Elizabeth Cohen is stopping in her office before her lunch break. She is an assistant professor in the English department at SUNY Plattsburgh. But she's also a writer.
"I'm sort of a story collector," she said. "I'm one of those people that overhears things that people say and I'm always thinking of people as characters."
Her most recent novel, "The Hypothetical Girl," is a fictional book made up of 15 short stories about love and technology.
"I wanted to explore the landscape of dating and technology and love and how they intersect and interact with one another," Cohen explained.
Her inspiration came from her experience with online dating.
"While I wasn't really finding Mr. Right, I was really loving the stories people were telling me about their lives. I found them really fascinating," she said.
The book was not only Cohen's first novel; it also landed her on Oprah Winfrey's "O List" as Book of the Week.
"It's such a thrill and a pleasure," Cohen said. "I was surprised; I was genuinely surprised I did not expect it."
Cohen found out through Facebook. She received lots of posts congratulating her. Finally she found the site naming "The Hypothetical Girl" on Oprah's fall reading list.
"I immediately called my daughter and my best friend in the room and everybody looked at me like 'that's crazy! That's a crazy thing,'" she said.
Cohen says she isn't sure if the recognition is boosting sales yet; she's just happy there's more opportunity for her book to land in the hands of more readers.
"You do it because you really want people to read these stories," Cohen said. "You work on the craft and the characters and you want people to enjoy them. So, there's such a better chance of that when you get this recognition."
A big honor serving as a new chapter for this author.
Cohen says you can find her book online and in local bookstores. And for Kindle fans, "The Hypothetical Girl" is also available for that, too.
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