Although she makes her home in New England, Ariella Cohen’s dream self resides in County Mayo, Ireland. A graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University, she attended the Hebrew University as a Visiting Scholar and holds a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. Her debut adult novel Sweet Breath of Memory was published in trade paperback June 2016 author website and will be out in Large Print hardcover in September. Her novella, The Bargain, a Faustian Tale is available as an e-book at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/34168, her essay The Value of Grey is available as an ebook at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/107758, and her short story collections The White Cat at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/261194 and Christmas Stories at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/31737.
Her short fiction appears in Heartscapes (Spruce Mountain Press, 2012) and in A Cup of Comfort for Couples (Adams Media, 2010) under the name Ariella Golani. She was runner up in Redbook’s 2010 Short Story Contest; and, received an honorable mention from Spruce Mountain Press’ 2010 Short Story Contest.
A native of New Jersey, Ariella spent more than a decade working as a senior administrator at Columbia University, The New York Public Library and Yeshiva University, before returning to school to complete a law degree. After practicing in New York and New Jersey, she left the world of real estate securitization to focus on her family.
As much as she admires writers who hit the mark at 20 or 25, at those ages Ariella simply hadn’t made enough mistakes – in life and love – to write well. She’s made up for that since.
Her writing life is far from solitary, so when they decide to come the words often find her at the sink, folding laundry, or weeding the garden. Sometimes, her characters must make their case in quarter hours – the time it takes to brew tea, scrub a floor or walk the dog.
She counts among her favorite books: Kenilworth; The Warden; The Mayor of Casterbridge; All Passion Spent; The Haunted Bookshop; Jane Eyre; Pride & Prejudice; and, The Witch of Blackbird Pond. Her favored modes of procrastination when the writing simply won’t come are playing with her animals, baking chocolate chip cookies, gardening and watching M*A*S*H reruns.