The Author Spotlight will focus on a different author every few weeks – it may feature an experienced writer who has a long history of published books, or a new author who is destined to be a future star. Today our Author Spotlight will be on J. Scott Coatsworth. You can keep in touch with author at the links following the interview!
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Author Spotlight: J. Scott Coatsworth
First off, I want to thank J. Scott for taking the time to answer these questions for me. Please feel free to leave any questions you may have in the comment section below!
ABOUT THE BOOKS:
What is the title of your newest or upcoming book?
Between the Lines
What publisher is this book being published by?
What is the publication date?
Between the Lines by J. Scott Coatsworth
Purchase links: Amazon / Dreamspinner
THE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS:
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
Scott has been writing since elementary school, when he and won a University of Arizona writing contest in 4th grade for his first sci fi story (with illustrations!). He finished his first novel in his mid twenties, but after seeing it rejected by ten publishers, he gave up on writing for a while.<p>Over the ensuing years, he came back to it periodically, but it never stuck. Then one day, he was complaining to Mark, his husband, early last year about how he had been derailed yet again by the death of a family member, and Mark said to him “the only one stopping you from writing is you.”<p>Since then, Scott has gone back to writing in a big way, finishing more than a dozen short stories – some new, some that he had started years before – and seeing his first sale. He’s embarking on a new trilogy, and also runs a support group for writers of gay sci fi, fantasy, and supernatural fiction.
Can you give the readers a brief summary of your latest book?
What if you could hear the words behind the words? Brad Weston’s life seems perfect. He’s GQ handsome, the Chief of Staff for a Republican California State Senator, and enjoys the power and the promise of a bright future. And he’s in a comfortable relationship with his boyfriend of six years, Alex. Sam Fuller is Brad’s young blond, blue-eyed intern, fresh out of college, running from a bad break-up, and questioning his choices and his new life in politics. To make things worse, Sam also has a thing for the boss, but Brad is already taken. While looking for a gift for his boyfriend, Brad wanders into a curiosity shop and becomes fascinated by an old wooden medallion. Brad’s not a superstitious man, but when he takes out the medallion in his office, he sees the world in a new light. And nothing will ever be the same.
What genre does it fall in?
Contemporary Magical realism Romance
Will you share a few words about your latest book, other than the usual blurb?
This was a fun one to write – set in my hometown, and playing around with reality a little.
Give us a little insight into your main characters! Who are they?
Brad is a rising star in GOP politics. His boyfriend is… let’s just say, handsome. And his assistant, Sam, is fresh off oc college and a breakup, and has his eyes on Brad.
Will we be seeing these characters again any time soon? Is this book part of a series?
Tell us a little bit about your writing style. When and where is your favorite time/place to write?
In the early afternoons at home. But also on my phone at the movie theater before the film starts
What sort of book do you enjoy reading in your free time? What was the last book you read? Did you enjoy it?
Jamie Fessenden’s Saturn in Retrograde, and yes, I liked it a lot.
Did you always know you wanted to be a writer? Have you held any interesting jobs while you worked on your books?
Yes – I started writing when I was in fourth grade and won a University contest for elementary school kids. I’ve worked for a publisher, a book distributor, and a bookstore, and now own my own business with my husband – we run LGBT online directories.
What does your writing process look like?
I have very little time to write, so it’s regimented – one and a half hours a day, from 12-1:30. I sit down and try to get into things right away – outlines help immensely with this. Then I just write. 🙂
Why did you choose to write GLBTQ romance? Why not another genre?
Just about everything IO do has a sci fi, magical realism or fantasy twist. I got into MM romance because DSP had a bunch of anthologies with calls for submission, and I decided to submit to every one of them. Between the Lines was rejected for one, but they encouraged me to resubmit it as a stand-alone novella. 🙂
One last questions…totally unrelated to books! I am a passionate foodie. Is there one thing in your pantry that you would be horrified for people to know that you eat?
Thankyou so much for answering my questions. I think my readers will enjoy learning more about you! Good luck in your future writing!
KEEP IN TOUCH WITH THE AUTHOR:
Find out more about J. Scott by visiting the author’s website. You can also check out their profile on Goodreads or follow on Facebook .