Creating Literary Stories: A Fiction Writer’s Guide
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The Surgeon’s WifeA New Orleans aristocrat and doctor, Clayton Otherson, is an aging national leader in the field of trauma surgery who begins to injure patients with his unacceptable technical and judgmental mistakes. Otherson’s younger partner, Mike Boudreaux, whom he trained and mentored, must discipline him. Otherson resents constrains and criticisms and denies his impairment. Boudreaux complicates his management by falling in love with Otherson’s beautiful wife, Catherine. Otherson’s wrath threatens violence as Boudreaux and Catherine shape their love struggling for respect in the contempt of New Orleans’ society. A short-list finalist in the 2010 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition.$1.99 – $2.99 Select
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Human nature has always been fascinating to me. What makes people do the things that they do? This is the type of issue that William H. Coles explores in his book The Surgeon's Wife. Clayton Otherson is a surgeon in New Orleans who mainly does bariatric surgery. He's been making a few mistakes lately, though, forcing Mike Boudreaux to act in his capacity as Chief of Service. Dr. Otherson is a very prominent surgeon who is a forerunner in obesity surgery; he also taught and mentored Dr. Boudreaux. That makes it hard for Mike to make any decisions that might jeopardize Dr. Otherson's career. Then there is Catherine, Clayton's wife. Catherine has always been a strong woman and very active in the community. Now, though, Clayton seems to be coming unglued, and Catherine is unhappy in her marriage. Will Mike make the hard decision that ends Clayton's career? How will Clayton react if the only thing he has ever known is taken away from him? Will Catherine stick it out in her marriage for better times? Or will she walk away?
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The Necklace and Other Stories
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 proving they have the will to survive life's most difficult obstacles, and discover their own capabilities to affect their own destinies.
Award Winning Stories in the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition 2011 and 2012.
The Necklace - Two couples on tour find new meaning in their lives after the theft of a precious necklace.
The Golden Flute - Two women with declining allure fight for supremacy for the men in their lives.
The Amish Girl - A girl and boy in love challenge diverse cultural values.
Dr. Greiner's Day in Court - A young girl comes of age when her father is charged with murder.
The Cart Boy - A store manager befriends an employee.
Big Gene - A black piano player infiltrates the KKK in the cultural wars of the seventies.
Grief - A mother grieves her former boyfriend and sees her daughter in a new light.
The War of the Flies
A grandmother helps her grandson maneuver in the custody battle of his parents.
Father Ryan - A Catholic priest confronts lust.
Sister Carrie - Forced by circumstances to mother her younger sister, Jessie Broward learns the meaning of love when her sister marries a foreigner.
Facing Grace with Gloria and Other Stories by William H. Coles
Facing Grace with Gloria and Other Stories was a finalist in The Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, 2010.
This collection of short stories includes:
“The Gift” A determined mother protects her deformed child from the destructive sympathies of family and society.
“The Stonecutter” Stonecutter's son falls hopelessly in love with a client.
“Facing Grace with Gloria”
A scam artist does good.
“Homunculus” A circus performer falls for a trapeze artist.
“Reddog” A convict fails to charm his last chance at love.
“Captain Withers’s Wife” A desperate wife demands justice.
“The Thirteen Nudes of Ernest Goings” An artist's work has surprising impact.
“Crossing Over” A nursing assistant takes a wrong turn in patient care.
“The Activist” Coming of age while helping a nephew.
“The Perennial Student” An associate professor learns more from his student than he expected.
“The Curse of a Lonely Heart” A dinner party goes awry.
“Suchin’s Escape” A victim of the sex trade finally escapes.