LBGTQ AUTHOR INTERVIEWS

O.E. TEARMANN

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Author 

O.E. Tearmann is the author of the Aces High, Jokers Wild series. Their books include strong themes of diversity and found family, providing a surprisingly hopeful take on a dystopian future. Bringing their own experiences as a marginalized author together with flawed but genuine characters, Tearmann’s work has been described as “Firefly for the dystopian genre.” Publisher’s Weekly called it “a lovely paean to the healing power of respectful personal connections among comrades, friends, and lovers.”

June 25,  2021

About the Interview:

Interview with author O.E. Tearmann about the book The Hands We're Given

PETER TATCHELL

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LGBT Activist

Peter's journey begins in the anti-Vietnam War movement when he is just a teenager. To avoid compulsory conscription in what he believes is an unjust war, he sails from Australia to London and falls in with the Gay Liberation Front, helping to organise the UK's first gay pride parade. Looking to shake up the establishment, in the early 1980s, Peter makes a move into the political mainstream by standing as a Labour candidate in the Bermondsey by-election. He finds himself embroiled in one of the most vicious and notoriously homophobic smear campaigns in British electoral history. When he loses the election, Peter vows to never play by the rules again. He's tried playing by the rules. Now he's going to break them. Abandoning traditional politics, Peter diverts his energies into the radical non-violent gay rights direct action group OutRage! and takes the fight for equality to the very pillars of the British establishment. Using provocative stunts, wicked humour and theatrical forms of protest, OutRage! lives up to its name by confronting everyone from Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to the Archbishop of Canterbury. Experiencing the full wrath of the church, state, and media, Peter is dubbed 'the most hated man in Britain'. Unbowed and defiant, he ups the ante by attempting a citizen's arrest on Zimbabwean tyrant Robert Mugabe and by shirtfronting homophobic trash-talking heavyweight boxing champion of the world Mike Tyson. As social attitudes change and history vindicates Peter's stance on gay rights, his David versus Goliath battles gradually win him first grudging approval and then status as a national treasure. Now Peter is embarking on his riskiest crusade yet as he seeks to stage a protest at the FIFA World Cup in Moscow to draw attention to the persecution of LGBT+ people in Russia and Chechnya. All he has to do is not get killed, bashed, imprisoned, or 'disappeared' by Putin's goons, the might of the Russian security state, and roving gangs of Neo-Nazis. What could possibly go wrong? From Executive Producers Elton John and David Furnish, Hating Peter Tatchell is the profound true story of one of the world's most influential human rights activists. This film explores the motivations and consequences of Peter's direct action campaigning and the personal sacrifice that comes with this line of work, including violent attacks and threats to kill him. Told through previously unseen footage of Peter's activism, intimate family moments, rare news headlines, and interviews with the likes of actor Stephen Fry, activist Angela Mason, and former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey, this film gives a raw insight into Peter and his life's work defending human rights.

June 14, 2021

About the Interview:

Interview with author Peter Tatchell about his series Netflix Hating Peter Tatchell

BARBARA WILSON 

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Author 

Like Pam Nilsen, I was once a printer, who became a publisher in order to bring women’s writing into the world. I helped start Seal Press in Seattle in 1976 with my friend Rachel da Silva. We originally printed poetry books by hand with a letterpress, but within six years we were publishing books on domestic violence and women’s studies, along with fiction by lesbian writers and translations from around the world. During those years I also began to translate from Norwegian and wrote fiction, including the three Pam Nilsen mysteries. After leaving Seal Press in the nineties, I concentrated on the non-profit press Women in Translation, and on beginning to write nonfiction as well as to continue with the Cassandra Reilly mysteries

June 8,  2021

About the Interview:

Interview with author Barbara Wilson about her book Not the Real Jupiter

MARK ALLAN GUNNELLS

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Horror Author 

Patrick and Clare wake up trapped in a basement, a thin wall separating their cells. Their captor is mysteriously absent, which at first seems like a blessing. As more time passes with no food or water, they begin to realize a clock is ticking for their survival. Combining their intelligence and determination, the two begin plotting an escape from their shared prison. Overcoming each obstacle only presents another obstacle standing in the way of their freedom. It will take all of their ingenuity and strength to find their way out of this mess. They know their captor is still out there, and it is only a matter of time before he returns. BEFORE HE WAKES is a fast-paced and tense thriller that ratchets up the suspense and tension before the thrilling conclusion. Brought to you by Crystal Lake Publishing--Tales from The Darkest Depths.

May 12, 2021

About the Interview:

Interview with author Mark Allan Gunnells about his book Before He Wakes

MICHAEL NAVA

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Author 

Michael Nava is the author of an acclaimed series of eight novels featuring gay, Latino criminal defense lawyer Henry Rios who Garth Greenwell, writing in The New Yorker, called "a detective unlike any previous protagonist in American noir." The New York Times Book Review has called Nava "one of our best" writers.

He is also the author of a historical novel, The City of Palaces, set in Mexico at the beginning of the 1910 Mexican revolution, the first of a projected trilogy.

His personal website is http://www.michaelnavawriter.com He is also on Facebook as Michael Nava Writer, on twitter as @micnavawriter and on Instagram as @micnavawriter

April 29,  2021

About the Interview:

Interview with author Michael Nava about his book Lie with Man

V.S. HOLMES

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Fantasy Author 

V. S. Holmes is an international bestselling author. They created the BLOOD OF TITANS series and the NEL BENTLY BOOKS. Smoke and Rain, the first book in their fantasy quartet, won New Apple Literary's Excellence in Independent Publishing Award in 2015 and a Literary Titan Gold in 2020. Travelers is also included in the Peregrine Moon Lander mission as part of the Writers on the Moon Time Capsule. In addition, they have published short fiction in several anthologies.

As a disabled and non-binary human, they work as an advocate and educator for representation in SFF worlds. When not writing, they work as a contract archaeologist throughout the northeastern U.S. They live in a Tiny House with their spouse, a fellow archaeologist, their not-so-tiny dog, and own too many books for such a small abode.

April  15, 2021

About the Interview:

Interview with author V.S. Holmes  about their book Heretics 

GARRICK JONES 

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Author 

After a thirty year career as a professional opera singer, performing as a soloist in opera houses and in concert halls all over the world, I took up a position as lecturer in music in Australia in 1999, at the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music, which is now part of CQUniversity.

Brought up in Australia, between the bush and the beaches of the Eastern suburbs, I retired in 2015 and now live in the tropics, writing, gardening, and finally finding time to enjoy life and to re-establish a connection with who I am after a very busy career on the stage and as an academic.

I write mostly historical gay fiction. The stories are always about relationships and the inner workings of men; sometimes my fellas get down to the nitty-gritty, sometimes it's up to you, the reader, to fill in the blanks.

April  9, 2021

About the Interview:

Interview with author Garrick Jones about his book The Guilded Madonna 

IAN CADENA 

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Author 

Ian Cadena started writing when he was a kid. Instead of paying attention in school he wrote out scripts to act out later with his action figures. Later, he discovered Dungeons & Dragons and as a Dungeon Master wrote out his own stories for his fellow players and gave them their own unique backgrounds and history.
He accomplished a degree in Theater and Writing. He is a Reiki Master and enthralled with all things mystic and paranormal. He possesses numerous tarot decks and has had at least one out-of-body experience... maybe two.
When he's not concocting a new story from his secret lair, he's brewing up some eats or drinks in his cauldron (kitchen).
Ian loves to stay in touch with his readers. Here is where you can conjure him up:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorIanCadena/
Twitter: @iancadenaAuthor
Website: iancadena.com

April  7, 2021

About the Interview:

Interview with author Ian Cadena  about his book The Nexus 

SEAN KERR

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Author 

My name is Sean Kerr, and I am a 47-year-old gay man living in Cardiff, Wales with my husband of almost 30 years, Derek. We have two cats, Rita and Harry, and a host of tropical fish.
I love writing, it has been in my blood since I was a child. It's a wonderful thing to read a book, to be transported to another world, and nothing gives me more pleasure than reading a new novel, or indeed, starting to write one! When I was eight, my Aunt bought me a copy of Dracula in a jumble sale. That summer, I read that book over and over again, and even now it is still my go to book for inspiration. It fuelled my imagination, and it became a doorway to so many possibilities. Writing is a wonderful thing, for it shows us new worlds and new characters, horror and love, sadness and joy. I love it.
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MARCH 4,  2021

About the Interview:

Interview with author Sean Kerr about his book The Last Child

FLORENCIA MANOVIL 

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Filmmaker

Florencia Manóvil was voted "Best Filmmaker of the East Bay" for her work as a screenwriter, director, and producer based in Oakland, California. Her web series Dyke Central has been lauded by the press and fans alike for groundbreaking diversity in its representation of LGBTQ characters.

Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Manóvil moved to Boston at age 18 to pursue film studies at Emerson College. In 2007 she settled permanently in the Bay Area, where she shot Fiona's Script (2009), her feature directorial debut. Fiona's Script screened at festivals around the world, garnering a Best Supporting Actress nomination at MethodFest. In 2011, Manóvil co-created Dyke Central, a "queer dramedy" episodic, directing and producing the 22-minute pilot episode.

MARCH 16,  2021

About the Interview:

Interview with author Florencia Manovil about her Film making career

GREGG SHAPIRO 

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Author 

Author of eight books, entertainment journalist Gregg Shapiro’s interviews and reviews run in numerous regional LGBTQ+ and mainstream publications. Shapiro lives with his husband Rick and their dog Coco in South Florida.

Gay men communicate in many ways, sometimes a glance, sometimes a smile, and sometimes a whistle. In How to Whistle, Gregg Shapiro brings us men of all types sometimes seeking to be with each other and sometimes looking for themselves. They dance, they indulge, they camp, and they enjoy life. Shapiro employs his deft poetic voice to bring you men that will stay with you, men you'll find yourself thinking about for a long time.

MARCH 9,  2021

About the Interview:

Interview with author GREGG SHAPIRO about his book HOW TO WHISTLE

CODY RENEGAR

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Author 

Cody Renegar is a hairstylist and fine artist, and now author of the memoir "Changing the Stars" (2021). He currently lives in California with his husband, Terry. He has a son Levi who, with his partner, Alaya, has given Cody three grandkids. Cody is the hairstylist of choice for many Hollywood entertainment industry celebrities and A-listers. Los Angeles is his main stage although he also maintains a large clientele in Washington, D.C., and Arkansas. 

Raised by a substance-abusing single mother, at six Cody and his four siblings were placed into the foster care system in Arkansas, leading to a series of placements in homes where he endured unspeakable abuse and neglect. Cody found solace in his bonds with his brothers and sisters and occasional kindnesses from caring adults, such as a neighbor who taught him to paint.

When at seven he was adopted by an affluent couple, he hoped at last to receive the love and support of a nurturing mother and father. But his dreams and expectations were betrayed when his new father proved to be a violent disciplinarian. It would be eight years before his rescue by an attentive school nurse, and years more to heal the trauma.

MARCH 8,  2021

About the Interview:

Interview with author CODY RENEGAR about his book CHANGING THE STARS

MARCO CAROCARI

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Author 

After seeing Murder, She Said on TV my grandmother gifted me Agatha Christie’s 4:50 From Paddington. Though hugely disappointed that the real Miss Marple bore no resemblance whatsoever to the brilliant and funny Margaret Rutherford, I was hooked, and devoured every crime novel I could get my hands on that my parents didn’t object to (considering I was ten).

Constantly penning my own (fan fiction) stories, my teacher gently nudged me toward journalism, but fearing I’d lose my love for writing if it became a 24/7 thing, I chose a different path. After several bleak years as a shop assistant, followed by over a decade of traversing the friendly skies as a flight attendant (best life lessons, ever), I turned to my passion, photography. I even got my five seconds of fame, with much of my work finding its way into internationally published books, magazines, onto greeting cards and calendars.

Writing and reading never left my side, nor did crime fiction and movies, and, decades later, here we are, with my debut mystery novel, Blackout, finally a reality.

MARCH 1,  2021

About the Interview:

Interview with author MARCO CAROCARI about his book BLACKOUT: A NOVEL

ROB GUTRO

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Author 

Pets and the Afterlife 3: Messages from Spirit Dogs

This third volume in a series of books authored by Rob Gutro on pet communications from the afterlife focuses solely on how dogs and how they communicate from spirit. In addition, there is a special chapter by a licensed professional on how to cope with grief.

Through personal stories, pet parents relate how their dogs in spirit gave them signs and messages either directly or through a reading with Rob.

This book will teach you how to recognize signs and receive messages on your own, and how to work through your grief. You'll learn when it comes to spirit there is no such thing as a coincidence.

​In addition to being an author, I'm a scientist and I'm a member of Inspired Ghost Tracking paranormal group where I am a medium on the team. I've become known as a Pet Medium, although I connect with people and pets My books teach others how to recognize signs from people and pets who have passed. (Once you read them you won't need to pay a medium). I write books about my experiences and explain the paranormal in terms of energy.

MARCH 3,, 2021

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About the Interview:

Interview with Medium/Author ROB GUTRO about his book PETS AND THE AFTERLIFE 3

IAN HENZEL 

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Publisher

Rattling Good Yarns Press is an independent publishing house specializing in LGBTQ fiction, history and whimsey. The British expression, a rattling good yarn, means a story that is excellent and exciting. We are devoted to bringing works to light that are neglected by mainstream publishers. Founded in 2018 by author St Sukie de la Croix and his husband, Ian Henzel. Rattling Good Yarns Press is devoted to the principle that everything our readers read, is a rattling good yarn.

FEBRUARY 11, 2021

About the Interview:

Interview with Publisher IAN HENZEL about his publishing company Rattling Good Yarns Press

BLAKE ALLWOOD

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Author 

Blake Allwood was born in west TN, then moved to Kansas City MO after attending college in Lamoni, Iowa. He met his husband in 1995 and they officially married in 2015, once gay marriage was legalized. In 2017, he and his husband sold their home, purchased an RV and began traveling the country with their two dogs. Their travels provide the inspiration and settings for many of his novels.

FEBRUARY 10, 2021

About the Interview:

Interview with author BLAKE ALLWOOD about his writing

MARK ALLAN GUNNELS 

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Author 

“When your ex wants you dead, they will take you to the grave with them!” -2 B
When two passionate lovers fall out, the results can be deadly.
“Berkley Simmons died … for five minutes.

Berkley woke up to find himself in the hospital. He discovered that his ex is dead after a failed murder/ suicide attempt. With nowhere else to go, Berkley must return to the apartment where it all happened. It doesn’t take long for Berkley to begin to suspect that his ex never left the apartment, and still wants him dead.”

FEBRUARY 12, 2021

FRANK W. BUTTERFIELD 

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Author 

Although Frank worships San Francisco, he lives at the beach on another coast. Born on a windy day in November of 1966, he was elected President of his high school Spanish Club in the spring of 1983. After moving across these United States like a rapid-fire pinball, he now makes his home in a hurricane-proof apartment, built in 1926, with superior water pressure. While he hasn't met any dolphins personally, that invitation is always open.

FEBRUARY 3, 2021

About the Interview:

Interview with author FRANK BUTTERFIELD about his book THE BIKER WHO GOT BUMPED OFF

TIMOTHY JAY SMITH 

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Author 

The arsonist has struck eleven times in as many months, each fire coming closer to tiny Vourvoulos, and each followed by a mysterious poison pen letter. The last one makes it clear: the arsonist plans to strike within days. With no clues, Nick searches for a motive that would drive someone to such a destructive act. He discovers a village embroiled in conflicts, some dating back generations, and uncovers earlier crimes—all casting a wide net of suspicion.

Gradually the mystery is revealed through the interwoven stories of a struggling restaurant owner and her feminist teenage daughter, a seductive widow and lovelorn waiter, a scurrilous priest and patrician mayor, and a host of colorful characters who paint a portrait—both humorous and soulful—of Greece where the past mingles with the present. While sorting it out, Nick’s life is threatened, and he falls in love with a young waiter who becomes his chief suspect.

