Mica Scotti Kole
Fantasy Author & Developmental Editor
The machinery of the world is overly complex for the simplicity of man.
-Jorge Luis Borges-
- Writers of the Future Winner 2018
- Published in Writers of the Future Volume 35
- Freelance Developmental Editor
- #Write4Life Founder, Host, and Administrator
- Free Writing Events Founder
- Third Place in Writers of the Future 3rd Quarter 2018
- Second Place: Sapiens Plurum Short Fiction Contest 2018
- Second Place: True North Short Story Contest 2018
- Published in Resurrection Trust by Retreat West Press
- Intern at Spielburg Literary Agency
I’m a Writers of the Future winner! My story “Are You the Life if the Party?” won third place in the third quarter of 2018’s Writers of the Future Contest. If you’re a fantasy or science fiction writer who hasn’t heard of this, you need to start submitting! This contest presented the opportunity of a lifetime, earning me a free week in Hollywood, a walk down the red carpet, and a coveted spot on a 12-person workshop where I got to learn directly from Orson Scott Card, Tim Powers, and David Farland. My life has truly changed because of this contest. Check out a list of past winners’ work here.
THE LIFE STORY
I once spent two weeks living without running water, electricity, or English-speaking housemates (Puedo usar tu baño?). I’ve forged signatures since age eight for my blind single mother. I have been the youngest child, oldest child, only child, step-sibling, half-sibling, and stand-in dad. In Michigan, we have good beer.
I’m also the proud author of saga fantasy with a slew of sub-genres from epic to gaslight to animal to LGBTQ. I founded a writer’s group and used it to spiff up my short story game and get published multiple times in 2018 (back to focusing on the novels, now). I once interned for Speilburg Literary. I quit my day job to make my own living and am perpetually, joyously terrified. so far it’s going well.
BOOK FIEND: I have the same rare Myers Briggs personality type as Hermione Granger (too adventure-prone for Ravenclaw). The Wizard’s First Rule (“people are stupid”) helped me survive the food-service industry. My favorite book is The Alchemist, and I know what that thing is →
POKÉMON PURIST: I created a Pokémon Trivia Game complete with Kanto region game board; more than 200 cards; and clay Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Eevee, and gym badge pieces. My perfect team (okay maybe Jolteon, not Pikachu, except my nickname is Micachu so…):
MTG GEEK: I play Magic the Gathering with a five-color casual dragon wall deck. I don’t compete in tournaments because 1) I take Magic losses as personally as my 16-year-old ski-and-bike-champion cousin takes putt-putt golf losses and 2) I play a five-color casual dragon wall deck.
FIREFLY REVIVALIST. It’s not fair. It’s not.
TOOTHLESS FANGIRL. Have a favorite thing? A literal favorite thing? Ever? Of all time? Guess mine.
JAPANESE CULTURE ENTHUSIAST. I’ve cosplayed as Lightning and Asuna (Kurisu Makise is next). My biggest crushes are Spike, Fiero, and Hououin Kyouma (followed closely by Harrison Ford). We celebrate White Day, not Sweetest Day. Eel sushi and Domino’s pizza are tied for my favorite food.
CAT PERSON. My cat Teleport teleports. My cat Booker needs this.
BEER NERD AND WINO. I would literally not exist if not for Coors Light, but my devotion ends with that bar story, because craft beer is better. I homebrew and name the best ones after Magic the Gathering cards (Dark Ritual, Nature’s Spiral, and Cruel Ultimatum are the house beers right now). Give me a good fruity beer or chenin blanc vouvray, and you’ll make a new best friend.
GAMER GIRL. I will school you in Mario Kart 64. I will argue that Final Fantasy X is the best game of all time. I will die repeatedly as Kirby in Super Smash Brothers. I will beat Jak and Daxter in one day for no reason. My new Overwatch obsession has me shooting rockets and barriers. I sometimes Don’t Starve (usually I go insane first), but only as the Soulless Automaton.
And there is a lot more nerd where that came from.