Episode 333 – Author Julian Winters and Narrator Silas Whitaker Bring “How to Be Remy Cameron” to Audio
Before we get into this week’s interview, Jeff reviews the audiobook of How to Be Remy Cameron, as well as the new anthology Black Boy Joy, edited by Kwame Mbalia.
We are super excited this week to welcome Silas Whitaker, a new audiobook narrator who already has a few titles out for young adult and gay romance fans. Author Julian Winters joins us as well to tell the story of how Silas came to narrate How to be Remy Cameron. We get the scoop on how Silas recorded his first book, managed the large cast of characters, and what his favorite scene was. We also talk about the books Silas has recorded in the gay romance genre. In addition, Julian discusses his short story in the Black Boy Joy anthology.
Jeff & Will remind everyone that this month’s Big Gay Fiction Book Club selection is Running Lines by Jeris Jean. The Book Club episode is coming up on Thursday, September 30. In addition, they also share that a previous Book Club selection, Clare London’s Romancing the Rough Diamond, is now available in audiobook narrated by Joel Leslie.
In a change from our usual interviews with fiction authors, we welcome American Ballet Theatre principal dancer James Whiteside to discuss Center Center, his recently released memoir. James is a dancer, musician, drag performer and has now added author and audiobook narrator to his credits. He talks with us about choosing which of his life experiences to explore and how he used writing to creatively present them.
The show kicks off with news about the TransBook365 hashtag, and the Romance for Haiti auction.
Author C.B. Lee is here to talk about A Clash of Steel, which is the first book in the Remixed Classics series where authors from diverse backgrounds take different literary classics from centuries past and reinterpret them. We hear from C.B. about how she approached remixing Treasure Island, setting it in 1800s China with queer main characters. We also celebrate the fifth anniversary of her Sidekick Squad series, including a few hints about the new and final book coming for Spring 2022.
The guys announce the September Big Gay Fiction Book Club selection: the delightful Hollywood romance, Running Lines by Jeris Jean.
Looking at books coming in September, Jeff & Will discuss titles by Garett Leigh, Lucy Lennox & May Archer, K.M. Neuhold, Nicky James, Riley Hart, Alison Cochrun, Sam Burns & W.M. Fawkes, DJ Jamison, and Haven Hadley.
Turning to reviews, Jeff talks about Best Laid Plans by Roan Parrish, Will shares his thoughts on Unforgotten by Garrett Leigh, and they each comment on dancer James Whiteside’s slyly dark memoir Center Center.
Jeff shares the news that the first three audiobooks for his Codename: Winger young adult series, narrated by Kirt Graves, are now available everywhere.
The hockey romances Heated Rivalry and Role Model, both by Rachel Reid, are reviewed by Jeff before Rachel joins us to talk about the Game Changers series. She shares what got her started writing the series, how she decides the type of guy to pair her hockey players with, and what’s still to come for the next book in the series. Rachel also discusses how writing about hockey when she was 12 set her on the path to becoming the author she is today. We also get some excellent book recs too.
Author TJ Klune joins us to talk about Flash Fire, the sequel to his YA superhero story The Extraordinaries. TJ discusses the new characters, how Nick has to deal with changing perceptions about his father, and the importance of queer history and sex positivity within the book. He also talks about Under the Whispering Door, the second book in what he calls his Unofficial Kindness Trilogy. Here the conversation shifts to look at writing a book about grief that is also infused with kindness and humor.
TJ also provides some hints about next year’s Tales from Verania sequel and book three of Extraordinaries. Plus he recommends some books that he thinks everyone should have on their reading list.