Jessica Lee Anderson
Jessica Lee Anderson
Jessica is the author of TRUDY, a touching story about a young girl dealing with her father getting Alzheimer's, and her brand new novel BORDER CROSSING! I can vouch and say both books are fantastic. In addition, Jessica's third novel, Calli, will be published in 2011.
**Stick around because I'm giving away a copy of BORDER CROSSING!
Not only is Jessica a friend, she's also a fellow Texas Sweetheart (along with Jo Whittemore ). And without further ado, here is Jessica...
PJH: Congratulations of the release of BORDER CROSSING! BORDER CROSSING is YA, but you’ve also written TRUDY which is for younger readers. How do you feel about authors writing for a variety of ages as opposed to creating their own niche in the market?
JLA: Thank you! There is something to be said about author branding though authors must write what they’re passionate about though. Writing for a variety of ages has its advantages like being able to provide alternatives and options. Plus, the versatility is a benefit when it comes to speaking at events.
PJH: Tell us five things you collect.
3. letters from friends, family, and fans
PJH: I love the setting for BORDER CROSSING. What inspired your ideas for location, and what did you do in the name of research?
JLA: I studied at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas for a couple of years. This town, plus surrounding towns like Marfa and Fort Davis are colorful and unique. I used many of my memories from these places, plus trips to Big Bend National Park to create the fictitious town of Rockhill, Texas.
PJH: What are three books you are looking forward to the release of in the next year (not including mine)?
JLA: There are so many books I can’t wait to read, so I’ll pick three from local authors that will be released around the same times as yours, Tricia—
Truth with a Capital T by Bethany Hegedus
Alien Invasion and Other Inconveniences by Brian Yansky
Brains for Lunch by K.A. Holt
PJH: If an apocalypse came, would you still find a way to write (even if this meant paper and pen)? And if yes, then how and why?
JLA: I’d write on whatever I could because writing helps me deal with things. And if I got severely maimed in the apocalypse, I’d create stories in my mind for escape.
OK, now the fun, fast part. Keep your answers as short as possible!
PJH: Fantasy Island or Love Boat?
JLA: Fantasy Island
PJH: Guilty Pleasure?
JLA: Pizza Buffet
PJH: Favorite Scooby Doo character?
JLA: Scooby Doo of course!
PJH: Computer or hand written
PJH: First Draft: Revise as you go or just get it down?
JLA: Just get it down with some revising as I go
PJH: Favorite natural wonder?
JLA: Grand Canyon
PJH: Favorite myth?
JLA: Psyche and Eros
PJH: Thank you so much, Jessica! I loved having you here!
And now for your chance to win a copy of BORDER CROSSING, simply leave a comment before the end of day Sunday 4/18/2010!