Hook & Jill: Neverland as never before - Andrea Jones

Hook & Jill by Andrea JonesFor Immediate Release

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


Alumna Author releases first novel

Chicago, IL –Wednesday, November 4, 2009 – University of Illinois alumna, Andrea Jones, has recently released her first novel, Hook & Jill (2009 Reginetta Press, LLC), a new vision of the J.M. Barrie classic, Peter Pan. In Hook & Jill, Jones explores a darker side of Neverland for grown-up fans of the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up.

Wendy Darling learns. What appears to be good may prove otherwise, and what seems to be evil…is irresistible.

In this startling new vision of a cultural classic, Wendy intends to live happily ever after with Peter Pan. But Time, like this tale, behaves in a most unsettling way.

As Wendy mothers the Lost Boys in Neverland, they thrive on adventure. She struggles to keep her boys safe from the Island's many hazards, but she finds a more subtle threat encroaching from an unexpected quarter…The children are growing up, and only Peter knows the punishment.

Yet in the inky edges of the Island, the tales Wendy tells to the Lost Boys come true. Captain Hook is real, and even the Wonderful Boy can't defend his Wendy against this menace. Hook is a master manipulator, devising vengeance for his maiming. Insidious and seductive, Hook has his reasons for tempting Wendy to grow up.

Revenge is only the first.

Deepening the characters so artfully sketched by J.M. Barrie, Hook & Jill reveals the dark side of innocence at which Barrie hinted in the figure of Peter Pan. It brings alive a daring Wendy who asks questions and seeks truth; it delves into the man, Hook, the iconic villain. Striding from fairy-tale and thrusting into reality, Captain Hook becomes a frightening force indeed.

Andrea Jones holds a B.A. from the University of Illinois in Oral Interpretation of Literature, with a Literature minor. In her career in television production, she wrote, produced, directed and managed studios for PBS and CBS affiliates and corporate studios, and acted as on-air talent. Her lifelong inspiration springs from the theatre, and that passion comes gloriously to life within the pages of her stories.

Hook & Jill is her first novel. Be watching for Other Oceans.


Hook & Jill is available at the Illini Union Bookstore.


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