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Jeff Cohen
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Jeff Cohen So much of the time as crime fiction writers we are working from a place of ignorance. I haven't murdered anyone and don't plan to, so any crime I depict is strictly the product of my twisted imagination.... Continue reading
Jeff Cohen Lately, more than usual, it has seemed impossible to escape the darker areas of society. One hideous, heart-wrenching event comes after the last hasn't had time to leave the news cycle. Violence seems to be erupting more often... Continue reading
I’ve worked alone for 31 years. It decreases the irritation and increases the waistline.
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Jeff Cohen I write mysteries--mostly murder mysteries--for a living. It's what I do, it's what I like to do and it's what I have become (in a small circle) known for. I've been doing that for over 16 years now.... Continue reading
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Jeff Cohen "We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness..." To the Americans,... Continue reading
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Jeff Cohen It's summer (finally!) and that means things tend to slow down. The publishing business is pretty much on hiatus until Labor Day (except for writers, who plow on throughout, and no doubt agents, right Josh?). All there is... Continue reading
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Jeff Cohen I'd like to talk for a moment about a miracle. Now, those who read this post regularly might remember that miracles are not part of my belief system. I generally put my trust in science and verifiable fact... Continue reading
Hope you enjoy it! Thanks!
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Jeff Cohen I think I speak for all my DEAD GUY colleagues when I say the events over this weekend in Orlando, FL are unthinkable, unpardonable and absolutely unacceptable. No matter who you might consider voting for it is clear... Continue reading
I have never understood authors who don't at least think about the notes an editor sends. My psyche is such that I assume the editor is right (which is quite often the case) and has caught me napping at the keyboard (also not an unusual occurrence--I'm old and get sleepy). On little things, if it's a joke I like and the editor doesn't, I'll choose not to make the change. That's about 10% of the time. Editors are there to help. I want the help.
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And paid dearly for it, as I recall.
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Thank you! I hope you like it!
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Jeff Cohen So I'm sitting at my desk and the doorbell rings. First thing that happens is the dog goes berserk. Of course, our dog goes berserk when a doorbell rings on television and now that we can keep the... Continue reading
Thank you, Kathleen! I hope you enjoy it!
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Jeff Cohen It's been brewing for a long time, but I feel this Memorial Day is the time for me to finally come out of the closet and admit to my true self. Given the level of mockery, disdain and,... Continue reading
Jeff Cohen The wonderful Shannon Jamieson Vazquez, who edited an even dozen of the stories I've written, once told me she found me unusual among my colleagues: I was the mystery writer who most hated killing people. As usual, she... Continue reading
All I'll say is that I don't mind longer baseball games. I'd rather see a 3-hour baseball game than any 3-hour movie I've ever seen--they all need to be cut.
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Jeff Cohen (I'm currently on the road back to New Jersey from Charlottesville, VA. This was written before I left.) I always get just a little bit amused when--and this happens much less frequently than it used to--a novelist (or... Continue reading
Not passing judgment, Beth. Just having some fun.
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Jeff Cohen So let me get this straight: According to a book that has become the latest in a series of "sensations," I am to de-clutter my house by following one simple rule: I hold every object in my house... Continue reading
As always, it was a pleasure to see you at Malice, Terri.
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Jeff Cohen I'll make this short and you can decide if it's sweet. Murder by the Book, the well-known and well-loved mystery bookstore in Houston, TX, suffered pretty severe damage in recent heavy rains, taking on flooding that will be... Continue reading
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Jeff Cohen This past weekend much of my family gathered at my house for our 45-minute PowerPoint Seder (now in HD!), a ceremony that dates back at least six or seven years and celebrates our limited attention span as well... Continue reading
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Jeff Cohen Okay. Let me explain why I lie so much. In my regular walking-around life, I try to tell the truth the vast majority of the time. For one thing, remembering the lie is exhausting, and besides, I have... Continue reading