11Jun/21

Peter M. Krask

June 11, 2021

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Peter M. Krask as the guest on Season 6, Episode 23 – Who Are You Going To Be?

Peter M. Krask, the “Project Whisperer” shares his love of the creative process and nurturing creative artists by introducing us to The Creativity Guide. We cover the necessity of artistic expression, ways to work through creative blocks and stuck points, and discuss ways to view creative feedback.

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PETER M. KRASK is an artist based in New York City whose practice is concentrated in photography and writing. Krask has studied at the International Center of Photography and worked privately with photographer Carol Dragon. His non-fiction essay, The Question I Asked Him, opens the anthology The Man I Might Become and his memoir, The Way the Stars Come Home, was included in the anthology Wrestling with the Angel. He has written features and criticism for The Baltimore Sun, The City Paper, and The Boston Phoenix.

Krask is the librettist of the opera With Blood, With Ink, which received its acclaimed professional premiere at the Fort Worth Opera Festival, and has been twice featured on New York City Opera’s VOX festival, and produced by universities around the country.

Peter holds a Master’s Degree in Critical Studies from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.

Krask is the Founder and Creative Director of The Creativity Guide which was launched in 2019. He is returning as a Dedicated Mentor at the New Museum in New York City for their New Inc. Program. A frequent podcast guest, he has recently been heard discussing creative entrepreneurship on Queer Money and the intersections of LGBT spirituality and creativity as they connect with questions of personal and communal desire on The Forbidden Apple.

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04Jun/21

Brenda Murphy, Megan Hart, & Fiona Zedde

June 4, 2021

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Brenda Murphy, Megan Hart, & Fiona Zedde as the guest on Season 6, Episode 22 – Worthy of a Sheet Protector!

Brenda Murphy, Megan Hart, and Fiona Zedde join us for a hilarious unveiling of their new book of three individual novellas that are bound together, Love, Blood, and Sanctuary. The innuendos, double entendres and comedic riffs happen so fast with this episode, we could almost classify it as a “jam session!”

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Brenda Murphy (she/her) writes erotic romance. You can catch her musings on writing, books, and living with wicked ADHD on her blog Writing While Distracted. She loves sideshows and tattoos and yes, those are her monkeys. When she is not loitering at her local library, she wrangles twins, one dog, and an unrepentant parrot.

Megan Hart writes books. Some of them use bad words, but most of the other words are okay. Some of them hit bestseller lists and win awards and some don’t, but that’s the way it goes. She can’t live without music, the internet, or the ocean, but she and soda have achieved an amicable uncoupling. She loathes the feeling of corduroy or velvet, and modern art leaves her cold. She writes a little bit of everything from horror to romance, though she’s best known for writing steamy fiction that sometimes makes you cry.

Fiona Zedde was born under the Jamaican sun but now makes her home in Spain. Since getting the writing bug, she’s published around thirty books and short stories, mostly about black queer romance. At this very second, she’s probably writing another book, and it has 100 percent chance of having queer romance and queer women in it. Her pseudo-healthy obsessions are French pastries, English cars, and Jamaican food.

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04Jun/21

Fiona Zedde

June 4, 2021

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Brenda Murphy, Megan Hart, & Fiona Zedde as the guest on Season 6, Episode 22 – Worthy of a Sheet Protector!

Brenda Murphy, Megan Hart, and Fiona Zedde join us for a hilarious unveiling of their new book of three individual novellas that are bound together, Love, Blood, and Sanctuary. The innuendos, double entendres and comedic riffs happen so fast with this episode, we could almost classify it as a “jam session!”

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Brenda Murphy (she/her) writes erotic romance. You can catch her musings on writing, books, and living with wicked ADHD on her blog Writing While Distracted. She loves sideshows and tattoos and yes, those are her monkeys. When she is not loitering at her local library, she wrangles twins, one dog, and an unrepentant parrot.

Megan Hart writes books. Some of them use bad words, but most of the other words are okay. Some of them hit bestseller lists and win awards and some don’t, but that’s the way it goes. She can’t live without music, the internet, or the ocean, but she and soda have achieved an amicable uncoupling. She loathes the feeling of corduroy or velvet, and modern art leaves her cold. She writes a little bit of everything from horror to romance, though she’s best known for writing steamy fiction that sometimes makes you cry.

Fiona Zedde was born under the Jamaican sun but now makes her home in Spain. Since getting the writing bug, she’s published around thirty books and short stories, mostly about black queer romance. At this very second, she’s probably writing another book, and it has 100 percent chance of having queer romance and queer women in it. Her pseudo-healthy obsessions are French pastries, English cars, and Jamaican food.

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04Jun/21

Megan Hart

June 4, 2021

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Brenda Murphy, Megan Hart, & Fiona Zedde as the guest on Season 6, Episode 22 – Worthy of a Sheet Protector!

Brenda Murphy, Megan Hart, and Fiona Zedde join us for a hilarious unveiling of their new book of three individual novellas that are bound together, Love, Blood, and Sanctuary. The innuendos, double entendres and comedic riffs happen so fast with this episode, we could almost classify it as a “jam session!”

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Brenda Murphy (she/her) writes erotic romance. You can catch her musings on writing, books, and living with wicked ADHD on her blog Writing While Distracted. She loves sideshows and tattoos and yes, those are her monkeys. When she is not loitering at her local library, she wrangles twins, one dog, and an unrepentant parrot.

