Writer's Resource

Laine "caves in castles on the hill, roasts the big name publishers (and so called liberal literary magazines as well) and discusses topics that are poisonous for new writers – unless they be young white males (and even there she has some pointers that are laugh out loud funny)."

--Hall of Fame Reviewer


A provocative and polarizing--yet often deadly funny--look behind the scenes of the publishing industry by a 20-year professional. 

​God forbid you be female, black, gay, or any other version of “not a straight white guy” and pick up a pen today because gender, race, and the politics of power will shroud your words in obscurity. 
By all appearances, publishing is an open-to-all endeavor. But for female authors and authors of color and LGBT authors, for authors who write about women or people of color or individuals in the LGBT community, entry is all but barred. 
Writing While Female or Black or Gay, written by a publishing professional with twenty years of experience, considers the depth and breadth of the problems. The issues include how the books women write are treated differently from representation through to marketing and remaindering, how authors of color are not allowed to write what is dearest to their hearts, and how LGBT authors and characters are ghettoized. 
And then all of us, authors and publishers and readers and reviewers, are invited to fix the problems. 
The introduction, entitled "Dateline: Clusterf*ck," throws an immediate punch at the state of diversity in publishing today. 
Chapters like "P*ssy Pink Covers," "Broken Promises" and "What Color is Your Category?" delve into issues particular to the adult market for fiction and nonfiction. 
The juvenile and YA markets are treated in "The Only Demographic That Counts" and "Goodnight, Pale White Moon." 
Additional segments called "The Gilded Penis" and "On Their Knees" examine contests, awards, and book reviews. 
Finally, "Stop Apologizing" and "What You Can Do Today" lay out easy calls to action that can reverse engineer publishing from the ground up.

Reparation: A Novel of Love, Devotion and Danger

Shortlisted for Three National Awards 

"A gripping book...The main theme revolves around the Native American culture and with a hint of fantasy that flows perfectly. "

--H. Taylor 

A short vacation turns into a sinister game to save a sister and a lover in this compulsive and compelling story. 

"Whatever is dangerous, let me do it...I am supposed to die." 
The words from an ancient warrior's song ring through the centuries to find Aidan Little Boy, a Lakota Sioux man intent on rescuing his sister from a religious cult. 
When Aidan Little Boy visits his sister at her church’s South Dakota headquarters, he hopes the minister’s reputation as a faith healer is real. But Gidgee Manitou is something far more powerful...and more dangerous. 
As the Reparation ceremony draws near, secrets long buried rise to the surface like souls plucked from their graves. The ghosts of warriors past chant the sacred Tokala song, telling Aidan that in this battle, lives must be lost to save the innocents. 
A profoundly moving story about the abiding love between siblings and the strength of romantic love, Reparation is both a gripping page-turner and an emotionally charged journey through the brittle first tendrils of love into the power--and destructive capabilities--of love in its many forms..

"One of the best novels in ten years."

--Hackney Literary Awards


Winner, Hackney Literary Awards
Winner, James Jones Literary Society Fellowship
​Recipient, Cornucopia Arts Center Residency
Recipient, New York Mills Residency
Recipient, Lakes Region Arts Council Grant

In this thrilling debut novel ranked alongside Pulitzer winners, a gripping and poignant search for a missing best friend unearths the real emotional price one adopted boy paid for a government’s attempt at genocide.


