Lisa Collier Cool

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Lisa Collier Cool is an American journalist and author who writes on health-related topics.


Born Lisa Collier, Cool began collegiate studies in the early 1970s at Shimer College. She later transferred to Columbia University in New York, where she graduated in 1975.[1]


Cool worked as a literary agent[2] prior to becoming a full-time freelance, magazine article writer in 1984.[3] Several of her subsequent books drew on her insights as an agent.[4] She has also written for the AP, Glamour, Oprah Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Harper's Bazaar, Reader’s Digest, Essence, Prevention and Writer's Digest.[5][6]

In 1997, Cool co-wrote the book Bad Boys: Why We Love Them, How to Live With Them, and When to Leave Them with Carole Lieberman. The book has since been translated into several languages.[7] The 2001 book Beware the Night, written by Cool and New York City police officer Ralph Sarchie, was adapted as the motion picture Deliver Us from Evil.[8] In 2014, Cool co-wrote the book Beat the Heart Attack Gene: The Revolutionary Plan to Prevent Heart Disease, Stroke, and Diabetes with Bradley Bale and Amy Doneen.[9]

She is a regular contributor to Yahoo Health, WebMD[10] and numerous other online and print magazines.

From 2003-2005, she served as president of American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA).


Cool received a National Magazine Award for Personal Service in 1989 for an article in Good Housekeeping titled "The Preventable Cancer".[11][12] She received an Outstanding Service Award from ASJA in 2012,[13] and is a three-time winner of that organization’s June Roth Medical Journalism Award in 2007,[14][15] 2003[15][16] and in 1996.[15] Other awards include ASJA’s Donald Robinson Investigative Journalism Award in 1997[15] and its Outstanding Article Award in 2001.[15] She was recognized particularly for her work on fundraising and supporting the ASJA's Writers Emergency Assistance Fund,[13] a charity of which she served as Chair and a Trustee from 2006-2016.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Cool and her husband have three children.[2][3]


  • Beat the Heart Attack Gene (2013) ISBN 9781118454299
  • How to Write Irresistible Query Letters (2002) ISBN 1582971552
  • Beware the Night: A New York City Cop Investigates the Supernatural (2001) ISBN 0312977379
  • How to Sell Every Magazine Article You Write (1989) ISBN 0898793556
  • How to Give Good Phone (1988) ISBN 1556110502


  1. ^ Lisa Collier Cool. "Lisa Collier Cool". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2013-06-24.
  2. ^ a b Lisa Collier Cool. "Lisa Collier Cool's Bio". Archived from the original on 2013-07-02. Retrieved 2013-06-24.
  3. ^ a b Jenny Cromie (2009-03-23). "Successful Freelancer: Lisa Collier Cool". Retrieved 2013-06-24.
  4. ^ Lisa Collier Cool (1988). How to Sell Every Magazine Article You Write. p. 218. ISBN 0898793556.
  5. ^ Skb (2009-11-11). "Casting Couch Radio: Show Notes - Freelance Writer Lisa Collier Cool". Casting Couch Radio. Retrieved 2019-01-18.
  6. ^ "Day in Health | Yahoo! Health". 2013-06-29. Archived from the original on 2013-06-29. Retrieved 2019-01-20.
  7. ^ "Cool, Lisa Collier 1952-". Worldcat Identities. Retrieved 2013-06-24.
  8. ^ "Jerry Bruckheimer Takes on Beware the Night". 2012-11-21. Retrieved 2013-06-24.
  9. ^ Bale, Bradley; Doneen, Amy; Cool, Lisa Collier (2014). Beat the Heart Attack Gene. ISBN 9781118454299. OCLC 999478263.
  10. ^ Cool, Lisa Collier. "Are Male and Female Brains Different?". WebMD. Retrieved 2019-01-20.
  11. ^ Lisa Collier Cool. "Awards". Archived from the original on 2012-10-29. Retrieved 2013-06-24.
  12. ^ "National Magazine Awards: Winners & Finalists". American Society of Magazine Editors. Archived from the original on 2018-10-10. Retrieved 2013-06-24.
  13. ^ a b "ASJA Writing Awards Recipients". American Society of Journalists and Authors. Retrieved 2013-06-24.
  14. ^ "2007-04-20: ASJA Announces 2007 Award Winners". 2017-06-07. Archived from the original on 2017-06-07. Retrieved 2019-01-20.
  15. ^ a b c d e "American Society of Journalists and Authors". Retrieved 2019-01-20.
  16. ^ "2003-05-09: ASJA Presents 2003 Writing Awards". 2017-06-12. Archived from the original on 2017-06-12. Retrieved 2019-01-20.
  17. ^ "Lisa Collier Cool".

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