Archive for the ‘C. S. Marks’ Category

Lifetimes to build–moments to ruin.

I love trees. I have always been a forest-dweller, reveling in the sounds, scents, and sights of the deep woods. I love moss, and water, and the lilt of wood thrushes at twilight. When I need comfort, I go to the forest. When I feel adventurous, I go to the […]

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On Writing Violence

When people ask what other authors have influenced my writing, the answer surprises some of them. Everyone expects me to name Tolkien, and, of course, I always do. They don’t expect me to name “Stephen King.” I confess—I love King’s books, especially the real door-stoppers like The Stand and The […]

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Update on The Shadow-man…

Start looking for it, folks! Went through final pre-flight check tonight. (I’m so excited! I hope you enjoy it.) –CSM   Update: AND IT’S UP AND FLYING! Print version coming any day…

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Shadow-man…Done and Dusted!

SO, after a long night of crafting the final scene of my newest novella, The Shadow-man is done and dusted. At this point I would say it’s a polished draft. It still needs beta reading, editing and revision, but that hard part is over. Next stop–cover reveal! 🙂 This one […]

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Books as “Babies”–an Opinion

There’s been a bit of kerfuffle on the Amazon forums recently. (I know…what a surprise, right?) On the one side, we have authors who like to refer to their books as their “babies.” On the other, readers and reviewers who believe such comparisons are ridiculous and unwarranted. They view the […]

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How to Write a Customer Review–You can do it!

If you have purchased a book, you’re a customer. That means you have all the qualifications necessary to write and post a customer review on Amazon, Goodreads, or anywhere you wish. So, what’s stopping you? Many readers say that they are unsure of how to write a customer review. They’re […]

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Back from ComicCon and GenCon…

We had such fun! Even the Grim Reaper likes Elfhunter. 😉 He said he wouldn’t take me yet; I have to finish the series first. Ha! Meanwhile, it was GREAT interfacing with all you guys–meeting new friends and old–getting the latest from Alterra into your hands. There were a few […]

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“New and Exclusive”….ummm, whatever works!

So, the other day I was shopping for a cooler to take with me to the conventions–I like to pack my own food and drinks, y’know? I stroll down the aisle in sporting goods, looking over the shelves packed with coolers of all sizes and colors, when something catches my […]

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The “THAT” Police

So, when did editors/readers/critics decide to declare war on the word “that?” Seriously. I keep hearing this over and over again from folks–even from one college professor who declared that he would eliminate the word “that” from the language entirely. Well, good luck with that, mate! Let me know if you […]

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Insanity in August!

I must be out of my mind. Seriously–only an insane person would attempt what I am about to do in August. I’ll be heading up to Chicago for ComicCon, then back home for two days, then off to GenCon, then back for two days, then school starts, then drive to […]

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