Interview with Jeffrey Cohen

What do you read for pleasure?
I don't read much, I'm sorry to say, when I'm writing. I'm afraid something, particularly the writer's voice, will get into my brain and refuse to leave. When I'm not writing, which is rare, I tend toward non-fiction, mostly biographies. But if it looks like a book will make me laugh, I'm usually game.
Describe your desk
It's flat with one drawer, sort of, and a ton and a half of clutter. But I know where everything is. Mostly.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in New Jersey, and have never written anything that didn't at least partially take place in the Garden State. We are a much misunderstood people and I've made it my mission to prove that to the world. Or at least those who read my books. I mean, Belgium might not care that much about New Jersey.
When did you first start writing?
When did I first start breathing? I've been writing as long as I can remember. Luckily, I got better with practice.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love making people laugh. If you read my books, be prepared for some jokes. If I make you laugh I don't especially care if you find the plot perfectly plausible. You laughed. I got you.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. I am floored when someone chooses to read my work. It absolutely astonishes me that I'm the choice with all the alternatives available. Thanks to everybody who even considers reading my writing.
What are you working on next?
Right now I'm writing the fifth in the Asperger's Mystery series (Midnight Ink), that will be out in the fall of 2018, I think.
Who are your favorite authors?
Oh, no you don't. I'm not mentioning some and not others and getting some friends mad at me. Nice try, though.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Not writing? What's that like? (I watch baseball and sometimes play bad acoustic guitar. I also watch a lot of movies.)
What is your writing process?
1000 words a day. Rain or shine, weekday or weekend. 1000 words a day. No excuses. I've written while attached to an IV of chemotherapy and I've written while on vacation. It's what I do and I'm terrified that if I skip a day I'll never do it again.
Published 2017-06-27.
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Books by This Author

It Happened One Knife: A Comedy Tonight Mystery
Series: Comedy Tonight Mysteries. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 83,640. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Elliot Freed meets his comedy idols, the team of Lillis and Townes (now in their eighties), and finds out that great comedians aren’t always great people. Especially when one of them murders the other.
A Night at the Operation
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 85,390. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Elliot Freed has a cordial relationship with his ex-wife Sharon. But now she’s gone missing, the police think she might have something to do with the death of a patient—and Elliot’s worried that she might not be answering because she can’t.
Some Like It Hot-Buttered
Series: Comedy Tonight Mysteries. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 84,320. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Elliot Freed buys an old-time movie house to show only comedies. But when a customer dies of poisoned popcorn during a screening of Young Frankenstein, Elliot takes it personally and decides to find out who made his patron die laughing. First in the Comedy Tonight Mystery series.
The Gun Also Rises: An Aaron Tucker Mystery
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,780. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
This short story, a prequel to the Aaron Tucker mystery series (For Whom the Minivan Rolls, A Farewell to Legs, As Dog Is My Witness) finds the freelance reporter as a young father, trying to find out who framed his six-year-old son Ethan for a heinous crime--bringing a water pistol to his first grade class--while investigating the death of a minor league baseball player.