Switch Blog Tour: Author Interview with... Tish Cohen!

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Switch, the latest YA novel by Canadian author Tish Cohen, is an absolute great take on what would happen if two polar opposite girls suddenly switched bodies! Thanks to HarperCollins Canada, I was able to take part in the Switch blog tour and ask Tish a few questions!

Good girl, honour-roll lifer, Berkeley-bound, mildly neurotic, high strung twelfth grader Andrea Birch just wants a bit of privacy. Oh, and perhaps a bit more of a social life. Or just a life in general. But when your mom and dad are foster parents who can’t turn away a child, trying to carve out a little space for yourself while tending to the needs of everyone from twin toddlers to angst-ridden adolescents is nearly impossible. And then Joules Adams, daughter of internationally famous rock star Nigel Adams, jumps into Andrea’s car, setting off an improbable car chase and ending in detention.

For Andrea, it’s the last straw. Why is it that Joules, breaker of all rules, living a life of luxury, gets off so easy? Why does she have everything, including a cool famous dad, and Andrea has nothing, not even her parents’ full attention?

In a modern, hip take on the classic Freaky Friday story, Tish Cohen delivers a fresh look at wishing your life was someone else’s. 

1) If you could switch lives with one of your characters, who would you choose?

I would choose to switch lives with Zoë Monday Costello from The Invisible Rules of the Zoë Lama because she gets to be the ruler of all people.

2) In Switch, Andrea and Joules have their fair share of embarrassing and memorable moments. Could you share one of your own from high school?

The scene where Joules drives the car through the campus—I actually did that. The bald teacher actually came running toward me. I got caught, but not before I made skid marks in front of the Geography room to prove what I did to my teacher.

3) How do you approach writing a young adult novel compared to one of your adult ones?

The process is pretty much the same. The writing may be a bit more energetic but most of the elements are fairly similar. The characterization, the plotting, etc…

4) What is it about the contemporary genre that you enjoy the most?

I am fascinated by the problems that people face today and how they manage to forge a life for themselves in spite of whatever they may be facing.

5) When not writing away at your latest novel, what do you like to do in your spare time?

Working out, traveling, antiquing, and long walks.

6) What are you working on next for your readers to enjoy?

I am currently writing my fourth adult novel.

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Thanks so much to Tish Cohen for taking the time out of her busy schedule for the Q&A!

Want to learn more about Switch? You can read my thoughts on the novel or check out more reviews on the Switch blog tour by some of my fellow Canadian bloggers!  

If you could switch lives with one person for a day, who would you switch with? You can find my answer along with the bloggers participating in the tour at The Savvy Reader!

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