William H. Coles


William H. Coles is the award-winning author of short stories, essays on writing, interviews, and novels in contests such as The Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition, among others. He is the creator of storyinliteraryfiction.com, a site dedicated to educational material, a workshop, and examples for writers seeking to create lasting character-based fiction with strong dramatic plots that stimulates thought about the human condition. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.


Sister Carrie
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,150. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Two orphaned sisters, facing a future of want and loneliness, quarrel when the older sister, responsible for her dependent teenage sibling, repudiates her sister’s affair with a political activist–older and unacceptable–she bonds with on the internet. Finalist in the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition.
Illustrated Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 130,960. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » American / General
A collection of thirty-three award-winning short stories and a novella, each about one-of-a kind characters solving serious problems in challenging settings. The stories are crafted by William H. Coles with artistic intensity for engagement and entertainment. Each short story is illustrated by one of six artists commissioned for the story.
Creating Literary Stories: A Fiction Writer’s Guide
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 31,420. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
An essential guide for every writer of fiction. Learn: Character, Narration, Structure, Dialogue, Point of View, Writing in Scene, Drama (Conflict-Action-Resolution), Humor, Revision
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 86,200. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
An admired and lauded surgeon climbs to the top of his profession. But his callous and questionably moral determination angers colleagues and friends who vow to destroy him. He becomes a member of the President’s cabinet when a personal family tragedy presents him with a dilemma that leads to a felonious crime.
The Necklace and Other Stories
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 51,810. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Nine short stories about American life, unrequited love, familial distrust, and unfair parental control, and a novella where cultures clash and humans survive with caring and selflessness overcoming the default of violence and destruction. Each story rich with unique characters.
The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2001-2011
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 62,330. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Award-winning short stories of characters facing moral decisions that stretch their lives to mirror who they are and what they might become.
The Surgeon's Wife
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 48,730. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Mike Boudreaux, as a trauma surgeon Chief of Service, must discipline an impaired surgeon performing unnecessary and dangerous surgery for the obese. He is Boudreaux's former teacher and mentor, and Boudreaux falls in love with his young, beautiful, New-Orleans-socially-prominent wife. Short-list finalist in the 2010 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition.
The Spirit of Want
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 72,810. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
A successful woman lawyer falls in love with a TV-evangelist accused of sexually molesting a child. She loses the case and while on appeal he escapes the country. She leaves family and new husband and child to follow him to Africa. Short-list finalist in the 2011 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition.
Guardian of Deceit
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 75,660. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Darwin Hastings is 17 and his dying aunt sends him to New York to a new guardian, a famous wealthy football player. He wants to recapture the love he knew with his parents before they died. But in his new home of celebrities, crooks, and wealthy deviants, lust and want thwart his search for selfless caring love. A finalist in the 2012 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition.

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