Michael Lawrence Cohen, author of “Karieth”

#YourNextBeachRead is a way to introduce you to a new author and their works in the hopes that you’ll find the next book you want to take with you to the beach, the pool, or the comforts of air conditioning.

Today’s featured author is Michael Lawrence Cohen, author of Karieth.

What’s your name (or pen name) and where are you from?

Michael Lawrence Cohen.

How long have you been writing? How did you start?

7-9 - Michael Cohen author photoSince 2002.

Who are some of your influences?

Dante, King, Stevenson, Stoker.

What is your book about?

Karieth is a Gothic Mystery-thriller, based on the 16th Century Welsh myth of the Cyhyraeth. It begins with a feverish nightmare; the brutal slaying of a young innocent woman … dead but refusing to die.

Driven by vengeance, Karieth can become any woman, at any time, or her own horrific apparition This suspenseful and gripping tale moves forward three-hundred years to the murky back streets of Victorian London.

Where did you get the idea?

Four-thirty in Falmouth. England; rain-driven fog hazed the street, all but obliterating the harbor and boats in the distance. My walk took me past closed shops and a few pubs. The pungent smell of bangers and beer drew me toward The Grapes.

I shed a soaked raincoat, bucket hat, and browsed through dog-eared brochures. That is when I met Cyhyraeth. Her story lay among flyers for fishing, and tours …mostly tourist marketing. Cyhyraeth was out of place. Her single page was the story of a Welsh myth.

Legend associates Cyhyraeth with the area around the River Tywi in eastern Dyfed around the 16th Century. It begins with a feverish nightmare; the brutal slaying of a young innocent woman … dead but refusing to die. I was hooked.

How long did it take you to finish it?

Nine years … lots of research

Is this your first book, or have you written more than one?

Three: Karieth, Wishes on Dandelion Seeds, and Crude Dominance.

We all like to write about people we know, even if we never name them. Who are some people who inspired characters or situations?

No one.

What’s your favorite scene in the book?

7-9 - Michael Cohen Book CoverRomance between the two main characters, the proposal scene

What’s the best piece of writing advice you ever got?

Read your work, to yourself, out loud

What’s the worst?

Write poetry

Where can we buy your book?

You can buy Karieth on Amazon.

Dr. Michael Lawrence Cohen holds degrees in physiological optics, a Doctorate in Optometry and master’s studies in forensic science. He was awarded an Honorary Professorship in ophthalmology by The International Conference Eye 2016. Cohen’s has also paints and creates collages, which he donates to charity and educational foundations.

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