Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Author Spotlight: Tish Cohen

  • Switch(On shelves now!)
  • The Truth about Delilah Blue
  • Inside out girl
  • Little Black Lies
Buy the books: Amazon
Visit Tish: Website | Facebook | Twitter

I was born in Toronto and, shortly after swallowing a poisonous mushroom under the playground slide and having my stomach pumped, my family moved to Montreal where I attended a badly lit French nursery school in the basement of an old building. My classmate, Guy, and I bonded over a French storybook about a family of hungry kittens in a park. As these cats were wiser than I, they ignored the lure of the mushroom and stole a can of sardines from a picnic basket. Only, having no opposable thumbs, they couldn't work the can opener. It was during these scenes, mimicking the frustrated kittens, that Guy taught me how to swear in French—a skill I'm thankful for to this day. I don't remember the name of this book, but I'll never forget the story or the illustrations or the fun we had creating our own, edgier, version of the tale...Continue Reading

Tell us 3 things about yourself

I drink hot water for fun. I have spent up to one year researching the sound of a bird to figure out which bird it is – Black-Capped Chickadee. Best bird sound ever. I recently walked into an abandoned house just to see what was inside. Last weekend. Not really a break and enter; the door was ajar. More of a push and enter.

What inspired you to write Switch?

I read an article in The Daily Mail about a woman who was raised as the only biological child of parents who took in many foster children. I found that intriguing.

Did you come across any challenges while writing?

Biggest challenge is staying off Facebook. Second biggest challenge would be fear of the page. Third biggest challenge is running out of chocolate.

Do you have any writing must haves?(ie, music, food, etc)

Hot water. Other than that my needs change every day.

What is 'A day in the life of Tish Cohen' like?

Wake up. Get Coffee. Write on the front porch. Wonder if cupcake store around the corner is open. Go get a cupcake. More writing. Go to gym to work off cupcake. Guilt over having not written enough. More writing. Bonfire in the backyard. Reading in bed.

If you could Switch places for a day with anyone in the world, who would it be?

I don’t know anything about her life, but let’s assume her life outside of the book world is wonderful. I would switch places with Elizabeth Strout and polish my Pulitzer Prize every day and congratulate myself for having written Olive Kitteridge and Amy and Isabelle.

Finish this sentence "I can't live without..."

My kids.

If you could have dinner with any book character in history, who would you pick?

Olive Kitteridge.

Aside from reading and writing, what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Working out, traveling, antiquing, and long walks.

2011 has proved to be an awesome year for reading! What books are you looking forward to reading this summer?

Dragula in Love by Karen Essex, The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker, and Cool Water by Dianne Warren.

Thank you, Tish!

Check out my review for Tish Cohen's Switch here
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  1. Great questions! I'm not on Facebook that much but I can't say the same for Twitter... so that would be a challenge for me!

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