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.


ACL Diary: The Ugly, The Bad and The Good

Willow’s dad—the true videographer in the family—was out of town during the game when she tore her ACL. This is why I was behind the …

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ACL Diary: Clearing Hurdles

The Surgery Itself Willow’s ACL tear happened during the first game of the 2011 AZ State Cup, which is the last tournament of the season, …

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ACL Diary: Pain and Percocet

“Has it really been less than three weeks?” On the news this morning, I heard that it’s been three weeks since Holly Bobo, the nursing …

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ACL Diary: Patellar? Hamstring?

“Go With Your Gut” The first thing we learned is that shredded ACL ligaments cannot be repaired. They may, however, be reconstructed. It wasn’t until …

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ACL Diary: Making Choices

“Someone, Please Tell Me What To Do!” One of the complications of living in the United States, and I’ve often made this observation when facing …

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ACL Diary: The Immediate Aftermath

A Hundred Phone Calls Willow and I sat for about an hour in the Urgent Care waiting room on the Saturday afternoon she went down, …

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ACL Diary: And So Begins the Rehab

Thursday, April 28, 2011 From the moment my daughter went down on the soccer field, my guts told me what we’d be facing. But there …

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ACL Diary: Real Soccer Moms

The first entry in a series, ACL Diary, documenting my daughter’s ACL injury. Spring, 2011. A woman named Peggy Tanous on the Bravo TV Series, Real Housewives of Orange County, pissed me off when she made a blanket statement about Soccer Moms. My message to Peggy: “Don’t talk about what you don’t know.”

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Top Amazon Reviewer Gives 5-Stars to Irish Twins

Tea Break in Ohr October 28, 2010 This review is from: Irish Twins (Paperback) Between sips of fragrant tea, misty memories drift past Anne, the …

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Praise the Lord, said the Parrot

Book Review: Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout This is one of those books that might not grab you in the first fifty pages. You may …

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Wings: For Mike. Happy Anniversary

“Wings” Written in 1993. Published in the book, The Things I Wish I’d Said He’s breaking out. Like a butterfly emerging from a thirty-year-old chrysalis, …

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I had a lovely life . . . and I did my best.

By Linda Bulger It’s not remarkable for a novel to start with the death of an 80-year-old woman. If she dies while water-skiing, as Anne …

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