Big Gay Fiction Podcast – Episode 35 – Richard Taylor Pearson Interview, GRL Blog Tour with Jaime Reese & More
The guys kick off the show wishing everyone a happy Pride month. Jeff talks about Mississippi YA librarian Stefani, who created a Pride display only to have it removed by her library before the day was over due to complaints. Jeff encourages everyone who sees organizations supporting the LGBTQ community to thank them in an effort to make sure love always trumps hate.
After Jeff updates his writing progress for the week, the Official 2016 GRL Blog Tour kicks off with Jaime Reese talking about her latest book, A Mended Man and her cover design work as her alter ego Reese Dante.
Will talks about the recently released author lineup for February 2017’s Costal Magic convention. And, following up on last weeks discussion of #GiveElsaAGirlfriend and #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend, Jeff highlights an essay he read this week called “Fandom is Broken”.
Debut novelist Richard Pearson stops by to talk about The Role. The interview went long, so this week there’s a bonus segment on the the podcast and YouTube feeds with nearly fifteen more minutes with Richard.
Jeff reports that editing is going well on his Mackinac Island set novella, which now has a title Somewhere on Mackinac. He also discusses a rejection from an anthology submission call, as well as some great reviews he’s thankful for.
The guys discuss the trending hashtags #GiveElsaAGirlfriend and #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend before moving on to the season finales of The Voice and Dancing with the Stars.
Greg from the Bureau of General Services-Queer Division stops by to talk about author Sarah Schulman. And, in celebration of the unofficial start of summer with Memorial Day, Jeff & Will each offer up five recommendations for your summer reading list.
Jeff kicks off the week with news that the Hat Trick Box Set has gone into wide release. The guys also announced that the podcast has been selected to be a GRL Featured Blogger ahead of the GayRomLit event in October. Authors attending GRL will start appearing on the podcast in June.
Will talks about the Hot Dudes Reading book, while Jeff reviews two books he recently finished: Joe Okonkwo’s Jazz Moon and Scott Pomfret’s The Second Half: A Gay American Football Story. They guys also talk about an essay Brandon Witt posted on Love Bytes detailing where he’s at in his efforts to be a full time author.
Dreamspinner’s marketing director Poppy Dennison stops by to talk about Book Expo America/Book Con before Jeff and Will welcome author/actor/storyteller Charlie David to talk about the re-release of his book Mulligans along with some other projects he’s working on.
Big Gay Fiction Podcast – Episode 32 – Justin Syde Talks Gay Coloring Books, Recs from Brandilyn & More
The guys open with discussion of Jeff’s writing accomplishments this week–a manuscript turned in to the publisher, another manuscript through first draft and preparing to plot out three other novels. They also apologize to the video audience for the issues with episode 31’s video feed.
Jeff’s in the middle of reading Joe Okonkwo’s Jazz Moon and recommends people pick it up for pre-order. Jeff & Will briefly lament the upcoming closing of QUEERCentric Books.
Pop culture takes over as Will talks about Entertainment Weekly articles featuring newly out actor Colton Haynes and the lack of LGBTQ representation in super hero films. The glut of renewals and cancellations of some of their favorite shows are discussed before some quick recaps of Dancing with the Stars and The Voice, which are headed towards season finales on May 23. They also talk about Inside Out, which they’ve finally seen.
Brandilyn from Prism Book Alliance stops by to recommend a YA sci-fi series she’s into from R.G. Thomas. Then Justin Syde talks about the Gay Sex Positions Coloring Book and the upcoming Pride: A Coloring Book.
For the first time in weeks the guys manage a podcast without an interview segment–meaning nearly all the talk is theirs!
Jeff kicks it off with news about how his writing is going, then it’s a final shout out to Tammy Middleton’s Author’s Sign Off for Autism Awareness, which raised more than $3,000 dollars for Autism Speaks.
Will reviews The Cattle Baron’s Bogus Boyfriend by Nicki Bennett. The Tony Award nominations came out and Jeff & Will spend some time dissecting them before moving on to discussions of The Real O’Neals, superhero shows and the delightful comedy, The Intern. Archie Comics also gets a shout out for its upcoming series featuring gay character Kevin Keller, who will also show up in the CW’s pilot for Riverdale.
Lisa from The Novel Approach stops by with book recommendations from Jordan L. Hawke, Andrea Speed, Charlie David and S. Hunter Nisbet.
Jeff discusses the idea of authors using video-based content, as well as seeing reviewers in the romance genre producing video reviews. Will recaps some of the learning he’s doing–including a book about romance writing from Gwen Hayes and a course from Dean Wesley Smith.
It’s a big anniversary show this week!
Jeff & Will celebrate 21 years since their first date, the podcast celebrates six months and Dreamspinner Press celebrates nine years in business with a week long sale of books from authors who started with them during their first three years (which includes Jeff). Jeff also talks about the decent writing month he had in April and that Tammy Middleton’s Authors “Sign Off” for Autism Awareness Auction ended with a $110 bid for the Hat Trick books.
Jeff will be on the WROTE podcast on Friday, May 6. The guys also gave a shout out to their friend David LaBounty whose Bookstores & Baseball zine was written up on Minor League Baseball’s website and that David had written a nice piece about BGFP on his The First Line Facebook page. The writeup included the instructions for the a BGFP drinking game.
Will reviews two books: The Unstable Stud by Ariel Tachna and Duke in Hiding by M.J. O’Shea. They guys also discuss the upcoming second season of Lifetime’s UnReal and the webseries they caught this past week, UnReal: The Faith Dairies, which focuses on the lesbian character, Faith.
Jay from Joyfully Jay stops by to discuss a couple of LGBTQ panels from the recent RT convention and gives some book recommendations. Then Jeff welcomes Jeff Garvin, author of Symptoms of Being Human to the show to talk about the book, his writing process, Stephen King and more.
And the bonus Jeff Garvin interview segment: