulous readers out there, don’t forget to ENTER THE GIVEAWAY! We’re giving away a copy of Asunder AND a copy of Prodigy!

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Marie SquareMARIE LU is the author of the NYT bestselling Legend series. After graduating from the University of Southern California, she jumped into the video game industry, working for Disney Interactive Studios as a Flash artist. Now a full-time writer, she spends her spare time reading, drawing, playing Assassin’s Creed, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in Pasadena, CA.

Jodi Hi-Res SquareJODI 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.

*A Kippy is a cat.

                    

24 Responses to Asunder and Prodigy: Release Day Twins

  1. Christa Jan 29 2013 at 9:32 am #

    I read Incarnate about nine months ago & Legend is sitting on my shelf screaming “Read Me!” but I haven’t been able to yet (sad, I know!). I’m so excited for both authors on the release of the 2nd book! Can’t wait to see them on the shelves, all pretty beside the other books. ; )

  2. Yuanting Jan 29 2013 at 9:39 am #

    I’ve had the pleasure of reading both LEGEND *and* INCARNATE already and am sooooo excited for the sequels!

    Though, because I work in a bookstore, I’ve had the lucky chance to read PRODIGY early and I must say that I LOVE it! I’m also super excited to finally be able to read ASUNDER! Eek!

  3. Jackie Jan 29 2013 at 10:37 am #

    GREAT POST! Congrats to you both!!! I really cannot wait to read either of these books. I do have one question that your discussion brought to mind… Did you know how the whole trilogy would go when you sold it to your publisher? Do writers have to present the story of all three books to publishers when they sell a trilogy? Thanks and CONGRATS AGAIN!!!

  4. Alexa Y. Jan 29 2013 at 10:55 am #

    I loved this interview you guys! It was great to hear about your experiences with both your first and second novels, as well as to see what changed in between. Congratulations on the release of your books!

  5. layla Jan 29 2013 at 12:48 pm #

    I read and loved both books and have been anxiously awaiting the sequels…I pre-ordered them!

  6. Peggy Eddleman Jan 29 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    How fun to have a dual release! I loved the interview. I’m in the process of slogging through sequel drafts, and it’s so nice to hear the excitement that comes with getting that second book out there! I can’t wait to read both of them!

  7. Carl Jan 29 2013 at 1:31 pm #

    Book release days are always fun, and scary for the authors too. Congrats to both of you on your latest, may there be many more to come.

  8. Bethany Jan 29 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    Great interview!!!!

  9. JQ Trotter Jan 29 2013 at 7:28 pm #

    Great post! It’s so interesting to see the difference between book 1 and book 2 release. I’m so excited these books are out! Congratulations on the release of your second books!

  10. Erica Jan 29 2013 at 10:08 pm #

    I’m so excited! I’m getting my copies tomorrow and plan on spending the next couple days getting reaquainted with all of the characters!

  11. Caitlin Vanasse Jan 29 2013 at 10:37 pm #

    I literally started reading Legend yesterday and am enjoying it so much I accidentally missed my bus stop this morning! Definitely glad I won’t have to wait more than a year for Prodigy.

  12. Kate F. Jan 30 2013 at 9:56 pm #

    I haven’ read Incarnate, but it’s on my list! I’ve read Legend and I literally JUST finished Prodigy, and I agree with Ms. Meadows, Marie Lu is certainly no one-hit author. Prodigy was amazing, and made me cry and oh my gosh it was just perfect!!

  13. DeeDee Griffin Jan 31 2013 at 7:34 pm #

    I read Legend and LOVED it! Very excited for Prodigy. I have Incarnate loaded on my reader and plan t read it soon.

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    stephanie garber Jan 31 2013 at 11:51 pm #

    I am so excited for both these books! And thanks for doing such an awesome giveaway!

  15. Sel Feb 1 2013 at 10:06 am #

    I have a copy of Legend at home but have not yet read it 🙁 I don’t have a copy of Incarnate but have read it 🙂

  16. Ashley @ The Quiet C Feb 1 2013 at 6:54 pm #

    I have only read Legend and it was AMAZING!!! I can’t wait for Prodigy!

  17. Mehray Feb 2 2013 at 3:09 am #

    I finished reading Legend today and it was absolutely amazeballs and I really need Prodigy now !!!
    As for Incarnate, I haven’t read it yet but it’s on my to-read list

  18. mary ann Feb 2 2013 at 5:57 am #

    i haven’t read both of the book but it’s on my to read list 🙂

  19. Hong Feb 3 2013 at 9:57 am #

    Awesome interview and thanks for sharing your writing process for Book #2. Good luck! 🙂

  20. Shelver506 Feb 3 2013 at 6:14 pm #

    I’ve read INCARNATE (so yes, I’m excited!), but I haven’t read LEGEND. I want to, I plan to, but I haven’t yet.

  21. Alex Ray Feb 4 2013 at 9:59 am #

    I haven’t read either, but that’s only because my to read list is miles high! I’ve heard so many good things, though, that I”m anxious to get my hands on them!

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