Lynne Cantwell

Biography

Lynne Cantwell grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan. She worked as a broadcast journalist for many years; she has written for CNN, the late lamented Mutual/NBC Radio News, and a bunch of radio and TV news outlets you have probably never heard of, including a defunct wire service called Zapnews. In addition to writing fantasy, Lynne is a contributing author at Indies Unlimited. Lynne’s vast overeducation includes a journalism degree from Indiana University, a master’s degree in fiction writing from Johns Hopkins University, and a paralegal certificate. She currently lives near Washington, DC.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Most people think of Indiana as being nothing but cornfields and the Indy 500. But I grew up in the woods, in a house about five blocks from Lake Michigan. I don't know that it's had a big influence on my writing to date. But I delved into it for background for one of the main characters of my upcoming series, "Land, Sea, Sky." Darrell is a Potawatomi Indian and hails from a little town not far from where I grew up. He has much of the same connection to the region's natural world as I do.
When did you first start writing?
I was in the second grade. The kid who sat in front of me in school brought in a book he had written, complete with illustrations. As I looked at it, I thought to myself, "I could do that." So I did. My first book was called "Susie and the Talking Doll" -- even at the age of seven, I was writing fantasy!
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Books

Scorched Earth: Land, Sea, Sky Book 3
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Series: Land, Sea, Sky, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,130. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Harvest's in... Ayalendo: a miracle grain that could end world hunger -- and Lucifer's end game. He plans to control the world's food supply, using hunger as leverage to gain enough followers to allow him to attain godhood. Once again, the gods are turning to Tess, Sue, and Darrell to foil the plot and defeat Lucifer, once and for all.
Undertow: Land, Sea, Sky Book 2
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Series: Land, Sea, Sky, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,490. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
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Navy Lt. Darrell Warren thinks he's being sent to investigate a terrorist threat against a critical bridge-tunnel. Instead, his commander orders him to infiltrate the terrorists. And he must do it without his housemates - Sue's on vacation and Tess is chasing a hurricane. When all three end up in Virginia Beach on Labor Day, you can bet the gods want Darrell to succeed. But will that be enough?
Where Were You When: An Anthology (Land, Sea, Sky)
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Series: Land, Sea, Sky, Prequel. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,590. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
On the day when all the pagan gods and goddesses returned to Earth, three of Them -- the Irish war goddess Morrigan, the Wiccan Earth goddess Gaia, and the Ojibwe culture hero Nanabush -- marked three humans to help them to protect the world They have created from those who profited during the days when Earth was ruled by greed and fear. These three stories tell how it all began.
Crosswind: Land, Sea, Sky Book 1
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Series: Land, Sea, Sky, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 64,050. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
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Life on Earth is much improved since the pagan gods' return. As conflict has eased around the world, more money is being spent on humanitarian goals. But the former ruling class is about to stage a last-ditch effort to bring the old system back. In response, the gods have recruited three humans to help them fight back. But Tess, Darrell and Sue must find a way past their own flaws first.
Annealed: Book Five of the Pipe Woman Chronicles
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Series: The Pipe Woman Chronicles, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,980. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
It's zero hour... In this fifth and final book of the Pipe Woman Chronicles, Naomi is in a race against the clock to balance the demands of her body, her family, and her friends – and she must do it while the whole world is watching.
Tapped: Book Three of the Pipe Woman Chronicles
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Series: The Pipe Woman Chronicles, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,650. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Ah, winter in South Dakota… Naomi’s caught some kind of bug and Joseph is MIA. But she and Shannon get out of town, on a road trip to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. They're looking for Naomi’s father, but they find more than they bargained for: a dream wolf, a mysterious walled compound that might or might not belong to Loki, and a lot of snow. Some vacation...
Gravid: Book Four of the Pipe Woman Chronicles
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Series: The Pipe Woman Chronicles, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,380. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Denial is not just a river in Egypt… Naomi has any number of things she doesn’t want to think about: she's pregnant and due any day; Joseph's grandfather needs a new place to live, but he won't move; and a Mexican drug lord's thugs are in town, looking for Jack. But what Naomi's really dodging is a talk with her mother....
Fissured: Book Two of the Pipe Woman Chronicles
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Series: The Pipe Woman Chronicles, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,660. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Naomi's life keeps getting more complicated. Just as she and Joseph begin to work out their relationship, they meet a candidate for Investigator -- but he's not much of a team player. Charlie's ranch might be endangered from some old friends. And a jaguar is stalking the banks of Cherry Creek.
Seized: Book One of the Pipe Woman Chronicles
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Series: The Pipe Woman Chronicles, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 64,410. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
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The winter solstice 2012 won't be the end of the world. It will be the beginning of the end....
SwanSong
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 88,690. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
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2012 Global Ebook Award Finalist! Based on the Irish tale, "The Fate of the Children of Lir," *SwanSong* is the story of a jealous half-Tslyddi woman who curses her four Wolleni stepchildren to 900 years as swans. But the curse goes awry and the children are only partially transformed. The childrens' journey, as they learn to cope with their changed lives, is one of hardship, tragedy, and triumph.

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Smashwords book reviews by Lynne Cantwell

  • Blackbirch Woods on Sep. 29, 2011

    The author has done a fine job at making the characters believable, and the creepy things are suitably creepy. I don't typically read Christian fiction, but I enjoyed this book.
  • Doodling on March 28, 2013

    This is another of the books that I won as a prize at the end of 2011, but didn't get around to reading 'til last year. Neville Lansdowne is our hapless Everyman. The modern world simply moves too fast for him, so he lets go and falls off. Really. He literally lets go, and falls off into space. Pretty soon, he finds himself adrift in an asteroid field. When he spots an asteroid with a flag planted on it, he lands on it -- and that's when his adventure really begins. This is a very much a novella -- just 68 pages on my Nook -- so it's a quick read, but but it's fun. It's absurd in the same way that Alice in Wonderland is absurd, and it's a send-up of modern life in the same way as The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I quite enjoyed Doodling -- it's a cute little book.
  • Doodling on March 28, 2013

    This is another of the books that I won as a prize at the end of 2011, but didn't get around to reading 'til last year. Neville Lansdowne is our hapless Everyman. The modern world simply moves too fast for him, so he lets go and falls off. Really. He literally lets go, and falls off into space. Pretty soon, he finds himself adrift in an asteroid field. When he spots an asteroid with a flag planted on it, he lands on it -- and that's when his adventure really begins. This is a very much a novella -- just 68 pages on my Nook -- so it's a quick read, but but it's fun. It's absurd in the same way that Alice in Wonderland is absurd, and it's a send-up of modern life in the same way as The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I quite enjoyed Doodling -- it's a cute little book.
  • In the Absence of Light on June 12, 2014

    Shiloh is an autistic boy with a knack for solving puzzles. His father works for the government on a top-secret project. His best friend, Calliope, wants to be a Shakespearean actress. Just a normal family, right? But then Shiloh's world turns upside down. His father is captured by government troops that behave like an invading army. Their laser-like weapon renders Calliope almost catatonic. Shiloh believes the only person who can help his friend is his dad, so he takes her along on a cross-country trek to rescue him. Their only guide is a book that Shiloh's dad filled with puzzles that only Shiloh knows how to solve. Before it's over, Shiloh will come to doubt everything he thinks he knows -- including his own memories. In the Absence of Light should please anyone who enjoys reading YA dystopian fantasy. I can't wait to read the sequel.