Carolyn Cohagan

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Our guest this week is author Carolyn Cohagan. We’ll be talking with her about her new book, Time Next, the second installment in the Time Zero trilogy.

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Carolyn Cohagan began her writing career as a stand-up comic, performing in comedy clubs all over the world, including New York, Chicago, London, and Amsterdam. After studying physical theater at the Ecole International de Theatre Jacques Lecoq in Paris, she began to write and perform one-woman shows, traveling to theater festivals from Edinburgh to Adelaide. In Los Angeles, Carolyn wrote and directed short films, worked for Slamdance and the LA Film Festival and was a red carpet host for the Independent Spirit Awards.

Carolyn’s first novel, The Lost Children, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2010, became part of the Scholastic Book Club in 2011, and was nominated for a Massachusetts Children’s Book Award in 2014.

In the fall of 2013, Carolyn traveled to Rwanda as an Arts Envoy working for the U.S. State Department. She taught a vast array of writing workshops, including Teaching Critical Analysis, Using the Three Act Structure in Screenwriting, and How to Use Storytelling in the Classroom.

Her Young Adult novel “Time Zero” was the winner of the 2017 Readers Favorite Award and the 2017 International Book Award.

She has a BA in Art History from Barnard and an MA in Writing from USC. She lives in Austin, where she is the founder of Girls With Pens, a creative writing organization dedicated to fostering the individual voices and offbeat imaginations of girls ages 8-14.

About Time Next:

Mina’s adventure continues in this sequel to the award-winning Time Zero. In book one, Mina and her friends narrowly escaped fundamentalist-ruled Manhattan. Now, they’ve been taken in by the Unbound, a modern community that wants to shelter and care for them. Mina, however, becomes increasingly nervous as she and her friends are forced apart, and she’s asked to alter her clothing, behavior, and even her faith. As she struggles to hold onto her identity, she also grapples with her secrets, even as the Unbound endeavor to discover each and every one.

Praise for Time Next:

“TIME NEXT has it all — excitement, suspense, adventure, futuristic imagination, a fascinating cast of characters, a swiftly paced story, thought provoking themes, and uniformly superb writing. Young adult readers will be as spellbound as I was.”– Tim O’Brien, National Book Award winning author of The Things They Carried

“The second of Cohagan’s TIME ZERO trilogy, TIME NEXT grapples with the eerily relevant themes of groupthink and political identity, while managing the rare feat of accurately representing teenage conversation. Especially given the current conversation surrounding institutional misogyny, TIME NEXT is a must-read for any resistance-minded young adult.” — Emily Lindin, Teen Vogue columnist

“This novel takes very real forces of injustice and takes them to a terrifying level. It makes us question all aspects of religion and identity . . . For many kids in America and elsewhere, this world hardly feels like fiction, and that’s why Cohagan’s themes are well-timed and necessary.” — NY Daily News

“TIME NEXT does an excellent job of holding a mirror up to aspects of our own society… In this middle book, Cohagan reveals the layers of Mina’s new world with skill, letting the audience delve deeper into her complex life. This series is sure to spark discussion and, hopefully, self-reflection.” — ForeWord Reviews *5 Stars*

For more information, please see the author’s website.   You can keep up with Carolyn Cohagan on Facebook and Twitter.