Author CJ Dunham

Author & Presenter


MY AUTHOR BIO BEGINS with a true confession: My first story was plagiarized.  However, the fact that I was seven years old should balance the scales a little in my favor. After all, I couldn’t even say the word, much less know what it meant! It was second grade, Mrs. Alexander’s class, and we were assigned to write a Christmas story. I borrowed the idea of reindeer kidnapping Santa from a magazine and, voila!, my writing career was born!

OUR SMITH CORONA TYPEWRITER never knew what hit it. From the day I stole it (yes, yet another theft)  from its peaceful, dark corner to my writer’s desk, it became my literary accomplice. She was blue, my favorite color, and she was electric, state-of-the-art. Make no mistake, I adore  my laptop–my husband claims it’s a love affair–but there was a cadence, an actual music, in the sound of those striking keys. As the clicking and rattling gathered momentum with my thoughts, it became the sound of my adrenaline.

UNFORTUNATELY, I’VE LOST those first stories and poems, but I remember turning Smith on and listening to her hum with excitement, just waiting for my fingers to tap out another line of prose. First loves are never forgotten, and my fingertips still miss the velvet-smooth vibrations of her keys.

MARRIAGE, MOTHERHOOD, DIVORCE; followed by remarriage, step-motherhood, and a “surprise” addition to the family, became the next chapters in my life. There are  no books written, by myself or any other author, comparable to the incredible stories my husband and five children have written on the pages of my life. Not until my youngest child entered school in 2002 did I actively pursue a professional writing career. Each morning I read to her in the school library, hugged her goodbye at the classroom, and then my feet hit the pavement as I literally ran to my car, and to what was then our HP Millennium computer.

IN  2004 I PUBLISHED my first book, a fully illustrated children’s book, THE QUEST FOR ELOSHIDII, with Granite Publishers. In 2005 CRICKET magazine accepted my short story, THE TRAVELER, and published it as a three-part story in their January, February, and March 2010 issues. My older YA paranormal romance trilogy, THE CRYING CHANDELIER, is currently being represented by Terrie Wolf of the AKA Literary Agency.

PRESENTLY, I am developing a humorous romantic intrigue, a middle grade novel, and a gluten-free cookbook.

TO MY FELLOW WRITERS, whether you partner up with Smith, Mac, or Bic, I hope you have as great a life adventure as I have had–and am having! For those of you who do not love writing (is that humanly possible?), consider this your invitation to open the pages of my books, like the spreading of wings, and come fly with me into my incredible worlds, meeting astounding and frightening people. When you close the covers you may find that you, like me, will not return the same.

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3 Responses to “Bio”
  1. I’m really into it, thanks for this great stuff!

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  3. Hi Connie,

    Thanks for inviting me to peek into your literary world.
    I smiled while reading the opening lines of your confession. I had a similar experience in early grades. I copied the plot of a television show for a class writing assignment. A big kid named Steve O. who had been held back two years ratted me out to the teacher. Oh well, a lesson learned hard is a lesson learned well. Steve O. could belt the tether ball harder than anyone else on the playground. The rest of us boys took turns watching big Steve whack the ball into a high orbit far above our reach. It was like he was playing by himself and we were mere spectators.

    I’m a bit envious that you get to express yourself in your writing. I have spent decades as a mercenary. I have been able to make a decent living at writing, but always under intense deadline pressure and always selling the viewpoint or products of others.

    I am looking forward to our Monday meetings here. Back to work for now. I feel several project deadlines breathing down my neck.

    Best blessings!

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