My Amazon Author Page is Up and Running

Amazon provides a web page for all of its authors (who want it) and mine is at www.amazon.com/author/davidcasler. Check it out! It has a list of all the books I have on Kindle.

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October Workshop on Creating Fictional Settings

I’ll be teaching a free workshop on creating fictional settings, coming up on October 16th and 23rd, 2012, both Tuesdays, at 7:00 p.m. at the Montrose (Colorado) Library. The sessions are free and open to the public.

Here’s the advertising blurb:

Two-session Workshop on Creating Your Fictional Setting
How’s your novel coming along? A sense of place is critical to drawing in the reader. Join fantasy writer Dave Casler in a two-session, hands-on workshop in which participants explore how to create just the right setting for your story. In the first session, Dave will guide workshop participants through a series of fun exercises to explore all the continuity issues that apply to your fictional world, fantasy or otherwise. Does your world have horses? Then it needs stables, hay, tack, pasture, and so on, not to mention characters who know how to ride! We’ll discuss how to develop a sense of authenticity as a backdrop for your novel. Knowing your setting well helps you put your characters in context. In the week between first and second session, participants will create their own fictional worlds and explore how their own characters interact with it. The second session will be entirely workshop in which we will share our worlds with each other in a low-key, positive way. Dave Casler, a Ridgway resident, is the author of The Story of the Great American Flying Broomstick series and has just released a new fantasy novel, The Unexpected Traveler, on Amazon Kindle.

I plan on having fun. Why not attend and have fun too?

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The Unexpected Traveler: Background on the Story

Continuing my “behind the scenes” story, in this video I discuss basic themes in the book and a little more about the story. I also introduce some of the drawings from the book. You can visit the book’s page here, and purchase it on Amazon Kindle ($4.99) here.

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My Thoughts on What Makes a Novel


As part of a larger interview about The Unexpected Traveler, I muse on what makes a novel.

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Researching Background for The Unexpected Traveler

I had to do lots of research to write The Unexpected Traveler. Here I talk with interviewer Brett Pfister about the research process for swordsmanship and archery.

See also a previous video about trying my hand at archery and the personal sacrifice one makes for his art!

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The Story of the Great American Flying Broomstick: Background


Author Dave Casler tells how the novels in the Flying Broomstick series came to be.

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The Unexpected Traveler: Characterization

Author Dave Casler discusses characterization, using his new novel The Unexpected Traveler as a point in hand. Enjoy this “behind the scenes” look at how the story came together.

The book is available on Kindle at this link, and you can find the book’s project page here.

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Mt. Sneffels Press Author Mary Ann Dismant Passes Away

Mary Ann Dismant

Mary Ann Dismant passed away recently

I am sad to announce that Mary Ann Dismant, author of Growing Up in Denver 1944-1957: A Memoir, passed away at age 73 on July 13, 2012. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ouray Public Library, in loving memory of Mary Ann Dismant, P.O. Box 625, Ouray, CO 81427. I will greatly miss her spunk and good humor. Her book is available in hard copy from us as part of our history catalog, or on Amazon as a Kindle book.

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The Unexpected Traveler In Depth: The Maps


My original maps were pencil sketches. Accomplished artist Brett Pfister turned these into works of art. Learn more about the mapmaking by viewing this 7-1/2 minute video. See the project page for The Unexpected Traveler here.

Brett’s personal website is here. You can order The Unexpected Traveler from Amazon Kindle by going here. (Video updated July 18, 2012 to add detail and address some technical issues.)

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Railroad Book Ad Appears in The Prospector

Railroad book ad

This ad appears in the upcoming issue of The Prospector.

The advertisement pictured to the left touts the Mt. Sneffels Press book, Railroading in the San Juan Triangle to readers of The Prospector, the quarterly magazine of the Rio Grande Modeling and Historical Society. You can get your own copy straight from us via this link. The book was developed by members of the Ridgway Railroad Museum, located here in Ridgway, Colorado. The authors are profiled here.

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