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Friendy Friday with the awesome J. Scott Coatsworth

J. Scott Coatsworth is one of those guys that does so much for other authors, he's just the bees' knees! Today he'll be taking the World's Most Dangerous Interview and talking about his latest release!

The World’s Most Dangerous Interview

  1. Name a liquid you’ve shot out of your nose while laughing… bonus points for what made you laugh. Hmmm… probably milk. I'd reveal all the sordid details, but then I’d have to kill you. And I don’t really remember.]

  2. What’s your favorite music to dance to? Anything with a good beat. Abba always gets me dancing, and Ke$sha and Gaga do too. Oh and Beyonce and Gaga on “Telephone” - divine.

  3. Name the first book you read as a young person with sexy times in it. How many times did you read it? Probably “The Dancers of Arun” - Elizabeth K. Lynn’s second book in “The Chronicles of Tornor.” Sure, it was fade to black, but OMG. I read it like fifty times. And took a shower after. :P

  4. What is the most fascinating thing you’ve discovered because of writing? That I have a truly strange and wonderful brain? It’s annoying as hell in the middle of the night, when I wake up and an idea just won’t let me go. But on the flip side, it comes up with the most amazing ideas.

  5. Name a reading guilty pleasure. Probably the Robotech book series? I loved the anime show, and then I bought them and read them all...

  6. Name a book that scared the bejeebers out of you and why it scared you. The Amityville Horror. I read it when I was fourteen or so, alone at night in the dark, and I didn’t sleep for a week. Blood coming down the walls and all… * shudders *

  7. If you had to choose a movie or book to live in, what would it be? Hands down Lord of the Rings - Lothlorien. Wait, no - Anne McCaffrey’s Pern. Wait, no - The Three Rivers in Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time. Wait, no… Xanth. No… Hamilton’s Common Worlds. Rama. Someone stop me!

  8. Name your author superpower and how does it come out in your writing? Scattered brain. It means my stories go all over the map, in a good way, I think?

  9. Which book do you wish you’d written? “Daughter of the Empire,” by Janny Wurts and Raymond Feist - OMG this is such a beautiful book and so intricately plotted.

  10. Which musical describes your life? The Phantom of the Opera - I live in a basement and kidnap beautiful opera singers. :P

J. Scott has been incredibly supportive of me on my journey. He's included me in the QueeRomance Ink group and site, he's encouraged me to write flash fiction and play a little with the speculative side of fiction, and he's just always around to cheer on his fellow authors. I'm damn glad to know him and hope you will check out his books and the Queer SciFi and QueeRomance Ink pages!

Here's an excerpt from his latest Dreamspinner Release: Lander. It's the second book in a series, the first being Skythane, which I made my husband read and he really dug it. So if you like SciFi, check it out!

Jameson savored the kiss, his arms around Xander, the way they fit together just right. They were finally together, and Titania and Oberon were one again.Erro, Quince had called this new world. Like the skythane god of the sun, the one Errian and the Erriani were named for.For the moment, everything was right in his life, and he never wanted it to end.A cold drop of water on his cheek brought him out of his reverie. He glanced up. Storm clouds were piled high, swiftly overtaking them. Rain began to pour out of the sky like a waterfall, and thunder echoed in the clouds as the valley went dark, sunlight smothered by the onrushing clouds. Nearby trees thrashed about in the wind, their purple leaves fluttering in distress.“What the hell?” Xander said as the winds picked up and ruffled the feathers of his wings. He stared up at the black tempest.“The Split!” Jameson shouted over the howling of the wind. He mimed the two halves of the world, each with their own atmosphere, suddenly being forced together in the middle. “When the Oberon half shifted, all the atmosphere it brought with it along the Split was forced up here!”A bolt of lightning struck a nearby tree, crisping it to ashes and standing Jameson’s hair on end.“Run!” Xander shouted.Jameson’s vision swam, and a memory slipped into his conscious mind from that other part of him—a high-ceilinged cavern that was more like a faery palace than a cave—where he’d stolen away with a lover. More than once.His stomach heaved at the displacement, and he clenched his hands. That wasn’t me. They were someone else’s memories.“Follow me!” he shouted at his four companions—Xander, Quince, Kadin, and Venin—and ran toward the cliffs that were rapidly fading to invisibility behind the rain. He pushed down the memory-nausea, tasting bile in the back of his mouth.Alia was missing. He’d last seen her as they had fled the Mountain, when it had begun to collapse. Jameson looked around wildly, but she was nowhere to be seen. “Where’s Alia?” he shouted at Kadin as they ran. Thunder shook the valley.Kadin shook his head, mouthing, “I don’t know.”Rain swirled all around them, coming down so fast that it pooled on the ground and ran in rivulets downhill toward the lake that was now half filled with the broken remains of the Mountain.The mud made the footing treacherous. Jameson clambered up the hill, using roots and rocks that offered a firmer surface than the naked ground. The wind tugged at his wings, threatening to flip him over. He pulled them in tightly and glanced back to be sure the others were following him through the tempest.Jameson reached the cover of the forest, plunging under the protection of the canopy. The trees here were tall and thin with white bark trunks and broad purple leaves that were being shredded by the storm.


Scott is giving away a $25 Amazon gift certificate and three copies of his queer sci fi eBook “The Stark Divide.” Use the rafflecopter code:

J. Scott's Bio:

Scott lives between the here and now and the what could be. Indoctrinated into fantasy and sci fi by his mother at the tender age of nine, he devoured her library. But as he grew up, he wondered where the people like him were.

He decided it was time to create the kinds of stories he couldn’t find at Waldenbooks. If there weren’t gay characters in his favorite genres, he would remake them to his own ends.

His friends say Scott’s brain works a little differently – he sees relationships between things that others miss, and gets more done in a day than most folks manage in a week. He seeks to transform traditional sci fi, fantasy, and contemporary worlds into something unexpected.

He runs Queer Sci Fi and QueeRomance Ink with his husband Mark, sites that bring queer people together to promote and celebrate fiction that reflects their own reality.

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Check out his pages and get lost for a bit. The Facebook groups are awesome as well. Thanks for stopping by the Rock 'n' Romance Blog today!


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