The Need…to Read

They say every writer needs to read. It’s easy to say, but when every moment of every day is scheduled for writing and working and eating and sleeping, it’s hard to find the time to do the thing that brought me to writing in the first place… reading good books.

And yet at some point we lose touch with what’s out there, what’s going on in the literary world. I’ve spent the last ten years basically NOT reading. I used to have my finger on the pulse of the SFF market – what folks were writing, who the shining voices were in the market, and now I feel about it like I do about the MCU – I am so far behind I will never catch up.

Still, I have to make a start. So I am finding little bits of my day – at breakfast instead of reading the paper, during my various “breaks,” and half an hour at night that Mark and I carved out of our schedule before bed to try to help me sleep better by reading first.

I’m almost through my fifth book since I started reading again and I’m loving it. I can practically feel the writing well filling up with new ideas and perspectives. And maybe I’ll never catch up. But I’ll have a hell of a lot of fun trying.

Gotta run. I have a high fantasy trilogy to finish!


J Scott Coatsworth: Scott lives with his husband Mark in a little yellow bungalow with two pink flamingoes in Sacramento. He inhabits the space between the here and now and the what could be. Indoctrinated into fantasy and sci fi by his mother at the tender age of nine, he devoured her library. But as he grew up, he wondered where the people like him were.

He decided it was time to create the kinds of stories he couldn’t find at Waldenbooks. If there weren’t queer characters in his favourite genres, he would remake them to his own ends.

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

A Rainbow Award winning author, he runs Queer Sci Fi, QueeRomance Ink, and Other Worlds Ink with Mark, sites that bring queer people together to promote and celebrate fiction reflecting their own reality. Scott is a full member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). Website here.

He will be one of the panellists on Outside the Box: Social Media (Panel B2) Check the full schedule HERE