Thanks for visiting my blog. I’m author C.J. Connelly, and I’d like to take a moment to introduce myself and talk a bit about who I am and how I got started writing. I’d also like to share some of the features you can expect to see on my blog.
I’d love it if there is a topic you’d find interesting but don’t see covered here, if you drop me a line or comment and let me know. I’m always thrilled to find more readers and want to share things about what I do that would interest ya’all!
The tough part is deciding where to start. A good story needs a good beginning right? And you wouldn’t think it was all that hard to talk about myself for a couple minutes.
I grew up the eldest of six siblings, so as you can imagine that led to plenty of wild adventures right there. I have to rack my imagination these days to imagine what life would be like in the quiet house of an only child. Because seriously, our house and my family growing up—quiet didn’t exist! Always noise and people everywhere!
But my gift for storytelling began there, back in days when I was trying to keep peace between my brothers and sisters. Those of you who’ve been involved in the seat-belt buckle war with your siblings know what I’m talking about. I found a silly story could quickly end fighting and yelling and keep us all distracted for hours.
As for deciding to become an author myself, I think that grew from an early love of storytelling. I love to read, to tell stories and watch the genuine reactions of the listener. Great stories can touch people, make them laugh and cry and feel all kinds of emotion and I just find that really awesome! To tell those kinds of stories that make people laugh and cry and write the sort of books that people remember and really love. I’m very passionate about that.
Some upcoming features on my blog include:
C.J.’s Replay Mix: a section devoted to music which inspires me to multiple replays, whether it tells me a story or the lyrics are amazing or its just my ‘random favorite for the moment’.
C.J.’s Artist’s Corner: a feature where I explore different artistic or DIY projects, with photos, tutorials, idea-swapping and more.
Sneak Peek Saturdays: features early looks at our works-in-progress, cover art reveals, early chapters, new features on the website, upcoming book ideas and more.
Writers Coffee Break: a soon-to-come writing community that focuses on socialization, community, encouragement and in-depth education so we can all grow together in the art of our craft.
I hope you enjoy these posts and do let me know in the comments if there is something specific you’d like to see me blog about!