C.J. Heigelmann is an emerging author of Contemporary Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Psychological Thrillers, who has published three novels, An Uncommon Folk Rhapsody, Crooked Fences, and Can't Hide What's Inside.
C.J. learned to negotiate the changing fabric of society within the United States while experiencing different nuances of racial interconnection and social class ideologies from California to Connecticut, the Deep South, and during military service in the United States Air Force. C.J. combines these unique experiences with his knowledge of the humanities, an empathetic heart, and a belief in world peace, to produce literature that focuses on the human condition in any genre he touches. Ever evolving, but yet retaining his core signature of sharp-edged reality, his writing style brings a fresh and compelling perspective to every plot and storyline.
Heigelmann, C. J. Can’t Hide What’s Inside. Common Folk Press, 2021.
Heigelmann, C. J. Crooked Fences. Common Folk Press, 2019.
Heigelmann, C. J. An Uncommon Folk Rhapsody. Common Folk Press, 2017.
Heigelmann, C.J. “The Other Side of the Hill.” The Writers and Readers’ Magazine, May/June, issue 16, vol. 3, pp. 7-11. 2021. https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B096LWK95D
Heigelmann, C.J. “The Other Side of the Hill.” Rigorous Magazine, vol. 5, no. 2, 2021. https://www.rigorous-mag.com/v5i2/cj-heigelmann.html
Heigelmann, C. J. “The Other Side of the Hill.” Catfish Stew: 2021 South Carolina Anthology, edited by Ferguson Williams, South Carolina Writers Association. 2021.
Winner, Independent Press Award, Multicultural Fiction, 2021, An Uncommon Folk Rhapsody (Historical Fiction).
Finalist, Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Fellowship for Fiction, 2021, The Other Side of the Hill (Short Story Fiction).
Finalist, Wishing Shelf Book Award, Adult Fiction, 2020, An Uncommon Folk Rhapsody (Historical Fiction).
Distinguished Favorite, New York City Big Book Award, Military Fiction, 2020, Crooked Fences (Contemporary Fiction).
Historical Novel Society
South Carolina Writers Association
BESTSELLING AMAZON AUTHOR SUB-GENRES: Contemporary Literary Fiction, Depression, Racism and Discrimination, African American Literary Fiction, Historical Thrillers, Historical African Fiction, Vigilante Justice, and Serial Killers.
"I express my characters in their pure flawed form because all of us are flawed. I don't shrink from using stereotypes whether positive or negative. Instead, I promote them and in the next breath completely shatter them. This exposes the error of subjugating individuals to intellectually lazy social labels, compelling the reader to confront the empirical nature of a character while lending insight into true understanding."
"Readers are not one-dimensional, and the stories they read shouldn't be either."