Miscalculating the plan of attack, ultimately Nick has only minutes to stop the arsonist. He races for the fuel tank and toward an unexpected conclusion. 

FEBRUARY 2, 2021

About the Interview:

Interview with author TIMOTHY JAY SMITH about his book FIRE ON THE ISLAND

ADRIAN CHRISTIAN 

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Singer

As a child performer and actor, Adrian Christian has been on film, TV, Off-Broadway and the concert stage. While still in his teens, he was the first openly gay pop singer to debut a singing act at the New York nightclub and underground hotspot, The Apartment. In 2000, after regionally charting his first dance single into the Top 40, he walked away from a major recording contract offer - on the basis of his refusal to hide his orientation as a gay man.

December 18, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with singer ADRIAN CHRISTIAN and songwriter SUDI RICK KARATAS talking about their new Christmas Song "Midnight will be Clear"

MATT CONVERSE

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Horror Author 

Take a terrifying look inside the twisted mind of a serial killer in this modern day nod to Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.
Sean’s nightmares seem psychically connected to Stephen, a loner who lives in the back of the building. After several grisly murders including a dead body reveal like no other, Sean and best friend Anna set out to expose him as the killer despite warnings from Anna’s boyfriend Danny.
The killer speaks directly to the reader and lives by the chilling words he tells his victims, “I’m the last face you’ll ever see, so you will love me forever.”

December 18, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with author Matt Converse about his book I'm the Last Face You'll  Ever See

ADAM STEVENS

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Author 

Writing was Adam's hobby. The voices in his head are constantly battling to get out, often leaving him working on four or five different books at once. He can't help but write. When he discovered he was actually good at writing, it became a full time passion that often interrupts his full time gig Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

Along with his writing addiction he has a serious caffeine addiction. Some nights, the only reason he stops writing and goes to sleep is for the fresh brewed coffee in the morning. Teaching English in China, there are serious challenges living in a rural seaside holiday resort to find good coffee.

As an Author, Adam Stevens skillfully writes with a relevant, compelling and believable ability to articulate the emotional context of each character. He will captivate and engage you, in an addictive manner that will make you yearn for the next paragraph, page, chapter, and book.

As a Gay Coming of Age slash Gay Romance Novelist, he has a brilliant magic with words that will draw you into his works with an almost addictive seduction. Each character's personality jumps off the page and into your heart.

December 18, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with author Adam Stevens talking about writing Rainbow Reader 

AUSTIN THOMAS BURTON

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Author 

Long-time San Diego resident, Austin Thomas Burton grew up in a small college town that couldn't decide if it was Southern, Midwestern or just wouldn't fit in anywhere. That static childhood resulted in a restless need to see the country and the world. So far, he's been lucky enough to visit over 16 countries and lived in 11 towns in 4 states.

His interests are widely varied and often in conflict with one another, but chances are he's reading a book at the moment.

Burton currently lives in a historic Georgian Revival house built in 1897 in Toledo, Ohio's Old West End with his husband and 2 spoiled Basset Hounds. Sadly, the house is not haunted as promised.

December 17, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with author Austin Thomas Burton talking about writing Fools Rush In 

C.S. POE

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Author 

1881—Special Agent Gillian Hamilton, magic caster for the Federal Bureau of Magic and Steam, has recovered from injuries obtained while in Shallow Grave, Arizona. Now back in New York City, Gillian makes an arrest on New Year’s Eve that leads to information on a new gangster, known only as Tick Tock, who’s perfected utilizing elemental magic in ammunition without a caster. This report complicates Gillian’s holiday plans, specifically those with infamous outlaw, "Gunner the Deadly," who promised they’d ring in 1882 together.

The two men stand on the cusp of a romance that needs to be explored intimately and privately. But when Gillian’s residence is broken into, by a magical mechanical man who tries to murder him on behalf of Tick Tock, they must immediately investigate the city’s ruthless street gangs before the illegal magic becomes a threat that cannot be contained.

This might be Gillian’s most perilous case yet, but criminal undergrounds don’t compare to the dangers of the heart. If he can’t balance a career in law enforcement with his love for a vigilante, Gillian may lose both entirely.

The novel-length follow-up to The Engineer, in the exciting new steampunk series, Magic & Steam

December 16, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with author C.S. Poe talking about writing The Gangster

GARRICK JONES

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Author 

After a thirty year career as a professional opera singer, performing as a soloist in opera houses and in concert halls all over the world, I took up a position as lecturer in music in Australia in 1999, at the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music, which is now part of CQUniversity.

Brought up in Australia, between the bush and the beaches of the Eastern suburbs, I retired in 2015 and now live in the tropics, writing, gardening, and finally finding time to enjoy life and to re-establish a connection with who I am after a very busy career on the stage and as an academic.

I write mostly historical gay fiction. The stories are always about relationships and the inner workings of men; sometimes my fellas get down to the nitty-gritty, sometimes it’s up to you, the reader, to fill in the blanks.

Every book is story driven; spies, detectives, murders, epic dramas, there’s something for everyone. I also love to write about my country and the things that make us Aussies and our history different from the rest of the world.
I’m fairly obsessed with research; in fact it is the driving force behind the creation of my stories and the people in my books, and because of that, I always try to do my best to give the reader a sense of what life was like for my main characters and the world they live in.

Being a musician, I’ll share snippets of music that relate to the stories with you. Perhaps while you enjoy the loves and losses of my characters, you might also discover something wonderful that you’ve never heard before, and learn to love it too.

December 7, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with author Garrick Jones talking about his writing

GREGORY ASHE

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Author 

Rufus O’Callaghan has eked out a living on the streets of New York City by helping the police put away criminals as a confidential informant. But when Rufus shows up for an arranged meeting and finds his handler dead, his already-uncertain life is thrown into a tailspin. Now someone is trying to kill Rufus too, and he’s determined to find out why.

After leaving the Army under less than desirable circumstances, Sam Auden has drifted from town to town, hitching rides and catching Greyhounds, until he learns that a former Army buddy, now a police detective in New York City, has died by suicide. Sam knows that’s not right, and he immediately sets out to get answers.

As Rufus and Sam work together to learn the truth of their friend’s death, they find themselves entangled in a web of lies, cover-ups, and accelerating danger. And when they witness a suspect killed in cold blood, they realize they’re running out of time. 

December 1, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with Author Gregory Ash talking about his new book Friend in the Dark

MARSHALL THORNTON 

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Author 

Marshall Thornton writes two popular mystery series, the Boystown Mysteries and the Pinx Video Mysteries. For which he has won three Lambda Awards. His romantic comedy, Femme was also a 2016 Lambda finalist for Best Gay Romance. Other books include My Favorite Uncle, The Ghost Slept Over and Masc, the sequel to Femme. He is a member of Mystery Writers of America. 

November 30, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with author Marshall Thornton talking about his new book Cash Out

SUDI 'RICK' KARATAS

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Author 

With over 25 years of catering experience in both New York and California, Sudi "Rick" Karatas shares the best and worst that the event and hospitality profession has to offer. Mostly the worst. His very funny stories include weddings (one with a runaway groom), a bar mitzvah where OJ Simpson was a guest, a $5-million birthday party for three-year-old twins, and an unforgettable gig on 9/11. You'll get an inside peek at what goes on behind the scenes at all kinds of events, many with celebrity guests. 

The many nightmares and "flustercucks" that Karatas survived are brought to life as well as stories from coworkers in the past, one of whom now directs movies for Lifetime and another who is on the television show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Anyone who has a manager on a power trip can relate to how catering companies mistreat their employees. This book gives you lots of food for thought, literally. The juicy stories will make you laugh and cry and teach you what not to do at catering events. And it will definitely make you crave mini hotdogs. 

November 23, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with author Sudi 'Rick' Karatas talking about his new book How Catering Sucked the Life Out of Me

JOHN BOROWSKI

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LGBT Filmmaker / Author 

The popularity of Borowski’s films reached an all time high in 2012. In April and October, HH Holmes aired on PBS and Borowski was the special guest on PBS' pledge drive. Bojan Pandža, Serbian author and film critic had this to say: "There are four horsemen of the Apocalypse, Herzog, Eroll, Les Blank and John Borowski. HONESTLY!!!"

