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An author of wondrous tales of fantasy and adventure
As a precocious five-year-old, Costen helped Luke Skywalker and company take down the Deathstar—in his young imagination anyway. Not long after that, he took a fateful journey with a hobbit, a wizard and thirteen dwarves to separate a dragon from his ill-gotten hoard.
He went on to snare a degree in Communications from Shepherd University, and later returned to add another in accounting. Over the years, he's worked as a machinist, an accountant, a news reporter and a little bit of everything in between.
Costen currently lives near Shepherdstown, WV with two loyal (if demanding) cats, his lovely wife Marla and as-yet-unfulfilled plans for world domination.
The young, eager hero. The wise old wizard that helps him along. The moustache-twirling villain that gets his kicks not on Route 66, but by kidnapping helpless damsels and locking them away in towers. Fantasy writing is chock full of clichés. They’re more common than fleas on a hound dog. Readers are bone tired of
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I’ve always loved garden mazes. The twisting sea of tall green hedges become a world unto themselves. Every branch along the path can lead to an unexpected revelation or open up a new mystery. My first experience with a garden maze came at the Governor’s Mansion in Williamsburg, Virginia, when I was a teenager. I
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Part Three: An Idiot’s Guide to Formatting for Kindle Note: this guide, such as it is, is only for Word 2010. I am old enough to remember these things called typewriters. My mother did some secretarial work on the side while I was growing up, and I can still recall the mechanical hum of
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Gates creak open. The wheel turns. Gears spin. Belts clack. Shells shatter against the force of unrelenting stone. A short time later you can buy freshly ground corn meal in several different varieties for only a few dollars. I was pretty excited to hear there was a working grist mill within easy driving distance. I’m
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Part Two: The Typo Wars Before: I ain’t skeert of no typos After: Argh!!!! OMG! They’re everywhere! Where’s the bug spray?!! In my book In the Witch’s Shadow, one of the characters talks about a particularly vile creature that infests his homeland. “Skish are foul little things about the size of your foot, skittering around
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Part One: Running for Cover I was finally finished writing In the Witch’s Shadow— at least I thought it was finished. The next consideration was a cover. For a moment, I imagined one of the great fantasy artists descending like a heavenly angel, begging me to allow them to paint the cover for my
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