Nancy J. Cohen


As a former registered nurse, Nancy J. Cohen helped people with their physical aches and pains, but she longed to soothe their troubles in a different way. The siren call of storytelling lured her from nursing into the exciting world of fiction. Wishing she could wield a curling iron with the same skill as crafting a story, she created hairdresser Marla Shore as a stylist with a nose for crime and a knack for exposing people’s secrets.

Titles in the Bad Hair Day Mysteries have made the IMBA bestseller list, been selected by Suspense Magazine as best cozy mystery, won a Readers' Favorite Gold Medal, and earned third place in the Arizona Literary Awards. Nancy is also the author of the instructional guide, Writing the Cozy Mystery. Her imaginative romances have proven popular with fans as well. Her first book in this genre won the HOLT Medallion Award.

A featured speaker at libraries, conferences, and community events, Nancy is listed in Contemporary Authors, Poets & Writers, and Who’s Who in U.S. Writers, Editors, & Poets. When not busy writing, she enjoys fine dining, cruising, visiting Disney World, and shopping.

Smashwords Interview

What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
When I have a new release coming out, I plan a promotional campaign ahead of time. This includes sending out advance review copies, a newsletter blast, contests, blog tours, ads, and an active social media presence. I'll do a Facebook launch party on release day. Cross-promotion with other authors helps as well.
Describe your desk
I love my desk that covers a corner with my computer in the center, and two consoles on either side. Knickknacks related to my books or writing adorn the shelves along with numerous books and notebooks.
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Hair Brained
Series: Bad Hair Day Mysteries. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 82,340. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
When hairstylist Marla Vail’s best friend is hurt in a suspicious car accident, Marla assumes guardianship of her infant son. No sooner does Marla say, “Baby want a bottle?” than she’s embroiled in another murder investigation.
Haunted Hair Nights
Series: Bad Hair Day Mysteries. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,810. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
As a new stepmother, hairstylist Marla Vail hopes to win brownie points by helping her daughter with a school haunted house project. All goes well until Marla stumbles over a corpse on the spooky estate grounds. Between slacker students, helicopter parents, unexpected heirs, and a stonewalling school administration, Marla has her hands full in solving a murder and keeping the kids safe.
Body Wave
Series: Bad Hair Day Mysteries, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,500. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Stylist Marla Shore goes undercover in a hair-brained scheme to catch a killer in her latest South Florida adventure. In a story braided with unexpected twists and curls, she takes on a role as nurse’s aide for wealthy Miriam Pearl. While Marla snoops into the elderly matriarch’s affairs, her boyfriend, Detective Dalton Vail, is afraid that the only affair she’ll snag is with her ex-spouse, Stan.
Murder by Manicure
Series: Bad Hair Day Mysteries, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,590. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Hairstylist Marla Shore is chewing her nails over her latest dilemma. She’s joined a fitness club to get in shape but discovers a dead body instead of an exercise routine. To complicate matters, Detective Dalton Vail disapproves of the charade she’s playing to help a friend. She'd better polish her act, or she’ll be the next buff body to end up in the morgue.
Hair Raiser
Series: Bad Hair Day Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,510. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
When savvy hairstylist Marla Shore volunteers for a fund-raiser, she doesn’t count on sabotage being on the menu. Participating chefs are dropping off the roster like hot rollers, and she must comb through a knot of suspects to find the killer.
Writing the Cozy Mystery
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,180. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Reference
Writing the Cozy Mystery will help you learn how to write a traditional whodunit, organize your materials, and sustain a series.
Keeper of the Rings
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 116,430. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Leena is an expert on the carvings left by the ancient Apostles who established the religion of Sabal on her world. When a holy artifact is stolen, she is assigned the task of locating it along with Taurin Rey Niris, a mysterious stranger engaged as her protector. Together they face evil adversaries and develop a love endangered by secrets from the past.

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