In 2013, Borowski's films were screened in Paris France, he was featured in Psychology Today, U.K.'s Bizarre Magazine, interviewed for the Travel Channel show Monumental Mysteries, served as an official judge in the documentary category for the Housecore Horror Film Festival, completed Mime Time a short film entered into the ABC's of Death 2 competition and completed his fourth feature documentary film, Serial Killer Culture, released in 2014.

In 2016, Borowski released The Ed Gein File, a book containing documents from the Gein case. Serial Killer Culture TV was released in March of 2017 as a follow up to the successful film, Serial Killer Culture. Dahmer's Confession, Borowski's fourth book, was released in October of 2017. 2018 Marks the release of Borowski's fifth feature documentary film, Bloodlines: The Art and Life of Vincent Castiglia. Borowski is currently busy writing several feature narrative film screenplays, writing his next book, Panzram at Leavenworth, producing the second season of SKCTV and producing his next serial killer biography documentary film, Jesse Pomeroy: The Boston Boy Fiend

November 24, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with filmmaker John Borowski talking about his new film on John Wayne Gacy 

PHIL GAMBONE 

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LGBT Author

Philip Gambone, a gay man, never told his father the reason why he was rejected from the draft during the Vietnam War. In turn, his father never talked about his participation in World War II. Father and son were enigmas to each other. Gambone, an award-winning novelist and non-fiction writer, spent seven years uncovering who the man his quiet, taciturn father had been, by retracing his father's journey through WW II. As Far As I Can Tell not only reconstructs what Gambone’s father endured, it also chronicles his own emotional odyssey as he followed his father’s route from Liverpool to the Elbe River. A journey that challenged the author’s thinking about war, about European history, and about “civilization." 

November 10, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with author Phil Gambone talking about his new book As Far as I Can Tell

JASON STUART 

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LGBT Actor/Author

After years of steady work in film and television, and over 150 credits on his IMDB page, actor and comedian Jason Stuart has achieved a pinnacle of success many actors only dream of. "For the last few years, people have started to approach me and say, ‘You’re that guy,’” he explains with his characteristic gravelly laugh. Indeed, with guest-starring and supporting credits in everything from the Billy Bob Thornton starter, Goliath, to Judd Apatow’s Love to Sleepy Hollow to Tangerine and The Birth of a Nation, Stuart has now established himself 

September 29, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with author/actor Jason Stuart 

GABRIEL ROTELLO

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LGBT  Author / Journalist/ TV Production

Gabriel Rotello, an award-winning gay journalist and long-time AIDS activist, has done in this book something no writer has done before. Weaving together the strands of ecology theory, epidemiology and sexual politics, he shows how the AIDS epidemic, like other epidemics from influenza to bubonic plague to today's rapidly emerging viruses, result as much from human behaviors as from specific microbes. He argues convincingly that AIDS was probably a rare disease syndrome in humans that erupted into an epidemic only when cultural changes - including the gay male sexual revolution of the seventies - created ideal conditions for it's evolution and spread.

For the first time ever, Rotello describes in detail the surprising scientific consensus about why, precisely, AIDS hit gay men so hard. Rebutting both the left's position that AIDS was merely an accident, and simplistic right-wing theories that blame promiscuity alone, Rotello presents the compelling but troubling verdict embraced by epidemiologists: AIDS was spread by a fusion of factors built right into the fabric of urban gay life after Stonewall.

Turning to current research, Rotello explains how and why researchers believe that AIDS is continuing to saturate the gay male population despite widespread AIDS awareness and condom use. And he provides compelling evidence that if the current lack of ecological awareness continues, our best chance of containing the epidemic with drug therapies could be squandered.

Intensively researched, passionately argued and intellectually rigorous, Rotello's groundbreaking message is that although AIDS cannot yet be cured, it can be contained. And in clear and unforgettable prose, he tells us how we can accomplish that, one person at a time.

September 29, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with author Gabriel Rotello discusses his book Sexual Ecology

J.R. LOVELESS

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LGBT  Author

Justin can’t live with being a werewolf anymore. The innocent blood on his hands haunts him every moment despite hunting others of his kind. When a ruthless hunter picks up his scent and is determined to put a silver bullet through his heart, Justin makes a bargain that’ll either end in a cure or his death.

A human-werewolf hybrid, Vincent despises full bloods, wanting nothing more than to eradicate them from existence. He never expected to meet one of the blood thirsty creatures and find himself agreeing to work with him. 

Too focused on blood and death, Justin found no time for a relationship in the past two centuries, but he’s drawn to Vincent in a way he’s never experienced. Vincent would gut anyone who accused him of desiring a monster, but he can’t deny his attraction the more he learns about the werewolf he’d intended to kill.

But time is working against them as they work together to destroy a new threat. Will Vincent be forced to carry out his end of the bargain or will Justin find the cure and open his heart to his white-haired hunter?

Please note this book may contain content that is potentially difficult for some readers, but rest assured, Vincent and Justin will find their happily ever after!

September 29, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with author J. R. Loveless discusses Spell of the Werewolf

JOHN MORGAN WILSON

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LGBT  Author

It’s 1994, an election year when violent crime is rampant, voters want action, and politicians smell blood. When a Latino teenager confesses to the murder of a pretty-boy cokehead outside a gay bar in L.A., the cops consider the case closed. But Benjamin Justice, a disgraced former reporter for the Los Angeles Times, sees something in the jailed boy others don’t. His former editor, Harry Brofsky, now toiling at the rival Los Angeles Sun, pries Justice from his alcoholic seclusion to help neophyte reporter Alexandra Templeton dig deeper into the story. But why would a seemingly decent kid confess to a brutal gang initiation killing if he wasn’t guilty? And how can Benjamin Justice possibly be trusted, given his central role in the Pulitzer scandal that destroyed his career? Snaking his way through shadowy neighborhoods and dubious suspects, he’s increasingly haunted by memories of his lover Jacques, whose death from AIDS six years earlier precipitated his fall from grace. As he unravels emotionally, Templeton attempts to solve the riddle of his dark past and ward off another meltdown as they race against a critical deadline to uncover and publish the truth.

Awarded an Edgar by Mystery Writers of America for Best First Novel on initial release, this 25th Anniversary edition has been revised by the author. A foreword for the 2020 edition by Christopher Rice (Bone Music) is included.

September 14, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with author John Morgan Wilson discusses Simple Justice

SEAN MICHAEL

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M/M/ Romance Author

Often referred to as “Space Cowboy” and “Gangsta of Love” while still striving for the moniker of “Maurice,” Sean Michael spends his days surfing, smutting, organizing his immense gourd collection and fantasizing about one day retiring on a small secluded island peopled entirely by horseshoe crabs. While collecting vast amounts of vintage gay pulp novels and mood rings, Sean whiles away the hours between dropping the f-bomb and pursuing the kama sutra by channeling the long lost spirit of John Wayne and singing along with the soundtrack to “Chicago.”

A long-time writer of complicated haiku, currently Sean is attempting to learn the advanced arts of plate spinning and soap carving sex toys.

Barring any of that? He’ll stick with writing his stories, thanks, and rubbing pretty bodies together to see if they spark.

 Xander has only been coming to the Teddy Bear Club meetings at the Roasty Bean for about six months, ever since his surrogate became pregnant. Now the birth of his twins is imminent and he’s feeling totally unprepared.

September 7, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with author Sean Michael discusses Adding up to Love 

E.A. GREEN

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Sci-fi/Horror Author

Until it is you, one can never understand just how soul-destroying it can be when a family member, friend, or acquaintance just up and vanishes. That depth of darkness knows no bounds when they're declared missing and unfindable. Detective Jarrett Jefferson knows that portion of Hell’s fiery pits all too well. His wife was not only reported missing on July the first of twenty, twenty-nine but that day just so happened to be his thirtieth birthday. His misery took an even deeper step into self-annihilation and destruction after her case was declared an adult runaway, before getting tossed amongst the other hundreds of cold case files. And now, a year later, Jean’s husband was just starting to pick up the pieces of his shattered life. Ride along with the Detective as his first official case turns out to be unlike anything he has ever investigated. A Serial Killer that is given the name S.S.K. by Mr. Jefferson himself. As the killer's identity is revealed, clues about Jean’s whereabouts eventually come to light also. Why settle for FAKE SKIN, when you can have REAL SKIN. Look for a REAL SKIN retailer near you.

