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Monday, July 16, 2012

Blog Tour: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson - Author Interview!

Lucky me, I'm the next stop in the Tiger Lily blog tour and I am so excited to be hosting an interview with Jodi Lynn Anderson today!!! I read Tiger Lily (check out my 5 star review here!) and loved it, and I really loved what Jodi had to say about her amazing novel!

Jodi Lynn Anderson is the New York Times bestselling author of Peaches, 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.

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1. Convince us to read your book Twitter style (in 140 characters or less!)
In this bittersweet, romantic, teenage retelling of Peter Pan, Tiger Lily is the heroine, Tink is the narrator, Smee is seriously scary, and Wendy is the intruder.

2. What is your favorite version of the classic fairy tale? Mine's "Finding Neverland" :)
I loved “Finding Neverland”! I also like “Peter Pan” starring Jeremy Sumpter. I think Sumpter did the perfect Peter –overconfident, vulnerable, irresistible.

3. What inspired you to write a book from Tiger Lily's point of view?
I rediscovered the original Peter Pan And Wendy three or four years ago. And it just seemed strange to me that there wasn’t more of a relationship between Peter and Tiger Lily, as they seem to be such equals. I felt like there might be something unsaid there…and that these two people had failed each other somehow. And once I started thinking about it, I couldn’t stop. I had such a strong and instant sense of a difficult love story.

4. What kind of research did you have to do?
I kept the original Peter Pan & Wendy dog-eared on my desk at all times! And I researched some Amazonian tribes for survival skills, foods grown in the rainforest, medicinal herbs – though I wanted Tiger Lily’s tribe to stay as “imagined” as possible, since I don’t know enough about any tribe on earth to write about them faithfully!

5. I loved the character development and intricate background stories involved. Which character's story was your favorite to write?
It’s a toss up between Tik Tok’s and Tink’s. I think I loved writing them because they were the most surprising to me: I didn’t plan for them to happen the way they did. I just fell in love with both characters.

6. Who is your favorite character from the classic tale? Who is your least favorite?
I love Peter Pan –he is so brilliantly created and so real– he’s such a complicated boy in J.M. Barrie’s original story that it was incredibly fun to write about him as someone a bit older. I don’t think I have a least favorite. Wendy doesn’t come off well in my version, but I don’t dislike her. I think she means well…though I do kind of want her to fall in the ocean J.

7. I have to admit, I cried for most of your book. It's completely heartbreaking! Was there ever a time where you thought, “I should make this a little more happy.”
It’s a great question. Early in the process, when I told a friend about the book, she said “Oh! You want it to be like a beating heart and a cup of tears.” Ha! I thought of her words many times as I wrote. You know, I really tried to stay true to my themes, which I pulled from the original story, and I think those themes are loss and growing up and the freedom to be who we are. I think each of the main characters in the story is dealing with those things in some way or another, and I guess I really focused on the challenges. To me, there is so much bittersweet sadness in the original book, and I kept to that.

8. Now that Tiger Lily is out, is there anything you wish youcould go back and change?
I do have a thing about Tink. In my mind, Tink has issues but she is very funny. I wish I had fleshed out Tink’s sense of humor more because in my mind, she is hilarious.

9. What titles are currently on your nightstand?
Well, I’m getting my masters degree right now, so I have a book list a mile long. Right now, I’m reading Middlemarch by George Eliot. And I just read Toni Morrison’s Beloved, which was beyond amazing. I love that my school makes me read books. It’s like someone making me eat ice cream.

10. Is there any advice you can give to young writers?
Read read read. Read the things that are gripping but also read thethings that move slow and challenge you. Read writers who are ethnically and culturally diverse – it will inspire you. Keep a journal. And don’t let criticism and temporary failure deter you. I feel like writing is 90% mistakes, at least it is for me. Also, it may not seem like it sometimes, but revision is your best friend.

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Publication Date: July 3rd, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Page Count: 304 pages
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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.
 Make sure you stop by the rest of the tour!


  1. SO excited to read this one I just got it a few days ago and I'm a HUGE Peter Pan fan! Everyone tells me how they cried so I'll be mentally prepared! Haha. But wow it sounds so fascinating to get Tink's narration! I really can't wait!!

  2. I want to read this so much! A prequel romance twist to Peter Pan? ME WANT! :D Thanks for posting, the trailer looks amazing.

  3. I really love Peter Pan so I love reading this review! I agree, Jeremy Sumpter played Peter Pan very well! I think all those actors were pretty well casted if I remember correctly. I love your question for #7, Anna, and the response. Fab interview!

  4. What a fantastic interview!! I really liked this book too. I thought it was great to read it form Tink's POV. I could definitely see her humor, maybe not as much as intended though. I too kind of wanted to throw Wendy in the ocean. Haha!!

  5. I've been seeing people talk about this book on blogs for months now. I'm glad it's finally out! I'll make sure I keep a box of tissues nearby when I do read it lol. I liked that you used the original as reference and researched a lot. Great interview! It made me even more excited to read Tiger Lily =)

  6. Love this interview! I loved Tiger Lily! It was such a great book and I thought Tink was funny. I totally cried too though, this book tore my heart out. I loved Finding Neverland also!

  7. Lovely interview! I haven't read Tiger Lily yet, but I'm really excited to! I've heard so many amazing things about it, and I'm intrigued to see what made this book so heartbreaking.

  8. I just bought this one today! I'm so excited to get to it! Great interview.

  9. I can't wait to read this one! The cover is beautiful and i've always wanted to see more for Tiger Lily, so I think this will definitely be an enjoyable read. Plus, I'm a huge Tink fan, so her narrating has got to be awesome (it is also my boyfriend's nickname for me). Very fun interview :-)

  10. AMAZING interview with Jodi, Anna! I cried throughout a good deal of TIGER LILY as well. It was just so moving and heart-wrenching. I'm a huge, huge fan of all things Peter Pan. I think Jeremy Sumpter's film version is my favorite!

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  11. I really, really can't wait to read this one. Fantastic interview, Anna!

  12. I can't tell you how much I want to read this! I love re-tellings and turning anything and everything possible into abstract art. Not that I don't enjoy original things as well but I love taking the originality and making something even more original and completely different than the source. Awesome interview and great questions!


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