C. S. Lakin

Biography

C. S. Lakin writes novels in numerous genres, focusing mostly on contemporary psychological mysteries and allegorical fantasy. Her novel Someone to Blame (contemporary fiction) won the 2009 Zondervan First Novel competition 2009 (published October 2010). Lakin’s Gates of Heaven fantasy series for adults (AMG-Living Ink Publishers) features original full-length fairy tales in traditional style. Already in print are the first books in the series, The Wolf of Tebron, The Map across Time, and The Land of Darkness, with four more to follow. Her contemporary mystery Innocent Little Crimes made the top one hundred finalists in the 2009 Amazon Breakout Novel Award contest, earning her a Publisher’s Weekly review stated her book was “a page-turning thrill-ride that will have readers holding their breaths the whole way through.”

Lakin grew up collating television scripts for her screenwriter mother. As an adult, Susanne assisted in developing series for television, and while raising two daughters and running a bed and breakfast inn in northern California wrote her first three novels and a cookbook. She currently works as a freelance copyeditor and writing mentor, specializing in helping authors prepare their books for publication. She is a member of The Christian PEN (Proofreaders and Editors Network), CEN (Christian Editor Network), CAN (Christian Authors Network—regular blogger), ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), and two regional writers’ groups. She edits for individuals, small publishing companies, and literary agents.

In addition to her mysteries and fantasy series, she has also written the first book in a Young Adult sci-fi adventure series: Time Sniffers. She recently completed Intended for Harm, a contemporary take-off on the biblical story of Jacob and Joseph and is developing a swashbuckling dog memoir in the style of Moby Dick entitled A Dog after God’s Own Heart. She lives in Santa Cruz, CA, with her husband Lee, a gigantic lab named Coaltrane, and three persnickety cats.

Where to find C. S. Lakin online


Where to buy in print


Books

The 12 Key Pillars of Novel Construction
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 80,940. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing and books
The 12 Key Pillars of Novel Construction takes the mystery out of building a solid story and shows you how to go from idea to complete novel in practical, easy-to-understand steps. Smart writers will take the time to learn how to structure strong pillars that will hold up their novels. This new comprehensive writing craft book clearly lays out just how to build each essential pillar.
Shoot Your Novel
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 52,850. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
Shoot Your Novel, a new writing craft book for novelists, reveals the secrets of cinematic technique. Learn how to "show, not tell" by using camera shots and angles, and creating visually powerful image systems that will make your scenes dynamic and riveting. Shoot Your Novel is "unique and terrific!" --Michael Hauge, Hollywood consultant and best-selling author of Writing Screenplays That Sell.
Writing the Heart of Your Story
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 60,830. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing and books
Some novelists write with the goal of becoming a best seller, hoping for wealth and fame. Some just want to write novels that earn them a steady income. Some write to express their creativity.Then there are the other writers who want to write an unforgettable novel—the kind of book that gets called a classic and that endures the test of time. Writing the Heart of Your Story is for those writers!
A Thin Film of Lies
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 97,800. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Christian » Mystery & detective
Homicide detective Fran Anders faces a tough case in the middle of her own personal crisis. To all appearances, Mike Jepson is guilty of running down Libby Denham with his car, but the successful businessman claims he's been framed. As Fran delves deep into the case and gets entangled in the Jepsons' lives, Mike's marriage and business spiral into chaos. What appears a prank soon turns deadly.
Intended for Harm
Price: Free! Words: 159,340. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Christian » General, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
(5.00)
1971: Jake Abrams is desperate to leave his oppressive home in Colorado and begin a new life in college in LA, but his dreams are waylaid when he meets Leah, an antiwar protester who pushes him into marriage and family. Through four decades Jake struggles to raise a family, facing tragedy and heartbreak, searching for meaning and faith and challenging a silent God as he wanders through his life.
Time Sniffers
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 109,080. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Bria Harrison, 16,insists her mother, a brilliant scientist, is alive, despite a devastating explosion at the laboratory. While re-creating her mother’s last experiment in her basement, Bria, her autistic brother Dylan, and four friends cause a rip in time-space, and out of the resultant black hole tumbles K-Six, a time sniffer who takes them through time streams to rescue the scientists.
Conundrum
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 119,290. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(4.83)
For 25 years, the word was Nathan Sitteroff had willed himself to die and gave himself leukemia a year later. But his daughter Lisa, now grown, in her search to uncover the truth surrounding the puzzling death of her brilliant scientist father finds a cache of deep secrets--ones that start to destroy her family, marriage, and sanity. The facts Lisa uncovers are shocking and come at a high cost.

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Smashwords book reviews by C. S. Lakin

  • Elite on Dec. 08, 2011

    Elite is a terrific, riviting book! A fantastic blend of sci-fi, romance, and adventure. the characters are terrific and the story will keep you glued to the end. don't miss it!