J.L. Doty


In late 2016 Jim finished his 11th SF&F novel, The Witch of Val d’Ossa, and with the release in early 2017 of Never Dead Enough, the 3rd book in The Dead Among Us, he has ten published SF&F books. He’s been unusually successful as a self-published writer; Child of the Sword went word-of-mouth viral about three years ago, and among all his self-published books he has since sold close to 60,000 copies. With that success, he was able to quit his day-job as a running-dog-lackey for the bourgeois capitalist establishment, and work for himself as a fulltime writer. He says his new boss is a real jerk. The self-pub success also led to traditional contracts with Open Road Integrated Media, and Harper Collins Voyager.

Jim is also a scientist with a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering; his specialty is laser physics. He has a big pet peeve regarding lasers as weapons in science fiction. He spent decades working in the laser and electro-optics industry, even did some research on laser weapons in the 80’s. And when writers use a laser as a weapon in a story, they invariably get it wrong, usually by violating some basic law of physics. Jim gives a presentation on laser weapons, and what writers do wrong—no names please.

Jim was born in Seattle, but he’s lived most of his life in California, though he did live on the east coast and in Europe for a while. He now resides in Arizona with his wife Karen and three little beings who claim to be cats: Tilda, Julia and Natasha. But Jim is certain they’re really extra-terrestrial aliens in disguise.

Science has always been a passion of Jim’s, but writing is an addiction. In April 2016, Of Treasons Born, the prequel to A Choice of Treasons, was published by Open Road Integrated Media, and in August The Thirteenth Man was published by Harper Collins Voyager. He just finished The Witch of Val d’Ossa, the first book in The Valley of Bones series. Right now he’s working on By Treason Forged, the 2nd book in The Treasons Cycle, The BlackSword Regiment, a new military science fiction series, and the 2nd book in The Valley of Bones.

Jim intends to keep on writing and publishing more stories, but no laser weapons.

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Never Dead Enough, Book 3 of The Dead Among Us
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 103,380. Language: American English. Published: February 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Creepy Serial Killer Guy (SKG) has relocated from Dallas to San Francisco so he can hunt down Paul and Katherine. The demon in his soul can't rest until it possesses Paul. But in Dallas, Paul and Katherine badly weakened it. So SKG's master needs to gain strength before attempting to take them. He prowls the streets of San Francisco and the Bay Area looking for more Alices.
The Name of the Sword
Series: The Gods Within, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 121,000. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Morgin is trapped in the Kingdom of Dreams where he meets Rhiannead, Rhianne's alterego in the world of dreams. Rhianne is held captive in Durin by Valso, but when she sleeps she finds herself in the Kingdom of Dreams, seeing Morgin through Rhiannead's eyes. Hunted by ancient enemies, they both must help defend Sabian, the castle, and seat of power, of the Unnamed King.
The Heart of the Sands, Book 3 of The Gods Within
Series: The Gods Within, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 99,220. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Now a Benesh'ere slave, every whiteface in the tribe hungers for Morgin's death. But he is Harriok's property, and while Harriok remains in a coma, a victim of the venom of the sand cat's sixth claw, the warriors wait and bide their time. As Morgin accompanies them on the March, an affinity for steel is slowly awakening within him, and he truly fears the truths his growing knowledge may reveal.
Still Not Dead Enough , Book 2 of The Dead Among Us
Series: The Dead Among Us, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 99,670. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Now that it's clear Paul isn't a demon, he hopes he'll no longer be a target, but he quickly learns otherwise. The Russians want him dead on general principal. The Sidhe have no souls, so they're not really alive, and Paul may have added power over them, which they don't like. And the Summer Knight, Anogh, is pulling strings in the background, manipulating everything concerning Paul and Katherine.
The SteelMaster of Indwallin, Book 2 of The Gods Within
Series: The Gods Within, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 122,100. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
When Morgin's sword goes berserk and wants to butcher everyone at the annual meeting of the Lesser Council, he's barely able to control its rabid bloodlust. But the Lesser Council declares him an outlaw for bringing such a dangerous talisman onto the Mortal Plane. So with a price on his head he goes on the run, a wizard without power always just one step ahead of the next bounty hunter.
Child of the Sword, Book 1 of The Gods Within
Series: The Gods Within, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 135,560. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Rat is no ordinary thief. A feral, filthy and malnourished child; he survives on what he can steal. But he creates his own shadows and hides within them, though he's completely unaware of his use of magic. When a clan of powerful wizards see his shadowmagic they adopt him, because they want such magic in the clan. Perhaps that's a good thing for Rat, as long as they don't kill him in the process.
When Dead Ain’t Dead Enough, Book 1 of The Dead Among Us
Series: The Dead Among Us, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 102,710. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Paul Conklin is sharing his apartment with Suzanna and Cloe, the ghosts of his dead wife and daughter. And while he's happy that they've come back to him, he knows he's really just plain nuts. He has no idea that a Primus caste demon from the Netherworld covets his soul, and that he's going to have to take a crash course in killing big, bad hoodoo demons, or lose his soul for all eternity.

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