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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org William H. Cole has once more written an epic book. I have read several of his books, and I have always enjoyed as I kept turning the pages. The storyline is captivating if you enjoy reading medical genres. This book is about the struggles of a surgeon as he balances between his […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org llustrated Short Fiction has a lot of stories where you can feel the hurt and betrayal that the characters experience. William H. Coles chose the words so well that one can feel the anxiety of a little girl or the anger of a betrayed woman. Reaching the end of some stories you […]

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Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org He introduces the book with an important definition of the term “Literary Fiction”, he clarifies that it is distinct from general fiction, memoir, creative non-fiction, auto biography and non-fiction. Further definitions and explanations give the readers insight into what authors do, and why they would prefer a certain literary work more than […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org It is a common practice that the main character of a fictional story should at least try to be likable. However, sometimes you find a protagonist so despicable that you eagerly wait for his suffering without an ounce of mercy. If you are reading a work of an expert writer, you will […]

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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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The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org The title of the book, “The Spirit of Want” is truly justified. Throughout the book, you might hate Lucy for certain parts but in the end, you will always come back to feeling sorry for her as you understand her pain. One of the few sentences in this book that has gravely […]

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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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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org William H. Coles has the great ability to visually bring the characters to life both physically and emotionally. It is easy to envision Hiram’s interaction with each new character. He has extensive knowledge of that which he writes; the surgeon’s relentless research and drive to help those less fortunate, the snow team’s […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org I enjoyed reading this book. It grabbed my attention from the prologue and held it captive the rest of the way through the book. I also believe that there is also a hidden lesson in this book. It personally made me think about all of the things that I not so much […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org What I really enjoyed about this book is that every story is unique and replete with an array of emotions and feelings. No single short story in this book leaves the readers with the same sense of experience that they felt in the previous story. This shows how gifted the author of […]

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McDowell McDowell by William H. Coles is the story of Dr. Hiram McDowell. A celebrated surgeon, Dr. McDowell is single-minded in getting what he wants. His climb to the top is not without casualties and is not without some questionable practices. Cold and calculating, there is no denying his brilliance but when tragedy strikes, his world […]

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4/4

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell is a timeless story of life, told from every angle. The protagonist does not see himself as a bad guy. He just has no time for sentiment or emotion. To his family, he is hardly anyone but the guy that provides them with cash. To many of his colleagues, he is […]

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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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The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org Humans are creatures with many layers of complexity. William H. Coles paints, in “The Spirit of Want,” a vivid picture of how complex humans can be. Lucy MacMiel has no real love for Luke Osborne and none for her family either. She initially does not want her baby, Jennifer, and she goes […]

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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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The Surgeon's Wife The charming city of New Orleans as well as a varied cast of interesting characters are the main components of this intriguing novel. Mike Boudreaux has been the Chief of Surgery for four years, and he is faced with the challenging task of dealing with his favored professor and mentor, Clayton Otherson. Dr. Otherson is […]

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Guardian of Deceit A coming-of-age story reveals a smart and strong-willed teen becoming a man in a new and unfamiliar environment. At the beginning of this novel, Darwin Hastings is on a flight to New York from Pittsburgh to live with his football star cousin Luther Pinnelli. Darwin’s parents died years before, and his aunt can no longer […]

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5/5

McDowell McDowell by William H. Coles is the story of Dr. Hiram McDowell. A celebrated surgeon, Dr. McDowell is single-minded in getting what he wants. His climb to the top is not without casualties and is not without some questionable practices. Cold and calculating, there is no denying his brilliance but when tragedy strikes, his world […]

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4/4

The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org In short, the stories brought out all the emotions in me, laughter, tears, sadness, fear, worry, terror, compassion. Each story had a different flavor to offer, and I savored them all. To quote Coles, his stories were good because “He shows a character by a logical progression of acts and thoughts.” By […]

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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 William H. Coles is a born storyteller, in all the three parts his large cast doesn’t feel faceless. This is because, he carefully brings out each character’s traits. There’s a well crafted relationship between characters and there’s a seeding out of important issues affecting society such as, fake religion, law and religion- […]

