For the last Listener Favorite episode of our fifth anniversary year, we present Suzanne Brockmann. Suzanne, along with her family, has long been a champion of LGBTQ+ inclusion in romance fiction. In this look back at interviews from 2017 (which featured her, her husband Ed Gaffney and her son Jason T. Gaffney), Suzanne discusses her efforts to get gay characters in some of her early work, including the groundbreaking addition of FBI agent Jules Cassidy to her Troubleshooter series, and the historic gay wedding she brought to readers in All Through the Night (which happens to be our Big Gay Fiction Book Club selection for December). We also hear from Suzanne, Ed and Jason about how the family creates projects like the California Comedy books and movies, such as The Perfect Wedding.
Author Gillian St. Kevern joins us to talk about the latest in the Read by Candlelight series, The Christmas Party. She discusses the origins of the series and what attracts her to telling gothic tales. Gillian also shares what got her started writing, as well as details on her other series: Thorns and Fangs and Deep Magic. She’s also got a couple book recommendations too.
Jeff & Will get into the holiday spirit with The Christmas Deal by Keira Andrews.
As always, in this deep dive discussion there are spoilers ahead. If you’ve read this delightful Christmas romance, we’d love to hear what you think in the comments.
Author Maz Maddox talks to us about her Stallion Ridge series and the shifters and humans who call the Wild West town home. She’s got the scoop on the upcoming sixth book as well as the finale that will arrive in 2021. Maz’s new RELIC series, featuring modern day fossil hunters, is also discussed along with her writing origins, and author influences. Of course, she’s also got some book recommendations too.
Author Liz Faraim talks with Jeff about her debut novel Canopy, which kicks off the Vivian Chastain series. Liz discusses the origins of Vivian, why this became her first novel, and how she shared early versions of the story through live readings. Liz also shares what got her into writing and what’s still to come with this series as well as her next one.
This episode is packed with book recommendations as the guys discuss Learned Behaviors by Jayce Ellis, Brothersong by TJ Klune, Trade Deadline by Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn and Manners & Mannerisms by Tanya Chris. Two books outside the gay romance genre are also reviewed as Will talks about Dolls! Dolls! Dolls!: Deep Inside Valley of the Dolls, the Most Beloved Bad Book and Movie of All Time by Stephen Rebello and Jeff looks at The Bridge by Bill Konigsberg.