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 been named Best Cozy Mystery by Suspense Magazine, won a Readers' Favorite gold medal and a RONE Award, earned first place in the Chanticleer International Book Awards and third place in the Arizona Literary Awards. Nancy's instructional guide, Writing the Cozy Mystery, was nominated for an Agatha Award, earned first place in the Royal Palm Literary Awards and the TopShelf Magazine Book Awards, and won a gold medal in the President's Book Awards. Her imaginative romances have proven popular with fans as well. These books have won the HOLT Medallion and Best Book in Romantic SciFi/Fantasy at The Romance Reviews. 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. She is a past president of Florida Romance Writers and Mystery Writers of America Florida Chapter. When not busy writing, she enjoys cooking, fine dining, cruising and visiting Disney World.
"If you are thinking about writing a cozy mystery, read this book first! Nancy lays out all the necessary steps in an interesting and informative way that is easy to follow. This book was an invaluable tool when I wrote my first cozy. Highly recommended." Catherine Bruns, USA Today Best Selling Author"A useful guide and ready reference, this book offers a good set of tools to demystify the making of a mystery." Readers' Favorite"This book is well organized and cuts right to the chase. Throughout are exercises to help you create the cast of characters and make decisions about the clues and setting." Write on Purpose"Writing the Cozy Mystery is one of the most helpful books on writing I have ever read. This will be one reference book that will keep you coming back again and again. If you are a new author looking to try your hand at writing a cozy, or if you've already written a cozy and need help to polish it up, Writing the Cozy Mystery is a must." Crazy Cozy Stories