Author Chat with Laurie Halse Anderson (Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed), Plus Excerpt!
Today we're excited to chat with Laurie Halse Anderson author of
Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed.
Read on for more about Laurie and her book, plus an excerpt.
Meet Laurie Halse Anderson!
Laurie Halse Anderson is a New York Times bestselling author whose writing spans young readers, teens, and adults. Combined, her books have sold more than 8 million copies. Her new book, SHOUT, a memoir-in-verse about surviving sexual assault at the age of thirteen and a manifesta for the #MeToo era, has received widespread critical acclaim and appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for seven consecutive weeks.
Laurie has been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award three times. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists, and Chains was short-listed for the prestigious Carnegie medal. Laurie was selected by the American Library Association for the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award and has been honored for her battles for intellectual freedom by the National Coalition Against Censorship and the National Council of Teachers of English.
In addition to combating censorship, Laurie regularly speaks about the need for diversity in publishing and is a member of RAINN’s National Leadership Council. She lives in Philadelphia, where she enjoys cheesesteaks while she writes. Find out more about Laurie by following her on Twitter at @halseanderson, Instagram at halseanderson, and Facebook at lauriehalseanderson, or by visiting her website, madwomanintheforest.com.
Meet Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed!
New York Times bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak, Shout) and artist Leila del Duca reimagine Wonder Woman's origins in this timely story about the refugee experience, teenage activism, and finding the love and strength to create change.
Princess Diana believes that her 16th birthday will be one of new beginnings--namely acceptance into the warrior tribe of Amazons. The celebrations are cut short, however, when rafts of refugees break through the Themysciran barrier. Diana tries to help them, but she is swept away by the sea--and from her home--thus becoming a refugee herself.
Now Diana must survive in the world outside of Themyscira for the first time; the world that is filled with danger and injustice. She must redefine what it means to belong, to be an Amazon, and to make a difference.
Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed is a story about growing into your strength, battling for justice, and the power of friendship.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
All teenagers struggle with doubts and unpredictable emotions. I wondered how that experience would play out in a 16-year-old Wonder Woman.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
Princess Diana, of course, but in a close second is Antiope. She deserves to be the main character in a book or film.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The novel. Once I thought through the refugee sub-plot and knew that I wanted the Statue of Liberty to be an important setting, the title basically wrote itself.
YABC: Do you have a favorite writing snack?
I’ve let too many crumbs fall into the keyboard to eat while I’m working. But I drink sweet, milky tea.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
Focus on the sheer joy of the writing.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
OMG – everything!! I adore the way the wave curls across Diana’s face, the hint of her Themyscirian collar and that gorgeous font!
YABC: What’s on your TBR pile?
The Fall of Innocence, by Jenny Torres Sanchez
Pet, by Emezi Akwaeke
Inventing Victoria, by Tonya Bolden
YABC: What’s a book you’ve recently read and loved?
Deathless Divide (Dread Nation #2) by Justina Ireland
YABC: What’s up next for you?
I’m working on a graphic novel adaptation of one of my historical novels. After that? I’m taking notes for a novel that will be unlike anything I’ve ever written.
YABC: Is there anything that you would like to add?
I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of #TeamWonderWoman. This has been a dream come true!
YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
There’s a scene in which Diana learns what child trafficking is. For someone raised in a paradise, the horror of a crime like that is almost unthinkable. I felt that scene deep in my gut.
YABC: Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
Characters don’t give me trouble, they simply dare me to dance.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
Revising. The first draft is the one that drives me nuts.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
Listening. I can usually hear the unspoken words that are waiting under what someone says.
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
Safe Horizon helps survivors of domestic violence and other crimes, such as human trafficking. Visit safehorizon.org for more information.
Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed
By: Laurie Halse Anderson
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: June 2nd, 2020