Ciji Ware is a bestselling historical novelist, an Emmy-award winning television producer, reporter, writer, lecturer, and host. Perhaps best known as a commentator and personality for seventeen years on ABC Radio in Los Angeles, she has worked for PBS and all three major networks, covering a wide range of topics in the areas of health, consumer and lifestyle subjects. She is also a sought-after event speaker, print journalist, and the author of 6 historical novels, as well as the nonfiction work Rightsizing Your Life –selected by the Wall Street Journal as one of the “Top 5 Books on Retirement” for 2007. In 2010-2011, all five of her published historical novels, and the new work’ A Race to Splendor,” will be issued by Sourcebooks/Landmark. A past president of the Harvard Alumni Association/Worldwide, in 2007, Ciji became Senior Producer for an Internet startup, writing, curating, and producing in the category of Housing, Career Reinvention, and Lifelong Learning for a website in its Closed Beta phase.
What follows is a full listing of Ware’s professional credits:
- A RACE TO SPLENDOR, a new novel, Sourcebooks/Landmark Historicals, April 2011.
- A LIGHT ON THE VERANDA (Random House/Ballantine Books, 2000). (Sourcebooks/Landmark reissue Fall, 2011).
- MIDNIGHT ON JULIA STREET, the prequel to A Light on the Veranda, was published by Random House/Ballantine Books; published as a main title in June, 1999. (Sourcebooks/Landmark reissue Summer 2011)
- A COTTAGE BY THE SEA, Random House/Ballantine Books, 1997 (Sourcebooks/Landmark Reissue, June 2010 )
- WICKED COMPANY, Bantam, 1992: Awarded “Best Historical Novel ‘92-93” by Romantic Times magazine. Reissued June, 2000. (Sourcebooks/Landmark reissue, October, 2010)
- ISLAND OF THE SWANS, Bantam, 1989: Awarded ‘Best Biographical Historical Novel of 1989′ from women’s fiction trade group. Awarded The Dorothy Parker for Excellence in Fiction. Optioned by Foxboro Entertainment for TV mini-series; recorded unabridged byBooks On Tape, Newport Beach, CA. Reissued in1998 by Random House/Ballantine (Sourcebooks/Landmark reissue, February, 2010)
- RIGHTSIZING YOUR LIFE: Simplifying Your Surroundings While Keeping What Matters Most– a prescriptive nonfiction book on the art and
practice of simplifying surroundings after age fifty. Warner Books/Hachette/Springboard Press 2007. Selection as one of the “Top 5 Books on
Retirement” by the Wall Street Journal.
- SHARING PARENTHOOD AFTER DIVORCE, a narrative and prescriptive book for couples considering co-parenting. Viking Press, 1982; Bantam paperback, 1984
- AARP-The Magazine Online, “Decluttering Your Life” January-February, 2101; an 8-week series http://www.aarpmagazine.org/lifestyle/clutter- challenge/weeklychallenge.html and the introduction to the decluttering online series http://www.aarpmagazine.org/lifestyle/clutter-challenge/
- THE NEW NEST Blog: House and Home for the Bonus Years – created 2006 on Book website RightsizingYourLife.com
- Mytime.com: Senior Producer for a major website start-up funded by Shelter Capital in Los Angeles—contracted through closed Beta start-up phase—focusing on issues, needs and desires of “boomers” 40+. Responsible for and producer of content architecture and tools prioritization in the areas of Housing, Health, Family Heritage, New Careers, and Lifelong Learning.
- Co-founded with husband Anthony Cook a web-based content company, Life Events Media in 2005 specializing in After50 guides and tools for key Decisions pertinent to the midlife Market
- Created www.RightsizingYourLife.com in 2006 in conjunction with the Warner Books/Springboard Press book (January, 2007) Rightsizing Your Life: Simplifying Your Surroundings While Keeping What Matters Most.
- Created web content for RightsizingYourLife.com; produced audio CD Get Ready toRightsize, and eGuides, eBooks; promoted both the site and the book in over 60 lectures, nationwide.
- www.cijiware.com established in 1998 to market published novels. Newly-designed site launched in 2010, with author-created web Content and co-designed with Paul Hirst.
