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5/5

The Spirit of Want The Spirit of Want by William H. Coles is a powerful story that is emotionally charged and intense, a tale with psychological depth and emotional insight. When Lucy MacMeil accepts the sleazy TV evangelist accused of rape as a client, she couldn’t imagine that this case would rock her entire world, including her profession and […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org Coles crafts a beautiful journey to self discovery through many detailed character perspectives. He writes vividly, taking the reader through the journey of the main character, Hiram McDowell. He gently approaches several controversial issues, giving light to both sides. Coles explores the ordinary things in life, such as marriage strife and parenting, […]

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4/4

Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org The following is a review of the book entitled Creating Literary Stories: A Fiction Writer’s Guide by by William H. Coles. I read the book in a relatively short amount of time because I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and I highly recommend it. I rate this book a 4 out of 4 […]

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The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org This is really a great book. I love the individual characteristics and the scenes were engrossing. Their unique characters let the readers, like me, felt like I’m also a part of the story. How can a family stand the test of time if they don’t know how to communicate each other, appreciate […]

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The Spirit of Want This book is the story of a woman who is successful yet, when a man comes into her life, she loses it all. This is the story of Lucy MacMeil, the daughter of a successful doctor and the wife of an equally successful surgeon. Lucy is a defense lawyer by profession and she really enjoys […]

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McDowell This book was amazing, with well-written characters and a breathtaking plot line that left me wondering until the last pages. I had never read any of his books before, but now I plan to. Coles is clearly a wonderful storyteller. As usual, William Coles creates some slightly odd but memorable characters and does an excellent […]

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4/4

Guardian of Deceit Review from OnlineBookClub.org The author openly portrays the positive and negative traits prevailing in society. The selfishness of society is evident in the story. Each character is in struggle to achieve his or her goal by hook or by crook. When we see the positive side of the story, the case of dismissal of Betsy […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 In his expansive short story collection, author William H. Coles treats readers to 16 years of his short form literary fiction, including two stories presented with their own graphic novel style adaptations. Interspersed are accompanying illustrations from various artists. Coles excels at diverse and expertly crafted character studies. Whether his subjects are physicians or felons, […]

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5/5

The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 An exceptional compendium of 33 short stories, two graphic novels, and a novella, a collection that offers a wonderful literary treat, beautifully told and brimming with exquisite beauty. “The Gift” introduces the collection, and it features a family conflict developed around an unwanted pregnancy. When seventeen-year-old Catherine gets pregnant, her mother, Agnes, has a clear […]

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4/4

The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org William H. Coles expertly portrays the legal, medicinal and religious battles in this thriller. It is no wonder this book has induced so many feelings. Lucy, the central figure in this story, is somehow involved in all of these themes. This enamors me to the book. The realistic and simple way in […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell seeks an answer to the question, “Can there be redemption for irredeemable?” It looks at one man’s fall out of grace and his journey toward redemption. It is a rather arduous journey, as one has to recognize one’s wrongdoing to make a change. Hiram McDowell develops new relationships that aid him […]

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4/4

The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org The story was well-written. The characters were well-developed and properly linked. I had no difficulty understanding who was whom in the story. The concept behind the story was realistic. Here you find Catherine, a surgeon’s wife who found herself in a marriage where she was used as a bait for financial favors, […]

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5/5

The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 A collection of short stories, graphic novels and a novella that all grapple with the idea of humanity, human errors, and how every human perceives a situation differently. Sometimes the stories are about counting your blessings and being happy with them, and sometimes the stories are about the trials and tests that humans have to […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org This fantastic collection covers everything one is looking for with stories. From heart stopping chase scenes to a devious husband who tries to kill the woman he is supposed to love. Mr. Coles portrays his characters in the most realistic way, one character that stands out most for me is Didi from […]

