When I set my pen to paper and write a story, I am completely consumed with the passion of my vision. This passion is fueled by a deep sense of empathy and the inspiration which accompanies it. Known as one of the greatest aspects of Love, I have been a willing prisoner of it for the majority of my life, and it has given me the ability to understand my environment, and the beings that I share it with. It wasn't until adulthood, that I understood the critical importance and transforming power of Empathy, its necessary role in my life, and the impact it manifests in relation to the evolution and progression of the Human race. I Combine this passion with my diverse life experiences, and present the reader with with an intimate and realistic perspective of my literary vision. Whether reaching the heights of ecstasy, or the depths of brutality, the foundation of my work is built upon honesty. My ego remains locked away during this process, as should the ego of all Artists who voluntarily commit themselves to their work, knowing that truth and the ego are indeed adversaries.
C.J. Heigelmann was born in Hartford, CT in the summer of 1969. He enjoyed an early childhood typical of any other youth living in a region steeped with the traditions and history of New England during the 1970’s. At age 12, he moved to Los Angeles and settled in Compton, California. As a young teenager, he traversed one of the most violent cities in America during the rise and height of gang warfare, that unfortunately became known as one of the most notorious murder capitals in the world. In 1988, at age 18 he faced a cross-road in his life and decided to enlist in the United States Air Force, where he served in the 1st Gulf War as well as other deployments. During one such deployment he witnessed first-hand and survived the Mt. Pinatubo Volcanic eruption and its aftermath, which destroyed all major U.S. military installations in the vicinity, and devastated the Island of Luzon.
After returning to the U.S. and receiving his Honorable Discharge, he married and fathered two daughters. He continued his formal education in Industrial Engineering Technology, while also immersing himself in his true passion, Literature and World History. After his divorce in 2011, he made the decision to write his first novel and embarked on two years of historical and cultural research for its foundation. In 2014, after a decade of traditional employment, it became apparent that the time and stress of his occupation were hindering his creative progress, so he made another life changing decision and resigned his financially lucrative position in the Engineering Department of a Fortune 50 corporation. He purchased a boat and moved aboard as a recluse, to give himself wholly to his work and fulfill his vision.
The first of his novels to come, AN UNCOMMON FOLK RHAPSODY, is an example of C.J. Heigelmann’s pursuit of perfecting the, “Written Art of Storytelling” by using strong visuals, emotions and narrations to substitute for the absence of a human “Storyteller. He is currently an aspiring Novelist, Media Content Creator and is employed on the managerial staff with a major university in South Carolina. His creative passion and impetus derive from his belief that "Amor Vincit Omnia," or simply that, “Love conquers all.”