Indie Author Spotlight – J.H. Coates and “My Boyfriend is a Monster”

Indie Author Spotlight – J.H. Coates and “My Boyfriend is a Monster”

I’ve got ANOTHER great indie author for you – it’s your lucky week!  Today it’s J.H. Coates, and his novel “My Boyfriend is a MonsteR”

J.H. Coates currently lives outside of Toronto with his wife, kids and cat: Senor Meow-Meow. An avid writer all through school J.H. Coates turned to film. After attending Film school and a bunch of indie projects, including one unsuccessful network show, he became very sick and put all ambitions on hold and concentrated on getting better. Years later, a bunch of wrong diagnosis’ that finally led to open heart surgery he began writing again. Perhaps it was realizing life was short or the sheer boredom of living in a hospital? He picked up where he left off and finished My Boyfriend is a Monster. He is currently writing the sequel, cleverly titled, My Boyfriend is a Monster 2.

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His book is “My Boyfriend is a Monster”

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Her ex-boyfriend beat on her.

The new guy might literally eat her.

Boy can Lily pick them.

After fleeing her abusive boyfriend, Lily tries to salvage what’s left of her hopes by attempting to create the life she has always dreamed of. With the help of her friends she starts to put the pieces of her old self back together. However, she still can’t shake the feeling that a “Monster” is out there. But the people we label today as Monsters are nothing compared to what is in store for Lily. Because she is right, there is something out there with the makings of childhood nightmares. Question is does it want her for love, or does it want her for dinner?

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And I’ve also got a great interview with J.H.:

Who is your favorite author?

I have a lot, but my first introduction into adult novels was Stephen King (Iwhat a cliché). I tried to emulate his style until I realized I wanted to read his stuff, not make it up. Dr. Seuss had a huge impact on my life as well, can’t forget about the good doctor.

How do you describe your writing style?

Dialogue driven with a slow and steady pace, but I’m trying to change that for My Boyfriend is a Monster 2. Not the dialogue, the pace.

Why should we read your book?

It’s in the reviews (the few I have gotten) it’s different and unique. Some people really don’t seem to like it, but most people are surprised and really have enjoyed it.

Have any of your characters been modeled after yourself?

Yes, Tyre is modeled after me. He has one scar, a large one down the middle of his chest, like me (heart surgery) which is explained later on but his kind do not scar, they heal. He is funny and angry and arrogant, selfish and sometimes a little over confident, just like me. I’m not bragging about these traits, I try and better myself every day.

If you could exchange lives with any of your characters for a day which character would you choose and why?

Tyre because in the book he is described as almost invincible, no wait, Nathan, he is described as almost invincible too but like really hot and a chick magnet. So yeah, Nathan so I can just leap around buildings smashing the shit out of stuff Hulk style and be all suave with the ladies and get me some. That would be a great day.

What books have most influenced your life?

I can just start listing hundreds and hundreds of books, 9 out of 10 books I read I enjoy on some level, so anything I read influences my life. That’s the amazing thing about books.

If you could select one book that you could rewrite and add your own unique twist on, which book would that be and why?

The Stand, I would add Zombies. Or A Song of Ice and Fire series, I would not kill off Ned Stark, or King Robert, or Drogo, Oberyn, or the Hound, I’d still kill Joffrey, so really my version would be a more PG “Feel Good” book, so maybe not.

Beatles or Monkees?

Beatles, but I do like the Monkees.


There is no other group that you know the words or beat to that many songs, I mean, come on, there are probably 20 you can name off the top of your head and another 20 that would make you go “Oh yeah, I forgot about that one.”

Who should play you in a film of your life?

Unfortunately, Jack Black, he’d probably get it right. Anyone else and it’d just be a Hollywood Lie, although Philip Seymour Hoffman if he didn’t die or Donal Logue if Jack Black was asking for too much money.

(James’ note: I’d actually pick Jack Black to play me in the film of my life, too!)

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