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McDowell McDowell by William H Coles brings us the tale of a man who, having reached the top of his profession, self-destructs and loses it all, then attempts to rebuild his life from scratch. McDowell is a world-renowned surgeon, lauded by all as one of the best in the business and he knows it. This overachiever […]

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4/4

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and believe it to be professionally edited, as I found no typos or grammatical errors at all. The smooth writing, the character descriptions, the storyline and the pace at which the story progressed, were perfect and kept this reader engaged throughout. McDowell is a sound novel […]

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Sister Carrie Imagine feeling as if no one understands you and no one seems to really want you. William H. Coles explores these themes in Sister Carrie. The Broward children have just buried both of their parents, rather unexpectedly. The youngest sister is a mere 17 years old and needs someone to take care of her until […]

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4/4

The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org I thoroughly enjoyed the dynamic characters and the unpredictable plot this story brings. I believe that anyone in the legal or medical field would truly enjoy Coles’ work. I also would recommend it to those with sisters or mothers as the story revolves around the sisters’ complicated relationship and a mother of […]

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4/4

The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Illustrated Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 is one of the most amazing novels I’ve read so far. It has 34 stories with two more stories that are graphic novels of already given chapters in the book. Since it is a collection of short stories, I was a little skeptical to […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org None of the characters and the storyline is alike in the entire book. The heterogeneity of the characters, plots, sets, and the scenes in this book make the reading enjoyable. I planned to read two tales a day, but ended up reading 3-4 at a stretch. These stories are not interconnected; hence […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I am a huge fan of short stories and novellas. I have always wondered how an author can create an entire story in such few words. William H. Coles does not disappoint in this collection of Illustrated Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016. The stories vary widely, from an unwed teenage […]

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McDowell Another William Coles book under my belt and I enjoyed it immensely, the book was an elevated literary fiction book in which the character study and the amazing writing balanced well with the plot. I would honestly say that the writing took me by surprise because the author transported me into the individual thoughts with […]

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4/4

The Surgeon's Wife Review from OnlineBookClub.org Coles is an adept storyteller; the book is an easy read with a fast-paced story. The book was exceptionally edited with a few instances of using foul languages. Besides that, I did not find any other flaw in the book, and I wholeheartedly rate the book 4 out of 4 stars. This […]

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5/5

Guardian of Deceit Guardian of Deceit by William H Coles is literary fiction narrated in a fun, humorous, and engaging voice – the story of Darwin Hastings who flies to New York from Pittsburgh to live with his cousin, Luther Pinnelli, the football star. He has dreams of studying medicine after his graduation from a private school. He […]

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4/4

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org I really enjoyed reading this book! Initially I thought it would be hard to follow because of the switching between characters’ viewpoints, but that added so much depth to the storyline. It was not difficult to follow along at all. It allowed me to feel more immersed in the story, like I […]

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4/4

Guardian of Deceit Review from OnlineBookClub.org The Guardian of Deceit was an excellent read. From start to finish, I was completely captivated, frantically flipping the pages to see what would come next. One of my favorite parts about this book was how Coles managed to allude to certain things rather than just saying them upfront. So instead of […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org I enjoyed getting to know all of the characters and found myself rooting for some over others as the story progressed. Hearing from reporters, co-workers, and relatives of Hiram, gives an interesting perspective as you see that different people have different views on the same thing. One person may have a great […]

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4/4

The Surgeon's Wife Review from OnlineBookClub.org The Surgeon’s Wife by William H Coles is a captivating story that explores the subjects of broken families, mental health and unconditional love. The book has a few plot twists and an intriguing storyline which grip the reader’s attention throughout the read. All the characters are well-developed and the root of their […]

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4/4

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org I had previously read The Surgeon’s Wife by William H. Cole, so I had not only been excited to read another book by this same author, I had also felt I knew the type of doctor the main character would be. I couldn’t be further from the truth. The main characters in […]

