Ann Herrick is the award-winning author of several books and short stories for kids and teens. Included in the awards her books have won are the ALA Recommended Book for Reluctant Readers, IRA/CBC Children’s Choice and EPIC Best YA Novel Finalist.
Ann grew up in Connecticut, where she graduated from The Morgan School and Quinnipiac University. She now lives in Oregon with her husband, who was her high-school sweetheart. Their wonderful daughter is grown, married and gainfully employed, and has given Ann her only grand-dog, Puff, a bloodhound-rottweiller-beagle mix and six grand-kitties. 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. In addition to stories and books for children and young adults, Ann also writes copy for humorous and conventional greeting cards. She loves to hear from her readers and can be contacted through her web site: http://annherrickauthor.com
What inspires you to write?
Anything and everything. It could be something I’ve overheard, something I’ve read in the newspaper, an experience of my own.
Tell us about your writing process.
I write by the seat of my pants. I know to some extent the beginning, middle, and end of the book before I start writing, but mostly I make it up as I go along. Characters develop as I go along too, and I really know them by the end of the first draft. That makes working on subsequent drafts easier.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen and talk to my characters. I picture them in my mind and visualize what they are doing and saying as if I were watching them in a movie.
What advice would you give other writers?
If you want to write, start! Then keep at it. Practice may not always make perfect, but it goes a long way to being published.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My books have always been published with publishers. I like that there is someone to bounce things off with and also to take care of the actual publishing and business side of things so that I can concentrate on my writing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it’s wide open. I think there will always be print books and that ebooks will add to the reading audience. There are so many ways to read an ebook now, from a computer to a dedicated ereader to a phone and more.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Tween and Teen, Romance and Coming of Age
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print