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Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Sweetheart Jessica Lee Anderson - Interview and Giveaway!

I couldn't be more excited to introduce today's interviewee:

The pretty,
and thoughtful
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.

2. pictures
3. letters from friends, family, and fans
5. recipes

PJH: I love the setting for BORDER CROSSING. What inspired your ideas for location, and what did you do in the name of research?

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)?

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?

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?

Scooby Doo of course!

PJH: Computer or hand written


PJH: First Draft: Revise as you go or just get it down?

Just get it down with some revising as I go

PJH: Favorite natural wonder?

JLA: Grand Canyon

PJH: Favorite myth?

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!


Jessica Lee Anderson said...

Thank you so much for letting me stop by! You're amazing, Tricia, and I'm so lucky to have you in my life!

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Victoria! And your comment went through. Blogger's been a bit wonky lately.
I hope your cousin stops by!

Aw, Jessica, now you're making me blush. I'm thrilled to feature you!

Karen said...

I think Border Crossing will be a great book for my high school library and I'm interested in looking into Trudy as well because my mom suffered from dementia/Alzheimer's at the end of her life. It would have been very difficult to be a teen in that situation and I would like to read about it.

PJ Hoover said...

Hey Karen, Border Crossing would be perfect for your high school library!

StephTheBookworm said...

These books look great! Loved the interview.

Anonymous said...

It's great to see an author find success with different age levels! Cool. Seems like I've seen that cover a lot. Good marketing!

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Steph and Laura. And Jessica is fabulous at marketing! Plus the cover of Border Crossing rocks!

lotusgirl said...

That book looks very interesting. Great interview.

angie said...

I would love to be entered! Thanks for the giveaway!
email bangersis(at)msn(dot)com

Natalie Aguirre said...

Great interview. Good luck with your book. I think it's great that you're able to switch the age range in your books.

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Angie and Natalie!

Solvang Sherrie said...

What a fun interview! Border Crossing is actually on my list so if I win it, even better :)

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Sherrie! And very cool. Good luck!

Shannon Whitney Messenger said...

Ooo, awesome interview. And thanks for spotlighting this wonderful book! Even if I don't win I will definitely be picking up a copy to read. :)

PJ Hoover said...

It's a fantastic book, Shannon! When you finish those revisions, you can read it :)

Christina Farley said...

What a fun stream of questions at the end! Jessica, sounds like you've got some great books coming out. Can't wait to read them both.

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Christina!

Jessica Lee Anderson said...

I really appreciate all of your comments! Thank you!!!