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4/4

The Surgeon's Wife Review from OnlineBookClub.org Something that I additionally loved about this book was the beautiful imagery found throughout it. The author’s descriptions of life, very real world problems, as well as descriptions of the scenery of New Orleans and the emotions and feelings of the characters, was absolutely wonderful to read about, and the author painted […]

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4/4

The Surgeon's Wife Review from OnlineBookClub.org This story was surprisingly not at all what I thought it would be. I expected a thin plot with a racy affair and a predictable antagonist. This was not at all the case. The plot was deep and the characters well-developed. There are many characters in this book, all with their own […]

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4/4

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org The critical thing that makes this book so good is Coles’s narrative approach. Each chapter is from a different character’s perspective, holding varying degrees of reliability, and this allows for him to communicate with the reader to reveal details of the situation around them without giving too much away. We see as […]

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5/5

The Surgeon's Wife In William H. Coles’ novel, The Surgeon’s Wife, Catherine is the lovely but neglected and unappreciated wife of the lauded Dr. Otherson. When Dr. Otherson, a specialist in bariatric surgery, comes under fire for both his procedural competence, and his true motivation for performing surgery on patients only mildly obese, his world and his marriage […]

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4/4

The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org First of all, I admire how Williams H. Coles changes the scenes where the reader gets to know what’s happening in different places at the same time. For example, the reader gets to know what was happening in Georgia when Lucy was in Ghana. I also admire the use of many vocabularies […]

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4/4

The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I also loved suspense used by the author in coming up with the stories. Each and every story is filled with suspense at its boiling point. There is ensuing suspense around the major events in each short story. I must admit, the suspense therein increased desire to learn about the fate of […]

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5/5

McDowell McDowell by William H. Coles is a family saga that follows the life of a selfish and arrogant surgeon, who suffers an epic fall from grace, and the path he travels to redemption. McDowell cares for no one but his children. But then he loses everything when his grandson commits multiple murders and fails in […]

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5/5

The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Illustrated Short Fiction of William H. Coles: 2000-2016 by William H. Coles is a collection of short stories about people from all walks of life and ages. This book is extremely well written and, along with short stories that comprise a big chunk of it, it also includes a novella about two people from different […]

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4/4

Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org What I liked most about the book was how straight-forward and honest the advice was. The author did not miss a beat to talk about what will be the downfall of a writer. I also liked that he mentioned humour and how it can be tough to please every reader. The appendix […]

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4/4

The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org The blend of all these Characters brings out the beauty of the story. The book is indeed a easy read without much grammatical errors. I liked how the book was filled with suspense and eagerness of what would come next as you read through it’s pages. It is difficult to tell what […]

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5/5

McDowell Fans of popular fiction might be inclined to pass over books classified as literary fiction. What a mistake that would be in the case of McDowell by William H. Coles. While a good plot is essential to all fiction, in literary fiction the exploration of character takes precedence over plot. And why not? After all, […]

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Audiobook In McDowell, William H. Coles tells the story of a successful surgeon and his tragic fall, exploring human weakness in unexpected ways. The protagonist is McDowell, a surgeon who is both arrogant and selfish, and who, at the peak of his success, becomes more and more unpopular among his peers. Things go downhill for him […]

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4/4

The Surgeon's Wife Review from OnlineBookClub.org What I liked most about the book is that all the characters are so profound and they reflect human nature.This is definitely not a simple book, even though you can read it in one sitting. It was so exciting to me to read about the development of these characters and the changes […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org This particular collection of short stories is deeply stirring in a passive sense. The narrative is in a design where you just can’t take an outsider’s point of view. They demand to be felt, to be empathized with, and to be thought through. Or worse yet, be disturbed. However, they all end […]

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4/4

The Surgeon's Wife Review from OnlineBookClub.org Surgeon’s wife is a must read. It has a well-developed plot, although short, each page leaves you wanting more and you can’t wait to turn the next page. I rate the book 4 out of 4 stars. I could not find any error in the book meaning it had a professional edition. […]

