Wonderful Women of the World – Interview with Laurie Halse Anderson

Standing for truth, justice and equality, the iconic Super Hero serves as inspiration for the book, which features 200 pages of profiles and portraits of 23 pioneering women from around the globe. Including tales of the real-world heroes who take up Princess Diana of Themyscira’s mantle and work in the fields of science, sports, activism, diplomacy, and more, WONDERFUL WOMEN OF THE WORLD brings together an all-star cast of authors and illustrators in this anthology of contemporary Wonder Women, and highlights how they’ve changed our world.

The talented roster of contributing creatives includes DC veterans Corinna Bechko (GREEN LANTERN: EARTH ONE, VOL. 1), Cecil Castelucci (BATGIRL), Amanda Deibert (SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN), Kami Garcia (TEEN TITANS: RAVEN), Cat Staggs (SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN), Danielle Paige (MERA: TIDEBREAKER), and Magdalene Visaggio (ETERNITY GIRL), along with talented writers and artists new to DC who all introduce a global collection of trailblazing women with compelling profiles designed to inspire and educate young readers. 

Not all heroes wear capes!

Wonder Woman has been an inspiration for decades, and while not everyone would choose her star-spangled outfit for themselves, her compassion and fairness are worthy of emulation. We’ll be presenting tales of the real-world heroes who take up Diana’s mantle and work in the fields of science, sports, activism, diplomacy, and more!

New York Times bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson brings together an all-star cast of authors and illustrators in this anthology of contemporary Wonder Women–and how they’ve changed our world.

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Hi Laurie! Thank you so much for doing this Q&A with me, I’m so honoured! Could you introduce yourself and Wonderful Women of the World a bit?

I’m the kid who was totally inspired by Wonder Woman to become who I am today; a writer of books about the hard things we all have to figure out as we’re growing up. I’ve published 37 books for kids and teens, including a graphic novel about Wonder Woman when she was 16 years old. Wonderful Women of the World is an incredible collaboration of some of the most talented writers and artists creating today. They worked together on short bios about female people who made or who are making the world a better place. 

What inspired you to create this book?

After the publication of Tempest Tossed, my Wonder Woman graphic novel, my DC editors reached out and asked me if I wanted to edit Wonderful Women of the World. I was a fan of the short bios that ran in early Wonder Woman comics, and this was the perfect chance to update the concept. We all need inspirational heroes to help us survive these hard times. This book is full of them.

What was one of the most surprising things you’ve learned when creating this book?

I was shocked to recognize how many astounding women there are in the world whom I’d never heard of. There is so much to learn!

What’s your favourite and least favourite part of this book?

My favourite part is the creator bios in the back; they give readers a wonderful opportunity to get to know the writers and artists who made this book so special. They are all superheroes in their own right. My least favourite part? That it couldn’t be 500 pages long.

And some questions not related to Wonderful Woman of the World. If you could spend a day with another popular author, whom would you choose?

Roxane Gay. Anyone who hasn’t heard of her should follow her on social media right now, and then read her work. 

Do you play music while you write — and, if so, what’s your favourite?

It depends on where I am in the writing process. Sometimes I need to rock out to the music I listened to in high school – that’s a good way to drown out the nagging critics in my head. If I need to focus, I put on a playlist of Icelandic music from Spotify. 

Last question! What are you currently reading? 

Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty, by Patrick Radden Keefe. The Sackler family owns Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin, the drug which triggered the current opioid crisis and led to hundreds of thousands of overdose deaths and untold suffering. They are the kind of villains that I’d love to see Wonder Woman take care of.

Thank you so much Laurie for letting me interview you and thank you to DC Comics for giving me this opportunity to feature an interview with Laurie on my blog. I can’t wait for my finished copy to arrive, so I can fully immerse myself in these wonderful stories!



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