On USA Today’s Pop Candy blog, Whitney Matheson chats with best-selling author Jodi Picoult about tackling Wonder Woman:
What rules did DC give you? Did they tell you what you could and couldn’t do with the character?
Yeah. Like, right off the bat, I tried to get her out of her bustier, ’cause let’s face it, no woman would ever fight crime in one. But that was a no-no. (Laughs) And basically, if I had made a misstep … Like, for example, if you want to have another character from the Justice League in your book, you have to jump through a whole bunch of hoops to make sure they can guest star.
For the most part, what surprised me was trying to organize my narrative into 22 pages and to really have to focus on pacing and action vs. dialogue, and how to get my story across in a very finite format, because, obviously, when you write a novel you have all the time and space in the world.
The interview also reveals an interesting tidbit: Picoult’s neighbor in college was Jim Lee.