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5/5

The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Illustrated Short Fiction of William H. Coles: 2000-2016 by William H. Coles is a compilation of the titular author’s work, with nearly three dozen short stories and a novella. Interspersed are illustrations, primarily cover-style artwork for the stories themselves. The short stories vary in length, but each brings a wholly unique plot and cast of […]

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Guardian of Deceit Review from OnlineBookClub.org This is the second book I’ve read by Coles and what is really intriguing to me is how his knowledge and background as a doctor as his previous profession do not interfere with his storytelling. Instead, his insight is refreshing and provides readers with awareness on the moral dilemmas the profession faces […]

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4/4

Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org “Great characters are conjured from unthinking trances” is one of the many misconceptions that this book debunks. William H. Coles in writing Creating Literary Stories: A Fiction Writer’s Guide aimed to provide a practical resource for writers in the literary fiction genre that can be used to improve on the key elements […]

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4/4

Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org Many authors today—in the literary fiction world—tend to imitate writing styles of their favorite or popular authors instead of finding out the correct formula that will result in a perfect masterpiece, capable of surviving for many centuries. As a result, there are many badly written fictional books outside there, dangling in the […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org I relished the interconnection of the characters and the differing perspectives of the book. While Hiram remained the lead figure, the other personalities augmented the grit of the story by developing a rich tapestry. The imperfect features of the individuals were poetic as they were deficient as humans rather than flawed merely […]

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4/4

The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org The Spirit of Want is a character-driven story that engaged me just from the beginning due to its omniscient character description, realistic and constantly guessing storyline. There is never a dull moment in the story. The multifaceted characters, changing perspectives, and diverse rituals are the prominent features of this book. The element […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org I was captured by the scope of this book. Hiram and his daughter Sophie are extensive travelers worldwide and their separate searches for meaning in life take place on a grand stage of varied interests and circumstances throughout the book. Characters from all walks of life are presented, from the board room […]

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5/5

McDowell McDowell by William H. Coles is a literary fiction read that features crime, family, and one man’s epic fall from grace to grass and his pursuit of meaning, inner freedom, and redemption. Meet surgeon McDowell, an arrogant and selfish man who only thinks about himself and his children. But as life always has a way […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org Ambition, greed, legacy, morality, and redemption are only a few of the many themes in William H. Coles’ epic adventure, McDowell. We first meet Dr. Hiram McDowell, celebrated surgeon and titular protagonist, as he attempts to navigate the Himalayas during a violent snowstorm. His actions and decisions in this opening scene foreshadow […]

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4/4

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org In his journey to an epiphany, the lives of McDowell’s family are elucidated. There is tragedy and beauty as their lives are affected by McDowell’s interventions and actions. This book is a tribute to the resilience of the human spirit. As McDowell so aptly notes: “Its society and culture where we find […]

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4/4

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org Have you ever read a healthy story that’s gripping right from the beginning? Well, McDowell by William H. Coles is one of those stories. This is one of the great art of writing that the author gifted to the readers. The suspense in the story was intense and the ending of the […]

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McDowell I think I can now classify my reading life as “before I read McDowell” and “after I read McDowell.” The good news is that this book is phenomenal. The bad news is that it has become a cornerstone to which every book I read will be compared–and probably fall short. William Coles characters are so […]

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4/4

The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org The styles used in the creation of the novel enhanced its taste. The author uses suspense, vivid description, comedy and irony, and dialogue in creating the novel. They enhanced the taste of the novel in different ways. I was particularly moved by the comedy in the novel. I could not help but […]

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Guardian of Deceit Review from OnlineBookClub.org If you are a lover of fictional stories on the rewards of hard work and discipline, then you will certainly enjoy reading this book. I like the way the protagonist’s lifestyle brought out the reward of hard work, discipline and dynamism in a law-abiding way. I also enjoyed the way various characters […]

