Biography:

I've worked at some really great jobs and I've moved around a lot.   I'm a partner,
daughter, sister, aunt, mom, grammy of eleven, and a friend to many, but I'm also a poet,
writer, and an author -- I have three children's books, a collection of short stories, and a
book of poetry for grownups.  

I love writing.  I write fiction and nonfiction, poetry, memoirs, essays, three different
blogs, and this website which has been around since 1999.

I grew up in Coshocton, Ohio, the oldest of six children.  Since then, I've lived in North
Carolina, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Indiana, Illinois and California.  Now I live in
Florida with my partner, Robert Cosmar, who is also a writer and the author of four books.  
You can read more about him on his page.   

I am also a Vietnam War widow.  My husband, Douglas "Doc" Kempf, was a combat medic,
who was killed in action on September 5, 1969.  

I've been a flight attendant, co-owner of an antique-gift shop, an executive secretary,
senior records clerk for detectives in a police department, a children's columnist, and I've
written radio advertising and sold insurance.  

I guess I just never knew what I wanted to be when I grew up.

A writer is what I am.   
A writer is what I'll be,
for writing is so very much
an important part of me.  
~CJ

Some of my work has been published by:

Oxford University Press
Cambridge University Press
Castle Rock Research
Rubicon Publishing
Poetry Quarterly
SRA/McGraw-Hill
JFC Publishing House
Grande Prairie Regional College
True Poet Magazine
Bluegrass Publishing
TeachingPoint
Dane Publishing House
Your Big Backyard Magazine
CTB/McGraw-Hill
Steel Point Quarterly
Tales 'n Rhyme Magazine
FLASH!POINT Journal
Writers Digest Books
Mature Living Magazine
Distance Learning
Purpose Magazine
Design Workshop
New Hampshire Magazine.

For poetry workshops, school visits, presentation fees, references and availability, please
call 352-299-5634, or go to the appropriate pages here on the website.
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The Child Within

Down inside this grownup
lives the child that used to be.
When I look in my mirror,
she stares right back at me.

Now that I'm a grownup,
it's an older face I see,
but the child's still there, just hiding,
way down deep inside of me.

Sometimes, we work together,
that little girl and me.
She comes up from her hiding place
and we write poetry.

I like being grownup
and I wouldn't want to swap,
well ... maybe a little younger face
and no gray hair on top.

Hugs,
CJ
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"May you always see the world through the eyes of a child." ~CJ Heck
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CJ

"I love learning new words, especially when they are
explained with such diaphanous clarity. Whether she talks
always clear and harmonious. She makes us forget that
easy to read is hard to write."  ~
Marc (BookRix)

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