I’ve always occupied the space between the here and now and the what could be. Indoctrinated into fantasy and sci fi by my mother at the tender age of nine, I devoured her library. But as I grew up and read the golden age classics and more modern works as well, I began to wonder where all the people like me were.
After I came out at twenty three, I decided that it was time to create the kinds of stories I couldn’t find at Waldenbooks. If there weren’t many gay characters in my favorite genres, I would reimagine them myself, populating them with a diverse universe of characters. I would subvert them and remake them to my own ends. And if I was lucky enough, someone else would want to read the things I wrote.
My friends say my brain works a little differently – I sees relationships between things that others miss, and get more done in a day than most folks manage in a week. Although I was born an introvert, I learned to reach outside himself and connect with others like me.
I write stories that subvert expectations, that seek to transform traditional sci fi, fantasy, and contemporary worlds into something new and unexpected. I also run both Queer Sci Fi and QueeRomance Ink with my husband Mark, sites that bring people like us together to promote and celebrate fiction that reflects our own reality.
My writing, whether romance or genre fiction (or a little bit of both) brings a queer energy to my stories, infusing them with love, beauty and power and making them soar. I imagine a world that could be, and in the process, maybe changes the world that is, just a little.
I was recognized as one of the top new gay authors in the 2017 Rainbow Awards, and my debut novel “Skythane” received two awards and an honorable mention. Since that time, I have published six other novels and several other novellas.
In August, 2019, I qualified to join the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America with my sale of “Across the Transom” to Galaxy’s Edge Magazine, and in March 2020 I became a full member.
My second published story, a southwestern-themed MM romance short entitled “Autumn Wind”, was published in the Seattle Journal “Poplorish” in November, 2014. You can download the journal free here.
My third published short story, a modern-day fantasy entitled “A New Year”, came out in late November 2014 in the “Candle in the Dark” holiday anthology (InkySuki store) from Inkstained Succubus.
My fourth story, “Avalon”, another magical realism short, was published on 5/1/15 in the first volume of the Mischief Corner Books Quarterly. MCB Quarterly has also picked up two of my other stories – “Translation” (Fall 2015) and “Repitition” (Spring 2016).
My first two stand-alone novellas, “Between the Lines” and “The Homecoming” come out in July 2015 in eBook form (with Dreamspinner and Less Than Three Press).
In November 2015, my story “The Autumn Lands” came out as part of the “Travels Through the Scarlet Equinox” anthology, and it was released as a stand-alone book on 1/27/16 – my first print title that’s all my own. In March, it ran in audio format on Vance Bastian’s amazing Campfire Podcast, and the audio edition was released shortly afterward.
I had a few more stories out in 2016 – “Flames”, one of the stories I am most proud of, appeared in the “A More Perfect Union” anthology from Dreamspinner. My “going back into the closet” sci fi short “Repetition” appeared in the Mischief Corner Books Quarterly. My “elf and trans guy San Francisco climate change love story” “Through the Veil” novella appeared in “Myths Untold: Faery” from Wilde City. And I capped off the year with “Wonderland”, my slightly off-kilter Christmas sci fi love story.
In February, 2017, my first full-length novel “Skythane” (book one of the Oberon Cycle) came out from Dreamspinner – the initial book in my Oberon trilogy.
“The Great North”, my second post-apcoalyptic sci-fi/fantasy MM romance novella was released by MCB in June 2017.
In October, DSP Publications published my non-romance sci fi tale “The Stark Divide”, book one of Liminal Sky.
In December, I released an MM holiday short with Mischief Corner – “I Only Want to Be With You.”
In 2018, Dreamspinner released “Lander (book two of the Oberon Cycle) in February, I self-published “The River City Chronicles” in June, and Dreamspinner released “The Rising Tide” (Liminal Sky 2) in October. I also rereleased a bunch of out-of-print short stories as 99¢ stand-alones, and combined eight of them in my year-end anthology release “Spells & Stardust.” Also in December, MCB published my holidayclimate change tale “Slow Thaw.”
In 2019, Dreamspinner released the final Oberon book, “Ithani,” in April. Over the summer I re-released Homecoming in eBook and print formats, and published a brand new novella – “The Last Run” – in August. In October, my Liminal Sky trilogy wraps up with Dreamspinner’s “The Shoreless Sea.”
I got my first Five Star review for one of the stories in the first MCB Quarterly, from Molly Lolly:
Avalon by J. Scott Coatsworth
Oh man, the emotion! Tony and Jake were so beautiful together. They both gave up so much to be together and help each other. The ending is bittersweet but there isn’t a way to have a happy ending when one of the characters is dying from cancer. But there’s a little bit of hope at the end that Jake is happy where he is.