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4/4

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org This complex and moving fiction story will definitely beg the reader to marvel at the human capacity to survive despite extremely challenging odds. It also does a great job of highlighting the drastic impact that people’s choices can have on their relationships. Additionally, I found the sort of staccato writing style a […]

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Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org CREATING LITERARY STORIES: A Fiction Writer’s Guide by William H. Coles explains everything needed to write a literary fiction story, starting off with the basics (definitions and introductions) all the way to the more complicated items. The content is delivered in a fun non-academic way. It’s not easy to achieve this kind […]

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4/4

The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org What I like about this book is firstly that one does not have to read it in one sitting, something which I would anyway not recommend. Each story has a deep message to digest and time is required for reflection if you want to get the most out of this book. Secondly, […]

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4/4

The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I give this book a 4 out of 4 stars because of the beauty and flow of its narration. I found no errors or mistakes. The author has a good way with words and he is very creative as well. His characters are enticing and each new story brings out a new […]

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Guardian of Deceit Guardian of Deceit by William H Coles is a contemporary literary fiction novel that would appeal most to a mixed audience of adults and young adults who enjoy mystery adventure stories. Darwin Hastings lost his parents and now his aunt can no longer care for him, which forces him to travel from Pittsburgh to New […]

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McDowell McDowell by William H. Coles is a family saga that follows the life of a selfish and arrogant surgeon, who suffers an epic fall from grace, and the path he travels to redemption. McDowell cares for no one but his children. But then he loses everything when his grandson commits multiple murders and fails in […]

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4/4

The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org Each character has a strong personality in their different fields; all of which have been researched and portrayed in an interesting manner. Some you love and others you positively loathe due to their attitude to the people in their lives. I can honestly recommend this book to any reader who enjoys going […]

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4/4

Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org What I liked the most about this book is how the author explained the concept of in-scene narration. Not only that, but he included examples to show how it is done. It honestly captured my whole being as an aspiring author. I also liked the whole of chapter 5 in Book Two. […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org In this anthology of over 30 short tales, two illustrated novels and a novelette by William H. Coles, readers are not going to find stories with fairy tale endings, over-the-rainbow type folk tales, or narratives that spark laughter impetuously. What readers will find are stories that makes you reflect on various facets […]

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Audiobook The Surgeon’s Wife by William H. Coles is, in the author’s characteristic style, a character-driven story that follows two multidimensional characters in a conflict that involves profession and love. Clayton is an experienced surgeon who mentored Mike. Clayton is older in the profession and his age also leads him to commit errors that put the […]

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4/4

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org Have any of you ever wondered why life is so good to people who cheat and that it does not come back to bite them? Well! William H. Coles will walk you through this, in his outstanding book, the McDowell. This book seriously had something to say and I noticed there were […]

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4/4

The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org The book was a pleasant surprise. It contains thirty-three short stories, two graphic novels depicting two of the short stories, and one novella. While these stories are considered fiction, many of the stories portray themes and ideas that could happen or could have happened in real life. It should be noted that […]

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4/4

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org Coles does a very good job in analyzing the characters in the book. I really like that Coles went into detail about each characters’ thoughts. I have never read a book whereas the author would go into detail about the characters’ thoughts. I thought that was really awesome. I felt like I […]

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4/4

The Surgeon's Wife Review from OnlineBookClub.org One thing or the other makes people behave or do things the way they do. They are not to be blamed because, that’s how our nature is fashioned. All humans have the free will to choose the manner and ways he or she wishes to behave. William H. Coles carefully explains all […]

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5/5

Guardian of Deceit When Darwin Hastings’ aunt can no longer take care of the talented young man, whose parents had died in a car accident five years earlier, Darwin’s guardianship reverted to his famous football star cousin, Luther Pinnelli. In William H Coles’ Guardian of Deceit, we first meet Darwin on the flight from Pittsburgh to New York, […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org There were many good things that I enjoyed throughout this book. William H. Coles is marvelous when it comes to descriptions; there were many scenes throughout McDowell where I could picture the exact outfit and gestures that each character used which not only drew me in but also kept me re-reading for […]

