Author Bio

About Austin Colton

Austin has technical training and experiance with Digital Marketing, SEO, Copywriting, and many forms of web development. Most of his training has been on hands while working at Cove Security. While he values the skills which can be learned in a traditional learning enviornment, he does not believe that there is only one way to success. Perhaps Mark Twain put it best when he said “I never let my schooling get in the way of my education.

While Austin is passionate about digital marketing and other webdevelopment projects, his true passion is for creative writing and the arts. As an avid reader, he developed a fondness for fiction and beleives it is one of the true ways we can communicate to others accurate expressions of thoughts and ideas. While creative writing had driven him to write several books, Austin has also found both passion and skill in other artforms including painting and music. To leare more about Austin’s creative work, visit his personal website. To see his current game development, publishing, and software visit Banish Creative Studios.

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Other Projects

Austin is a man of manny hats and has worked on a wide array of projects. Here are links to his other websites and project repositories.

Alizarin 9

Alizarin 9 Inc. was developed as a way to share both his technical knowledge and digital marketing skills with others. Austin believes that anything is possible if you have a progect, a specific goal, and the tenacity to persue your passion.

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Banish Creative

A Game Studio that believes success is based on how you do your work which is more important than what work you do. We believe that great storytelling comes from a blend of passion, creativity, and hard work. We believe that stories can change the way we see the world by lifting up and inspiring people by igniting a sense of wonder that evokes strong emotions with our audience. This is why we strive to inspire creativity through all our content and media.

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Shylo.io

A Virtual Media Application designed to give you the freedom to enjoy your digital content however you see fit. Manage libraries of digital movies, games, music, photos, and documents. Manage your media wherever you are!

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Jack of All Trades

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HORROR/FANTASY
BOOKS

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OIL, ACRYLIC, WATERCOLOR 
PAINTING, & DIGITAL ART

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FIRST PERSON SHOOTER, RPG’s,
& HORROR GAMES
Do What You Love!

About Austin’s Writing

I have wanted to write my own books since I first learned to read. The magical process that takes place when someone loses themself in a book, gets trapped within the pages, only to reach the end and find the satisfaction of finishing is crippled by the sudden feeling of loss and emptiness. Perhaps it is this emptiness which creates a desire, but perhaps better said hunger, for more.

I’m not going to get into the nitty and gritty of how I learned to write. However, if you are interested and would like to learn more about my early writing experience, click HERE to read more. What I wanted to express is how I found my voice and style in the horror/fantasy genre. Now if this is what truly interested you, please read on. If not, check out my work above, read one of my free chapter samples, and discover for yourself if you like my work. It is my hope that you will, but alas, I begin to digress.

Austin’s First Manuscript 

Fantasy is perhaps the lifeblood of my childhood. I was lucky enough to have been just old enough to see the Lord of the Rings movies when they were first released. My obsession with Frodo and the one ring of power sent me on many mythical adventures of my own. Mingled with my love for Star Wars, nature, and running around outside with friends, I found myself in many different lands of make believe.

Horror on the other hand, was about as appealing to me as was licking a toilet seat. I didn’t see the appeal of wanting to terrify oneself and suffer through countless nights with nightmares. As a child, nightmares would terrorize me for weeks if not years, and inducing more of them just seemed strange to me. I still remember a five year old me lying awake at night, horrified by the idea that little black beetles would come and eat me in my sleep. I don’t think I rewatched The Mummy until I was well into my teenage years because of this.

Then something happened which changed how I saw horror. Perhaps it was the movie Coraline, based off the famous novel by Niel Gaiman, or perhaps it was my fascination with classic fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm. Either way, both influenced the change that took place in my mind.

I began to take a liking to the darker stories. The ones where the hero’s had to face terrible monsters, both outside of themselves and within. But the horror which truly captivated me didn’t have to do with monsters and death so much as it had to do with the idea that someone could face their fears and overcome them. This idea is the driving force behind my work.

As a writer, my goal has always been to force my characters to face off against their inner demons. There is an African Proverb that captured this idea perfectly.

     “If there is no demon within, the demon without can do you no harm.”

I want my characters to defeat the enemy that lives within and by so doing beat the enemies without.

