YABC is thrilled to be part of the DC Comics Blog Tour for

DC's Wonderful Women of the World!

with an author chat by Laurie Halse Anderson, author of DC's Wonderful Women of the World

Read on for more about Laurie Halse Anderson and her book!


Meet Laurie Halse Anderson!

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Laurie Halse Anderson is the New York Times-bestselling author who writes for kids of all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous American Library Association and state awards. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. Chains also earned a spot on the Carnegie Medal Short List.

Laurie received the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award given by the Young Adult Library Services Association division of the American Library Association for her "significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature."

Mother of four and wife of one, Laurie lives in Northern New York State, an hour south of the Canadian border, where she likes to watch the snow fall as she writes. Right now she's finishing up her next YA novel and researching Ashes, which will conclude the adventure of Isabel and Curzon that readers enjoyed in her historical novels Chains and Forge.

You'll find loads more information about Laurie and her books on her website: http://madwomanintheforest.com/. You can follow her adventures on Twitter, http://twitter.com/halseanderson, on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/lauriehalseanderson, and on her blog, http://madwomanintheforest.com/blog/.





More About: Wonderful Women of the World


Women change the World...

...they've been doing it for centuries. Now New York Times bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson has gathered female and nonbinary writers and artists to reveal the women making our world better day by day. Real-world heroes who exemplify the best of Wonder Woman herself: her strength, compassion, and commitment to truth, equality, and justice. 

Read the stories of Beyoncé (by Mikki Kendall and A.D'Amico), Keiko Agena (by Sarah Kuhn, Lynne Yoshii, and Carrie Strachan), Márcia Barbosa (by Corinna Bechko and Anastasia Longoria), Brené Brown (by Louise Simonson and Nicole Goux), Mariana Costa Checa (by Melissa Marr and Marcela Cespedes), Mari Copeny (by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, Sharee Miller, and Silvana Brys), Teara Fraser (by Traci Sorell and Natasha Donovan), Ruth Bader Ginsburg (by Lilah Sturges, Devaki Neogi, and Triona Farrell), Judith Heumann (by Marieke Nijkamp and Ashanti Fortson), Marsha P. Johnson (by Jadzia Axelrod and Michaela Washington), Leiomy Maldonado (by Magdalen Visaggio and Emma Kubert), Ellen Ochoa (by Cecil Castellucci and Carina Guevara), Francisca Nneka Okeke (by Dr. Sheena C. Howard and Laylie Frazier), Greta Thunberg (by Kami Garcia and Igzell), Naomi Watanabe (by Jody Houser and Michiums), Serena Williams (by Danielle Page, Brittney Williams, and Caitlin Quirk), Edith Widnsor (by Amanda Deibert and Cat Staggs), Malala Yousafzai (by Son M. and Safiya Zerrougui), and Khatijah Mohamad Yusoff (by Amanda Deibert, Hanie Mohd, and Shari Chankhamma).



~Author Chat~



YABC: Who is your favorite profile in the book?

            That's like asking me which one of my kids is my favorite. It's almost an impossible question. But I have to give a shout-out to Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovitch´s story about Mari Copeny: "Fighting for Flint," and Amanda Diebert's story about Edith Windsor, "How One Woman's Love Changed A Nation." Both of them made me cry.

YABC:What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?

When Edith Windsor won her battle for marriage equality at the Supreme Court, wearing the diamond pin give to her by her late, beloved wife, Thea Spyer. That pin reminds me of Wonder Woman's bracelets. They are objects that have been imbued with the power of love and the strength required for long battles.

YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?

Everything! It's Wonder Woman in all her iconic glory and strength! I also love that the globe behind her is showing Asia, instead of focusing on North America or Europe. It's a big beautiful world with lots of heroes that we all can learn from.

YABC: What was your favorite book in 2021?

Somebody's Daughter, a memoir written by the very talented Ashley C. Ford. You really want to read it, I promise.


YABC: What’s up next for you?

It's a secret!

YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?

First drafts are agonizing for me. It feels like I'm traveling to an unknown location and I have to create the map as I go along. My reward for surviving the journey is that I get to revise my hot mess first draft. Revising is much easier because I have something to work with, something I can (one hopes) improve.

YABC: What would you say is your superpower?

I can turn coffee into thousands of words a day.


YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?

We Need Diverse Books, https://diversebooks.org/, is the best thing that has ever happened to the field of children's literature. They work tirelessly to make sure that the stories of all children are shared, thus making the world a better place for the current generation of kids, and those who will come after them.





DC's Wonderful Women of the World

Author: Laurie Halse Anderson

Publisher: DC Comics

 Publish Date: September 28th, 2021