- AARP The Magazine: “Decluttering Your Life” January, 2010 http://www.aarpmagazine.org/lifestyle/clutter-challenge/weeklychallenge.htmland the decluttering online series http://www.aarpmagazine.org/lifestyle/clutter-challenge/
- Contributing Editor for various magazines, including New West, Travel & Leisure, Family Circle, and Herald-Examiner Sunday Magazine. AARP, The Magazine.
- Covered the Karen Silkwood trial, 1979, resulting in “The Silkwood Coalition”, 6000 word piece for New West Magazine, upon which much of the film,Silkwood, was based.
- Winner of the American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award for “Joint Custody: OneWay to End the War,” New West Magazine.
WALL STREET JOURNAL:
[Emmy and Dupont awards for television broadcasting and investigative reporting.]
- On-air commentator/essayist for seventeen years on #1 daily morning drive talk show on KABC Talkradio, Los Angeles on wide-ranging subjects of politics, women’s issues, elder issues, healthcare, and American lifestyle. First woman commentator (1977) on ABC affiliate in Los Angeles.
- Hosted, produced, an anchored weekly 3-hour program “Ciji Ware’s World of Books” on KABC Talkradio for two years.
- Reporter/Commentator for all three television network affiliates in Los Angeles for 23 years in field of consumer affairs, women’s issues, senior issues, health, psychology, lifestyle and the family.
- Twice-weekly contributor, KABC TV segment, “Reporting on the Family”
- Writer/Anchor for Emmy-award-winning public affairs program “Parents Who Kidnap Their Own Children” on COMMUNITY ISSUES FORM on KCET-TV, the Los Angeles affiliate of PBS.
- Dupont award-winning segment “Dangerous Lead,” KCET-TV’s LA COLLECTIVE
Microsoft and Mac literate, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Leopard, WordPress, SEO, Google Ad Words, WordPress,knowledge of various CMS, HTML, Flash, etc.
- Produced, reported, anchored/and or wrote weekly television public affairs programs for KCET-TV in the 1970’s and 80’s, including LA CONNECTION,
- COMMUNITY ISSUES FORUM, TAXABLE YOU, THE HOUSE HUNTERS, INFORMED SOURCES.
- Producer/Narrator/Co-writer of “Puddin’ On The Ritz: Hasty Pudding’s Greatest Hits” starring Jack Lemmon and John Lithgow as a Harvard Scholarship benefit, netting $115,000 in scholarship donations.
- Co-producer/Narrator of “Bravo Bernstein” — a Harvard University scholarship benefit honoring Leonard Bernstein, Beverly Wilshire Hotel
- Assistant Producer on public affairs programs, WNET-TV, New York
- Guest coordinator for Dinah’s Place and the Dave Garroway RKO Morning Show
Event Speaker (partial list):
Delivered more than 60 presentations in public forums since 1998, including appearances as a keynote speaker before:
- Boomer Summit – Chicago
- National Association of Home Builders/Housing 50+ Conference in 2007 and 2008
- The Society of Thoracic Surgeons
- The Huntington Library Docents – Keynote (4 times)
- The Los Angeles Public Library
- The American Rock Products Association
- The Golden Quill Society
- Mystery Writers of America – Keynote
- Romance Writers of America – Professional Track Workshops
- Norwegian Lines’ Staatendam circumnavigation of Great Britain (4 lectures)The Harvard Clubs of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Philadelphia
- 1999 Harvard Commencement before an audience of 10,000 as the first woman graduate of Harvard College to serve as President of the Harvard Alumni Association, worldwide- 1998-99.
- Aging In Place Conference
- National Association of Senior Move ManagersNational Association of Professional Organizers
- CoHousing Conference-Boulder Colorado
- Pacific Union Realtors
- Oakland Area Realtors
- WomenSage Conference- 2007
- Numerous Active Adult Communities throughout the United States, including the San Francisco Towers, the Princeton Quadrangle, and Stanford Residence by Hyatt, Palo Alto, North Andover, Masonic of Union City and Saratoga, 2007-present.
- Numerous libraries throughout America, including the Huntington Library, Livermore Library, Carmel Library, Los Angeles Library, Santa Monica Library, Sausalito Library, New York Y Speakers’ Series
- Numerous Writers’ and Readers Conferences, including Southern Writers, Natchez Literary, Tidewater RWA, National Romance Writers of America, Jane Austen Society, Scribblers’ Conference , Mystery Writers of America, Santa Barbara Writers Conference, etc.
