Back in April, Jeff moderated a panel at Interlude Press’s Tiny Book Festival. In this episode, we’re presenting that discussion, which focused on historical novels from many time periods. The panel features Alysia Constantine, Suzey Ingold, Carrie Pack, Amy Stilgenbauer and Laura Stone. The group not only discusses the books they’ve written but also what they did to research the time period and accurately represent it, why they’re inspired to write historicals and they’ve got book recommendations too.
Helen Juliet, who also writes as HJ Welch, discusses what stories readers will find with her two pen names. We learn about her current project, a retelling of Rapunzel, as well as her work in the Rosavia Royals series and the Pine Cove series (which includes the Big Gay Fiction Book Club selection for August, Troubled Waters). She also shares the story of how she came to write m/m romance, thanks to support from some other authors in the genre.
Jeff shares a listener recommendation before Will reviews Boyfriend with Benefits by Allison Temple. Jeff reviews two books by Jim Provenzano: Everytime I Think of You and Message of Love.
Davidson King sits down with Jeff to talk about her Haven Hart universe, which includes her latest book To Die For that is part of the spin-off Joker’s Sin series. Davidson also discusses Sticky Fingers, what got her to take the leap to writing her own book and the Diverse Reader review site. Plus she talks about some books she’s been enjoying this summer.
Jeff and Will talk about the super fun High School Musical: The Musical: The Series on Disney+. Jeff has more book recommendations from listeners and also gives his review of Alexis Hall’s Boyfriend Material. Will reviews Honeymoon for One by Keira Andrews.
For this first listener favorite episode, we feature Joel Leslie’s appearances on the podcast. He talks about working with Haley Walsh on the Skyler Foxe Mysteries and with Marshall Thornton on Femme. Joel also talks about what it means to him voicing so many LGBTQ+ characters across more than 200 books.
Jeff & Will celebrate Christmas in July with this episode of the Big Gay Fiction Book Club with a discussion the second chance romance Mr. Frosty Pants by Leta Blake.
Jeff talks about the Netflix film The Old Guard and then shares a book recommendation from a listener. Will’s “Christmas in July” reading concludes with Three Dates of Christmas by KC Burn, Temporary Santa by Dev Bentham and An Everyday Hero by E.J. Russell.
Jeff reviews Camp by L.C. Rosen and then discusses the book with the author. Lev talks about why he wrote the rom-com style story of Randy and Hudson and what he hopes readers take away from the story. Lev also shares a little bit of info on the forthcoming movie adaptation, what got him into writing and why queer YA stories are so important.