C.K. Austin


I'm a US Navy veteran, CTI3. In addition to my writing, which I love, I also work as a Veterans Service Officer to help veterans in need. I love what I do both in my writing and in helping veterans.

I have a son, Dakota, age 11, and a husband, Tim, both of whom I adore. At least until my son steals my notes and writings to read them off in some obscure corner of our apartment complex, then as I'm chasing him down I ponder the depths of motherly love. I'm constantly prying my manuscripts from his little vise-grip fingers. Dakota's an avid reader much like myself (he snagged my copy of Twilight and held it hostage for over 2 years!).

I live in the Cincinnati area and absolutely love it! Having lived in Texas for most of my childhood, the refreshing rains and cooler temperatures are perfect for me. I absolutely love the cold. That is probably one of the main reasons I center my stories in a locale like Alaska in Shifting Sky.

Tim works for Amazon! I mean, really? Need I say more? He loves it, of course. Although, my book buying at said company, he doesn't particularly care for. I can understand somewhat since my Kindle library includes over 2000 titles, but I'll never tell him! And it goes without saying that you shouldn't either

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
I'm an OCD neat freak when it comes to my desk. My laptop is centered and surrounding it is my drink (probably some over caffeinated soda for writing fuel) on its coaster, my tablet, and my Droid for easy access to any notes I may have made while wondering the streets of Cincinnati.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the country south of Dallas about a half hour's drive in a little city called Midlothian, Texas. Now Midlothian has turned into quite the sprawling mini-metroplex and continues to grow at an astronomical rate, but when I was younger it wasn't much larger than Mayberry. Everyone knew everyone. If you were a kid and wanting to get into mischeif? Fuggedaboutit!
I think the most productive way that growing up in that environment helped my writing is the nature. I love nature and often place my characters in the wild outdoors or running around on the outskirts of town. I try to write about what I know, thought at times that doesn't seem like much! Especially when the dreaded writer's block disease kicks in.
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Shifting Sky
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 60,550. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Shifting Sky is a young adult, supernatural, coming of age romance. It follows Skylar Lewis as she deals with a new home, new friends, new school, divorced parents, and a genetic quirk that allows her to shift into an arctic fox that a hunter is intent on having stuffed as a trophy. It's a heartwarming story young love and the struggles we all face growing up.

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Latest book: A Time For Caution; A Time For Aggression. Published December 21, 2013.