"We all have an inner voice, our personal whisper from the universe. All we have to do is listen,
feel and sense it with an open heart. Sometimes it whispers of intuition or precognition. Other times,
it whispers an awareness, a remembrance from another plane. Dare to listen. Dare to hear with your heart."
Hi, I'm CJ.
I grew up in a small Ohio town, one of six children. I live and write in the beautiful state of Florida with my significant other, Robert Cosmar,
who is also an author. I have three married daughters, eleven grandchildren, and I'm a Vietnam War widow.
I love writing poetry, fiction and nonfiction, memoirs, my three blogs and essays about life. When writing, I draw on my life experiences. A one
time flight attendant, owner of a small business, executive secretary, senior records clerk for the detective division of a police department, I've
also written radio advertising and sold insurance.
I am actively promoting my children's books through school visits, poetry workshops, Young Author Conferences, Literacy Evenings, as well as
other personal appearances.
Classroom Presentation, Conesville, Ohio.AVI
Barking Spiders and Other Such Stuff
Barking Spiders 2 (the sequel)
Me Too! Preschool Poetry
Bits and Pieces (short story collection)
NEW! Anatomy of a Poet (adult poetry)
*** My Newest Book: Anatomy of a Poet ***
About the Book:
"There is a brokenness out of which comes the unbroken; a shatteredness out of which blooms the unshatterable;
a sorrow beyond all grief which leads to joy, and a fragility out of whose depths emerges strength. There is a
hollow space too vast for words through which we pass with each loss, out of whose darkness we are sanctioned into
being." ~Bri Maya Tiwari
That quote astutely describes not only my life, but the poetry in Anatomy of a Poet.
One of six children, I grew up in a small Ohio town and married my high school sweetheart at nineteen. A Vietnam
War widow at twenty, I went on too soon to marry and then divorce twice.
I made a lot of choices, some good, some not so good, but as one of the poems in the book ends, "...at least
I made choices. How sad for those who merely hitchhike along, never daring to choose at all."
Anatomy of a Poet was written over a period of nearly forty years. The poetry is rich with memoir, humor and, at
times, it is sensual in nature.
Read a Preview:
Anatomy of a Poet at Amazon:
CJ's Writer Thoughts:
Memoirs From Nam:
Would you like me to come to your school?
For poetry workshops, school visits, book fairs, Young Author Conferences, interviews, fees, references and
to check my availability, please visit my website or call for more information 352-299-5634:
"May you always see the world through the eyes of a child."
Hugs to you from me,