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.


Summer Saturday Survival

It’s known as “turnaround day” here at Sandy Point Resort. Cabin renters checkout by nine in the morning, and we have guest-free grounds until 4pm, …

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Getting My LOON On

In our eighteen years of owning and operating Sandy Point Resort, this year—2010—has been the most challenging. It started out posing a problem because my …

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So, Did You Wipe Your Ass With it Too?

As far as T-P-ing acts go, this one was pretty pathetic. I didn’t even see it when I opened the front door this morning to …

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Arizona: Please Vote for Education

The state of Arizona has captured the attention of the country due to the passage of SB1070, a new law meant to curb illegal immigration. …

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Irish Twins?

Our doves have done it again. I’m not sure whether or not it was a case of “been-there-done-that” but this time around, the whole process …

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Mom and the Masai

The second time I went to Kenya, I had the unforgettable experience of escorting my septuagenarian parents there. The trip was a gift for their …

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Broken For You: A Book Review

Broken for You by Stephanie Kallos My rating: 5 of 5 stars Broken Lives Pieced Back Together This was a book club selection that received …

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“Mom! Can I Talk to You for a Minute?”

She sought me out at the end of the soccer game—a first round State Cup duel our girls won 2-1. I knew she was pissed …

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A dove is born! Yesterday I was in mourning over the loss of one of two dove eggs, which I’d been carefully watching for weeks. …

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Dove Update

Three weeks ago I wrote about the Doves on our Doorstep, a pair of mourning doves taking turns sitting atop two eggs. They’ve been good, …

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I Miss My Mother

When my mother died I was lucky to receive a lot of support from those who knew her and those who knew how important this …

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The other day during a casual conversation, a friend admired my ability to multi-task. I’m not sure she used the word “multi-task” but I’m pretty …

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