William H. Coles is an award-winning author of The Surgeon's Wife, The Spirit of Want, Facing Grace with Gloria and Other Stories, Story in Literary Fiction; A Manual for Writers, and Literary Story as an Art Form: A Text for Writers. His books and stories have won or been finalists in The Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, The William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, The SEAK Competition, and the Sandhill Writers Competition. He created a website for writers that features essays, interviews, stories, a workshop, and recommendations for reading and study. He is a former ophthalmic trauma surgeon, Department Chairman, and Regent for the American College of Surgeons. Presently he lives and writes in Salt Lake City, Utah.