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Susanne Lakin Susanne Lakin



Published Novelist and Professional Copyeditor and Writing Coach Teaches on the Writing Craft





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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 and The Map across Time, with five more to follow. 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, slated to be published. 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 which stated her book was “a page-turning thrill-ride that will have readers holding their breaths the whole way through.”

Lakin 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), AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association), and two regional writers’ groups. She edits for individuals, small publishing companies, and literary agents, and teaches workshops and does critiques at writers’ conferences, and occasionally guest blogs on writing sites.

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.

Industry Expertise (1)

Writing and Editing

Areas of Expertise (5)




Writing Craft

Writing Technique

Affiliations (1)

  • AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers), CEN (Christian Editors Network), ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), The Christian PEN (Editors and Proofreading Network), CAN (Christian Authors Network)

Event Appearances (4)

Using a Cinematic Lens to Create a Visually Stirring Novel

ACFW SF Bay Area Regional Guest Speaker  Palo Alto, CA


Using a Cinematic Lens to Create a Visually Stirring Novel

Monthly CWC meeting-guest speaker  CA Writers Club, Sunnyvale CA


Using a Cinematic Lens to Create a Visually Stirring Novel

South Bay Writers' Retreat  Retreat CEnter, Alamo, CA


Sizzling Scenes: Creating Memorable Scenes That Really Cook

Kentucky Christian Writers' Conference  Elizabethtown, KY


Sample Talks (1)

Using a Cinematic Lens to Create a Visually Stirring Novel

We live in an era where readers are used to the fast-paced, visual play-out of movies and TV stories. Days of long passages of narration are gone. How can a writer utilize the techniques of screenwriting—specifically a variety of camera angles—to play out a story so the reader can “see” it and experience it as powerfully as a film? We’ll explore terms like Zoom, Match Cut, Close Up, Pan, Pull Back, Establishing Shot, and others with examples from successful novels to show how it’s done.



  • Panelist
  • Workshop Leader
  • Author Appearance


100 to 500 *Will consider certain engagements for no fee