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 has published five novels and two activity books for children. Her first book, 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. The second book in the series, Ida and the Unfinished City, was released in December of 2020.
Carolyn's Time Zero YA trilogy has won over ten literary honors, including the 2017 Readers' Favorite Award and 2017 International Book Award. The entire Time Zero trilogy is a feminist dystopian series set in a future Manhattan.
Carolyn and her mother, painter Lynn Cohagan, published a writing workbook full of prompts for kids in March of 2020. It is free for teachers.
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