Lily Anderson

LILY ANDERSON is the author of several novels, [including BIG BAD, the new Buffy novel] THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN ME IS YOU, NOT NOW NOT EVER, and UNDEAD GIRL GANG. A former school librarian, she is deeply devoted to Shakespeare, fairy tales, and podcasts. Somewhere in Northern California, she is expressing strong opinions on musical theater.

The Less Formal Version: I’m Lily, the curly haired gal in the pictures. I grew up in the slice of suburbs between Sacramento and San Francisco that never got it together enough to be the Bay Area. After spending my childhood searching for books about other mixed race kids who talk too fast and care too much, I decided to start writing my own.

My books are about snarky girls and emotional intelligence and—sometimes—monsters. As a woman of Afro-Puerto Rican descent, representing a diverse world isn’t a trend for me—it’s my greatest joy.


Big Bad: A Novel is a Buffy the Vampire Slayer novel. Written by Lily Anderson, it will be published on September 27, 2022 by Disney Hyperion. Demondale, Callifornia, 1999… Like Sunnydale, but whole lot more evil. Step into this alternate reality, where chaos reigns supreme. The Mayor’s sun-shade has created permanent darkness over Sunnydale, fully opening the Hellmouth once and for all. Now the newly christened Demondale has become a safe haven for vampires, beasts, and all types of ruffians.