Today I am so pleased to welcome J. Scott Coatsworth to Joyfully Jay. Scott has come to talk to us about his latest release, The Hencha Queen. He has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving him a big welcome!

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What’s your favorite sci-fi TV show, and why?

That’s a hard question to answer. Probably The Expanse – I loved the mood of the show, and the premise of the proto-molecule against the backdrop of the politics of the various parts of the solar system. So many characters, so many moving parts. It’s my kind of epic sci-fi.


What most influenced your current series, The Tharassas Cycle?

It’s a few things. First off, the series was born from a conversation with my friend Jim Comer about the unlikelihood that we will ever be able to travel faster than light. This led to my short story “The Last Run,” and later, another short called “The Emp Test,” which laid the foundation for Tharassas and the current four book trilogy. But the work of Anne McCaffrey was also inspirational – clearly in the verent, who are the Tharassas version of dragons – but also in the sci-fantasy sensibility she pioneered in the Pern series.


How do you build such complex and fascinating worlds?

I layer the worldbuilding on a bit at a time, I’m an additive writer – that means that each successive pass through the story layers on additional details which fill out the initial rough sketch of the world I am working on. I also keep a series bible with all the nitty gritty details, so I can keep track of everything and maintain a common feel throughout the story, however long it is.


What are you working on now?

I just finished a new comedic portal fantasy with Kim Fielding called Office of the Lost that’s in edits right now. And I’m working through what I call my Middle Trilogy, the books that will bridge the Ariadne Cycle and the Oberon Cycle. It’s actually a rewrite, from the ground up, of the second book I ever wrote (and it should be much, much better). Hope you like it as much as I’m enjoying writing it!



Silya finally has everything she always wanted. She’s the Hencha Queen, head of the Temple, and is working to master her newfound talents. So why does the world pick now to fall apart?

Her once-nemesis Raven is off riding dragons, and their mutual friend (and her ex) Aik is nowhere to be found. Meanwhile, a new threat menaces the Heartland from the East, and if she can’t convince a reluctant Gullton city council to prepare for the worst, she may lose everyone and everything she’s ever cared about.

As she uses her magic-like abilities, wit and sheer determination to try to save the city, she’s joined by Raven and his new friends. Will their help tip the scales? And will they finally find out what happened to Aik as a dark storm threatens to sweep them all away?

Forget messy. Things just got apocalyptic.

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Series Blurb: The Tharassas Cycle is a four book sci-fantasy series set on the recently colonized world of Tharassas. When humans first arrived on planet, they thought they were alone until the hencha mind made itself known. But now a new threat has arisen to challenge both humankind and their new allies on this alien world.

First Two Books On Sale (& Get a Free Book): Books 1 and 2 are on sale through March 31st for just 99¢ each (eBooks, all vendors). And if you buy one (or all three) of the main series books, email</a> and let him know and he’ll send you a free copy of Tales From Tharassas, the prequel.

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j. scott coatsworthScott lives with his husband Mark in a yellow bungalow in Sacramento. He was indoctrinated into fantasy and sci fi by his mother at the tender age of nine. He devoured her library, but as he grew up, he wondered where all the people like him were.

He decided that if there weren’t queer characters in his favorite genres, he would remake them to his own ends.

A Rainbow Award winning author, he runs Queer Sci Fi, QueeRomance Ink, Liminal Fiction, and Other Worlds Ink with Mark, sites that celebrate fiction reflecting queer reality, and is the committee chair for the Indie Authors Committee at the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).


Scott is giving away an eBook copy of Tales from Tharassas, the prequel, to everyone who enters the sweepstakes:

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