Kerry Cohen received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Oregon and an MA in counseling psychology from Pacific University. A practicing psychotherapist and the author of the young adult novel Easy, she lives with her husband and two sons in Portland, Oregon.
1) Why did you decide to write the book over 31 days? Why not longer/shorter?
Well, in truth, I didn't really decide to write the book that way. It sort of just happened as I revised. I had been struggling with the structure, and I knew I wanted to capture how every day is torturous when you're going through a break-up. Then I got the idea to mete out each chapter as a day. One month seemed to put those hellish days right after a break-up under a microscope. It was like one, long month that Zoe had to live through.
2) What do you hope readers take away from the book?
Usually my books are sort of intense and heavy, and this book isn't like that at all. Really, for the first time in my life, I managed to write something that I purely meant to entertain readers with. It's a way to perhaps not take themselves so seriously when they go through break-ups.
3) This book is lighter than your others. Was is easier to write? Or just a little different?
This book was so much fun to write, and I can honestly say that I've never had lots of fun writing. I've felt tortured by writing. I've had to face my darkest self. I've found truths I hadn't known before. But fun? Never before! I make fun of myself a lot, so I thought I'd tap into that part of myself and see what I could do with a book.
4) Zombies or unicorns?
Zombies - no question. I'm not a puppies and rainbows kind of gal. And I love horror.
5) What book are you working on now?
Links: Kerry's website