AUTHOR’S CAFE – THE POWER OF WRITING
Jovan “C.J.” Hightower was born in Portsmouth, Virginia in the late 1960’s. The youngest of four, his father was a professor of military science and his mother a high school teacher. At a young age C.J. learned of his writing skills by constructing love poems for his childhood sweetheart.
Once in high school, C.J. won several competitions and also rewrote “The Canterbury Tales” by Geoffrey Chaucer. During College he majored in English and wrote his first book entitled “The First Armageddon,” which was later to be the second best choice for a movie script by Spike Lee. Lee chose “Crooklyn” over C.J.’s work.
C.J. then got his first professional writing job as a journalist with his own column in Northern Virginia. He wrote for the Loudoun Times Mirror and The Connection newspapers. Now C.J. has over twenty book projects on the shelf in seven different genres.
“We have a responsibility as educators, parents and citizens, to assist in the education of the children who will be taking our place in the future. Education has always been one of the major keys to the growth and prosperity of our community, society, country and the world.” —Jovan Hightower