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4/4

The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org There is nothing wrong with books the purpose of which is simply to entertain. I read lots of them, and I have no more regret than I would after watching an entertaining TV show. But every now and then, I run across a book which not only entertains but leaves me with […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org ILLUSTRATED SHORT FICTION of William H. Coles, 2000 – 2016 might best be described as an illustrated collection of ‘experiences’ (rather than merely stories), told through often-poignant slices of life. He does that. As a writer William H. Coles is not limited in his portrayal of the human animal and that inherent […]

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4/4

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org I celebrate the crafting of this novel. In literary instruction, we’re told to ensure that our protagonists grow between the beginning and ending of novels. This central character does. Supporting his story are supporting figures that are well outlined, written, and motivated by relevant backstories. Every minor bit ties in with the […]

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4/4

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org This novel is very impressive with its premise, writing, and characters. The plot is utterly gripping, and the writing style is just as captivating in its simplicity. The latter, I found, was very important given how complicated the narrative gets at times, and adds a good balance to the novel in its […]

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4/4

Guardian of Deceit Review from OnlineBookClub.org The greatest strength of the book is the quality of writing. The author uses English language magnificently and manages to convey ideas with a great dea of subtlety and nauce. In my opinion, the quality of writting mixed with the choice of words made the book an interesting read all by themselves. […]

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5/5

McDowell McDowell by William H. Coles is a novel that follows the rise and fall of a man, surgeon Hiram McDowell. McDowell climbs quickly in his career and gains the respect of his peers and the community. But he is not in the good graces of most of his colleagues, thanks to his callousness and pride. […]

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4/4

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org I rated McDowell, by William H. Coles, 4 out of 4 stars. This is a fascinating and thought-provoking novel. The plot and character development are exceptional, as is the writing and editing. This novel would appeal to the reader who is fascinated by character study and development, and a nuanced examination of […]

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4/4

The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org I would recommend people to read this book especially those who are passionate to know what really happens in our societies. This book has clear descriptions of what is happening at what time. It has a good and smooth flow and one does not have to strain to understand the book. No […]

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4/4

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell by William H. Coles is one of the few good reads I have come across lately. It solely reflects on the importance of humanity through the many changes in life the intricate character called McDowell goes through. The beginning of the novel is very intriguing as Hiram McDowell, despite being a […]

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4/4

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org Overall, it is a great book. It sheds light on how one can surpass the limits in society to acquire control of power and money. These are examples for us to search for love, not for money. To be with family members not with aliens. It as well holds a big lesson […]

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4/4

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org This novel grew on me slowly until I finished the first half of the book. That is when some moral, ethical and spiritual values came into play. The characters then seemed to appear stronger and more believable. You were hoping for Hiram to find a way out of his situation. This is […]

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4/4

The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org I was fascinated with how the author eloquently wrote about the greatest battles that we encounter most specifically, the war in our minds. Despite the fact that Lucy was very much well learned and educated, she was not able to overcome the rejection experienced from her own family. She lost herself in […]

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4/4

The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I like the writing style of the author. Despite the short length of the tales, Coles’ managed to fit in a unique and thorough plot. What I liked most about the anthology is how it delves into the grey areas of morality and how circumstances can affect one’s decisions. The plight of […]

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4/4

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org The plot is intriguing, and the writing flows smoothly. The author interweaves various topics in such a manner that it is not confusing. None of the issues overshadows each other. For instance, one of the themes is mental illness. One of Hiram’s daughters suffers from anxiety. Due to the events that unfold […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org It’s a good, fast-paced read and the book offers poignant storytelling and meaningful takeaways by the author, William Coles. I like that his stories have no open endings. The stories are complete, leaving you completely drenched with emotions feeling like a complete human. Common themes are complicated relationships, humanity, love, and injustice […]

