Looking for an Author with Your Initials?
I recently came across this 2015 Reading Challenge that has been making its way around Facebook. One of the goals on the list is to read a book by an author with your initials. As a C.K. myself, I did a quick search to find out what kind of authors share my initials, and if any of them look worth reading. I was unable to find much online about authors with CK initials, so I decided to do a bit of research and compile my own list.
If you're a fellow CK, consider giving one a read. If someone close to you is a CK, a book by one of these authors might make a thoughtful and uniquely personalized gift. Read on!
#1 Cathy Kelly
Genre: Chick Lit
Cathy Kelly specializes in novels about interpersonal relationships, most that take place in picturesque Irish villages (or involve Irish characters). Her novels usually have many subplots involving casts of charming rural personalities that culminate in happy endings all around.
#2 Chris Knopf
Genre: Murder Mystery, Thriller
Chris Knopf is an up-and-coming Canadian mystery/thriller writer. His 2012 novel Dead Anyway won the 2013 Nero Award, and several of his novels are part of different ongoing mystery series.
#3 Chris Kyle
Genre: Biography, Military
Chris Kyle is an American military hero, Navy SEAL, and the most lethal sniper in all of American military history. Kyle was shot and killed in 2013 at a shooting range by a fellow veteran suffering from PTSD. His bestselling autobiography is currently being made into a movie directed by Clint Eastwood.
#4 Chris Kennedy
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Military Fiction
Chris Kennedy is a former naval aviator who has written a fantasy trilogy, a military fiction duology, and a sci-fi trilogy (also with strong military themes).
#5 Chris Keniston
Chris Keniston is the author of a number of modern-day romance novels. Her novels deal with subjects like dashing millionaires, sandy beaches, accidental weddings, small town life, and other popular staples of the romance genre.
#6 Chris Karlsen
Genre: Historical Fiction, Thriller
Chris Karlsen is a retired police detective with a lifelong love of history. Her novels all contain interesting historical details and settings, and some have fantasy elements like time travel.
#7 Cherry Kay
Genre: BWWM (Black Woman, White Man) Romance
Cherry Kay is the author of a number of naughty BWWM romances featuring dashing millionaires, psychic detectives, celebrities, ex issues, and more.
#8 Chad Kultgen
Genre: Fiction, Sex & Society
Chad Kultgen is a controversial author who has written several novels that deal with sex in American culture and is often criticized for being misogynistic. He has also written one hard science fiction novel.
#9 Celia Kyle
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Werecreatures
Celia Kyle is a bestselling romance author specializing in paranormal romances that typically feature curvy gals and werecreatures (werewolves, werebears, werelions, even weremoles... you get the idea). Her books all get a bit steamy and end happily ever after.
#10 Catherine Kean
Genre: Medieval Romance
Catherine Kean is a Canadian author who specializes in medieval romance. Her staples are dashing knights and stubborn, strong-minded women. She has written several series, a few stand-alone novels, and has been featured in a number of medieval romance anthologies.
#11 Carolyn Keene
Genre: Mystery, Young Adult
Carolyn Keene is technically not a real person, but I've decided to include "her" anyway. "Carolyn Keene" is the pen name used by all the various authors of the popular Nancy Drew mystery novels for young girls. The Nancy Drew books ran over 70+ volumes and included the work of 15 different authors (both men and women).
#12 Carla Kelly
Genre: Regency Era Romances, Mormon Fiction
Carla Kelly is an award-winning American novelist who specializes in Regency era (late 1700s-mid 1800s England) romances. She has also written several Mormon-themed historical novels.
#13 Candace Knoebel
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Candace Knoebel is an award-winning young adult fantasy novelist. She has written two series to date (the Night Watchmen series and the Born in Flames series). Both feature young women with supernatural powers who must come to terms with who they are and save their people.
#14 Calista Kyle
Calista Kyle is an American romance novelist who specializes in modern romances that feature handsome, charming billionaires.
#15 Caitlin Kittredge
Genre: Horror Romance, Fantasy
Caitlin Kittredge has written several series that involve a mix of fantasy, horror, detective fiction, and romance. Her Black London novels will appeal to fans of Laurell K. Hamilton.
#16 Cyrus Kirkpatrick
Genre: Personal Finance, Marketing
Cyrus Kirkpatrick has written a number of marketing and finance books including guides on how to make money blogging, how to do online marketing, how to quit your job and become successful doing what you want, and various other self-help books.
