Professional Bio:

Jean M. Cogdell – inspired by her children and grandchildren she has written three children’s books to remind them always reach for the stars. Her books are available at and Barnes & Additional flash fiction, short stories, and essays are featured in  One Hundred Voices IIIFiction Southeast, The J.J. Outre Review- ELJ Publications- Scissors & Spackle Issue 13Once Upon A Time Anthology, What The Dickens Magazine, and Flash Fiction World Anthology. Magazine publications include YAREAH Magazine,  Squawk Back Magazine, and Angie’s Diary Online Writing Magazine. Ms. Cogdell currently resides in TX and is a member of Texas Association of Authors. 
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But a professional bio doesn’t tell you much about me the person.

So more about Me…

  • Favorite people are family, which consists of 5 grands, 2 daughters and one amazing husband. Without their support, I would never have considered a second act.
  • Enjoy traveling. Favorite cities: Paris, France and New York City, USA
  • Love Blue Bell Ice cream, Diet-coke, favorite dinner is Tex-Mex, occasionally indulge in fried chicken livers (a Southern thing,) a good red wine or a well-made dirty martini.
  • A game of Texas Holdem at a good casino is fun (only if I’m winning.)
  • Music is a balm for the soul and never found a type I didn’t enjoy.  But country is my favorite. Love Texas Two Step.
  • Karaoke is fun, but no one invites me to sing since I can’t carry a tune in a bucket, it’s best I stick to telling stories.
  • My favorite pastime is reading! Nothing better than curling up with a good book. Except when I’m cheering on a little league baseball game.
  • Writing prompts are fun ways to sharpen my writing and I’m grateful for all the bloggers who provide so many interesting choices.

I can’t believe Summer has come and gone, again. With the cooler weather comes the aching joints reminding me I’m no longer thirty-five. But I can pretend, that is until I pass a mirror and catch a glimpse of my mother’s refection. When did that happen?


Smoky Mountains

IMG_3226I adore my handsome, a bit of a golf nut, husband, my two beautiful daughters, and fabulous grandchildren. 

Between their inspiration and my deep southern roots, the stories pour out faster than I can write the nouns and verbs in the right order. The problem is how to write the stories true, and put my heart on the line. If you’d like to read some of my short stories, be sure click on my published page.

jean snowI enjoy when it snows, but not cold weather. And as crazy as it sounds love the Texas heat. Oh, how I wish we lived at the beach.
Writing is part of my second act, and I’m grateful for technology and programs like Grammarly and Scrivener that make reaching for my dream possible. What an amazing time to be a writer.

I enjoy writing short stories, mysteries, fantasy, literary and flash fictionromance, and the occasional comedy. And I love to read everything!

As the oldest of six, I grew up in a small SC town located near the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. So if you find some of my stories peppered with down-home Southern flavor you’ll understand why. One of my sisters also a writer, and she has a much better knack for the Southern slang that I do. I laugh at her way with words all the time, yet secretly I envy it a bit.

I’ve now published 3 children’s books and a daily Journal. Yay! Not burning up the bestseller pages yet but who knows what the future might hold.

My current work in progress is a suspense thriller. It’s slow going because I edit and rewrite as I go. I know, I shouldn’t, but it is what it is.

So send me your best, I’d love to read your stories, tips, and thoughts.

And click over and read some of my latest posts.

 Photo by Bina Sareen photography


I started my websites to share information free of charge in a way that both informs and entertains the reader. All I ask, in return is a citation to this source. I do my best to provide quality. However, I don’t guarantee, nor accept legal liability arising from or connected to, accuracy, reliability, or completeness of any material posted or on any sites linked to this website.

Remember, you can find me on these pages too. Thanks for stopping by. I’ll leave a light on.

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28 thoughts on “Me

  1. Hola Jean, Great to have ‘met you’ on Twitter. Don’t be fooled by the ‘hola’…Although I’m retired in Spain (17 years and loving it) my grasp of the language is questionable. You sound like one fun lady! ME? In brief: Married (also wonderful!),three grown sons (ditto), 3 daughters-i-l. Sadly no grandchildren, but one gorgeous ‘grand-dog.’ A huge German Shepherd called Brandy whom we dog-sit!.Writing and reading are as natural as cleaning my teeth…Poetry,articles,short stories and books (five; sixth one being processed: THE MOON IS WEARING A TUTU. Yes, it’s humorous (hopefully!) Write posts on my blog now and then: Do look! Oh, and I was born in England. Best wishes and good luck with all your books. Sincerely, Joy

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    1. I’m so glad you found my blog Joy. I’m gonna hop over today and check out yours. Sounds as if you’ve been a very busy lady. We visited London for the first time last year and Spain is on my bucket list along with a couple of other places. So many, so little time… LOL
      Thanks again for taking the time to reach out.


    2. Joy, I tried to click on the link you gave me and my computer indicated danger. Oops, however I clicking on your name worked just fine. Just wanted to give you a heads up that something might be amiss with your link.


  2. I found you at Pat Garcia’s blog. I am blinded by the brilliance of what you can do and what you are actively accompishing. At age 84, I am relatively new in this field. Please see Google at “Joseph Rubin Southfield Publisher.”

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  3. I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog award. I can see you have been nominated twice before!! Your site is very helpful and informative. I hope you accept. There is a logo you can put on your blog if you like and suggestion to post a post about it if you want. This isn’t associated with any organisation that I know just something bloggers are doing to recognize blogs they like. Please let me know and I can get everything over to you 🙂

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      1. That’s great Jean!!
        Ok, so you can either download the badge from my site and the instructions are on my response to the award as well if you feel like doing a post and award others; but you can also just put the badge on your site. The main thing is that your site is great and this One Lovely Blog award recognizes that. Or you can email me at and I can send an email with attachment and info set out 🙂 Congratulations and thanks for a great site!!!

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  4. Hi Jean,
    As I wish to let others know how much I enjoy reading your blog, I have nominated you for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award.
    You can check out the nomination in my post .
    Participation is your choice. If you wish to nominate bloggers who inspire you, the rules are provided there.
    Thanks for sharing so much wonderful content on your blog.
    Best wishes, Norah.

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