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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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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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The Surgeon's Wife Review from OnlineBookClub.org There were a lot of things that I really liked about Coles’ writing style. Although this novel was a lot shorter than one might have expected, its language was succinct instead of entirely lacking. The author provides the reader with the details needed to further the plot and no more, ensuring that […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell is one of those books that will leave you pondering. You’ll laugh, cry, feel hatred, judgmental, and even revise your initial judgment of the main character. William H. Cole’s McDowell is a fascinating story. It is an in-depth portrayal of the principle of cause and effect. Of what you do today […]

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The Art of Creating Story Review from Readers’ Favorite FIVE STARS The Art of Creating Story by William H. Coles is a writing help masterpiece. The massive work is loaded with priceless nuggets of literary knowledge. Get on your brain’s wetsuit and be ready to plunge into the invaluable treasures offered within. Coles leaves readers wanting for nothing. There are […]

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Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org I like the organized structure of the book. There are definitions and discussions of terminologies, which have tremendous educational value. I appreciate that the author could explain the most fundamental aspects of storytelling in a short book instead of a long textbook for creative writing. I admire how William H. Coles used […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org If the reader is looking for happily ever after, you won’t find it here. But if you want a ride through the dark side, you’ll enjoy this collection. The thing I liked most about this book was the variety and uniqueness of each story. The writing was that good. I have to […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell is, like the expeditions that its main character enjoys so much, a trek into the unknown with priceless gems scattered along the way. I appreciated the use of third-person in this work because, in a way, Hiram is more or less on trial and not just before a jury of his […]

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The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org This book is skillfully written and constructed. William Coles seems to have done many researches in the medical, legal, and religious fields to come up with this brilliant book. In The Spirit of Want, you will find a vivid picture of reality. By using action verbs and powerful adjectives, Coles manages to […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell by William H. Coles is a fictional story of a surgeon who is eager to climb the ladder of success by hook or crook. And he is a passionate climber, and his expertise in climbing and surviving in the harsh climate is remarkable. His ambitions are high, and he can go […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I happily give this book 4 out of 4 stars. I loved almost every story. Quite a few of these stories were sad. There are stories of lost love, some of loss, some of yearning for love, some about new life; one for every emotion. There are also some stories that have […]

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Guardian of Deceit Review from OnlineBookClub.org I give this book 4 out of 4 stars because I felt it was well written and kept my attention throughout my reading. I found Guardian of Deceit interesting and original as William Coles can write. There are plenty of twists and turns and the plot thickens as you read on. This […]

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Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org What I liked most about this book is how useful and valuable it is in serving as a guide for writers. Coles draws on an abundance of experience (including his published fiction and non-fiction books) and clearly understands the requirements for exceptional and original literary fiction. His tone is authoritative yet patient, […]

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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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Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org I highly recommend this novel to all beginner writers who need an anchor among these troubled waters of writing, therefore I will give it 4 out of 4 stars. ‘Creating Literary Stories: A Fiction Writer’s Guide’, by William H. Coles is a book that impressed greatly, giving me useful advice that I […]

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5/5

Guardian of Deceit Guardian of Deceit by William H Coles is another interesting novel from this author. Darwin Hastings flies from Pittsburgh to New York. After the death of his parents years ago, he had been living with an aunt who can’t support him anymore. Now he plans to live with his football-star cousin Luther Pinnelli, dreaming of […]

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McDowell In McDowell by William H. Coles, Hiram McDowell, a self-obsessed, narcissistic surgeon, is on his second marriage and heading quickly for divorce. Hiram believes people, including his wife and children, exist to serve his needs. He manages to make many enemies in business too and is facing an investigation into professional misconduct. Hiram seems oblivious […]

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The Surgeon's Wife Review from OnlineBookClub.org In this book, William H. Coles was sensitive to keep the suspense going. He never loosed touch of the essence of the stories. He added little humour to the story, but still in a more mature way. He was very descriptive with the scenes and plots to the extent that the reader […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Asides from the art, the stories were highly imaginative and skillfully told. After reading the book, I sort of felt star struck and I’m thinking I ought to re-learn my talents at writing or drawing even. Sincerely speaking, his work did move me so. A few stories like ‘The Stonecutter’, ‘The miracle […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org William H. Coles is a master at describing characters. When presenting any character he gives a profile of the character depicting his or her attitude in life and their personality .He goes further to reveal the thoughts of each character. William H. Coles incorporates many characters but that is hardly an issue […]