#17 Cynthia Kadohata
Genre: Children's Books
Cynthia Kadohata is an award-winning children's novelist who writes books that will appeal to older children (ages 10-14). Her novels deal with heavy themes like broken families and cultural acceptance. A Japanese American herself, many of Kadohata's characters are Japanese or come from Asian families.
#18 Ciara Knight
Genre: Romance, Young Adult
Ciara Knight is the author of several romance novels set in Sweetwater County, Wyoming, a supernatural romance series, and a young adult dystopian fiction series.
#19 Chuck Klosterman
Genre: Pop Culture
Chuck Klosterman is a popular author, essayist, and magazine contributor. He has written for Esquire, ESPN.com, Spin, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and many more major publications. He has several nonfiction works and essay collections, and two fiction novels.
#20 Christopher Kenworthy
Christopher Kenworthy is an ex-screenwriter, director, and producer. He has written 3 novels, in artistic-style prose, about the interpersonal relationships and personal issues of his protagonists.
#21 Christine Kling
Genre: Nautical Suspense
Christine Kling is herself an avid sailor, and most of her novels revolve around modern day sea thrillers that feature action, mystery, suspense, and history. Most also include female captains. Girl power!
#22 Colin Kapp
Genre: Science Fiction
Colin Kapp is a prolific hard sci-fi writer whose works were published during the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. Kapp is best known for his flippant style of humor and his "Unorthodox Engineers" short stories.
#23 Christine Kersey
Genre: Romantic Suspense, Young Adult
Christine Kersey is the author of several romantic suspense/thriller novels. She has also written a young adult science fiction series where the teenage heroine is warped to another reality where being overweight is illegal-- and subsequently imprisoned in a government "thinning facility."
#24 Charles Kingsley
Genre: Christianity, Fiction
Charles Kingsley was a Victorian novelist, a priest of the Church of England, and a friend of Charles Darwin. He is the author of a number of fictional novels, as well as several sermon and essay collections.
#25 Cyril M. Kornbluth
Genre: Science Fiction
Cyril Kornbluth was an active science fiction writer in the 1940s and 50s and a prominent Futurist. Many of his works were written under pen names, including Cecil Corwin, S.D. Gottesman, Edward J. Bellin, Kenneth Falconer, Walter C. Davies, Simon Eisner, and Jordan Park. Does reading a CK author who wrote under a pen name still count? What do you think?
Did You Find Something to Read?
It's eerie how many CKs are successful romance authors! Kind of a bummer if you're not interested in romance, but hopefully there were enough other genres in my list that everyone will find something appealing. (And if you've ever considered becoming a writer, you may want to think about writing romance. You already have the perfect initials, apparently!)
If you've decided to give any of these authors a try, stop back and let me know what you thought of them in the comments. Happy reading!
Did I miss any authors with C.K. initials? Let me know:
cjeank on January 05, 2015:
Thanks for your research I am also doing the challenge and will definitely be reading one of these authors
Christy Kirwan (author) from San Francisco on January 01, 2015:
@Rochelle, I really appreciate the additional suggestions! I will add them as soon as I get a chance. :)
@swilliams, thanks for reading! I'm glad you liked the topic. I read as many Nancy Drew books I could get my hands on as a kid, so I was already familiar with "Carolyn Keene" as well, but I didn't know she was actually a pen name until I worked on this article. You learn something every day!
@tillsontitan, I'm glad you enjoyed it! It has been a lot of work to look up all these authors, but it's also kind of fun to see which authors have my own initials.
@Cassidy Kakin, always great to meet another CK! :P
Cassidy Michael Kakin from San Jose, California on January 01, 2015:
Cassidy Kakin =D
Mary Craig from New York on January 01, 2015:
Not only a great idea, but some serious research here. I don't have the initials C.K. but think it's a great concept!
Voted up, useful, and interesting.
swilliams on December 31, 2014:
Wow! What a unique topic! I think you covered them all. I had no idea that there were so many authors with the initals C.K. #11 Carolyn Keene
Genre: Mystery, Young Adult is one of my interest. Great Hub! Voted up and tweeted out!
Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on December 31, 2014:
Colin Kapp, Chris Kaspareck. Charles Kingsley, Cyril M Kornbluth-- No, I've never heard of them either. The only one that was familiar to me on your list was the fictional one, Carolyn Keene.