Interview Roulette: J. Scott Coatsworth

Today’s player is J. Scott Coatsworth!

  1. If you could be granted instant virtuosity on a musical instrument you don’t now play, which one would it be, and why?

OK, so I used to play the flute (only because it was the smallest instrument that would get me into band. OK, yeah, I was a total band geek). But for this? What’s that big Australian horn thing that sounds like a foghorn? *runs to Google* Oh yeah, the Didgeridoo! Although I’m not sure it would fit into our current living room. But what a guy magnet. 😛

2. If you were to write fanfic (or maybe you already have!) which fandom(s) would it be?

Hmmm, no, never have. But hey, why not? I think I’d have to write Tick fan fic. There’s so much gay subtext between the Tick and Mothman. And hey, what we could do with those antennae!

Close second… Robotech. I always thought Rick Hunter would be great in the sack, and he’s a pilot! J

3. What is your spirit animal?

That one’s easy. The Mongoose. Me and Mongooses… Mongeese? Have a long history. I grew up on Rikki Tikki Tavi, and when Mark and I moved to Hawaii in 2000, we started our company, Mongoose on the Loose, in part because of a possible mongoose sighting on the Island of Kauai when we visited there in 1998.

More recently, when I joined Mischief Corner Books, they asked me what animal should represent me, and I choose the mongoose. Catherine Dair made me a great logo combining the mongoose and my rainbow tail, which I wear to all the cons.

To me, the mongoose represents strength, sly intelligence and the prankster in all of us.

4. What’s something you—or one of your characters—got in trouble for while in school?

Um, not really? I was such a straight arrow in school. I * did * sneak a sick friend out of high school and took her home, but even then, when I got caught, they said “don’t do it again” and let me go. A good reputation is like armor against consequences.

5. What is the oddest thing on your music playlist?

Hmmm… I have a wide and varied playlist… I like pop, folk music, new country, world music, and many other odds and ends.

Is it weird that I still have Milli Vanilli and Vanilla Ice on there? Ice Ice Baby!!!!

6. Flood waters are coming. You can grab only three things from your home before fleeing—what do you choose?

Damn. Can one of them be a boat? * grin *

Okay, let’s see. My laptop (it has all my photos and work), my teddy bear, and my full series collection of Robotech DVD’s. Oh, and my signed Piers Anthony galley of Tatham Mound. And my plants. And my Buddah Board. And…

7. Describe one of your weird or quirky habits.

OK, so on Thanksgiving, I need three things to make it a REAL turkey day. Turkey, corn and mashed potatoes. I am kinda manic about it. I insist on having all three and will then proceed to mix them together, with plenty of butter and a bit of salt, to make the perfect Thanksgiving meal. My grandma always had those things when we went to her house for the holiday. Oh, and cranberries should come in a can and have a uniform, gel texture.

These things are not negotiable.

8. Cats or dogs? Discuss.

Both. Neither. I grew up with both, and I love them dearly. Dogs are so unapologetically pro YOU, all the time. And cats… well, cats are just an aloof slice of the divine. But…

Mark is allergic to both. And both make messes in the house. So… neither.

But I love playing with other people’s pets.

9. What is your least favorite thing about California?

The high prices. Housing has gotten totally out of control, even out here in the Sacramento valley. It’s a wonderful, progressive place, but I do wonder if we’ll ever be able to afford to buy here again.

10. What is your worst phobia?

Probably black widow spiders. OMG, they creep me out. Strangely, so do daddy longlegs, though they are harmless. It’s the long spindly leg fast running thing that gets me.

I am also a bit phobic bout my own blood, and have been known to almost faint after giving blood, if I watch it being done. One time we left the medical offices, and I had to make Mark pull over so I could go retch on the lawn next to the sidewalk. A group of firemen and paramedics happened to be nearby, and they came over and started asking how I was. One guy wanted to take my blood to see if there was something wrong with me. LOL… then to top it off, one of the guys says “Kim wants to know if you’re okay.” I was like “What???”

Turns out a friend of ours was driving by when her son said “look, there’s Scott and Mark.”

* sigh *

So spiders. And my own blood. And public speaking. And heights. And..

Dwyn is a young man in the small, isolated town of Manicouga, son of the Minstor, who is betrothed to marry Kessa in a few weeks’ time.

Mael is shepherding the remains of his own village from the north, chased out by a terrible storm that destroyed Land’s End.

Both are trying to find their way in a post-apocalyptic world. When the two meet, their love and attraction may change the course of history.

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Author bio:

Scott spends his time between the here and now and the what could be. Enticed into fantasy and sci fi by his mom at the tender age of nine, he devoured her Science Fiction Book Club library. But as he grew up, he wondered where all the people like him were in the books he was reading.

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

His friends say Scott’s mind 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 loves to transform traditional sci fi, fantasy, and contemporary worlds into something unexpected.

He runs both 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 lives.


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