Jeffrey Cohen


Born and raised in New York (with a brief sojourn in New Jersey during his preteen years), Jeffrey Cohen lives in New York with his two sons. He has written several screenplays, including the 2007 Fade:In Magazine award-winning comedy FAMILY FRIEND (available for option). He is a multiple time winner of Content Management's Magnum Opus awards for his corporate publications. Jeff's podcast, "MrJeff2000 Explains It All" is available through iTunes and at

Smashwords Interview

How long did it take you to write DAD CONFIDENTIAL?
Close to a year...About nine months to write it, and then another six weeks to edit it into what's being published. With the advent of DropBox, as long as I had access to the Internet, I would tackle another few paragraphs after lunch and when the kids were in bed.
What's it about? And is DAD CONFIDENTIAL really your life, told in a roman a clef style?
It's definitely not my life! And not just because the main character, Michael Kaufman, has a technical job (statistical analyst) and three kids. He's living on Long Island and I'm in Queens, he's got a daughter along with two sons. I just have the two boys. Right there, anything I'm writing about raising a girl is going to be pure conjecture on my part. But the book is not exactly a primer on how to deal with your children.

In a nutshell, Michael Kaufman is juggling problems at work with a home life that revolves around his wife (Gail) and three children. Twelve-year-old Brad is studying for his bar mitzvah. Now that's the most relevant thing for me, even though my 12-year-old did not start his prep until I was halfway through my first draft this spring. Nine-year-old Faith is a diva in the making. And there's a lot of drama surrounding her but she can also be very sweet. Six-year-old Simon just doesn't want to be left out of the mix. His birthday comes first in the book as well as his favorite holiday (Halloween). Writing occasionally from Simon's mindset, I was able to use his presence as a "greek chorus" to the action throughout the rest of the story.
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Where to find Jeffrey Cohen online


More Cheese Please and Other College Articles
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 21,510. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2014. Categories: Essay » Literature
Award-winning humorist Jeffrey Cohen jumps into a time machine to reclaim a series of comic pieces that he penned during his tenure as a student at New York's Queens College.
Dad Confidential
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 98,700. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
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Michael Kaufman wants to share what he's learned about parenthood with other married, harried fathers. DAD CONFIDENTIAL is an account of a year in the life of Michael and his family. He comically discusses his views on marriage, careers, and raising children. Every chapter features drawings by noted illustrator Robert Wallman.

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