LBGTQ AUTHOR INTERVIEWS

WILLOW STARLING 

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Author 

Willow Starling grew up in the sparsely-populated Hustontown, Pennsylvania, and eventually moved to Ypsilanti, Michigan, where she began transitioning to female in December 2017. She has had a knack for fiction since she was a young child. The most fun she ever had was writing exciting new stories! She dabbled in filmmaking as a teenager and in her early 20’s. However, Ms. Starling felt fated to return to her roots as a storyteller through writing, and with her experiences as an out transgender woman, the girl has some stories to tell!

Feb 10, 2022

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About the Interview:

Interview with author Willow Starling  about her new book Death, Judgement, and the Tower

ANNE RUSSO

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Author 

Anne makes her home in Connecticut with her wonderful and ever-so-patient partner—a lifelong reader, writer, and curious student. Anne hopes to create exciting multi-dimensional characters and worlds but with a queer sensibility. The Dead Don’t Lie is the first book in the Dead Generations series and her first novel.

When she’s not dreaming of and writing suspenseful gay romances, you’ll find Anne reading an ungodly amount of biographies (the bigger, the better!) and when she can enjoying time out in nature. Anne also enjoys bubble baths, podcasts, coffee, all kinds of music and loves spending her weekends hanging out at museums, book stores, and flea markets.

Dec 22, 2021

About the Interview:

Interview with author Anne Russo  about his new book The Dead Don't Lie

JOHN COPENHAVER

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Author 

John Copenhaver’s historical crime novel, Dodging and Burning, won the 2019 Macavity Award for Best First Mystery Novel and garnered Anthony, Strand Critics, Barry, and Lambda Literary Award nominations. Copenhaver writes a crime fiction review column for Lambda Literary called “Blacklight,” cohosts on the House of Mystery Radio Show, and is the six-time recipient of Artist Fellowships from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. He grew up in the mountains of southwestern Virginia and currently lives in Richmond, VA, with his husband, artist Jeffery Paul (Herrity).

Oct 7, 2021

About the Interview:

Interview with author John Copenhaver about his new book The Savage Kind: A Mystery

AUSTIN OAKLEY

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Author

Queer artist, writer, and cat-dad of two, Austin Oakley is a long time lover of monsters, magic, and happily-ever-afters. When he's not concocting schemes to get characters to kiss or thrusting heroes into the slobbering jaws of some abominable beast, he can be found with a sketchbook in hand or in the kitchen, cooking and hanging out with friends. Currently living in rural Kentucky, Austin has spent his life in the American South, and loves to weave his stories around the places and the people that captured his imagination and his heart.

Dec 20, 2021

About the Interview:

Interview with Austin Oakley about his new book Witchfire:Hexed and Hunted

DAVID DOMINE

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Author

From Victorian folklore to recipes with bourbon, Kentucky spirits often come alive in the narratives of David Dominé, an author whose numerous books showcase the rich cultural heritage of his adopted state. David not only uses his art to draw attention to sites of historical interest, such as the Kentucky Bourbon Trail or the stunning Old Louisville preservation district, he also highlights the legacy that has shaped the region’s exceptional folk traditions and culinary past. The result is a body of work that includes memoirs, travel journals, historical sketches, cook books, and photographic essays, all painting an inviting picture of the state he has called home since 1993.

Oct 4, 2021

DAN CROWLEY 

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Author 

Chicago artist Dan Crowley works in many different mediums. Over the years his sculpted puppets have been sold in galleries across the country. Tiffany & Co in Chicago showcased his sculpted characters in award winning Holiday window displays, as has the Stuart Weitzman stores. Dan’s shoe characters are in Jane Weitzman’s book “Art & Sole” and Donna Kato’s book “the Art of Polymer Clay”. His cartoon strip “Uncle Dan” ran weekly in the Windy City Media Publication, Nightspots for three years. The Chicago Public Library showcased Dan’s oil painting series of famous people from history as frogs. This group of paintings continues to grow as frog portraits became something Crowley was known for. He began his career in 1985 as an illustrator for the Children’s Garment Industry in Manhattan, drawing teddy bears for kid’s clothing. Now-a-days he works in his studio assisted by his cats “the Nicklebys”

Oct 6, 2021

About the Interview:

Interview with author Dan Crowley about his new book Danny Growing up Gay

TIM BARELA 

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Author 

Tim Barela’s Leonard & Larry are back! The Complete Leonard & Larry Collection contains every Leonard & Larry strip, from their first appearance in Gay Comix to The Advocate and Frontiers magazine. Strip creator Tim Barela gave voice to a generation of LGBTQ people. Whether we were gay, straight, into music, or into leather, we could see our lives mirrored in the sometimes crazy but always loving Leonard & Larry universe.

