J.L. Doty


Jim has eight published SF&F books, with two more due out in 2015. He's been unusually successful as a self-published writer; Child of the Sword went word-of-mouth viral about two years ago, and among all his books he has since sold close to 50,000 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--so demanding.

Jim writes in three sub-genres: epic-fantasy, hard science fiction, and contemporary urban fantasy--no vampires--frequently with strong young-adult themes. The infamous "they" say that one should not write in multiple genres, but "they" also say, "write what you read," and Jim reads copious quantities of all three.

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 workshop 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 their three cats: Tilda, Julia and Natasha. From a very early age he made up stories in his head, but he never considered writing. In his family you went to college, got a degree in something useful and got a real job, so he did the Ph.D. thing. But he was still making up those stories in his head, so he sat down and wrote a science fiction novel, and as he says, "It was 250,000 words of pure crap." It was the hardest decision he ever made, but he literally threw it away and turned to other writing projects.

Science has always been a passion of Jim's, but writing is an addiction. He just recently published The Name of the Sword, the 4th and final book in the series that started with Child of the Sword. Right now he's working on Treason's Child, the prequel to A Choice of Treasons, which should be out in mid-2015. Never Dead Enough, the 3rd took in The Dead Among us, will follow near the end of 2015.

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

Where to find J.L. Doty online

Website: http://www.jldoty.com
Twitter: JL_Doty


The Name of the Sword
Series: The Gods Within, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 121,400. 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: 99,790. 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: 97,970. 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
Series: The Gods Within, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 122,640. 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: 136,200. 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: 103,640. 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.
The Thirteenth Man
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 120,110. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Charlie Cass returns from five years in a squalid POW camp to find the nine Dukes and the King conspiring against each other, and plotting with Charlie's old enemies. As interstellar war looms, he's forced to assume the mantle of the thirteenth Duke de Lunis, who, according to legend, is destined to fall beneath the headsman's ax. But if he can survive the headsman, all may fall before him.

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