Interview with Jessica Lee Anderson
Jessica Lee Anderson is the author of Calli, coming out September 13th. I reviewed Calli, and I loved it!Jessica's previous young adult books include: along with her latest, CALLI.Jessica made my life when she read my review of Calli on the blog and...she commented. That seriously was the highlight of my week. I ran around jumping "an author commented on my BLOG!" and screaming.Jessica not only writes young adult, but she's written children's books as well. In addition, she's part of the TEXAS SWEETHEARTS AND SCOUNDRELS.She recently had shoulder surgery, so here's hoping for a quick recovery! I hope you enjoy the interview with her!
I hope it will be a validating book, especially for families with same-sex parents!
Family bonds, whether traditional or non-traditional, shape who we are from the very beginning. We all have a desire to belong and feel accepted. Our sense of belonging stems from a strong family unit and this prepares us for the future.
“I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter.” ~James MichenerWell, at least I aspire to be an excellent rewriter.
I was first drawn in by the beautiful colors which fit the story perfectly and the striking title treatment. The model, though different looking than the Calli I had imagined, is posed in such a way that resonates her personality.
I do outline, though it is more like pages of notes about characters, intentions, and actions.
TRUDY has been my favorite book to write as the story is close to my heart and is dedicated to my grandparents. To my grandmother who inspired the novel and to my grandfather who took such loving care of her condition worsened because of Alzheimer’s. I felt possessed to write and it was such a healing and enjoyable process for me.
Since most of my rejection letters now come via email these days, I love him or her! I’ll soon be receiving my author’s copies of CALLI, and I might be inclined to hug whoever delivers them. (Well, a side hug since I’m wearing a giant sling as my shoulder heals after surgery. :)
I try to not let reviews get to me and do what I can to ignore them. There have been a few reviews that have stung, but I try to feel gratitude that people are reading and discussing my books. This can be a really subjective business!
When writing for very young children, I’m much more aware of word choices, word count, structure, and making sure the content is familiar and appropriate. When writing for young adults, I focus more on character voice.
I absolutely love to both write and read contemporary, though I’m open to writing a different genre. I have a sci-fi-ish idea I hope to explore in the near future.
I was pulled from the slush pile and got “the phone call” when I was at work. To say I was over the moon is a complete understatement!
These are my next three reads:SASS AND SERENDIPITY by Jennifer ZieglerTUESDAYS AT THE CASTLE by Jessica Day GeorgeHOW TO SAVE A LIFE by Sara Zarr
I think many of the books I read as a young reader and teen have influenced me the most—LITTLE WOMEN by Louisa May Alcott, anything and everything by Judy Blume, Robert Cormier, and Barbara Kingsolver.
I’ve done both! I think each book beckons its own writing process.Any advice for writers?Reading is the best internship available! And write. Write. WRITE. (Okay, must go do as I suggest.)There will be a giveaway of an ARC of Calli soon, so wait up! Thanks for the interview, Jessica!