Joining us today is Ann Herrick, author of the young adult novel, All’s Fair in Love and Words. She grew up in Connecticut, where she graduated from The Morgan School and Quinnipiac University. While she misses the East Coast, especially houses built before 1900, she enjoys the green valleys, fresh air and low humidity in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Ann loves cats, walking, the Oregon Ducks and working in her back yard.
Thank you for joining us today, Ann. Can you please start off by telling us a bit about yourself?
I live in Oregon, married to my high-school sweetheart, and I write books and stories for kids and teens, plus greeting cards, especially humorous ones.
When did you first get bit by the writing bug?
When I was eleven. I was really into horse books, and decided to write one about the first girl jockey to ride in the Kentucky Derby! Never mind that I lived in Connecticut and knew nothing about racing, really, lol.
Why did you decide to write stories for the YA market?
There’s just something so intense about the feelings of kids in their teens. I know I still remember how I felt back then!
What is your favorite part of writing for this group? What is the greatest challenge?
I like hearing from readers that something I wrote helped them deal with a situation in their own lives. The greatest challenge is keeping up with slang. I try not to use it too much, but I don’t want to use something that’s totally wrong either.
Can you tell us what your latest book is all about?
It’s the story of a girl who can’t handle her new authority as editor of the yearbook, especially when it comes to Matt, the new guy at school who has her head spinning! Is she doing what’s best for the yearbook, or what’s best for her?
What inspired you to write it?
I thought the idea of a girl being in the position of a “boss” conflicting with her emotions would be fun to explore.
Where can readers purchase a copy?
It’s at Amazon, Smashwords and other online sites. For links, go to http://bwlpp.com/herrick.php
Do you have a website and/or blog where readers can find out more?
Yes. My website is http://annherrickauthor.com I have a blog at http://www.authorsden.com/visit/viewblog.asp?AuthorID=841 (Authors Den).
What is up next for you?
I have a new book, The Farewell Season, coming out this month from Puddletown Publishing Group – http://www.puddletowngroup.com/ It’s the story of Eric, who, as football season starts, he hopes he can live normally again after the death of his father, but his refusal to face his grief results in anger at his coach, fights with his sister, resenting added responsibilities, and disillusionment with football. It takes a special relationship with a girl dealing with the divorce of her parents to see he is angry with his father for dying and the way to get through grief is by grieving.
Do you have anything else to add?
I would love it if readers would “visit” my books at Amazon and other sites. J Also, thanks to everyone who reads books! With all the competition from TV, movies, internet, and other forms of entertainment, it’s good to know the book is still alive and well, whether in print, ebook, audio or whatever form.
Thank you for spending time with us today, Ann. We wish you much success.
Our readers can also find Ann at:
Author’s den: http://www.authorsden.com/visit/author.asp?authorid=841