“My love of both fantasy and science fiction started at an early age,” says CJ. “I grew up watching Star Trek (The Original Series) on my family’s old black & white television—the kind with a dial for changing channels and wonky rabbit ears on top. The broadcasts were plagued by static interference, and I only knew what colors the uniforms were by looking at pictures in fan magazines. Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock were my unqualified heroes. Then one day in the fifth grade, I happened to join some friends on a visit to our school’s tiny library. The librarian asked me what kind of book I wanted to check out. At that point, I had absolutely no idea. Into my unwitting hands, she placed a copy of The Book of Three, by Lloyd Alexander. The exploits of Taran, the Assistant Pig-Keeper, changed my life forever. Reading became my new pastime, an interactive experience vastly superior to the limited television broadcasts of the day. I think at that moment, in that tiny wooden portable at Mistletoe Elementary, it became inevitable that one day I would write my own fantasy epic.”
In his daily life, CJ is lucky enough to be a stay-at-home dad, a full-time career in its own way. That said, he nevertheless devotes every available second to his “part-time” career as a fantasy author.
Dedicated to lifelong learning and the craft of writing in particular, CJ is a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature—in both writing for young adults and self-editing for publication. He once spent three years in Japan, teaching English and making animal noises for hundreds of Japanese elementary school kids (it’s true!).
CJ currently lives in California, in a wonderful extended-family household with his wife, mother-in-law, and two brilliant daughters.