Story in Literary Fiction: A Manual for Writers
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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2001-2011
Award-winning short stories of characters facing moral decisions that stretch their lives to mirror who they are and what they might become. And a novella, set in New Orleans, that pits and adulterous, deeply-in-love couple against society, family, and themselves as they struggle to regain self-respect and acceptance among threats of violent revenge.
Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition and others.
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.
Guardian of DeceitDarwin Hastings is seventeen and his dying aunt sends him from Pittsburgh to New York to a new guardian, a famous wealthy football player. He is excited and afraid; he wants to recapture the love he knew with his parents before they died and become a doctor like his father. But in his new home of celebrities, crooks, untrustworthiness, and excessively wealthy deviants, lust and want thwart his search for selfless caring love, and in his quest to become a doctor, he discovers the altruism of health care and scientific discovery riddled with profit motivation and deficient moral standards. A finalist in the 2012 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition.$1.99 – $2.99 Select
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Official review from OnlineBookClub.org:
William H. Coles engages his readers fully within the first few pages of Guardian of Deceit. A complex story line demonstrates things like what a family is and what it means to be a part of a family, how reality differs from what one expects, and exploring what's important in life overall. Coles lets you delve into a story that brings out both the worst and the best in people.
Our protagonist is Darwin, a teenager who has been orphaned for several years. At the start of the book, he is sent to live with his Uncle Luther, a famous football player known just as much for bad behavior in his personal life as he is for his skills on the field. Such behavior is along the lines of what many people post on social media when sharing disgust with certain celebrities' actions. Darwin finds himself taken in by the household help and Granny rather than by Luther. Luther finds Darwin to be an inconvenience at first, someone that he needs to find a way to deal with, which he does in ways that would shock most sensible people.
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