September 3, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with author E.A. Green discusses his book Real Skin

ANDY GALLO

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M/M Romance Author

Andy Gallo's stories capture how he wished he'd spent his formative years, instead of how it really happened. Unfortunately for his characters, they find themselves infused with some of Andy's less noble qualities.

 

A hopeless romantic, Andy writes seated next to a hundred year old Smith Brothers typewriter he inherited from his grandfather. He also dreams of superheroes and wizards and sees no reason why two men with superpowers can't fall in love just like everyone else. Although not all of his stories have a paranormal bent, a touch of the supernatural never derailed a good read in his mind.

 

Married and living his happy every after, Andy helps others find their happy endings in the pages of his stories. He and his husband of more than twenty years spend their days rubbing elbows with other parents as they raise their daughter. Embracing his status as the gay dad, Andy sometimes has to remind others that one does want a hint of color even when chasing after their child

August 25, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with author Andy Gallo discusses his book Better be True

ALAN WILD

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Crime Fiction Author

Two strangers meet over a bloody, dismembered body...but can they find the killer before the killer finds them?

When Noah Blain opens his front door, his mind is still on the aging mother he has just helped move into assisted care. But on the threshold, a horror scene awaits. 

Blood and body parts are strewn through Noah’s hallway and there is no one else in sight. At least, until Oliver Thaddeus shows up.

Having escaped California after losing his job as a private investigator, Oliver has returned to Denver, Colorado after blackmailing his ex-lover (and ex-boss) for the cool sum of $14.5M.

Eager to start his own PI agency and work crimes once more, Oliver offers Noah a place to stay and full use of his detective team to help solve the mystery of the brutal homicide.

But when it is discovered that Noah was the actual target of the killing, Oliver and Noah must go into lockdown under police guard until the perpetrator has been found.

Forced together in tragic and dangerous circumstances, complex feelings start to emerge between the two young men as their emotional scars surface. Oliver is strikingly beautiful and familiar only with being used. Noah is mildly agoraphobic and reluctant to open up. Tenderness is new – and terrifying – for them both.

But what secrets in Noah’s past have caused him to make a deadly enemy? And can Oliver’s team find the killer before their lives go from hope to despair

August 24, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with author Alan Wild discusses his book Hope & Despair

JOSEPH R.G. DEMARCO 

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Crime Fiction Author

When Luciano Sforza comes to town, Marco Fontana is thrilled to spend time with his seldom-seen uncle. Their reunion, however, turns deadly. Luciano is in a tough position as the chair of a contentious committee which will decide the authenticity of a purported Botticelli. Battle lines are drawn and tempers flare. When one of Luciano’s assistants becomes the victim of a hit and run, Marco suspects she was targeted. A day later, Luciano is discovered standing over the body of Morgan Cooper, his old enemy and committee rival. The police only focus on investigating Luciano, forcing Marco to prove his uncle’s innocence before an arrest is made. But the answers Marco needs are complex and seem wrapped in closely guarded secrets. Does the informal competition over finding forgeries by the infamous Vermilion play a part in the murder? Or, is the contest for a prestigious museum directorship at the heart of it all? Or is it the disputed Botticelli painting? Every facet of the case makes the search for the killer seem impossible. At the same time, Marco contends with knotty personal issues and problems among his friends and the members of his male strip troupe. Aided by friends Luke, Nina, his inimitable secretary Olga, and his cousin Vinnie—angling to become his PI partner—Marco juggles everything in his own way. But will he be able to save his uncle before the man is arrested or will The Vermilion Secret claim another victim?

August 21, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with author Joe DeMarco discusses his book Vermilion Secret 

D.C. CHAMBERS

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Crime Fiction Author

 The Last Goodbye shows a complex relationship between twenty-five-year-old Sonny Noir, a gay man feeling beaten by the system, and forty-two-year-old Jacqueline Svenson Skylar, a newly transplanted wealthy New York socialite who recently moved to Chicago carrying a lifetime of unhappiness on her shoulders. Sonny Noir’s Story opens with a riveting quadruple homicide at the Miami International Airport on February 13, 1981, which the news media quickly labeled as the “Friday the 13th Massacre at MIA.” It circles back in time with him telling his life story from his teen years to the day he and Jacqueline witness the unfolding scene at MIA. He searches to find a balance between his love life as a gay man, desperately tries to understand the mounting complications of his friendship with a straight woman whose life has fallen apart, and the struggles of social injustice against the lesbian and gay community he encounters along the way. Through all his ups and downs, he fights to stay true to his own identity. He’s not exclusive to surrounding himself with men. He also cherishes the comfort of women as friends. Sonny and Jacqueline find a connection within the first few minutes of meeting while attending The Oak Park School of Hairstyling, even though they come from opposite ends of society and the money spectrum. Sonny is driven and worked hard to achieve a great education to pull himself up from his lower middle-class roots. But after five years in his computer career, he became disheartened and began to lose hope in the American Dream. He encounters many disappointments in his life, but he’s a fighter. Sonny and Jacqueline’s lives are filled with never-ending trials and tribulations, alcoholism, and cheating. It leaves you asking the question many times over—Why can’t they part and go their separate ways?—leading up to the realization that saying goodbye may be their only way to survive. 

August 19, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with author D.C. Chambers discusses his book The Last Goodbye: Sonny Noir Memoir

DAVID S PEDERSON

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Crime Fiction Author

I know what you are. Five words scrawled on a note, and Heath knew his life was now in jeopardy. He had no choice but to confront the blackmailer and find out what proof he had. But what then? Pay up and risk demands for future payments? Or not give in and throw his life away?

The decision’s made for him when the blackmailer turns up dead. Is Heath a murderer? Even he isn’t sure, thanks to several double martinis. Other suspects include a voluptuous neighbor, a smarmy grocer, a ruthless gangster, Heath’s cousin Liz, who was once married to the blackmailer, and Miss Caldwell, a wily librarian who has eyes for the blackmailer’s current wife, Alice. Heath tries to read between the lines to solve the case of a death overdue before he’s arrested for the crime

August 17, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with author Dave Pederson discusses Death Overdue

MARK ALLAN GUNNELS

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Sci-Fi Author

Brad Storm doesn’t believe in ghosts, but moving into the house at 324 Abercorn just may change his mind.

Best-selling author Bradley Storm finally has enough money to buy and restore his dream home. Despite 324 Abercorn's reputation as one of the most haunted houses in America, Bradley isn't worried. He doesn't believe in the supernatural. Then strange things begin to happen. Objects no longer where he left them. Phantom noises heard from empty rooms. Shadows glimpsed from the corner of his eye.

Is his house truly haunted, or is there something more sinister happening on the property?

With the help of Bradley’s new boyfriend and a few friends who are just as intrigued with the seemingly inexplicable occurrences surrounding the infamous house, they set out to find the truth of what stalks the halls at 324 Abercorn.

