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The Revealing of Tish Cohen

September 23, 2009 By: larramiefg Category: Profiles

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The lovely, warm, and incredibly gifted Tish Cohen is the author of two adult novels — Town House, Inside Out Girl — and two middle grade novels — The Invisible Rules of the Zoe Lama, The One and Only Zoe Lama — which have garnered award nominations, along with film and TV series’ rights. Since we met in September 2006 at The Debutante Ball, Tish has become a respected and popular author…so why reveal her now?

Simply put, on Tuesday, October 13, 2009, Tish Cohen debuts in the YA genre with Little Black Lies which has already earned the following praise:

“I’ve read and loved every single one of Tish Cohen’s books. Little Black Lies is her best book
to date.”
—Lauren Baratz—Logsted, author of Crazy Beautiful

“Tish Cohen is a master storyteller who gives me everything I long for in a book and then some. Loveable, memorable characters, page—turning energy, a use of language that leaves me breathless, fierce intelligence, humour mixed with compassion—in short, this is a zinger of a book that portrays a daughter’s deep love for her unbalanced father. Made me sadder than sad, and bursting with hope. This book makes the world a better place.”
—Sheree Fitch, multi—award winning author of The Gravesavers

“With heart, wit, and a good dose of fun, Little Black Lies reminds us that when it comes to life even the smartest of girls has a lot to learn.”
—Jenny O’Connell, author, The Book of Luke and Local Girls

Little Black Lies will be presented here soon but, for now, let’s get to know the real Tish Cohen…beyond her pages:

Q: How would you describe your life in 8 words?
A: I no longer wish I was a collie.

Q: What is your motto or maxim?
A: You attract what you think about

Q: How would you describe perfect happiness?
A: Being up north, at our chalet with my husband, two boys and our Standard Poodle. Perfection.

Q; What’s your greatest fear?
A: Being trapped anywhere I can’t escape from. Planes count, as do large crowds where the exit is far away.

Q: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A: Huntsville, up in Muskoka.

Q: With whom in history do you most identify?
A: Eleanor Roosevelt. Because she had fears and faced them.

Q: Which living person do you most admire?
A: Diane Keaton, I think. She’s had a dignified career and never gave into Hollywood pressure to conform. She is her own person.

Q: What are your most overused words or phrases?
A: Every time my boys go to a skate park I say, “Not allowed to get hurt.” And it actually works!

Q: What do you regret most?
A: Not believing in myself earlier.

Q: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A: I would be the greatest ballerina in North America.

Q: What is your greatest achievement?
A: Being shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Town House. It’s a prize that covers the regions of Africa, the Caribbean and Canada, Europe and South Asia and South East Asia and Pacific and typically comedic books aren’t considered. When my editor called to tell me, I dropped to my knees and just cried.

Q: What’s your greatest flaw?
A: I am easily distracted.

Q: What’s your best quality?
A: I guess I’m driven.

Q: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A: A New York Times Best Selling author.

Q: What trait is most noticeable about you?
A: Warmth, I hope.

Q: Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A: Owen Meany from A Prayer from Owen Meany.

Q: Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A: Hannibal Lecter

Q: If you could meet any athlete, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A: Does it make me a loser if I can’t think of one?

Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?
A: Telemarketers (occupational hazard when you work from home).

Q: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A: Sitting on the bow of our little boat while we slowly cruise around the shores of the lake and dream.

Q: What’s your fantasy profession?
A: Psychologist or ballet dancer.

Q: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A: Sense of humor, intelligence, honesty.

Q: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A: French bread.

Q: What are your 5 favorite songs?
A: Elvis Costello’s Every Day I Write the Book,
Elton John’s Blue Jean Baby, Meat Loaf’s Paradise by the Dashboard Light, Bach’s Concerto in F for Harpsicord, Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody

Q: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A: Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kittredge, Anne Tyler’s Breathing Lessons,, Jane Austen’s Emma, Jeffrey Eugenides’s Middlesex, Rosamunde Pilcher’s September

[Note: The Book Giveaway for Maud Carol Markson’s Looking After Pigeon ends this evening at 7:00 p.m. EDT. To enter, please leave a comment with the most unusual first name of a “real” person you know. The winner will be announced in tomorrow’s post.]

3 Comments to “The Revealing of Tish Cohen”


  1. My husband will be destroyed that I couldn’t think of the name of an athlete.

    Thanks for this, Larramie!

    xoxo

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  2. Wonderful interview. I look forward to reading Tish’s books.
    And I can’t help but add that I have a standard poodle too– She is 14 years old and the most wonderful companion!

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  3. Larramie, you chose the perfect questions to reveal Tish. I’m not a young adult (though I play one on occasion) but I can’t wait for Little Black Lies! Thanks to both of you for making me think of dreaming on the lake, and eating French bread for life. That would be my choice, too, by the way. Not the most nutritious choice, but certainly the most soul satisfying.

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