This idea reflects a very real struggle that most of us find ourselves battling every day. When I first read Coraline, the fact that she goes back into danger to save her parents demonstrated what it meant to be brave. Niel Gaiman captured this idea perfectly. It has since been my goal to demonstrate that inner demons and flaws can be defeated or used to defeat outer enemies.

Don’t take any of this the wrong way. The sole intent of my writing has been and will continue to be for the entertainment and not the edification of anyone who reads them. Take what you will from the stories, but perhaps this insite will help you to understand what drives me to write the stories I do, and by understanding this drive, you may find yourself experiencing the story in a new and unique way.

My hope is that if you have found my work, if you find that it engages your interest, that you go ahead and give it a gander.

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About Austin’s Art

Austin drew through grade school and took several art and ceramics classes his last two years of high school. After graduating, he spent several years pursuing several different interests until he stumbled back into the craft.

The Wet on Wet style was introduced to him by a friend who recommended that he view Bob Ross. As an artist Austin has always had interest in paintings but not realizing how to get started he thought it would be something he could never do. Finding this technique not only showed Austin that he could paint, but that doing so was fun and exciting.

Art has always inspired Austin who’s been lucky enough to have the ability to pursue this particular passion and create artwork of his own.

About Austin’s Game Dev

Banish Creative Studios believes that great storytelling comes from a blend of passion, creativity, and hard work. We believe that stories can change the way we see the world by lifting up and inspiring people by igniting a sense of wonder that evokes strong emotions with our audience. This is why we strive to inspire creativity through all our content and media.

By pursuing what excites us, motivates us, and challenges us, we give life to new ideas so they can be shared with the world. By pushing the limits of what we are capable of in our unique creative capacities, we can create so much that isn’t being created. And By putting great storytelling first, by respecting the ideas of our creators, and by giving our customers the ending to the journey they deserve.

We dont just tell amazing stories; we help you live them.

Banish Creative Studios

Games are meant to be played and enjoyed. Get access to all our content and enjoy playing on any platform you choose.

Austin envisioned building an amazing studio to increase his skills and provide himself and other creatives with the opportunities to work together and see their creative visions brought to life.

With a background in digital marketing, journalism, graphic design, and web development, Austin saw an opportunity to market himself like no other individual creative had done before. As an avid reader and gammer, he set out to tell stories of his own through both mediums.

While intelligent and creative, Austin isn’t the most social person preferring to work with others on a more personal level. He currently works with several friends who also have unique creative visions as a means to grow together to realize the full potential of his vision.

Austin’s Creative Process

Austin believes that success is based on how you do your work which is more important than what work you do. You can get lost in the small details if you never take a step back to look at the whole picture. Just as Rome was not built in a day, neither our dreams or goals are attained, and success is not achieved without constant effort towards a worthy ideal. For this reason, Banish Creative has set the following seven rules to promote success driven behaviors and habits.

Seven Rules for Making Great Art

Rule One

Make Time For Your Art!

Rule Two

Set goals to determine where you’re going!

Rule Three

Learn as you work and work as you learn

Rule Four

Allow yourself to fail, but don’t give up

Rule Five

Follow through on all your commitments

Rule Six

Do your best and Accept that is enough

Rule Seven

Share your knowledge with others to help them succeed!

About Austin

Austin’s Early Life

Austin was born in Salt Lake City, Utah where he lived until the age of four. His love for stories began at this early age where he fell in love with movies such as Star Wars, Hercules, and The Lion King. One of his earliest memories is sitting in front of an old box T.V. watching Star Wars with a toy lightsaber, ready to fight Darth Vader. When the fight was finished and Obi-wan Kanobi was struck down, young Austin would pretend to disappear under the blue fuzzy blanket (his favorite) where he would watch the rest of the movie.

From Salt Lake, Austin’s family moved to Grand Junction, Colorado where they would live until he was the age of nine. It was in these growing years that he would find his love for reading and writing. It may come to a surprise to some, but Austin had a difficult time learning to read. In the first grade, much to his chagrin, he was frequently escorted out of class where he would sit with an independent reading tutor. Not only did this frustrate him, but it did little to help correct the problem. Despite the difficulty, he still loved stories and enjoyed having them read to him. Sitting on the classroom rug, it was at this time the first ideas for a story began to grow in his small mind. A vision of a boy turned Racoon who fought crime with his friends.

