Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Speed Interview with Jessie Andersen

Jessie Bailey Andersen is the author of At What Cost, a novel about teen pregnancy and abortion. This book was a finalist in the USA Best Book Awards in the Youth Issues category! It has had an amazing impact since its release last year, and since Jessie and I are both authors at Astraea Press, I asked her to stop by to do a speed interview. 

So. Ahem. Please choose one of each of the following:

1. Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate

2. Night owl or early bird? Night owl

3. Outline or fly by the seat of your pants? Outline

4. Traditional or self publish? Traditional

5. Hand write or type? Both

6. Milky way or Snickers? Milky Way!!!

7. Chinese food or Mexican? Chinese

8. Wine or coffee? Eek. Both. Wine in the evening; coffee in the morning.

9. Dogs or cats? Dogs

10. Amazon or In-store purchases? In store

11. Cook in or out to dinner? Out

12. Starbucks or Tim Hortons? STARBUCKS!

13. Twilight or Hunger Games? Hunger Games

14. Introvert or Extrovert? Extrovert

15. Indoors or outdoors? Indoors

16. Music or silence? Silence

17. Sedan or Minivan? Crossover

18. Endless edits and revisions or One time through...perfection? Endless edits

19. Camping or Hotel? Hotel

20. Organized or disorganized? Organized

Want to know more about Jessie? 
 About the Author
Jessie Andersen lives in a small town in Western New York with her husband and three kids. A former English teacher, she now spends her time writing while the kids are at school and the baby is sleeping. She volunteers at the local library and sings in the church band. 

Here are her links:

Want to find out more about At What Cost

During her junior year, sixteen-year-old Maggie Reynolds expected to shop for prom dresses not maternity clothes. Now, instead of studying for the SATs, she’s reading, What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Maggie’s ‘Mother Dearest’ lives in fear that Maggie will somehow taint the family name, so Maggie can’t turn to her for help. Meanwhile, her father is oblivious to anything but his 9-9 job. And her boyfriend, Justin? She’s pretty sure he’ll stay by her side.
While Maggie wrestles with her options, Justin offers a solution: abortion. It would solve all her problems quickly, easily, and effectively. And her parents would never know, which means they won’t throw her out and cut her off like they’d always threatened if she got herself knocked up. But an easy decision becomes difficult when Maggie’s aunt discovers her secret and sets out on a mission to stop the abortion, putting a kink in Maggie’s plan. Now Maggie must decide which choice she can live with: abortion or teenage motherhood. Either way, it’ll be a tough road to travel.

Now that you feel you must buy it immediately, here are the links :) You're welcome: 


Barnes and Noble

Astraea Press


  1. Thanks for having me, Wendy!

  2. Cute questions - great glimpse into your life! Thanks for sharing.