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

A Billion Gods and Goddesses: The Mythology Behind the Pipe Woman Chronicles
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 22,680. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Mythology, folklore and legend, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Comparative Religion
More than forty deities have found their way into the ten books of the Pipe Woman Chronicles story cycle. A Billion Gods and Goddesses: The Mythology Behind the Pipe Woman Chronicles is meant to be a companion volume to the novels, but it also serves as a wide-ranging introduction to the subject of mythology. Anyone curious about what others believe will find something to interest them here.
Seized: Book One of the Pipe Woman Chronicles
Series: The Pipe Woman Chronicles, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 64,410. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(5.00)
The winter solstice 2012 won't be the end of the world. It will be the beginning of the end....
SwanSong
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 88,680. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
(4.00)
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.