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Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org Writing is a skill. Writing a fiction story requires even more of it. Unlike in a memoir where events in the narration are a reality, a fictional story takes a lot more effort. The author has to put together the characters, come up with a setting, theme, and plot. What’s more, the […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I give Illustrated Short Fiction of William H. Coles: 2000-2016 a rating of 4 out of 4 stars. The ability to convey the whole spectrum of emotions associated with a character in short stories displays the author’s skill. Characters created by the author are so realistic as to allow readers to connect […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org Coles is an extraordinary author and his style made the book a pleasure to read. He used many imagery techniques to help develop his settings and characters, but allowed our imaginations to take control. In only the first few chapters, I could see that this was going to be an enjoyable read, […]

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The Surgeon's Wife Review from OnlineBookClub.org I would give this novel a 4 out of 4 stars. I thought it was a great length; the story was thoroughly presented without too much verbiage. My favorite aspect of the novel was the relatable moral and ethical healthcare dilemmas that Dr. Boudreaux found himself facing. As a nurse, I have […]

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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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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org On the surface, this book doesn’t seem very complex, but as the story progresses, the author reveals a lot of information. Although there are many details in this book, it can be considered fast-paced. It is jam-packed with different scene changes, plot twists, and conflicts between characters. Some of these components may […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org This book is great for those who like works of fiction which most likely will have one reading again just to allow the story to sink and for some reflection. I recommend it to them. The nature of the story will leave the reader questioning the morally acceptable choices we ought to […]

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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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Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org Coles, who has penned other non-fiction books teaching about literary fiction as well as fictional books and short stories, takes great care in differentiating literary fiction from genre fiction. He walks the reader through each chapter of Books One and Two, delving into, but not limiting information to character development, point-of-view, voice, […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org The book has a total of thirty four short stories, two graphic novel illustrations and one novella. The themes that arise from the book include: teenage pregnancy, child trafficking, love and romance, betrayal and infidelity, flawed justice systems as well as rogue religious leaders. The beauty of short stories is that they […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org I will rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. Coles story is an admirable work woven around diverse characters with very strong and unidentical representation, who never fail to keep pace with the run. Mcdowell’s progress along with its attributes, those of agony, apathy, fear, dislawfullness, obligations, accusations and many more […]

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The Art of Creating Story Review from Readers’ Favorite FIVE STARS What is involved in writing the best short story? The best work of literary fiction? Is it the narrative? The characterization? How does a writer improve the craft of writing? We, as writers, are always (or, at least we should be) working on honing our writing skills. We need […]

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The Surgeon's Wife The Surgeon’s Wife by William H. Coles is the story of Mike Boudreaux, Chief of Service at a hospital in New Orleans, who is at a standstill. His teacher, his mentor, and his good friend, Clayton Otherson, has made life-threatening mistakes during surgery and now it is Mike’s job to discipline him. However, Mike is […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell is an exceptionally great story with an amazing plot and characters. William H. Cole’s depictions of the story stand great with wonderfully fashioned characters. Hiram seems an interesting enough character. And though his actions may get on people’s nerves, he seems genuine enough a character. The other characters also share the […]

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The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org I love Coles novels because he uses descriptive writing. The type of writing style that describes people, places and events in such a way that the reader is able to create a clear image in their mind. For instance when he describes Lucy, he writes, ” Lucy had cured-leather tan skin; dark […]

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Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org The first thing I like about the book Creating Literary Stories: A Fiction Writer’s Guide by William H. Coles is, it evokes the writer within a person. Even a person who has not much interest in writing seems to gain interest while reading the book. The book has many examples from short […]

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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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The Surgeon's Wife Review from OnlineBookClub.org What I most enjoyed about the book was the investigation into the questionable practices that exist within the privatized medical system. Otherson’s professional problems stem from his promotion of a surgery targeted toward the obese that has specific indications for patient candidates and limited positive results. As Otherson begins to ignore the […]

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McDowell I’m on something of a roll at the moment. This was another cracking read. From book to book, there isn’t a connection with the plots. With each book, you get a story that sucks you in right from the get-go and doesn’t let you go until you turn that last page. Each of the characters […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org W. H. Coles establishes unforgettable levels of barbaric ambition for the central character, Hiram McDowell, in his newest novel titled McDowell. Born into wealth and nourished by an innate thirst for power, Hiram McDowell achieves accolades for superior skills as a top surgeon. His physical achievements in mountain climbing are likewise impressive. […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org Sympathizing with the villain might seem far-fetched for a lot of readers but in the book McDowell, the readers’ beliefs about antagonists might be challenged. McDowell is a book about the main character of the book’s same name, Hiram McDowell, and how his actions affected the lives of those he met along […]

