Let’s Talk with Nancy J Cohen


Fairy Tale Endings

By Nancy J Cohen

My husband and I are Disney fans. Recent movies we’ve seen include Tomorrowland and Cinderella. One of our favorite TV shows is Once Upon A Time. And we have annual passes to Disney World that we visit every other month.


I guess I’ve never grown out of fairy tales. I still like happy endings and won’t see a film unless I know it ends well. That’s probably why I haven’t watched Game of Thrones. This isn’t always true regarding books, however. I don’t mind loose ends or a cliffhanger ending on occasion in a series if I know the main characters survive. You can do dastardly things to my heroes but make sure they triumph in the end. Now I’d apply this more to scifi/fantasy than mysteries, which do need a solution to the crime. But Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth series, of which I’ve read every book, leaves several of his stories with one main character or another in jeopardy. The day he kills off the hero, if it should ever occur, is the day I stop reading him.

Sword Truth

Is this expectation for a joyous resolution a fairy tale? Of course it is. So are the mysteries I write. Justice isn’t always served in the real world, and criminals walk free. But we need this imaginary fight against evil to quell our fears and to bring order to the universe. And how more classic can you get than Snow White versus the Evil Queen? Yep, back to Disney again. I’m a sap for sentimental endings. That’s why my books will leave you smiling and never with tears on your face except for pleasure.

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