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Guest Post for “Myths Untold: Faery” at The Purple Rose Tea House

Purple Rose Tea House

Charlie Cochet hosts The Purple Rose Tea House – a guest post by August Li on reading and writing fantasy characters: Part of the reason fantasy characters are fun to read and write about—at least for me—is their otherness. By that I mean the traits that set them apart from humans. How they’re fundamentally different from us. The most obvious distinctions are often physical: he has silver hair; he has purple eyes; he has a tail. Exploring the aesthetics is certainly interesting. Probably because of growing up on videogames, comics, manga, and anime, I’ve always been drawn to characters with unusual … Read more

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Guest Post for “Myths Untold: Faery” at Jessie G. Books

Jessie G Books

Jessie G. Books hosts a great guest post for Myths Untold: Faery by yours truly – where I talk about my journey as an author: Thanks, Jessie, for having me on your blog! I’ve only been writing this time around for about two years now. I say this time around because I made a go of being an author some twenty five years ago. I wrote a novel in my early twenties, and sent it out to ten publishers. I was sure it would be snapped up and my career as a writer would be assured. A month went by, then two, and … Read more

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Surprise Review for “The Homecoming”

My book “The Homecoming” came out last year from Less Than 3 Press. Now Rainbow Gold Reviews is surprising me with a review (and it’s a good one): Homecoming is different than any book I have read before. I had a little trouble getting into it at first but It isn’t due to the author’s writing. I believe it has to do with how much info is given in a small amount of words. The characters and scenes were vividly detailed. I enjoyed how the author intertwined shifters with the science fiction genre. If you like a short story with … Read more

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5 Star Review for “Through the Veil” from Bayou Book Junkie

Bayou Book Review

Just in – a great review from Bayou Book Junkie: – here’s what they said about my story, “Through the Veil”: Colton is a trans man barely managing to survive on the canals in San Francisco. Fate brings him together with an elf that needs his help and together they will try to find Tris’s brother. I loved how the author wove action with mythology and romance and gave us a very detailed story that I just couldn’t put down until it ended! Colton and Tris were both amazing on their own, but together they seemed unstoppable and I was very … Read more

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4.5 Star Review for Myths Untold: Faery from Wicked Faerie’s Tales & Reviews

Myths Untold: Faery

Just in – a great review from Wicked Faerie’s Tales & Reviews: – here’s what they said about my story, “Through the Veil” and the Anthology overall: The final story, and my absolute favorite of the anthology is Through The Veil by J. Scott Coatsworth. The story is set in a dystopian version of the contemporary world that humans have destroyed through their ignorance. There are those that live on the outskirts and those that live in the inner city where life goes on almost as it did pre-Tsunami times. Colton lives day to day trying to survive the best way … Read more

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Guest Post for “Myths Untold: Faery” with BA Tortuga

BA Tortuga

BA Tortuga hosts a great guest post for Myths Untold: Faery by Skye Hegyes – where she talks about going Beyond Faery: I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not really a fairy fan. I mean, I like them, but they were always my younger sister’s thing. Dragons were mine. Still, I’ve always wanted to write a Faery story. I just didn’t know I’d ever get a chance to do so with other great authors. When Scott asked me to join him, Gus and Brandon in writing this anthology, I was thrilled. That doesn’t mean I knew what I was doing. I had … Read more

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Guest Post for “Myths Untold: Faery” with Elizabeth Noble

Elizabeth Noble

Elizabeth Noble hosts a great guest post for Myths Untold: Faery by August Li – all about the cover evolution process: Hello everyone, and thanks for having me on the blog today. I’m happy to be here. My name is August (Gus) Li, and I’m here on behalf of my fellow authors J. Scott Coatsworth, Skye Hegyes, and Brandon Witt to talk about the cover art for our anthology, Myths Untold: Faery. One standard approach to choosing an image for a book cover is to represent one of the main characters. In an anthology containing four novellas, obviously I couldn’t do … Read more

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A Great Review for Myths Untold: Faery from The Novel Approach!

The Novel Approach

Just in – a fantastic review from The Novel Approach: – here’s what they said about my story, “Through the Veil”: Author J. Scott Coatsworth closes out Myths Untold in a fantastic way with Through the Veil—and gave the other stories a tightly contested run for title of my favorite in the collection. In an alternate San Francisco of the future, a dystopia that lends the story its mythical atmosphere, Colton lives a hardscrabble life as a gondolier and occasional thief. He is a man of needs and contradictions who meets his fate on Alcatraz island in the form of Tris, a stranger from the … Read more

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Point of View: Writing Who You Know

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There’s an age-old adage in the writing biz: “Write what you know.” This advice is suspect for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that it’s difficult to apply as a science fiction/fantasy author. Tolkien didn’t “know” Middle Earth, not in the personal sense. And Anne McCaffrey probably never actually made it to Pern (though it would be really cool if she had). But the core sentiment of this adage is good – you need to do the research and get your details right. What about our characters, though? As an author, I draw on people I know … Read more