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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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The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org One of the things I like this novel is that it is unpredictable. This motivates the reader to keep turning the pages in order to know what happens next. I also like the way the writer presents the characters and describes the emotions of every scene such that the reader is able […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org He is arguably known as the father of modern short stories and one of its most prolific writers. He is none other than the great poet, Edgar Allan Poe, who once said: ‘A short story must have a single mood, and every sentence must build towards it.’ In Illustrated Short Fiction of […]

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The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org William H. Coles in The Spirit of Want weaves Lucy’s romantic adventures. She is a lawyer by profession. The impression that a reader forms when she first appears, is that of an arrogant and a proud woman with an I-don’t-care attitude. She ends up with an accident the first night that she […]

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McDowell In McDowell, tragedy and consequence lead an arrogant and narcissistic Dr. Hiram McDowell to examine his life and search for life’s meaning beyond winning and possessions. Hiram is first glimpsed leaving his Mt. Everest climbing partner to die. If that’s not enough to establish his unreliability, he goes on to belittle his wife, trick a […]

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Guardian of Deceit Review from OnlineBookClub.org I loved that Darwin had to experience good and bad throughout this story and he knows that money isn’t everything. Darwin experienced the loss of his parents, as well as being treated cruelly by Luther at the beginning and still managed to find the people he needed to help him get ahead. […]

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5/5

The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 “Everybody has a story” is a well-worn phrase. But how many of us, as we go about our busy lives, ever stop to think about the home life of that disabled boy carrying out groceries or rounding up the emptied shopping carts around the parking lot? Or what would we find if we could read […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org The Novel is a gripping saga of a heartless man’s pursuit of his ambitions that brought about his tragic end. The author has expertly woven a tale where there are no heroes and villains. He presented characters whose lives were lived according to their passions and ambitions. For the main character, Hiram […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org William H. Coles has woven such an intricate tale that would elicit a whole range of emotions from many of its readers. I sometimes get angered by Hiram’s indifference and standoffish behavior towards the people around him, and there are times I would feel joy, pain, and anguish for Ann, Sophie, or […]

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Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org For me, the most exciting factor in Creating Literary Stories: A Fiction Writer’s Guide by William H. Coles is gaining the insight of an award-winning author. William H. Coles’ expertise shows through his informative interpretation of the writing process and concepts. His experience as a writer shines through in this book. The […]

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5/5

The Surgeon's Wife On a personal note, The Surgeon’s Wife is the third book I am reading from William H. Coles within a week, and after I complete each book, I feel like reading more from him. His stories are told in a voice that is confident, clear, and authoritative, and he knows how to explore the deep […]

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Creating Literary Stories Review from Readers’ Favorite William H Coles is an accomplished author, having written several novels, many short stories, and several instructional texts for writers. He knows what makes for good literary fiction. Creating Literary Stories: A Fiction Writer’s Guide delivers a wealth of helpful information for the would-be author, and for established authors who wish […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org From the first pages it’s abundantly clear, why William H. Coles has been awarded for his short stories. The author has the art of making emotions felt, to be real. I couldn’t help reacting strongly to the stories and their endings. I appreciated not knowing what moment captured, would end the story […]

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The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org The Spirit of Want is an interesting read for the author has taken ample time to develop each character. Additionally, through several twists in the book, Coles lets the reader understand the true characters of the people involved. The author causes the reader to inquisitively question the true motivation behind what people […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Most of the stories in this book are exceptionally beautiful, unique, and come from different topics. Reading this book was a very interesting and exciting experience. Each ending is satisfying, even though most of them are sad and mysterious. At the end of my reading, I wondered which chapter was my favorite, […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Do you love reading short stories? Illustrated Short Fiction of William H. Coles: 2000-2016 by William H. Coles will be your go-to book, containing life lessons. The writer did a great job in this book; it consisted of short stories with topics that teach valuable lessons and make it enjoyable. Also, as […]

