About the Author
Hello and thanks for taking the time to visit my website. As you can see, it’s mostly about books and poetry. Works that I have written, some with different pen names, and a few, select poems written by contemporaries for whom I have great respect, both for their imagination and for the way they put their thoughts into words.
My name’s John Lofquist and I live and work in Boca Raton, FL. USA. I am married to an extremely encouraging wife, Cindy, who is a mostly-patient sounding board for my sometimes off-the-wall storylines. Giving credit where it is certainly due, she has on many occasions redirected me in storylines when I was up against a wall with writer’s block.
I have two married children, a son and his family in Ottawa, and a daughter and her family in Houston; between them. I have three wonderful grandchildren; Bella, Alexander and Samantha. I also have two of the greatest step-daughters, one who lives in South Beach here in Florida another who recently moved to the Manhattan, New York area.
As a young boy I read a great deal. I wanted to hold and read books when I was two’ish. My sister recently sent me an old b & w photograph of me sitting contently and alone on our front porch when I was just two holding a book, which I have attached here. I actually came from a family of voracious readers. I started my love of reading with the requisite nursery rhymes then graduating to the Hardy Boys’ detective series that my father had purchased for me. In school, English composition and literature, history and geography soon became my favorite subjects. I used to love to write stories for school projects, and even for classmates that just couldn’t or didn’t want to write, either because they couldn’t think outside the box or they just didn’t have the grammar and vocabulary resources, nor the imagination, to create something interesting.
I have a consummate passion for the English language and the grammar that goes with it and so for the past five or so years I have been a marketing and communications consultant to several companies and have been very busy in copywriting, editing, public-relations releases and just about anything that involves grammar, vocabulary, spelling and most of all, imagination.
My avocation is writing picture books for kids aged two to eight, mid-graders, and young adults. Although I have written poetry of all types: free verse, Ogden Nash-types, New Age and other genres, I keep coming back to what makes me the happiest – making children’s imaginations burst with excitement and fun. Nothing in the world makes me happier than to see a child laugh or sport a huge smile, and to know that I helped bring that on.
You’ll find that most of my poems and books are written using pseudonyms or pen names such as John Henry Gardner or C.L. Collyer. While I am proud of my surname, Lofquist, somehow it didn’t have that cachet I wanted. These pen names were not pulled out of the air nor did they come to me in a moment of reverie. John Henry Gardner was my maternal grandfather and a man who I idolized from the time I could talk to the time he passed away. C.L. Collyer is all about my wife Cindy. It comprises her first two initials and her birth surname.
Anyway, enjoy everything on my website but please remember, everything is copyrighted, and registered with the U.S. Library of Congress. No part of the content publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, scanning, recording or otherwise without my prior permission.
Having said all of that, because I’m supposed to, should you want to use a poem or just a verse for some worthwhile or charitable cause (other than for monetary gain), please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org