Proudly represented by Crystal Lake Publishing—Tales from the Darkest Depths

August 5, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with author Mark Allan Gunnels discusses 324 Abercorn

ST.SUKI DE LA CROIX

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LGBT Author/ Journalist

We all have stories -- sometimes poignant, sometimes entertaining, and usually quite interesting. As historians of LGBTQ life, St Sukie de la Croix and Owen Keehnen, have been recording and collecting the memories, personal experiences, and anecdotes of queer folks for decades. The Tell Me About It series is an extension of their ongoing work.The Tell Me About It series collects personal anecdotes in response to a series of questions. Like its two predecessors, Tell Me About It 3 is full of moving, horrendous, hilarious, and thought-provoking answers by LGBTQ people from across the country and around the globe, capturing a variety of experience, often revealing more profound similarities. Tell Me About It 3 offers glimpses of what makes us different, who we are, what we share, and where we fit in

July 22 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with author St. Suki De La Croix discusses gay journalism in Chicago and his Tell Me About It book series

GEOFF SYMON

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LGBT Forensic Classes/ Author/ Federal Agent

For more than 20 years as a federal law enforcement special agent, Geoff Symon has been using his expertise and experience to put away the bad guys. Now he's begun lecturing and consulting with authors in genre fiction communities to help bring verisimilitude and meaningful detail to the depiction of crime and investigation. He has direct, first-hand experience investigating cases including murder (of all types), suicide, arson, kidnapping, bombings, sexual assault, child exploitation, theft and financial crimes. He has specified and certified training in the collection and preservation of evidence, blood-spatter analysis, autopsies and laboratory techniques

May 28 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with author Geoff Symon discusses Forensics for Fiction

BLAKE ALLWOOD

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M/M ROAMNCE NOVEL WRITER

Blake Allwood was born in west TN, then moved to Kansas City MO after attending college in Lamoni, Iowa. He met his husband in 1995 and they officially married in 2015, once gay marriage was legalized. In 2017, he and his husband sold their home, purchased an RV and began traveling the country with their two dogs. Their travels provide the inspiration and settings for many of his novels.

 

Typically, Blake can be found relaxing in the RV or by the fire with his laptop and their Jack Russell Terrier, Buddy, curled up between his legs demanding attention. Denver, their Siberian Husky mix is often asleep at his feet or playing tug of war with Blake's husband.

 

Aiden Inspired (Apr 2019) is his first published novel, featuring two disparate characters from New York and Washington State who meet and develop an unlikely bond. His second novel, Suzie Empowered (Feb 2020), is a followup featuring Aiden's sister Suzie as she overcomes her fear of relationships with straight men due to a sexual assault in high school. In March, Blake returned to gay romance with his release of Bobby Transformed about an Iowa farm boy and a big city publisher. His first three novels share characters and can be read in order or randomly

June 4, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with author Blake Allwood discusses writing in the Male-Male Romance Genre 

ROBERT FIESLER

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LGBT  Mystery Crime Fiction Writer

Buried for decades, the Up Stairs Lounge tragedy has only recently emerged as a catalyzing event of the gay liberation movement. In revelatory detail, Robert W. Fieseler chronicles the tragic event that claimed the lives of thirty-one men and one woman on June 24, 1973, at a New Orleans bar, the largest mass murder of gays until 2016. Relying on unprecedented access to survivors and archives, Fieseler creates an indelible portrait of a closeted, blue- collar gay world that flourished before an arsonist ignited an inferno that destroyed an entire community. The aftermath was no less traumatic—families ashamed to claim loved ones, the Catholic Church refusing proper burial rights, the city impervious to the survivors’ needs—revealing a world of toxic prejudice that thrived well past Stonewall. Yet the impassioned activism that followed proved essential to the emergence of a fledgling gay movement. Tinderbox restores honor to a forgotten generation of civil-rights martyrs.

June 1 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with author Robert Fiesler discussing his book Tinderbox

ROBERT INNES

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LGBT  Mystery Crime Fiction Writer

Robert Innes is the author of The Blake Harte Mysteries - a series of head scratching and impossible crimes.

When he's not trying to work out how to commit seemingly perfect murders and building up a worrying Google search history, Robert can be found at his local slimming group, wondering why eating three pizzas in the space of a week hasn't resulted in a weight loss.

Since the creation of the Blake Harte mystery series in November 2016, each book has become a best seller in LGBT mystery both in the USA and the UK.

June 2 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with author Robert Innes discussing his Blake Harte Mysteries

LEV RAPHAEL

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LGBT  Mystery Crime Fiction Writer

Lev Raphael has wanted to be an author since he was in second grade, and he's not only achieved his dream, he's published twenty-six books in genres from memoir to mystery to erotic vampire tale; had his work translated into fifteen languages; seen one sell close to 300,000 copies; appeared in two documentaries; won various prizes; done hundreds of invited talks and readings on three different continents; sold his literary papers (92 boxes!) to the Michigan State University Libraries (MSUL); been the subject of scholarly articles, papers, and book chapters; and seen his work taught at colleges and universities around the country. Which means he's become homework. Who knew?

June 11 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with author Lev Raphael discussing his Nick Hoffman Mysteries

JAMES POLCHIN

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LGBT  Cultural History Writer

James Polchin is a writer, cultural historian, and a Clinical Professor in Liberal Studies at New York University. He has taught at the Princeton Writing Program, the Parsons School of Design, the New School for Public Engagement, and the Creative Nonfiction foundation.

His writing has appeared in several places including The New Inquiry, Lambda Literary, Brevity, Ducts Magazine, The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, and The Smart Set. His book INDECENT ADVANCES: A HIDDEN HISTORY OF TRUE CRIME AND PREJUDICE BEFORE STONEWALL is published by Counterpoint Press.

June 12 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with author James Polchin discussing his book titled Indecent Advances

BRAD SHREVE 

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LGBT  Mystery Crime Fiction Writer / Podcast Host

After growing up in Michigan and North Carolina, Brad Shreve crisscrossed the country while working in the hotel industry. In addition to working in hotels as a bellman, front desk clerk, and reservation call center director, he's managed coffee houses, waited tables, sold potato chips off a truck and even hawked pre-burial funeral plans.
He credits Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak for developing his interest in art and storytelling. He'd spend hours on the floor sketching and painting and writing stories. My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George gave him his first inklings that he'd like to be a novelist someday.
 

June 10 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with author Brad Shreve discussing his new book titled Body on the Hill

JON MICHAELSON

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LGBT  Mystery Crime Fiction Writer

Jon Michaelsen writes Gay Mystery and Suspense/Thriller fiction. He was born in southwestern Georgia, USA before moving to the Atlanta area with his family ten years later, and where he remains today. After a successful twenty-five-year career in Corporate Travel & Global Account Management, Jon retired in 2009. He now spends his time writing, reading, and enjoying the outdoors. His debut novel, Pretty Boy Dead, is the first novel in the Kendall Parker Mystery series, which became a Lambda Literary Award Finalist in Gay Mystery. His second novel in the series, The Deadwood Murders, recently released to widespread acclaim. Besides other writing endeavors, Jon is writing the third Kendall Parker mystery. He lives with his husband of 34 years, and two monstrous terriers. Contact him at Michaelsen.jon@gmail.com. Find Jon Michaelsen via these links: Website: http://www.jonmichaelsen.com

July 2 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with author Jon Michaelson discussing his book titled Deadwood Murders

PATRICIA LOGAN

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LGBT  Male / Male Romance Author

International bestselling author Patricia Logan, resides in Los Angeles, California. The author of several #1 bestselling erotic romances in English, Italian, French, and Spanish lives in a small house with a large family. When she's not writing her next thriller romance, she's watching her grandchildren grow up way too soon, and raising kids who make her proud every day. One of her favorite tasks is coaxing nose kisses from cats who insist on flopping on her keyboard while she types. Married to a wonderful gentleman for 30 years, she counts herself lucky to be surrounded by people who love her and give her stories to tell every day.

July 3 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with author Patricia Logan discussing her book titled Cleanup on Aisle Mine

SUDI RICK KARATAS

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LGBT  Author / Screen Writer

Whether you have your own questions because you’re preparing to come out to your kids, or you aren’t sure how to explain to your kids why their uncle has a boyfriend or why their friend has two mommies, this book can help. With an entertaining and educational approach to educating yourself and your peers about the issues and topics surrounding the LGBTQ+ community, Rainbow Relatives will provide answers to your kids’ questions and help you raise them to be open-minded and accepting adults.

