Award-winning author
Michele VanOrt Cozzens

Set aside her journalism career in 1993 and now resides in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. In the Northwoods she and her husband own and operate Sandy Point Resort and Disc Golf Ranch. She is the author of six published books and the blog, "Michelaneous."


Latest release: How to Achieve Your Dream Life: Start-up Advice from a Successful Innkeeper. Available in Paperback and Kindle.

Praise for Irish Twins

From Midwest Book Review: “Irish Twins is a moving read that emphasizes the importance of sisterhood. Very highly recommended.”

From the AZ Daily Star:

“Journalist Cozzens has the subject matter and the skills to write a good generational novel of Catholic family life in the latter half of the 20th century in the United States.”

Irish Twins is now available on Kindle!

McKenna Publishing Group is pleased to announce the publication of Michele’s fifth book and third novel, Irish Twins. It’s a story about life and death, sisterhood and forgiveness. Writing it was an emotional journey, and Michele chose to tell the story of two sets of Irish Twins, Anne and Molly, and Jenny and Caylie, from the perspective of a fictionalized version of her deceased mother. “It was like having my mother with me, guiding me through the process. I heard her voice in my head as I wrote the story,” said Michele. Reviews have been excellent and it is available at Signed copies may be purchased from the author.


Volunteer Burnout Once Again Rears Its Rude Head

Wow. She just hung up on me. My entire family overheard the phone conversation I had with the “mom volunteer” (MV) who answered the high …

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I Will Never Be a BRECK Girl

Last May after Keratin straightening My daughter ran into a soccer mom yesterday, someone neither she nor I have seen since the school season ended …

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My Week With Willow

We had the house to ourselves for a spell last evening. It was after track practice. The homework was complete and it was one of …

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Looking Back to Brookfield

“Poets claim that we recapture for a moment the self that we were long ago when we enter some house or garden in which we …

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“He Won’t Shoot Me.”

I don’t know whether or not this is true or if it’s Valley legend, but I’m going to share it anyway. From the moment the …

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The Author is Asked: Who is Your Favorite Character in One of Your Novels?

Michele Cozzens: My favorite character is Anne Shields from the novel Irish Twins—although I must pause and reflect on whether or not I can claim …

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Not In My Backyard

There are people who are supposed to be in my backyard. And then there are people who should not be there. By owning a resort …

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The Long Hot Summer Recovery Process

According to Tucson’s best and Willow’s favorite physical therapist, John Woolf, Willow is rockin’ it as she recovers from her ACL replacement surgery. Because of her hard work over the summer in Wisconsin with two different physical therapists, a certified trainer and a sports medicine physician, AND her good-girl behavior (staying off the waterski / wakeboard and not running), she’s right on schedule to get back to soccer.

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ACL Diary: Let’s Get Physical

When Willow started driving, no one was happier about it than I. Primarily it meant that after 11 years, I no longer had to drive …

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ACL Diary: Embrace the Brace

Warning: Contains foul language At Willow’s pre-op appointment with Dr. Tucker, one of his assistants fitted her for the brace that would become a big …

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