Duane L. Ostler


Duane L. Ostler was raised in Southern Idaho, where the wind never stops. He has lived in Australia, Mexico, Brazil, China, the big Island of Hawaii, and—most foreign of all—New Jersey. He practiced law for over 10 years, has a PhD in legal history and is a university history professor. He and his wife have five children and two cats.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in southern Idaho, in a small potato community. I overcame the isolation I felt there by reading. I devoured books from the library each week. This naturally sparked an interest in someday writing my own books.
When did you first start writing?
Like all students, I had to write school assignments, including some fiction in my English classes. I still have many of these early writings. At the time I pretended to not like the experience, since I thought it must somehow be wrong to enjoy writing just for the fun of it. I was a junior in high school before I started writing on my own, without being forced to do it as part of a school assignment. I have not stopped since.
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My Gym Teacher is a Fairy
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 44,270. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Monsters, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Book 5 of 'The Stewards of Light' series, and sequel to 'My English Teacher is a Werewolf.' Blake Drywater's new gym coach is a cuddly, tiny fairy, who has the amazing ability to change people's emotions! Mr. Marlin, Blake's old science teacher, assures Blake that he can easily control any emotion fairies throw his way. But Blake soon learns that emotions are far stronger than he ever imagined ...
How the Bill of Rights and an Obsession with Sex are Destroying America
Price: Free! Words: 15,470. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Civil and human rights, Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Activism
The American bill of rights, long heralded as an ensign of freedom across the world, is today being used as a tool of destruction by the U.S. Supreme Court. This is happening because of the creation by the court of sexual "rights," which have no basis in the constitution or any of its amendments. This volume explains this dangerous trend, and how it can be reversed--before it is too late!
Cloud Trouble
Price: Free! Words: 17,680. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Entertainment, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Inventor Uncle Ned has discovered that clouds are alive and can be transformed into common objects. He gives his nephew Talmage a cloud turned into a pen, with the assignment to see what it says and does. However, Talmage soon learns that THIS cloud is nothing but trouble since it insults everyone they meet! And since no one believes pens can talk, they think Talmage is the one saying the insults!
The Stewards of Light Series, Books 1 Through 4 (My Science Teacher is a Wizard, My Math Teacher is a Vampire, My History Teacher is a Leprechaun, My English Teacher is a Werewolf)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 143,040. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Books 1-4 of the 'Stewards of Light' series, all in one! 5th grader Blake Drywater is tricked by a wizard science teacher, tries to avoid fang bites by a vampire math teacher, is taken back in time by a leprechaun history teacher and has his memories altered by a werewolf English teacher. Along the way Blake finds that he has more talents than he ever dreamed of, and develops an unusual friendship
My English Teacher is a Werewolf
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 41,440. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Book 4 of 'The Stewards of Light' series, and sequel to 'My History Teacher is a Leprechaun.' Blake Drywater's new werewolf English teacher has the disturbing ability to alter memories. Reluctantly, Blake begins to learn how to exercise this power himself, but his own memories suffer in unexpected ways. In his battle to recover his lost memories, he then uncovers an incredible deception ...
My History Teacher is a Leprechaun
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 39,060. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Children’s books » Legends, Myths, Fables / Other
Book 3 of 'The Stewards of Light' series, and sequel to 'My Math Teacher is a Vampire.' Blake Drywater has a new history teacher--a leprechaun who escorts Blake to the underground time tunnels of his people. These tunnels are full of doors that open to different places and times, including the future. But then Blake discovers the real reason for his visit, and how it just might destroy the world!
My Math Teacher is a Vampire
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 35,360. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Book 2 of 'The Stewards of Light' series, and sequel to 'My Science Teacher is a Wizard.' Blake Drywater once again finds himself facing an undesirable new teacher at his school. His math teacher, Mr. Coagulate, has a strange fascination with blood and dreams. And to Blake's horror, he soon finds himself in the midst of a vampire battlefield one night, in the world of dreams ...
James Madison American Prophet
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,740. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Biography, Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Current affairs
Rather amazingly, James Madison foresaw many of the problems we face in America today. He foresaw our modern obsession with individual rights, the dangers of judicial activism, the problems of a war presidency, and the economic difficulties that can bring a nation to ruin. Most importantly, as America's preeminent political visionary, he also saw how these problems can be solved.
The Holiday Treasure Hunt
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,740. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays, Fiction » Children’s books » Entertainment
Ted's Uncle Jeff is shipping out with his army unit to Afghanistan. But he leaves behind a series of clues which Ted can only seek on holidays--Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine's Day and Easter. The clues are not easy, and Ted finds himself unwillingly entering a cemetery on Halloween night, and going into the mushy tunnel of love on Valentine's Day. Will the treasure be worth it?
My Science Teacher is a Wizard
Price: Free! Words: 34,710. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Legends, Myths, Fables / Other, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Fifth grader Blake Drywater has a new wizard science teacher, who briefly turns Blake's class into roaches and earthworms. But Blake soon learns there is more than science going on in his classroom. An evil wizard is seeking a powerful potion his teacher has made. And when Blake drinks the potion soon thereafter, he finds himself facing problems far harder than any science exam!
A Conversation about Abortion Between Justice Blackmun and the Founding Fathers
Price: Free! Words: 6,260. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Law » Family law, Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Social policy
On a dark night in Independence Hall, ghosts of the founding fathers gather to discuss with Justice Blackmun the Roe v Wade abortion opinion he penned in 1973. Using actual quotes from the founding fathers, this debate soundly refutes Blackmun's arguments from the Roe opinion, and shows that the founders would be greatly disturbed at the law regarding abortion in America today.
The Ninth Amendment: Key to Understanding the Bill of Rights
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,310. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » History » North America, Nonfiction » Law » Constitutional law
This book explains how the Ninth Amendment is the key to understanding rights in the United States. The founders created the Ninth Amendment to protect unlisted natural law rights as they were understood in their day. This amendment was never intended to allow future generations to create new rights. Rather, it was to safeguard the morality and natural rights of the founding generation.
Abortion: What The Founding Fathers Thought About It
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,380. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Abortion & Birth Control
This book gives the views of the founding fathers against abortion, and describes the surprising truth about the common law abortion rule which was misinterpreted by the court in Roe v. Wade. Most importantly, the book tells how the 9th Amendment was intended to incorporate the founders' views of natural law as part of the Constitution-which would protect the unborn from the moment of conception!
Detectives in Diapers: The Mystery of the Aztec Amulet
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,320. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Law & Crime, Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Flo and Mo are not ordinary babies. Although they are only fourteen months old, they can use a computer, trick any mindless adult they want, and help their goofy detective father solve baffling crimes. Then a mysterious girl comes to their father, claiming that her grandmother has disappeared. Will the babies' superior brains be able to solve the mystery and save their bumbling parents?
The Wards of Clovis Gloober
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 35,690. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
There are a number of odd things about the new girl in Maddie's class at Centennial Middle School. Why does she claim she's never been outside to look at the stars at night? Where is the strange place called 'Rana' she says she comes from? And who is the mysterious 'Clovis Gloober' who acts as her guardian? As Maddie soon learns, the answers to these questions are both wonderful and terrible.
Itchy Mitch and the Taming of Broken Jaw Junction
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 46,900. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Historical / United States / 19th Century, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
The new vegetable-loving sheriff of Broken Jaw Junction outwits outlaws, bank robbers and cattle rustlers--using just a few carrot sticks and celery! But one day, he meets an unexpected and unbeatable foe ...

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