First and foremost, this book will help you approach the conversations you need to have and predict what you can expect from them. Author Sudi Karatas tells a variety of stories, such as that of a Mormon woman’s transition from fighting against gay rights to becoming a crusader for them. Also included are the voices of filmmakers, actors, musicians, mental health professionals, and more. Through Rainbow Relatives, Karatas helps parents support, advocate for, and educate their children, relatives, and family friends

July 6 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with author Sudi Rick Karatas discussing his book titled Rainbow Relatives

JACK SCOTT 

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LGBT Crime Drama Fiction Author

In 2010, Jack started an irreverent narrative about his new life and Perking the Pansies quickly became one of the most popular English language blogs in Turkey. Within a year, he had been featured in the Turkish national press, had published numerous essays and articles in expat and travel magazines and had contributed to the Huffington Post Union of Bloggers. As the blog developed a head of steam, a growing worldwide audience clamoured for a book. Jack duly obliged and his hilarious (well, he thinks so) memoir, Perking the Pansies, Jack and Liam move to Turkey was released by Summertime Publishing in 2011. Receiving critical acclaim, Jack's debut book made the top ten for the prestigious Polari First Book Prize and featured in a double page spread in Time Out, Istanbul. The book's success opened up a whole new career for Jack as an author. Jack and Liam ended their Anatolian affair and paddled back to Britain on the evening tide. They currently live in Norwich, a surprising cathedral city in eastern England.

July 8 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with author Jack Scott discussing his book titled Turkey Street

MORGAN MASON

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LGBT Male/Male Romance Author

When an unexpected letter arrives in the mail, Aero assumes it’s bad news about the grandmother he hasn’t seen in years. A trip to Southern California to reconnect with her and pick up a family heirloom, however, produces an introduction to a hotter-than-hell surf god who asks him out to dinner.
A chance encounter at the beach piques Charlie’s interest and gets him thinking about things beyond the beach and his antiques restoration business. Making an impromptu dinner invitation, to a man of all things, has Charlie opening his mind to unexplored feelings and incredible possibilities.
With Aero living in Seattle and Charlie in Huntington Beach, is their quick romance doomed to fail before it even takes off? Is five days enough time to realize that some things are just worth fighting for?

July 9 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with author Morgan Mason discussing her book titled Times Yet to Come

DANIEL M. JAFFE

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LGBT  Author

Daniel grew up and attended college in New Jersey, then moved to the Boston area for law school. He worked for several years as a corporate/securities attorney before throwing caution to the winds and pursuing a career in creative writing. After his partner (and future husband), Leo Cabranes-Grant, accepted a university teaching position in California, Daniel moved with him to Santa Barbara.

Several of Daniel's short stories have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and dozens of his stories, essays, and articles have appeared in anthologies, literary journals and newspapers in many countries and languages. His work has been taught in college and university courses. He holds degrees from Princeton University (A.B.), Harvard Law School (J.D.), and Vermont College (M.F.A.).

July 14 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with author Daniel M. Jaffe discusses several of his books, including The Genealogy of Understanding

RICK KARLIN

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LGBT Gay History Author

Paper Cuts: My Life in Chicago’s Volatile LGBTQ Press is the story of Rick Karlin’s life writing for Chicago’s newspapers, balancing that with his family life outside of it. Joining the staff at GayLife in 1978 gave Karlin a front-row seat at some of the momentous events in post-Stonewall LGBTQ history. From the privileged vantage point of a newspaper office, he watched the rise and fall of disco, the AIDS crisis, same-sex marriage, bars opening and closing, and LGBTQ newspapers coming and going. Like gossip columnists, Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons, Karlin knew the dirt going on behind the scenes. … Scratch the veneer of what Karlin calls his “so-called celebrity” and you will find a man of conviction, morals, and a keen sense of community. In short, Rick Karlin is a jewel in the crown of Chicago’s LGBTQ press. In 1978 he dived into a polluted pool and, holding his nose, swam in it for decades. And Chicago is all the better for it.

July 13 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with author Rick Karlin discussing his book titled Paper Cuts

DAVID BERGER

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LGBT Greek Fantasy Author

Ever since he was a child, David was actively inspired by the Muses to write. Whether it was stories of the Smurfs when he was 7 or Star-Trek-meets-Greek-myth short story in his senior year in high school, he has always desired to share adventures. Becoming an English teacher simply fueled his desire to write, and from this, as well as a love of fantasy and comic books (especially Wonder Woman), he created his Task Force: Gaea series.

David's tale of mythic fantasy in the world of the Olympian gods, Task Force: Gaea, will be five books, plus one anthology, Of Mortal Bonds, that leaps out of Memory's Curse, to tell an additional set of stories.

He is also working on a Celtic myth-inspired series called The DragonHawk Cycle, with the first novel being The Quest of Wyndracer and Fyrehunter (2017 or 2018).

David goes to various conventions across the country to meet fans, sign books, and just be a total geek. For more information, please check his website: http://www.davidbergerbooks.com

July 15 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with author David Berger discussing his book titled Task Force Gaia

RICK R. REED

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LGBT Crime Fiction & Mystery Author

Real Men. True Love. Rick R. Reed draws inspiration from the lives of gay men to craft stories that quicken the heartbeat, engage emotions, and keep the pages turning. Although he dabbles in horror, dark suspense, and comedy, his attention always returns to the power of love. He's the award-winning and bestselling author of more than fifty works of published fiction and is forever at work on yet another book. Lambda Literary has called him: "A writer that doesn't disappoint..." You can find him at www.rickrreedreality.blogspot.com. Rick lives in Palm Springs, CA with his husband and is forever at work on another novel.
You can also like Rick on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rickrreedbooks or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rickrreed. Rick always enjoys hearing from readers and answers all e-mails personally. Send him a message at rickrreedbooks@gmail.com

July 17, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with author Rick R. Reed discussing his latest book titled Man from Milwaukee

MICHAEL JENSEN

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LGBT Historical Fiction Author

Michael Jensen is an author and editor. His books of gay historical fiction include two series, The Drowning World, which is set in 5500 B.C., and The Savage Land, which takes place on the American frontier in the late 1700s. Man & Monster, the second book in The Savage Land series, was a Lambda Award Finalist (under the title Firelands).
Michael is also the co-founder of AfterElton.com, which covered pop culture for gay and bisexual men, and eventually became one of the largest and most influential LGBT websites on the internet. In 2006, AfterElton.com was sold to MTV/Viacom. As editor, Michael interviewed hundreds of writers, directors, and actors, breaking numerous stories and advancing the issue of LGBT visibility in Hollywood. Michael also created the Big Gay Fiction Giveaway, which helped tens of thousands of readers find great new voices in MM fiction.

July 16 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with author Michael Jensen discussing his book Man & Beast

JOE COSENTINO

JOE   COSENTINO

LGBT Mystery Author

JOE COSENTINO was voted favorite LGBT mystery, humorous, and contemporary author of the year by the readers of Divine Magazine for Drama Queen, the first Nicky and Noah mystery. The other Nicky and Noah mysteries are Drama Muscle (Rainbow Award Honorable Mention), Drama Cruise, Drama Luau, Drama Detective (Rainbow Award Honorable Mention), Drama Fraternity, Drama Castle (Rainbow Award Honorable Mention), Drama Dance (Rainbow Award Honorable Mention), and Drama Faerie. He is also the author of the Cozzi Cove series (NineStar Press): Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back (Rainbow Award Honorable Mention/TBR Pile Favorite Book of the Month), Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward, Cozzi Cove: Stepping Out, Cozzi Cove: New Beginning, Cozzi Cove: Happy Endings; the Dreamspinner Press novellas: In My Heart: An Infatuation & A Shooting Star (Rainbow Award Honorable Mention), The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland (with Holiday Tales from Fairyland, Rainbow Award Honorable Mention, Open Skye Book Reviews Favorite Audiobook of the Month), the Bobby and Paolo Holiday Stories: A Home for the Holiday, The Perfect Gift, The First Noel, and the Found At Last series: Finding Giorgio and Finding Armando; and the Jana Lane mysteries: Paper Doll, Porcelain Doll, Satin Doll, China Doll, Rag Doll (The Wild Rose Press). He has appeared in principal acting roles in film, television, and theatre, opposite stars such as Bruce Willis, Rosie O'Donnell, Nathan Lane, Holland Taylor, and Jason Robards. Joe is currently Chair of the Department/Professor at a college in upstate New York, and he is happily married.