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4/4

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org I enjoyed reading this book. I was challenged by a question that seemed to provoke the genuine intention behind philanthropic efforts. The question was, ‘How many times a day do we do things for others that are really for our own pleasure and advancement?’This is what I believe can be applied before […]

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4/4

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org What I liked about this book is that we are taught the good morals of caring for others, being kind-hearted and selflessness. Character development and both feelings and thoughts were nicely expressed by the author and the story flowed very well. Considering that McDowell is full of mature content, I would recommend […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org This book is so thought provoking, it will leave the reader with a lot of questions. Did all of Harim’s success and riches hide his goodness? Can a person who has “fallen from grace” be redeemed? Maybe the simple, true life is the best life. This book will appeal to any reader. […]

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4/4

The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org In this published book, it embodies different situations in the real world. It revolves around the struggles of humanity and the characters’ strong personality to face those. Furthermore, it includes illustrations to fully picture the setting of the story. Coles portrays perfectly the vivid setting around the characters. They will forcefully drag […]

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5/5

Guardian of Deceit Guardian of Deceit by William H Coles is an entertaining story that explores family themes, a drama constructed around inheritance and injustice. Darwin Hastings has a dream of studying medicine after graduating from a private school. His aunt, who has supported him since his parents passed away, can’t support him anymore, so he moves to […]

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4/4

Guardian of Deceit Review from OnlineBookClub.org The story highlights aspects like deceit, drama, career, athletics, family, education, abduction, relationships and legal development. The relationships featured in the story are quite interesting. They are dramatic and keeps fluctuating. Furthermore, the effects that divided families have on the members and the flaws present in the education system are vividly explained. […]

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4/4

Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org Short-story veteran, William. H. Coles condenses his years of experience into this book which attempts to explain the intricacies involved in creating powerful literary fiction stories. Having read a few of Coles’ books, most of which I thoroughly enjoyed, I was quite pleased and excited to finds this manual listed on the […]

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The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org I really enjoyed this book. Lucy is a complicated, but very human, character. She is both ruthless and vulnerable. She makes poor choices, and the reader will root for her while also being angry with her. William H. Coles develops Lucy perfectly. He shows how she can both reject and desire love. […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I like that the book has variety in terms of presentation, theme, and content. This is an excellent book for busy yet voracious readers, for which you can scroll through the pages on your own time, find a story you like, and immerse yourself in your little, made-up world before going back […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell by William H. Coles is a story filled with a lot of mixed feelings. Hiram is selfish and arrogant and yet there is something about him that makes one not hate him wholeheartedly. He is wrong on so many things and yet he is right in bringing his children to a […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org I loved the book. It was an engrossing read and I could not put it down. I loved the characterization. The quirky people he meets are often funny, always endearing and very real. A beautiful story I would recommend this book to anyone interested in character-driven books. There was nothing not to […]

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Art Gallery

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Kenyon Lectures

Presented by William H. Coles at Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio.

Narration in Literary Fiction: Making the Right Choices

June 22, 2010

How Humor Works in Fiction

June 25, 2009

Kenyon Lectures


Great stories / Books on writing

Books on Writing

The art of writing stories in literary fiction is a vast topic not easily captured in a single book. And there are numerous books on the craft of writing that, while important, miss the concepts of most value to the literary fiction author.
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Stories for Study

Stories that give delight through imaginative development and continue to do so for generations have not only a universality to them, but are also valuable examples for writers. When a story becomes part of our literary heritage, story elements such as characters, events, and phrasing, often become a usable part of our language and actually enhance communication and understanding among us all.   Recommended reading …

Recommended Reading


SILF Audio: mp3 short stories

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mp3 Short Stories


Books about Writing

Creating Literary Stories: A Fiction Writer’s Guide

Creating Literary Stories: A Fiction Writer’s Guide by William H. Coles. An essential guide for every writer of fiction. Learn: Character, Narration, Structure, Dialogue, Point of View, Writing in Scene, Drama (Conflict-Action-Resolution), Humor, Revision. …more…

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Story in Literary Fiction

Story in Literary Fiction: A Manual for Writers, by William H. Coles, is a succinct and clearly written reference for fiction writers. Principles and guidelines for writing present the essence of creating a memorable story. …more…

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Literary Story as an Art Form: A Text for Writers

This textbook helps writers become the best storytellers possible. Part I provides clear, useful ways of structuring and writing a great literary story. Part II takes a sample of an original short story created for the text and details options and choices in writing the story from beginning idea to the last revision. …more…

Books about writing


Book Candy TV

Watch recordings of live Book Candy TV conversations with William H. Coles and:

Writer/artist team Josh Neufeld and Sari Wilson.
Julia Glass about her recent novel “The Widower’s Tale.”


Workshop Advice

Workshops – I. Choosing a workshop

Ideas to help chose a workshop that will be most useful to your writing career. …read…

Workshops – II. Making the Experience Valuable

Can you assure your experience at a workshop will provide maximum improvement in your writing, and not just comments on a manuscript or writing exercises? Ideas for helping you extract the most from the workshop experience. …read…

Workshops – III. How to Critique a Manuscript

Suggestions for organizing the critique of a manuscript. …read…

Workshops – IV. Workshops and Literary Agents

Advice on what to expect from agents and editors who attend writing conferences as faculty or publication resources. …read…

Workshops – V. Top-Ten Rules for Fiction Workshops

Although creative-writing fiction-workshops vary greatly, the general format is a student manuscript critiqued by fellow students under the direction of a leader …read…

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  • Aimee Ann

    Hi there,

    I am emailing you today because I am interested in reviewing your work on my blog – RedheadedBooklover. My blog has amassed a large amount of followers and a loyal readership in a short amount of time and I would love so much to feature your work there. I am always on the lookout for great books I can feature for my readers; that is why I was so thrilled when I just now came across your work because your work looks wonderful; you come across to me as a passionate, creative writer and those are two very important attributes I look for when wanting to review a book from a great author.
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    All best,
    Aimee Ann

    • admin Post author

      Hi Aimee Ann,
      Thanks for getting in touch. I checked and love and admire what you do. So I’ve emailed a PDF of McDowell, my most recent book. If you wanted another, let me know and I’ll be glad to provide them (Guardian of Deceit, The Spirit of Want, The Surgeon’s Wife, The Illustrated Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016, Sister Carrie) (If you prefer en eub, let me know.)
      All the best,
      Bill Coles

    • admin Post author

      Hello. Thanks for getting in touch. All the art work on site is created by artists I’ve met, discussed my goals for illustration of my fiction, and then commissioned them for a specific project. Only one work of art was painted before the process of collaborative work to develop illustration. I am eager to discover new artists to contribute to the project, and I have worked in the arts for decades and am proud that I can promote artists through the internet and print publication, can allow an artist’s work to be seen by more than a quarter of a million viewers. So, if you’re interested, tell me how I can view your portfolio. If I have a project that I think will work with your style and talents, we can develop a project. If you don’t have a portfolio/examples of your work, you are welcome to read stories online (they’re free) and illustrate one to submit as an example. In illustrating a literary story, I’m looking for an artistic work in scene that expresses or stimulates thought and feeling about what the literary story is about. In essence, it’s more than just copying an imagined scene, it’s attempting to get an image that captures why the story was written. For examples, study “Speaking of the Dead,” the drawing by Betty Harper, and “The Thirteen Nudes of Ernest Goings,” two paintings by David Riley. I pay for all accepted illustrations; the compensation varies. I buy only unlimited use of image; the artist maintains copyright and the ownership of the original work to sell and use as they desire. All the best, WHC