Gabriel Branch is a man displaced. Having lost his boyhood family to brutal adoption policies, his carefully constructed adult life balances on an emotional razor’s edge. Then his best friend disappears in the vast desert that is Australia’s interior. The only clue is an Aboriginal artifact that leads Gabe back to the land of his birth.
As he searches for the friend who was like a brother, memories arise unbidden. Memories of the uncle who swung him up into a tree and called him Little Breeze. Memories of the mother he lost. Memories of the sickly sweet candy social workers used to steal him away to an orphanage where he and his brother were separated first by walls and then by different adoptions. Armed only with his totem animal, Gabe must find real peace before a tribal shaman and the weight of his past crush him completely.
Eerily mysterious, vast, dangerous and beautiful, The Family Made of Dust is a remarkable story about the special relationships families can hold dear even when they have been broken apart…and how a spare and beautiful landscape imbued with the mystical energy of the Dreamtime can resurrect that which we hold so dear. 
Fans of Sara Gruen’s At the Water’s Edge will appreciate the suspenseful elements and fabulist mysteries while readers of Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees will feast on the details of lives that are so different and yet so similar to their own. 

books by award-winning author laine cunningham

"Each of these stories stem from myths but Laine's presentation... proves more enlightening on how to live in peace and love for all. She is our spiritual messenger bringing us universal truths from an ancient yet extant culture. Mesmerizing and meaningful and inspiring." --Amazon Hall of Fame Reviewer

"A small but unique book...Laine tells interesting stories and delivers thought-provoking and motivating lessons which cover a wide spectrum of subjects. What is particularly helpful is the message at the end of each topic. Through these valuable lessons, you will learn that the issues confronting humanity like environment, love, friendship, parenting and life can be resolved if one applies the unchanging wisdom of the human heart."

--GreatReads Top 500 Reviewer


According to Australia's ancient cultures, all creatures and things emerged from the Dreamtime. The Dreaming is not just a collection of lore from a long-ago time; it is a living energy that flows constantly through the universe. It is then and now, divine and human, spirit and law. Because the energy is as vibrant today as ever, these ancient stories show us how to survive in a harsh world and how to thrive in our souls.  Each Aboriginal story in this collection is enhanced with an essay from Laine Cunningham. Our modern perspectives on love and friendship, illness and joy, life and the afterlife are enriched with this ancient knowledge. Open this book and take your own journey through the eternal Dreamtime. You will discover that the ancient connection to god/goddess/ the divine resonates in your soul. You will discover your own truth.

An "intensely compelling novel that places serial killing in the context of fantasy, spirituality, and mystical otherwordly atmospheres."

--Amazon Hall of Fame Reviewer


An FBI agent tracking two separate serial killers must access a dark and sensual power to find justice.

When FBI agent Priya Conlin-Kumar tracks two different serial killers hunting in the same city, she sees visions from The Ramayana, an ancient Hindu epic about the demon king Ravana. As each new vision creeps further into the physical world, it seems that demons have arrived in Wheeling. But one is merely a serial rapist who kills to prevent his victims from identifying him. The other is a superpredator who fetishizes his victims and their manner of death. He becomes fixated on Priya, believing her to be his perfect woman. Killing her will bring him the ultimate satisfaction.
While one killer stalks the other as a bizarre kind of courtship, Priya falls in love with the county sheriff…and welcomes his kinky streak. Each night his knowledge of bondage opens her to pleasures she has always desired and the trust she has always craved. Their loving BDSM activities stand in stark contrast to the sexualized violence of the murders. To find justice for dozens of women, Priya must access the dark, sensual power of the goddess Kali. Her nights with her lover grow ever more intense until her shakti, her female power, shakes the mountains. Only then can she face the demonic superpredator on his own terms. The dark Swedish noir of Erik Axl Sund’s The Crow Girl shadows America’s Allegheny Mountain Range in this atmospheric page-turner of a thriller. A blistering police procedural and the FBI profiler hunt for two serial killers interweave while the killer’s countermoves recall the dark intensity of Poppy Z. Brite’s Exquisite Corpse. Combined with a supercharged erotic love story, this complex and entertaining novel from award-winning author Laine Cunningham reveals the real horror story embedded in serial killer psychology. 
Short-listed for the Pirate's Alley William Faulkner Contest Recipient, Vermont Studio Center Residency and Grant Recipient, Wildacres Arts & Humanities Center Residency Recipient, Blowing Rock Retreat Center Residency