Kerry Cohen

Kerry Cohen is a busy writer. Her first memoir, Loose Girl, was released in June, and she recently finsished a draft of her second, Seeing Ezra.

Kerry also writes young adult novels under the name Kerry Cohen Hoffman. Her first young adult novel, Easy, was an Oregon Book Awards finalist in 2007. Her second, The Good Girl, was released in October of this year.

I asked Kerry what her writing schedule was like, and she replied: "My writing schedule is determined entirely by childcare, and this works well for me. When I know I will have a limited time to write, I just get it together and do it because I know it will be over soon enough."

Does she have any writing rituals, to help her settle into her writing time?
"I wade into writing from the shallow end. First I check email, then my facebook page, then a few other sites. When I've run out of things to do, I get down to the writing."

In addition to her memoir, she is working on a horror novel, which she says "is lots of fun after the heart-gutting work of memoir." Kerry also has an essay forthcoming in Portland Monthly.