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Laine Cunningham

Laine Cunningham

Question: What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for your writing?

One time, very early in my career, I rang up a mortician and asked to interview him about...ahem...preservation techniques. Fascinating stuff in and of itself.
The interview led to the jackpot, which was a behind-the-scenes tour with the individual at the Smithsonian Museum who operated a vacuum drying system used for...let's call them "organic specimens" out of respect for delicate readers.
That led to a third source, a review of the processes used by the then-new cryogenic services people purchase in the hope that they can be resurrected in the future.
It was a load of fun. Most of all, I learned that you can always call people to ask about their jobs and their special expertise. And the stranger your questions are, the more they love it!

About Laine Cunningham

Laine’s extensive nonfiction book credits include The Zen of Dogs, The Wisdom of Babies, Writing While Female or Black or Gay, and a women’s adventure travel memoir called Woman Alone: A Six-Month Journey Through the Australian Outback. Her award-winning novels include The Family Made of Dust, a novel of loss and rebirth in the Australian Outback, and Reparation, a Native American journey to save a family. Learn more about her books at, or check out her award-winning ghostwrite and edit services at Authors can submit their work to her literary journal, Sunspot, at

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