There are millions of tremendous writers. Some days, I feel lost in the vast ocean of them. What saddens me most is when I pick up a book by an unknown author , read it and think, “That’s brilliant!”. It’s such a shame the author is not well-known and only a handful of people will get to enjoy that particular work.
I’ve read some superb books in recent months and so I thought I’d share a little about some of the lesser-known authors who I feel deserve a bit of a shout-out. I’m not being paid to ‘promote’ them nor have they bribed me to write the posts, in fact, some of them don’t even know I’ve written about them. I hope, that in mentioning them, you might be curious enough to pick up one or two of their books and enjoy them as much as I have.
Lynne Cantwell has been writing fiction since the second grade, when the kid who sat in front of her showed her a book he had written, and she thought, “I could do that.” The result was “Susie and the Talking Doll,” a picture book illustrated by the author about a girl who owned a doll that not only could talk, but could carry on conversations. The book had dialogue but no paragraph breaks.
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. 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. Lynne currently lives near Washington, DC, with her daughter and her daughter’s cat and is still writing fantasy.
Lynne is author of the Pipe Woman Chronicles: a series of excellent fantasy books. She has also written:
And been co-author on several anthologies. This is one lady who knows her craft. She writes very well indeed.
Just so you know I’m not exaggerating, here’s one review from Amazon selected at random about Seized, the first in the Piper Woman Chronicles:
“Naomi Witherspoon, after graduating from law school and getting a job with a large law firm in Denver, decides she’d rather be a mediator rather than a litigator. She finds, to her surprise, that she’s really good at it, too, and has a string of successful mediations to back her up. Her former law school classmate, and fellow lawyer at the firm, Brock Holt, asks her to marry him. So, what can go wrong?
She soon finds out, when she starts having dreams about a white buffalo calf that bows to her, and in the dreams there’s a mysterious woman, the White Buffalo Calf Pipe Woman. When the woman speaks to her, and informs her that she is the Chosen One, her troubles begin. Naomi finds herself caught between what appears to be a materialistic money-grabbing scheme by one of her firm’s clients and her affection for a Native American man who is trying to protect sacred ground. Strange appearances begin to occur, not just in her dreams, but in reality.
What, she desperately wants to know, has she been chosen for? When she learns that she is the one chosen to mediate a war between the gods, her life takes a complete left turn.
Lynne Cantwell’s Seized is a novel that weaves fantasy, religion, and reality into a pastiche that will seize your imagination and keep you turning pages until you find out what’s going on. Deft dialogue and narration, infused with a bit of humor, make this a must-read, and, not just for lovers of fantasy. Cantwell will have you questioning your basic beliefs as you root for Naomi during her quest to forestall Armageddon. A great book, the first in the Pipe Woman Chronicle series, and a definite five stars. I received a free review copy of this book, but would have been just as happy with it if I’d bought it. This is fantasy the way fantasy is meant to be!”
If that’s whetted your appetite, you can buy her books at Amazon by clicking HERE. Should you like to learn more about Lynne, then find her on Facebook, Twitter or at her blog HERE. Lynne also writes excellent articles for Indies Unlimited that you might like to check out.
So, that’s the first of my recommendations. There’ll be another one next week.