Duane L. Ostler

Biography

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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Books

My History Teacher is a Leprechaun
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 39,060. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2015. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
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
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Price: Free! Words: 35,360. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(4.00)
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
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,740. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » History » Biography
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
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,740. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays
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
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Price: Free! Words: 34,710. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Legends, Myths, Fables / Other
(5.00)
Fifth grader Blake Drywater has a new wizard science teacher, who promptly 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 is given 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
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,260. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Law » Family law
(5.00)
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
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 28,310. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » History » North America
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
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Price: Free! Words: 13,380. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2013. Category: 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
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Price: Free! Words: 17,320. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2013. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Law & Crime
(3.50)
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
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Price: Free! Words: 35,690. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2012. Category: 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
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 46,900. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Historical / United States / 19th Century
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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