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The Surgeon's Wife Review from OnlineBookClub.org I liked that the book highlights and illustrates the egos of doctors as well as their professionalism. The author shows all of the tensions of a hospital that needs to make money and at the same time monitor their physicians and staff. In this story, mistakes are tolerated by colleagues and excuses […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I love how the stories provide an accurate portrayal of life and how it made me think about issues on morality and human psychology. Rarely do I encounter a book that makes me fascinated and bothered at the same time. This would appeal to readers who are interested in short stories that […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org I rated this book 4 out of 4 stars. The prologue is intriguing in my opinion and the plot is so good to be rated. The characters have their own unique lines, I can feel their variations from one another. The conversations are well written. I was really hyped reading this until […]

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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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5/5

The Spirit of Want In The Spirit of Want by William H. Coles, a TV evangelist and leader of a church needs the best defense lawyer to get him off a charge of sexually abusing a girl. Lucy MacMeil gets the job. As one of the top lawyers for her firm and a woman, she is the best lawyer […]

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Sister Carrie After the death of her parents, Jessie Broward takes her 17-year-old sister Carrie under her care. Despite worrying about financial matters, Jessie, an optometrist assistant, gets Carrie a job at the movie theater and life is good for them. An Arab man named Zamel, however, challenges the sisters’ bond when Carrie falls in love and […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I liked how his stories didn’t always have a “happy ending” but an ending that I had least expected. Although they hit us hard, they portrayed the reality of life. The stories are navigated based on human emotions and not based on anything that justifies which is right or wrong. The readers […]

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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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Guardian of Deceit Review from OnlineBookClub.org There are most likely many reasons why this book was a finalist in the 2012 William Faulkner-Williams Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, but I detect much of Faulkner’s work to be inspired by setting and the often bumpy plight of the protagonist. There’s less attention to setting in Coles’ novel, but quite a […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org What I liked most about this book was that even though the stories are short, I was still able to connect with each new character. This has been made possible due to the author’s engaging writing techniques and captivating topics. I also appreciated the mixture of themes that varied from being serious […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org These stories were well-written and easy to read. The stories are about human nature filled with love, hope, hate, and lust. But also with love lost, lost chances, hardships, sickness and so much more. I think what struck me most about these stories was love. We, humans, crave to be loved. To […]

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5/5

Creating Literary Stories Creating Literary Stories: A Fiction Writer’s Guide by William H Coles is a non-fiction writing manual for those who are interested in improving their craft as authors. Whether it is flash fiction, short stories, or any length of novel, Coles outlines the foundational groundwork and then builds up through the process of a tale’s construction […]

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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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The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org There is no doubt fiction makes a better job of the truth and William H. Cole in his book The Spirit of Want has shed light on this saying. He has dug deeper on the gaping social issues, and who are we not to praise his work. The narration of the book […]

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Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org Many people enjoy reading literary stories because they get to experience various adventures through the characters in the book. A great story takes the readers to a different world where they are entertained and they become one with the characters in the book. An author must therefore be able to write a […]

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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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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org Hiram McDowell not only loved hiking and climbing but was also very good at it. (A quality that will help him stay hidden from the press and the Feds for a long period of time). A successful surgeon and a loving father who on his way to the peak of his medical […]

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Guardian of Deceit Review from OnlineBookClub.org Guardian of Deceit is a work of literary fiction written by William H. Coles. Coles has received critical acclaim for his character-based style of writing and mastery of character development in this novel and other writings throughout his literary career. Coles style is based on his belief that what happens in the […]

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McDowell William H. Coles’ novel McDowell traces the rise and fall of prominent surgeon Hiram McDowell, whose self-involved actions ripple through the lives of those around him. Fueled by ambition, Hiram’s achievements in medicine, politics, philanthropy and mountaineering make him as arrogant as he is successful, and his rise is littered with those he used for […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org I liked the fonts, they were easy to read and I didn’t notice any mistakes in grammar or spelling. This book is definitely oriented to a mature audience; the theme of the story and the language that McDowell uses to describe women or people can be disturbing to sensible or younger readers. […]

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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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The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org What I liked most about this book is the fact that it is educative and as one reads the book there is emotional touch of the story that makes one feel the reality of the story. Coles has brings out the theme of desire, family, crime and among others so well. Again, […]

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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 …

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SILF Audio: mp3 short stories

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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…

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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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    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