Author Q&A: E.J. Copperman
Bestselling mystery humorist E.J. Copperman stops by to celebrate the launch of the first in a new series, starring a mystery author!
Your heroine in Written Off, Rachel Goldman, writes mystery novels, just like you. What other similarities do you share?
Well, we’re both from New Jersey, which is a state and a state of mind. We both like ice cream. That pretty much covers it. I think Rachel’s doing a little better than I am financially, because she’s paying off a mortgage and doesn’t have another income or a day job, and she has a part-time assistant. But I’m not envious. She has to deal with serial killers and such. I’ll trade my life for that anytime.
In Written Off, Rachel is called in to help on a missing persons case…and the investigator in the missing persons case has the same name as the character Rachel writes about! What would you do if one of your characters showed up at your front door?
Probably hide. I’m a serious coward. I just write about this stuff. Rachel has to live it. Better for me, tough for Rachel. That’s the disadvantage of being a fictional character. So if SHE shows up at my door, I’ll have some ‘splainin’ to do.
E.J. Copperman is actually a pseudonym for Jeff Cohen…and you’re collaborating with yourself on the Samuel Hoenig Asperger’s Mystery series. How does that work?
We switch off. Luckily E.J. is much taller, so s/he can look over my shoulder while I type. And what’s a pseudonym?
Who are a few of your own never miss mystery authors?
I’m not naming names because I’ll leave someone out and they won’t talk to me anymore. Rachel’s neuroses are not just a character conceit, you know.
What can we expect next from E.J…..and Jeff?
E.J. and Jeff have once again managed to put aside their differences to write a third Samuel Hoenig Asperger’s mystery novel, The Question of the Felonious Friend, which is coming from Midnight Ink in September. Then the 8th (!) Haunted Guesthouse mystery from E.J., Spouse on Haunted Hill, comes in December, and there might just be something new and different coming in early 2017. I’m just saying.
E.J. COPPERMAN is the author of Written Off (June 14, 2016; Crooked Lane Books), the first in his new Mysterious Detective series; the author of the Haunted Guesthouse mystery series; and the co-author of the Asperger’s mystery series. He is also a lifelong New Jerseyan and makes no apologies about that. Visit him at http://www.ejcopperman.com/
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