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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
Jeff Cohen Update, Thursday, Apr. 14: I am told that Arnold Drucker passed away early this morning at the age of 93. The fact that I posted about him this week was a complete coincidence, but a friend of the... Continue reading
Awfully nice of you, Patty.
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Jeff Cohen I am pleased--no, tickled--to report that during the week of April 10, I will be in the #1 position on the New York Times bestseller list. You don't believe me (as you would be wise not to)? Just... Continue reading
Go get 'em, boss!
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I’m not trying to convince anybody, Terri. You like what you get out of it, and that’s great. For me it doesn’t work. That’s the way it goes.
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Jeff Cohen I am very clear about this: I make things up for a living. That is to say, nothing you'll read from me (with the possible exception of this blog and my two non-fiction books) is true. None of... Continue reading
As an author, I believe everything is salable if marketed properly, mostly because I don't understand marketing at all.
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Jeff Cohen Things I Like About Being A Crime Fiction Author Readers are a wonderful group. Even the ones who don't like my books are nice about it. Other authors. What a welcoming community. I have met people named "Twist"... Continue reading
I appreciate the effort, Lynne. Threw me off that the piece was about voice. I'm a little dense.
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Not sure I'm getting your point, Lynne.
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Jeff Cohen I'll be speaking on How to Make (Fictional) Murder Funny at the Ewing Branch Library in Ewing, NJ this Sunday (March 20) at 2 p.m., so please register and drop on in! I'll be signing books and talking... Continue reading
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Jeff Cohen Two recent incidents have me questioning the concept of voice in writing characters. They're unrelated and possibly unimportant, but they've hung in with me for a few days and why shouldn't I dump them on you given the... Continue reading
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Jeff Cohen In the current American election cycle--one which is almost awe-inspiring in its horrific weirdness--there has come to the forefront one truth that any thinking person from this country or any other must embrace in order to save the... Continue reading