May 30, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with author Joe Cosentino discussing his Nicky and Noah Mystery series and the first book in that series, Drama Queen

MARK MCNEASE

MARK MCNEASE

LGBT Mystery Author

I've been writing since I was eight or nine, quite a long time in the brief span of any life. I'm the author of the Kyle Callahan Mysteries, two of which have been best sellers on Kindle. My Detective Linda mystery, Last Room at the Cliff's Edge, was released in September 2016 and called a winner by Publishers Weekly. I released Murder at the Paisley Parrot: A Marshall James Thriller in 2017 and Black Cat White Paws: A Maggie Dahl Mystery in 2018. That was followed by my supernatural chiller, A House in the Woods, and, in March 2020, Beautiful Corpse, the second book in the Marshall James series. My short story Stop the Car was selected as a Kindle Single and is now an audiobook narrated by the amazing Braden Wright. It was selected twice to be included in the Amazon Prime reading library. I also have an Emmy for Outstanding Children's Program for Into the Outdoors, a television show I co-created and wrote for two years that is now in its 21st year. I live in the New Jersey woods with my husband, Frank, and our two cats, Wilma and Peanut.

May 27, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with author Mark McNease discussing the latest in his Marshall James series, Beautiful Corpse

JEFFREY ROUND

JEFFREY ROUND

Award-winning Mystery Author

Jeffrey Round is best known as the Lambda Award-winning author of two mystery series--the gritty Dan Sharp books and the comic Bradford Fairfax series. He is also an award-winning filmmaker, television producer and song-writer. His most recent books are "The God Game", fifth in the Dan Sharp series, and "Bon Ton Roulet", fourth in the Bradford Fairfax comic mystery series. His first novel, "A Cage of Bones", was published by GMP (UK), topping bestseller lists around the world. "The P-town Murders", first in the Bradford Fairfax series, was published by the Haworth Press (US). Both titles were listed on AfterElton's Top 100 Greatest Gay Books in 2008. Jeffrey's "Endgame" was called a "brilliant recreation" of Agatha Christie's best-selling mystery "And Then There Were None", giving the original what one critic called a "punk-rock reboot." It became a best-selling e-book in the US in 2016.

May 26, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with author Jeffrey Round discussing the latest in his Dan Sharp Mystery series, Lion's Head Revisited

MATT LUBBERS-MOORE

MATT LUBBERS-MOORE

Librarian and Scholar

Librarian and scholar Matt Lubbers-Moore collects and examines every mystery novel to include a gay or queer male in the English language starting with the 1909 Arthur Conan Doyle short story “The Man with the Watches,” which is included in its entirety. Authors, titles, dates published, publishers, book series, short blurbs, and a description of how involved the gay or queer male character is with the mystery are all included for a full bibliographic background.

May 23, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with librarian Matt Lubbers-Moore discussing his latest book, Murder and Mayhem: An Annotated Bibliography of Gay and Queer Males in Mystery, 1909-2018.  Murder and Mayhem will prove invaluable for mystery collectors, researchers, libraries, general readers, aficionados, bookstores, and devotees of LGBTQ studies. The bibliography is laid out in alphabetical order by the author for the ease of the reader to find what they are looking for and be able to read the blurb and author notes to determine if the book is what they are looking for whether a hard-boiled private eye, an amateur cozy, a suspenseful romance, or a police procedural. All subgenres within the mystery field are included within including fantasy, science fiction, espionage, political intrigue, crime dramas, courtroom thrillers, and more with a definition guide of the subgenres for a better understanding of the genre as a whole. A ReQueered Tales Original publication, this 2020 edition contains a bonus story by Arthur Conan Doyle.

IAN HENZEL

Ian Henzel

LGBT Publisher

Rattling Good Yarns Press is an independent publishing house specializing in LGBTQ fiction, history, and whimsey. The British expression, a rattling good yarn, means a story that is excellent and exciting. We are devoted to bringing works to light that are neglected by mainstream publishers.

May 22, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with publisher Ian Henzel of Rattling Good Yarns Press.

OLIVIER BOSMAN

OLIVIER BOSMAN

LGBT Mystery Author

Born to Dutch parents and raised in Colombia and England, I am a rootless wanderer with itchy feet. I've spent the last few years living and working in The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Sudan, and Bulgaria, but I have every confidence that I will now finally be able to settle down among the olive groves of Andalucia. I am an avid reader and film fan (in fact, my study is overflowing with my various DVD collections!) I did an MA in creative writing for film and television at the University of Sheffield. After a failed attempt at making a career as a screenwriter, I turned to the theater and wrote and produced a play called Death Takes a Lover (which has since been turned into the first D.S.Billings Victorian Mystery). The play was performed on the London Fringe to great critical acclaim. I am currently living in Spain where I make ends meet by teaching English.

May 21, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with mystery author Olivier Bosman discussing the first book in his D.S. Billings Victorian Mystery Series, The Ornamental Hermit.

GREGORY ASHE

GREGORY ASHE

LGBT Mystery Author

I'm a long-time Midwesterner. I've lived in Chicago, Bloomington (IN), and Saint Louis, my current home. Aside from reading and writing (which take up a lot of my time), I'm an educator. While I enjoy reading across many genres, my two main loves are mystery and speculative fiction. I used to keep a list of favorite books, but it changes so frequently that I've given up. I'm always looking for recommendations, though, so please drop me a line if you have something in mind! My big goal right now is one day to be responsible enough to get a dog. Keep up with my writing at my website, www.gregoryashe.com

May 20, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with mystery author Gregory Ashe discussing the latest book in his Hazard and Somerset: A Union of Swords Mystery Series, Wayward.

J.D. HORN

J.D. HORN

Wall Street Journal Bestselling Mystery Author

J. D. Horn is the author of the standalone dark fantasy Shivaree and the bestselling Witching Savannah series (The Line, The Source, The Void, and Jilo). The Witching Savannah series has been/is being translated into Russian, Polish, German, Spanish, Italian, French, and Romanian. He and his spouse, Rich, split their time between San Francisco and Palm Springs.

May 19, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with mystery author J.D. Horn discussing the book, The King of Bones and Ashes, the first in The Witches of New Orleans series.

JOHN COPENHAVER

JOHN COPENHAVER

Mystery Author

DODGING AND BURNING (Pegasus Crime) is Copenhaver's debut novel. Copenhaver writes a crime fiction review column for Lambda Literary called "Blacklight," and he is the five-time recipient of Artist Fellowships from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. He's a Lambda Fellow, and he has completed residencies at VCCA, VSC, and Ragdale. He's a Larry Neal awardee, and his work has appeared in CrimeReads, Electric Lit, Glitterwolf, PANK, New York Journal of Books, Washington Independent Review of Books, and others. He chairs the 7-12 grade English department at Flint Hill School. He grew up in the mountains of southwestern Virginia and currently lives in DC with his husband, artist Jeffery Paul (Herrity).

May 6, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with mystery author John Copenhaver discussing his debut mystery book, Dodging and Burning. A lurid crime scene photo of a beautiful woman arrives on mystery writer Bunny Prescott's doorstep with no return address—and it's not the first time she's seen it. Fifty-five years earlier, in the summer of 1945, Ceola Bliss is a lonely twelve-year-old tomboy, mourning the loss of her brother, Robbie, who was declared missing in the Pacific. She tries to piece together his life by rereading his favorite pulp detective story “A Date with Death” and spending time with his best friend, Jay Greenwood. One unforgettable August day, Jay leads Ceola and Bunny to a stretch of woods where he found a dead woman, but when they arrive, the body is gone. They soon discover a local woman named Lily Vellum is missing and begin to piece together the threads of her murder, starting with the photograph Jay took of her abandoned body. As Ceola gets swept up playing girl detective, Bunny becomes increasingly skeptical of Jay. She discovers a series of clues that place doubt on the identity of the corpse and Jay’s story of how he found it and journeys to Washington, D.C. in search of Lily. In D.C., Bunny is forced to recognize the brutal truth about her dear friend and sets off a series of events that will bring tragedy to Jay and decades of estrangement between her and Ceola.