Sunday, October 21, 2012

Trading Faces by Ann Herrick & Bonus Author Interview

Trading FacesTrading Faces by Ann Herrick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars Photobucket

Darcy Doane is your average high school sophomore.  She wishes she was popular just like Cybil Sheffield.  Cybil has the perfect guy giving her attention, fabulous clothes and style and her mom even picks her up from school every day in her fancy car.  Cybil wishes her life was simpler,  her mother didn’t expect her to win beauty pageants , that she didn’t have to be perfect for everyone.  That was their thoughts until their wish becomes a reality.  Cybil and Darcy trade places.  Oh, they are still themselves but they have switched bodies and lives.

This is a great story about two girls that are forced into growing into who they really are because they now have gotten a whole new life perspective.  The grass isn’t always greener on the other side and sometime you have everything you needed you just had to grab for it, make it a priority and express how you feel.

Trading Faces take the normal body swap story. . .adds a totally new aspect by using  teen girls and all their issues. . . then builds in relatable situations and characters to make a wonder teen adventure.  Immensely enjoyable read!  I know this story would be perfect for my 14 yr old daughter.

This copy of Trading Faces was given to me by Ann Herrick in exchange for an honest review.

Check out my blog for more reviews and an author interview with Ann Herrick Tome Tender.

Young Adult

Author Interview with Ann Herrick

1) What motivated you into becoming an author?

My parents read to me, so I developed a love of books early on. The more I read, the more I realized I wanted to write books too.

2) Was there any people and/or person who encouraged you with your writing goals?

A friend of mine who is also a Language Arts teacher encouraged me to write when I mentioned once that it had been a goal of mine since childhood, but that, though I'd started a few times, I'd never finished anything. She invited me to her writing group. Before the second meeting I decided I should have something to share. That's when I truly started writing and I haven't stopped since.

3) Where did you get the inspiration for TRADING FACES?

There are so many magazine articles and even TV shows about how to be better looking  and I knew of several body swap stories, such as Freaky Friday, but the exchanges were mother-daughter, boy-girl, human-animal. No pretty girl-plain girl swaps. I started to think about what that might be like, and went from there. 

4) How often do you write?  

I write weekday afternoons, and take the same sort of time off from writing that I would have in the workplace--weekends, holidays, sick days, etc.

5) Are you a big reader?   

I LOVE to read. When I have a good book in hand, I'm always smiling and telling my (patient) husband how much I love the book and love to read.

6) What is your favorite genre and why?

It's not a genre exactly--I like books that are character driven more than plot driven.

7) I noticed that you have 27 books that are already released, out of all those books which one do you love the best and why?

That is like asking a mother which is her favorite child. :)  I think when I'm writing, each book is my favorite. But I do have a special place in my heart for The Farewell Season.

8) I also noticed that you have 20 child and teen stories, how did you get involved with writing your stories?

When I went to that first writing meeting, I worked on short stories. Somehow books seemed too intimidating to show to a group. Also, one can finish a short story much sooner, obviously. I would still like to write short stories, (I used to write one between each draft of each book manuscript  but the market for them, especially in teen magazines, has really dried up.

9)  Which of your books was the most difficult to write and why?

That would be The Farewell Season. Two reasons. One, I had to do a lot of research about football practices (although it was fun attending them!). Two, though the book has humor in it, it does deal with grieving and death, so that was quite different from writing something more "fun."

10) Do you have any future titles/new book ideas in the works that you'd like to share with us?

I am working on another YA novel, but I don't really talk about a book when I'm working on it, because I'm not always sure just in what direction it might go.

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  1. Ann, Lovely post, great review. Also enjoyed the interview, showing what makes you tick :-)

    Best wishes.

  2. Hi Ann,
    Great post. You are such a dedicated and prolific author I stand in awe of you.



  3. Hi Ann,

    Wonderful exposure! Although we've known each other for years, your interviews help me get to know you even better...