The Complete Leonard & Larry Collection contains all the strips from the long out-of-print previous collections of Tim Barela’s work: Domesticity Isn’t Pretty, Kurt Cobain & Mozart Are Both Dead, Excerpts from the Ring Cycle in Royal Albert Hall, and How Real Men Do It. Also in this collection are cartoons from Mountain Man and the never seen before Grizzly ‘N’ Ted series. In addition, the Complete Leonard & Larry Collection features forewords by internationally respected animation historian Charles Solomon and Gay Comix pioneer and pop culture historian Andy Mangels, plus an introduction by Tim Barela.

Oct 5, 2021

About the Interview:

Interview with author Tim Barela  about his new book The Complete Leonard & Larry Collection

JAMES MCGRUDER

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Author

James Magruder is a fiction writer, playwright, and translator. His work has appeared in StoryQuarterly, The Gettysburg Review, New England Review, The Idaho Review, Subtropics, Arts & Letters, Third Coast, AU, Prairie Schooner, Bloom, The Normal School, The Hopkins Review, Gargoyle, the anthologies Boy Crazy and New Stories from the Midwest, and elsewhere. His début novel, Sugarless, (University of Wisconsin Press, 2009) was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, the VCU Cabell First Novelists Award, and shortlisted for the 2010 William Saroyan International Writing Prize. Northwestern University Press published his linked story collection, Let Me See It, in 2014, and it was a Montaigne Medal Finalist in 2015. His second novel, Love Slaves of Helen Hadley Hall, was released in 2016 from Queen’s Ferry Press and reissued by Chelsea Station Editions.

Sept 28, 2021

About the Interview:

Interview with James Magruder  about the Vamp Until Ready

CHERYL HEAD

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Author

I live, and write, in Washington, DC. At the core, my writing includes broad themes of diversity. I'm a huge fan of British mysteries on PBS. I love research that takes me deep into the rabbit hole.

My first book, Long Way Home: A World War II Novel, draws on all my experiences and observations about ambition, race, class and "dreams deferred", and was a double finalist (Historical Fiction; African American Literature) in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.I'm the author of The Charlie Mack Motown Mystery series for Bywater Books. There are five books in the series: Bury Me When I'm Dead (Lambda Literary Award finalist), Wake Me When It's Over (2019 Detroit Public Library African American Book List), Catch Me When I'm Falling (2020 Next Generation Indie Book Award-Mystery finalist), Judge Me When I'm Wrong (2020 Goldie Winner-Ann Bannon Popular Choice Award), Find Me When I'm Lost (Lambda Literary and Ann Bannon Popular Choice Award Finalist), and Warn Me When It's Time (Release Date- June 29, 2021)

Sept 27, 2021

About the Interview:

Interview with Cheryl A. Head about the Warn Me When It's Time

GARRICK JONES

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Author 

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 research-driven. I always try to do my best to give the reader a sense of what life was like for my main characters in the world they live in.
Visit my website for news, blogs, and upcoming titles:
https://garrickjones.com.au/

Sept 3, 2021

About the Interview:

Interview with author Garrick Jones about his new book X for Extortion: 14 Manchester Square

MICHAEL BUSSEE

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Exodus/ Pray Away 

Michael Bussee, one of the founders of Exodus and Gary Cooper, a leader within the ministry of Exodus, left the group to be in a relationship with each other in 1979. They divorced their wives and participated in a commitment ceremony in 1982. Bussee and Cooper lived together until Cooper's death from AIDS-related illness in 1991.
In June 2007, Bussee issued an apology for his involvement in promoting orientation change through Exodus. Also apologizing were Jeremy Marks, former president of Exodus International Europe, and Darlene Bogle, the founder of Paraklete Ministries, an Exodus referral agency. The apology stated in part "Some who heard our message were compelled to try to change an integral part of themselves, bringing harm to themselves and their families." Bussee stated, "In the almost 40 years since I started Exodus International, I can honestly say that I have never met a gay person who became heterosexual through conversion therapy or ex-gay programs. Yes, some stayed celibate for a time. Some even married and said they were happy. But most of those marriages ended with very painful divorces.

Aug 31, 2021

About the Interview:

Interview with Michael Bussee about the Netflix Documentary 'Pray Away'

RANDY THOMAS

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Exodus/ Pray Away the Gay

Having grown up in the city of Nashville, Tennessee, in the ’80s, when the AIDS/HIV crisis was in full swing, Randy Thomas was not only exposed to constant homophobia but was also kicked out of home when he came out to his family. Apart from all this, there was also the bullying he suffered in public and the media’s snide remarks on his community. He thus moved to Texas, where he fell into the slippery slope of alcohol and drugs before he learned about an “ex-gay” ministry affiliated with Exodus in a local church. Randy soon devoted himself to the path and rose through the ranks

‘Pray Away’ is a Netflix original documentary movie that explores the story of a handful of individuals who either underwent the traumatic experience of conversion therapy or served as advocates for the “ex-gay movement.” With Exodus International and Freedom March, every similar group aimed at the LGBTQ+ community and promoting “change” through Christianity is highlighted, as their primary goals are the same. And it’s all done for the sobering reality check that such “treatments” are simply virulent, which former Vice President of Exodus agrees with. So, let’s find out more about him.