Honors & Awards (partial list)
- 1976 LA Area Emmy for pubic affairs television program “Divorcing Parents Who Kidnap Their Own Kids”, KCET-TV .
- 1978 Dupont Award for television segment on KCET-TV (public broad-casting) exposing dangerous working conditions in the lead industry.
- 1980 Silver Gavel award from American Bar Association for New West magazine story “Joint Custody, One Way to End the War.”
- 1986 ‘Women of Achievement’ award from Wilshire Business and Professional Women
- 1989 ‘Golden Quill’ award for Historical Fiction from Edna Davidson Salon, Los Angeles for ISLAND OF THE SWANS
- 1989 ‘Best Fictionalized Biography’ for ISLAND OF THE SWANS from Romantic Times magazine
- 1990-92 Elected first woman graduate of Harvard College to serve as President of the Harvard-Radcliffe Club of Southern California
- 1993 Elected Director of the Harvard Alumni/ae Association, Worldwide Board of Directors
- 1993 ‘Best Historical Novel nomination for WICKED COMPANY from Romantic Times magazine
- 1993 Elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland “FSA Scot”, founded in 1780. (Similar to Honorary Doctorate in
- 1998-99 Elected as first woman graduate of Harvard College to serve as President of the Harvard Alumni/ae Association, Worldwide.
- 2000 Nominated for Lifetime Achievement Award, Romantic Times magazine.
- 2001 Dorothy Parker Award of Excellence/Classics category for ISLAND OF THE SWANS
- 2006 Recipient of THE JOHN HARVARD Award, granted by the Harvard Alumni Association to recognize outstanding service to Harvard University through alumni activities.
- 2007 Wall Street Journal selected Rightsizing Your Life as “One of the Top 5 Books on Retirement – 2007”
- UCLA Extension Writers’ Program: instructor in “Writing The First Novel,” and “Writing Women’s Fiction”
- Book Passage, Corte Madera at “Book Passage University:” workshops on “Conflict in Fiction,” “Setting as Character in Fiction.”
- National Conference of Romance Writers of America: Professional Track Workshop Series
Education & Interests:
- Graduate of Sunset Elementary School, Carmel, CA
- Graduate of Carmel HIgh School, Carmel, CA
- Graduate of Harvard University in History, Cambridge, MA
- Readership in 18-19th c. British-American History at the Huntington Art Galleries
- Library and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, California, since 1983
- Inducted into the Scottish Society of Antiquaries as the author of several books set in Scotland
- Board of Trustees – Sausalito Public Library
- VP, Sausalito Woman’s Club Preservation Society, Sausalito, CA
Additional Skills and Interests:
- Genealogy and online web research of family histories
- Former professional singer/dancer, including membership in the McCloud Scottish Country Dancers, a performance group specializing in entertaining senior citizens of Celtic descent
- Founding member of the Sausalito “Happy Hoofers” tap dance troop 2003 to present
- Member of the Sausalito Woman’s Club, founded in 1913; author of “Mardi Gras Madiness-The Musical!”
- Marmalade cat & Cavalier King Charles Spaniel fancier
Family & Personal Data:
Married: 34 years to Anthony Pattison Cook, an e-commerce and Inbound marketing & Internet consultant and strategist; founder of both CookMedia.com and Life Events Media LLC; former Publisher & General Manager, Quicken.com; former General Manager, MyFamily.com, and former national journalist Forbes, Money, Fortune magazines; former television news produce at Fox News. www.cookmedia.com
Son: James Ware Billett, 38, graduate, cum laude, Harvard University, 1995;
Masters in Fine Arts from USC Film School; currently Director of Cinematography and DVD editor for the Beastie Boys World Tour; formerly assistant editor of CBS-TV drama The District; currently editor of The People’s Court and producer, founder of PCRaw.com
Father: the late Harlan Ware, novelist, screenwriter, and for fourteen years, writer of the radio classic ONE MAN’S FAMILY, and author of the best selling novel, COME, FILL THE CUP, published by Random House in 1952, and screenwriter of 10 films.
Mother: the late Ruth S. Ware, Radcliffe ‘29; educational administrator and Executive Director of the Carmel Foundation, a non-profit senior center