About T. Glen Coughlin
Coughlin’s first novel, The Hero of New York, was finished when he was 23 years old and explored the dark side of the middle class suburban dream. New York Times reviewer, Dennis Smith (1986) wrote, “The Hero of New York is solid tough-guy entertainment, and Mr. Coughlin’s descriptions can be hilarious.”
Coughlin’s second novel, Steady Eddie, is a coming-of-age story set in Long Island, New York in 1977. George Needham wrote “Coughlin neatly captures a person’s essence in the simplest gesture, but each character is drawn with sympathy and wit, even when the characters themselves lack these attributes. A fine novel.”
Coughlin has published short stories in Doubletake Magazine, the South Dakota Review and DUCTS, an on-line magazine. His story, “The Grief Committee” was analyzed in The Politics of Mourning: Grief Management in a Cross-Cultural Fiction. Coughlin”s poetry has appeared in The Dead Mule – School of Southern Literature and Hanging Moss Journal.
In 2012, Coughlin published his first YA novel, One Shot Away, A Wrestling Story, Harpercollins. The novel is the story of three high school wrestlers trying to balance their personal lives, family conflicts and maintain their weight class on the Varsity Squad.
It’s senior year and the last season for Diggy, Jimmy, and Trevor on the Molly Pitcher High School varsity wrestling team. And they all want the same thing: to win.
But Diggy’s got to compete with his older brother’s legacy, and now he’s in danger of losing his spot to newcomer Trevor. Jimmy’s got the cops after him, and a girlfriend who looks down on him. Then Diggy does the unthinkable—he betrays a teammate. Can the team forgive him? And can he forgive himself?
Experience the pressure with Diggy, Jimmy, and Trevor as the stakes rise and loyalties splinter. They’ve got just one shot to make weight and get onto the mat. But pinning your opponent is about more than just winning.
Praise for One Shot Away
“Some of the greatest young adult novels are ‘sports stories’ and One Shot Away is one of the best. T. Glen Coughlin writes about wrestling as well as anyone since Terry Davis (Vision Quest) and John Irving (158 Pound Marriage and The World According To Garp). The metaphorical power of sports stories must be ramp…ed-up without appearing to be so and Coughlin manages this with grace, strength and incredible power. The final scene between Diggy and Jimmy is heartbreaking and captures perfectly the pain and sadness that always accompanies the ending of young people’s friendships, the inevitable moving on and growing up that comes with decisions made, both good and bad, and that can never be reversed.”
Terry Trueman, Printz Honoree and author of Stuck In Neutral
Coughlin digs deeply into the heart of not only the teenage experience, but into the cruelty of competition that comes with High School wrestling.
Never in my life did I think I’d enjoy a wrestling story. I’m a girl. And a fairly girly one at that. But One Shot Away was so much more than just a wrestling story. One Shot Away is about coming to terms with who you are, what you want to do, and how one thing can affect so many different people in so many different ways. If there was one thing I didn’t expect from this novel was how deep it went.
Kaede of Wake Up at Seven (book review blog)
One Shote Away will be on tour in April with a Kismet Tour from April 8th – April 26th with exciting content, author interviews and a grand prize Kindle give-away!
Monday, April 8th – Mundie Moms – Why I Wrote One Shot Away
Tuesday, April 9th – Froggarita’s Bookcase – Jimmy O’Shea’s Diary
Wednesday, April 10th – Alice Marvels – Most Emotional Scene
Thursday, April 11th – Chick Loves Lit – Character Interview: Diggy
Friday, April 12th – Simply Infatuated – Meet Jane
Monday, April 15th – I Like These Books – Author Interview
Tuesday, April 16th – Sweet Southern Home – Character Interview: Trevor Crow
Wednesday, April 17th – The O.W.L. for YA – Author Interview
Thursday, April 18th – Basia’s Bookshelf – Trevor Crow’s Diary
Friday, April 19th – Chapter by Chapter – Evolution of the Title
Monday, April 22nd – The Book Cellar - Interview with T.Glen Coughlin
Tuesday, April 23rd – Witchy Contessa
Wednesday, April 24th – The Bookswarm – Diggy Master’s Diary
Thursday, April 25th – Buried in Books – Molly Pitcher’s Preseason Wrestling Roundup
Friday, April 26th – The Page Turners – Inspiration Behind Trevor Crow