Jeff Gottesfeld

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Jeff Gottesfeld is an American novelist, playwright, and screen and television writer.


Jeff Gottesfeld grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey, attended Teaneck High School, Colby College, and then the University of San Francisco School of Law.

Gottesfeld has written freelance for numerous magazines and newspapers, and continues to publish essays on such subjects as the ongoing controversy over the Confederate flag, immigration policy, and trends in young adult fiction. Among his favorite authors are Carson McCullers, Flannery O'Connor, Herman Wouk, and George Orwell.

His fiction ranges from elementary age children to adult. For television, he has written for such shows as Smallville and The Young and the Restless. Songs for which he wrote the lyrics have been recorded by such country artists as Mitchell John. Together with Cherie Bennett, he has written under the pen name Zoey Dean.[1] His first picture book is The Tree in the Courtyard, published by Random House/Knopf in March, 2016. It received starred reviews in Booklist and School Library Journal.

Television credits[edit]

The Young and the Restless (hired by Lynn Marie Latham)

  • Script Writer: December 14, 2006 - December 21, 2007; March 18 - August 19, 2008
  • Associate Head Writer: July 2007 - December 21, 2007; March 18 - July 10, 2008

As the World Turns

  • Breakdown Writer: 2005

Port Charles

Another World

  • Story Consultant: 1997

Girls Got Game: 2006

Smallville: 2001 - 2002



Book Series

  • Dawson's Creek (seven original novels)
  • Mirror Image (four book series)
  • Robinson's Hood (three book series)
  • Campus Confessions (four book series)

Six Book Series

  • University Hospital
  • Teen Angels
  • Trash
  • 'Amen, L.A.'
  • 'SuperFan!'
  • 'SuperFan #2: Tag-Teamed!"

Other Books

  • A Heart Divided
  • Anne Frank And Me
  • Turn Me On (writing as Cherie Jeffrey, with Cherie Bennett)
  • The Tree in the Courtyard (illustrated by Peter McCarty)


  • 'A Heart Divided'
  • 'Anne Frank and Me" (with Cherie Bennett)
  • '10 x 10' (ten short plays about values, editor)
  • 'Does My Head Look Big in This?' (with Elizabeth Wong)


  1. ^ Biography: Zoey Dean. Scholastic Corporation (accessed September 20, 2015)
  2. ^ Leydon, Joe (September 21, 2006). "Broken Bridges". Variety. Retrieved 29 May 2011. 

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