Title: Mischief Corner Books (Volume 1)
Author Name: various
Publication Date: April 30, 2015
The Quarterly is an eMagazine of LGBTQ fiction – of all kinds. This volume features four short stories: Facsimile by Mina MacLeod, Leash on Love by Beany Sparks, Man of the House by Brigid Collins, and Avalon by J. Scott Coatsworth. It also includes an Author Interview with Lexi Ander, talking about writing gay science fiction, and a Featured Artist section about the multitalented Catherine Dair. And our very own Angel Martinez offers an Op-Ed on “When is an Author not an Author?”
Avalon by J. Scott Coatsworth
Tony wheeled the chair down the long ramp to the beach, hoping it wasn’t too hot or too cold for Jake’s skin.
The day itself was wonderful, the clearest in weeks, and the Pacific Ocean waves pounded the beach in a steady, soothing rhythm that he hoped even Jake could hear.
Soon they were on level ground, negotiating the boardwalk that ran up and down this part of the beach. Jake had a sloppy smile on his face.
Tony smiled to himself. There were so few pleasures he could give Jake anymore. The man deserved so much more than this.
He reached forward to wipe the drool from the side of Jake’s cheek. “It’s a lovely day out, isn’t it, Jake?”
His lover didn’t respond, but only stared ahead, smiling.
There were still periods of lucidity, to be sure, but they were farther and farther apart. Sometimes Tony wished that Jake would finally succumb to the growth in his head and be at peace. But only sometimes.
More often, he treasured the time they still had together and remembered the strong, vital man Jake had been when they’d first met.
For just a moment, the rest of the world faded away, and they were alone together on a quiet, windswept beach. Tony breathed in deeply, savoring the pure sweetness of the salty ocean air, the wash of clean colors that assaulted his vision.
He glanced up at the road above, only to find it was gone. There were no other people on the bluff, no buildings, nothing. They were alone, really alone, in this little corner of the world.
Tony shook his head to dispel the vision. It was the late nights, he thought, the lack of sleep that led to these strange imaginations.
A hand came down on his shoulder. Hard. And suddenly they were back among the bustle of a thousand other people.
- Can you describe in detail what your writing environment is like?
My office doubles as the library: all the books, figurines, fannish collectibles, autographs, etc. are here with my iMac. I’ve also got a plush lounge chair perfect for reading or gaming, a (let’s be honest, woefully under-used) exercise bike, and a bouncer for my son to play in. As for actual software, Scrivener is my bread and butter!
- Is there one of your characters that you relate to (from any of your works)? Why?
I relate very strongly to Sylvain, one of the main characters in my fantasy novel, SWORDS, SORCERY, AND SUNDRY. He comes from a privileged upbringing in a rich city-state, but has a good heart and genuinely wants the best for people. Sometimes, that comes out either ignorant or just plain wrong. The other characters alternate between using him as a vehicle for humor, or simply setting him straight. I used to be more like him: the intentions were good, but sometimes I was insensitive without realizing it. It’s a constant work-in-progress, but I think I’m much better about that these days.
- If you couldn’t be an author, what would you do instead?
Writing is my passion, my creative outlet–and I would absolutely need to have something similar. Photography is a hobby, but I’m not good enough to make a part-time gig of it. Writing itself being a second career, I can’t say this is a question I’ve thought too much about. My day job affords me the luxury of writing what I want, when I want. (*New parenthood being what it is, that’s not quite true these days, ha.)
- Is there anything that you learned during the writing process that you wish you had known before hand?
Editing. It’s so much more than catching typos, syntax errors, plot holes, or purple prose. The rougher your draft, the more agonizing your edits. When I get a draft back with comments like “you need to add scenes detailing XYZ,” it makes me want a stiff drink.
- Is there anything that you wish you could change about your book now that it is out?
No, I’m very “in the moment” when I write. The story wants to be told a certain way, and for the most part I obey. Besides which, my writing is a perpetual work-in-progress; I always try to do better next time.
- How do you come up with new ideas for your story?
I’m one of those annoying “they just come to me” authors. The downside is that if I don’t jot down said idea within minutes, it escapes and I’m left with nothing. Outlines are my best friend.
- What’s next for you as a writer?
I’m taking a hiatus to attend to some family issues, but I have two novels in the wings. One is a sequel to SSS, and one is a steampunk adventure featuring a protagonist who identifies as trans.
- Where do you live? Do you think this influences how or what you write?
Montreal, Canada. Like most large cities, it has both its beauties and its beasts–but it’s very multicultural and has a distinct European flair. I don’t think it has influenced my writing beyond subtle flavoring, although I have a very strong understanding of multiple cultures existing in tandem. Our official languages are French and English, but you can walk down a street and hear neither.
- What is your favorite genre outside of the one you write in? Why?
I love Young Adult–especially SFF YA. Teenagers get a lot of flak for their so-called self-centered, dramatic antics–but the truth is more complex. Puberty affects more than someone’s facial blemishes. I love YA that is analogous to real teens’ growth and transformation, all that uncertainty and pressure on a grand scale.
- Do you have any vices? Shoes, coffee, shopping…etc?
I am addicted to Starbucks and David’s Tea. I would seek therapy, but any treatment would probably be more expensive than the habits, so…
Mischief Corner Books is an organization of superheroes… no, it’s a platinum-album techno-fusion group…no, hold on a sec here…
Ah, yes. Mischief Corner is a diverse group of authors who met on a mountain in Tennessee and decided since we probably were too easily distracted to rule the world that we’d settle for causing a bit of mayhem instead.
In addition to making mayhem, we publish books with a diverse range of genres and topics… we live to break molds.
MCB. Giving voice to LGBTQ fiction.