Aug 30, 2021

About the Interview:

Interview with the Ex-Vice President of Exodus Randy Thomas about the Netflix documentary 'Pray Away' 

ROBYN GIGL

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Author 

Robyn Gigl is the author of BY WAY OF SORROW. She is an attorney and activist who has been honored by the ACLU-NJ and the NJ Pride Network for her work on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community.
Robyn is a partner at Gluck Walrath, LLP in Freehold, NJ, where she handles complex commercial and employment litigation. She was appointed by the Governor and Legislature to the New Jersey Transgender Equality Taskforce in 2019. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Garden State Equality, NJ's largest LGBTQ+ Civil Rights Organization. She is a graduate of Stonehill College and Villanova University School of Law. Robyn lives in New Jersey, where she continues to practice law by day, and work on her next novel by night. Fortunately, she has a very boring social life

Aug 5, 2021

About the Interview:

Interview with author Robin Gigl about her book By Way of Sorrow (An Erin McCabe Legal Thriller)

ANN APTAKER

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Author 

Native New Yorker Ann Aptaker’s Cantor Gold crime/mystery series has been the recipient of Lambda Literary and Goldie Awards. Her short stories have appeared in two editions of the crime anthology Fedora, Switchblade Magazine’s Stiletto Heeled issue, the Mickey Finn: Twenty-First Century Noir anthology, and will be featured in an upcoming issue of Black Cat Mystery Magazine. She is one of six writers invited to provide a novella for the second season of Down & Out Books’ crime series Guns & Tacos. Her flash fiction, “A Night In Town,” appeared in the online zine Punk Soul Poet, and another flash fiction, “Rockin’ Dyke Roll,” is featured in the Goldie winning anthology Our Happy Hours: LGBT Voices From The Gay Bars.

Prior to her career as a crime fiction author, Ann was a curator and exhibition specialist for museums and galleries across the U.S., and an adjunct professor of art history at New York Institute of Technology.

Aug 3, 2021

About the Interview:

Interview with author Ann Aptaker about her book Murder and Gold

YVONNE ZIPTER

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Author 

Yvonne Zipter is the author of two nonfiction books (Ransacking the Closet and Diamonds Are a Dyke’s Best Friend), three poetry collections (Kissing the Long Face of the Greyhound, The Patience of Metal, and Like Some Bookie God), and a number of short stories, including “Günther’s Wife,” which won first place in LitPot ezine eclectic’s Flash Fiction Contest, and “Third Date,” which was selected for Best Lesbian Love Stories, 2005. She was also the author of the syndicated humor column “Inside Out,” on lesbian life, which ran for ten years in newspapers from Washington, DC, to Oklahoma City to San Diego after its debut in Chicago’s Windy City Times.

July 26, 2021

About the Interview:

Interview with author Yvonne Zipter about her book Infraction 

ST. SUKIE DE LA CROIX

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Author 

St Sukie de la Croix, 69, has been a social commentator and researcher on Chicago’s LGBT history for three decades. He has published oral-history interviews; lectured; conducted historical tours; documented LGBT life through columns, photographs, humor features, and fiction; and written the book Chicago Whispers (University of Wisconsin Press, 2012) on local LGBT history. St Sukie de la Croix, the man the Chicago Sun-Times described as “the gay Studs Terkel,” came to Chicago from his native Bath, England, in 1991. He has had columns in local publications or online news and entertainment sources such as Chicago Free Press, Gay Chicago, Nightlines/Nightspots, Outlines, Blacklines, Windy City Times, and GoPride.com as well as numerous others outside the city.

July 22, 2021

P.J. VERNON

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Author 

P. J. Vernon was born in South Carolina and has been called "a name to watch in the thriller genre" (Booklist). Library Journal and Book Riot compare his critically-acclaimed Gothic debut When You Find Me to Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects. His next thriller, Bath Haus, is forthcoming in June 2021 (Doubleday). Vernon is represented by Aevitas Creative Management and United Talent Agency (TV/film). He lives in Canada with his partner and two wily dogs.

July 20, 2021

About the Interview:

Interview with author P.J. Vernon about his book Bath Haus : A Thriller 

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

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

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.
What bloggers are saying about Dead Camp.

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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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?

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