Thursday, July 19, 2012

Blog Tour: Interview with Jodi Lynn Anderson

About Jodi:Jodi Lynn Anderson is the New York Times bestselling author ofPeaches, The Secrets of Peaches, Love and Peaches, the popular May Bird trilogy, and Tiger Lily. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and an endless parade of stray pets.
Hobbies, Interests, and Enthusiasms:Banjo, teaching, biking, reading like crazy, making claymation, running, music, and spending lots of time with my friends and family and my dog.
*Information from HarperCollins *
1.) As a child I grew up on the classic children stories, and movies as well. Peter Pan was always one of my favorites. What made you want to write a story about Tiger Lily? 
I always felt the same way. To me, the original Peter Pan and Wendy is about everything important: growing up, imagination, loss…it’s so exhilarating but also so honest and bittersweet. I feel like you could probably take any character from that book and write volumes about them…but it was courageous, mysterious Tiger Lily who just grabbed me. I felt there had to be so much more to her than what we got to see, and also so much more to her relationship with Peter. 

2.) Writing a story from Tinkerbell's point of view is an interesting concept. What made you want to tell the story in Third person, rather then First person?
I know it will surprise some people that Tink tells the story, but once I added her as the narrator it just felt like a lightbulb had gone off (no Tink pun intended!). She gives us this insight into the characters, especially Tiger Lily. But also, she’s got her own rich storyline: her loyalty to Tiger Lily, her love for Peter, her indecision about stayingwith the humans she loves or returning to her own swamp. And then, she ends up playing such a crucial role in the lives of the people who barely notice her.

3.) Out of all the Fairy Tales there are, what other characters would you like to possibly maybe write about in the future? 
I keep having dreams about the Troll Under the Bridge. I like Sleeping Beauty a lot too – maybe because when I can’t sleep I imagine I’m in a peaceful castle in the middle of the woods that no one can get to (my husband likes to jokethat he’s going to come meet me there and I’m like “noooooo!”) But I don’t think I’ll ever do another retelling. I guess you never know.

4.) What part of Tiger Lily was the easiest for you to write? The story itself or the characters? The last twenty pages came out really fast because I knew exactly how things had to end, althoughemotionally those were the hardest. But writing Neverland was hands down the most delightful part of the process. I had such a clear picture of it in mymind: like the Galapagos meets the rainforest meets mermaids.

5.) Do you have any other books in the works? Or anything that you are planning for the future?
I’m working on a ghost story set on a peninsula in Lake Michigan, about two girls who live next door to each other but have very different lives.

Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair. . . .Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn't believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.Peter is unlike anyone she's ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland's inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she's always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter.With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it's the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who's everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.From the New York Times bestselling author of Peaches comes a magical and bewitching story of the romance between a fearless heroine and the boy who wouldn't grow up.


  1. That was a nice interview. I cannot wait to read this book! It looks so good and I have been a Peter Pan fan almost all my life. Remember the Peter Pan movie with Robin Williams in it? Yep. Iove that one.

  2. Wonderful interview. I really want to read this book.

  3. Great interview! I can't wait to read Tiger Lily!

  4. Great interview! I've heard such great things about this book. I can't wait to read it :D

  5. Fabulous interview, Loretta! I enjoyed the questions you chose, and Jodi's responses. It's interesting that the ending was the quickest part for her to write.

    Molli | Once Upon a Prologue


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