Fortunately for Austin, the difficulty in learning to read would be resolved by perhaps the most influential teacher he would ever have. Mrs. Shawn Hayes. Austin was placed in Mrs. Hayes class for both the Second and Third grade. He had the same classmates, friends, and environment which allowed him to learn and grow. Mrs. Hayes had a wonderful way of teaching her students to create mental pictures when read to, which helped grow and develop Austin’s imagination. By the end of his time in her class, Austin was reading ahead of his grade and began to tackle books like Harry Potter, Eragon, and The Chronicles of Narnia. For the rest of his life he would become an avid reader who is always in search of new stories. The unfortunate side effect would be that most of his time would be spent up in the clouds.

During the middle of the Fourth Grade, Austin would move back to Salt Lake where he would live until he was Eighteen. During his first year back, Austin made several great friends and he began his first journey into the idea of role playing games. A Runescape obsessed group of boys would enact their own narrated stories outside. Though it was far from the traditional D&D style games with paper and dice, these stories captured the same wonder and sense of imagination. It was during these years that he would dream of becoming an author. It was what he knew he wanted to do and be, a dream that has since stayed with him. Like a thorn in his side, he could never be satisfied if he wasn’t creating or imagining something.

Austin made several attempts at writing a story, but he had a habit of abandoning stories after a few pages or if he was lucky, a chapter or two. He had several more great teachers and leaders in his life that encouraged his creativity and parents who were willing to put up with a child that didn’t quite live on a place they liked to call earth.

Aspiration Stage & Early Career

It was in high school that Austin attempted to complete his first novel. Getting over half way through it, he set down the project unable to finish. Austin learned first hand how difficult it could be to write a full length story, especially when that story just kept getting bigger and bigger. He would eventually write another short novel, one that was not terribly good and only a hundred pages or so, before graduating from Herriman High School in 2014.

From October of 2014 to October of 2016, Austin served as a full time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His mission was assigned to Mexico where he lived in the cities of Cuernavaca, Acapulco, Chilponsingo, Iguala, and Puente de Ixtla. Inspired by both the people he met there and the new cities in which he lived, Austin began to write down notes for new stories and ideas. While on his mission he made friends with Robert Smith, a fellow writer and storyteller, who would listen to his stories and encouraged Austin to write them.

After returning home from Mexico, Austin began attending the Utah Valley University with the original intent of studying Computer Science. After considering the list of classes which included calculus, physics, and a number of other rigorous courses, he decided that Computer Science was not going to be for him and he switched his major to Journalism. (His heart had always been in writing anyway.)

Six months after returning to Utah, Austin wrote and completed his first novel. It was terrible. Really terrible. It is a common phrase among writers to say “show not tell” and this book was about seven hundred pages of tell. You can view an image of the manuscript to the right.

During the subsequent four years, he would continue to write, completing three more novels, seeing progress with each one. Austin would change his major again to Digital Marketing, after looking more into the job field and doing research on jobs which would provide him with a good living and still leave him both the time and desire to write.

During his time at UVU, he stayed in touch with Robert and they both attended the lecture series held by Brandon Sanderson at Brigham Young University. Austin attended unenrolled (lucky for him no one noticed.) He also took several writing courses from David Farland whose insights into the writing community have helped alter Austin’s perspective and given him encouragement.

Curent Status

Austin is currently working as an SEO specialist at a security company and works feelance through his Company Alizarin 9 Inc.  Although he has many career goals and aspirations, he holds onto his desire to share his stories with the world and Austin spends most nights writing at his desk.

During the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020, Austin dove back into art. Drawing and sketching was something he often did as a youth and he fell out of the habit just after graduating high school. Finding himself with both ample time and a desire to find another distraction since new movies were no longer being released in theaters, he began to draw and paint. It came as a pleasant surprise when he discovered he had a talent for painting and that it was a relaxing way to express a new aspect of his creativity.

It always seemed like an unrealistic dream to become both a novelist and a painter, but Austin is sure that he will always find time for both. He hopes to one day paint the covers and do artwork for a planed epic fantasy series he will one day write. To him, this will be the culmination of everything he’s ever learned to do and what he see’s as his Silmarillion.

Keep up to date on Austin’s blog where he posts writing tools to help other authors, subscribe to stay up to date on all his projects and novels, and check out his art galleries for a small glimpse into the world inside his head.

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