Megan Hart writes books. Some of them use bad words, but most of the other words are okay. Some of them hit bestseller lists and win awards and some don’t, but that’s the way it goes. She can’t live without music, the internet, or the ocean, but she and soda have achieved an amicable uncoupling. She loathes the feeling of corduroy or velvet, and modern art leaves her cold. She writes a little bit of everything from horror to romance, though she’s best known for writing steamy fiction that sometimes makes you cry.

Fiona Zedde was born under the Jamaican sun but now makes her home in Spain. Since getting the writing bug, she’s published around thirty books and short stories, mostly about black queer romance. At this very second, she’s probably writing another book, and it has 100 percent chance of having queer romance and queer women in it. Her pseudo-healthy obsessions are French pastries, English cars, and Jamaican food.

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January 31, 2020


It gives us great pleasure to welcome Brenda Murphy and Megan Hart as the guests on Episode 253 – Intimacy With My Imaginary Friends!

Brenda Murphy and Megan Hart join us to discuss their duology release, Soul Burn, and how the team-up happened thanks to a fun road trip!

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Megan Hart writes books. Some of them might break your heart a little, but she promises you, it will all be okay.
She loves: glitter, zombies, rainbows, unicorns, breakfast, diners, singing, dancing, reading, movies, hummingbirds, SeaMonkeys, tattoos, bees, octopuses, breakfast, the ocean, whiskey, onion rings, roses and the smell of rain on the summer pavement.
Occasionally, she takes a selfie. Or ten. She also writes under the name Mina Hardy.

Brenda Murphy writes short fiction and novels. She loves tattoos and sideshows and yes, those are her monkeys. When she is not loitering at her local library and writing, she wrangles two kids, one dog, and an unrepentant parrot. She reviews books, blogs about life as a writer with ADHD and publishes photographs on her blog Writing While Distracted.

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04Jun/21

Brenda Murphy

June 4, 2021

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Brenda Murphy, Megan Hart, & Fiona Zedde as the guest on Season 6, Episode 22 – Worthy of a Sheet Protector!

Brenda Murphy, Megan Hart, and Fiona Zedde join us for a hilarious unveiling of their new book of three individual novellas that are bound together, Love, Blood, and Sanctuary. The innuendos, double entendres and comedic riffs happen so fast with this episode, we could almost classify it as a “jam session!”

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Brenda Murphy (she/her) writes erotic romance. You can catch her musings on writing, books, and living with wicked ADHD on her blog Writing While Distracted. She loves sideshows and tattoos and yes, those are her monkeys. When she is not loitering at her local library, she wrangles twins, one dog, and an unrepentant parrot.

Megan Hart writes books. Some of them use bad words, but most of the other words are okay. Some of them hit bestseller lists and win awards and some don’t, but that’s the way it goes. She can’t live without music, the internet, or the ocean, but she and soda have achieved an amicable uncoupling. She loathes the feeling of corduroy or velvet, and modern art leaves her cold. She writes a little bit of everything from horror to romance, though she’s best known for writing steamy fiction that sometimes makes you cry.

Fiona Zedde was born under the Jamaican sun but now makes her home in Spain. Since getting the writing bug, she’s published around thirty books and short stories, mostly about black queer romance. At this very second, she’s probably writing another book, and it has 100 percent chance of having queer romance and queer women in it. Her pseudo-healthy obsessions are French pastries, English cars, and Jamaican food.

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January 31, 2020


It gives us great pleasure to welcome Brenda Murphy and Megan Hart as the guests on Episode 253 – Intimacy With My Imaginary Friends!

Brenda Murphy and Megan Hart join us to discuss their duology release, Soul Burn, and how the team-up happened thanks to a fun road trip!

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Brenda Murphy writes short fiction and novels. She loves tattoos and sideshows and yes, those are her monkeys. When she is not loitering at her local library and writing, she wrangles two kids, one dog, and an unrepentant parrot. She reviews books, blogs about life as a writer with ADHD and publishes photographs on her blog Writing While Distracted.

Megan Hart writes books. Some of them might break your heart a little, but she promises you, it will all be okay.
She loves: glitter, zombies, rainbows, unicorns, breakfast, diners, singing, dancing, reading, movies, hummingbirds, SeaMonkeys, tattoos, bees, octopuses, breakfast, the ocean, whiskey, onion rings, roses and the smell of rain on the summer pavement.
Occasionally, she takes a selfie. Or ten. She also writes under the name Mina Hardy.

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September 13, 2019

Complex Dimensions cover artIt gives us great pleasure to welcome Brenda Murphy back as the guest on Episode 233 – You’re Never Going to Be a Good Secretary!!

Brenda Murphy joins Baz to discuss writing a series, with all the things that come with it, as they talk about her latest release, Complex Dimensions, which is due to release from NineStar Press on September 23rd.

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Brenda Murphy writes erotic romance. Her novel, Knotted Legacy, the third book in the Rowan House series made the 2018 The Lesbian Review’s Top 100 Vacation Reads list. You can catch her musings on writing, books and living with wicked ADHD on her blog Writing While Distracted. She loves sideshows and tattoos and yes, those are her monkeys. When she is not loitering at her local library she wrangles two twins, one dog, and an unrepentant parrot.

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July 20, 2018

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Brenda Murphy as the guest on Episode 173 – Write the Effer!!

Brenda Murphy joins us to discuss her novel Both Ends of the Whip, working as a creative person with ADHD/ADD, and to give some methods for attaining focus and getting the work done!

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Brenda Murphy writes short fiction and novels. She loves tattoos and sideshows and yes, those children are her monkeys. When she is not loitering at her local tea shop and writing, she wrangles two kids, one dog, and an unrepentant parrot. She reviews books, blogs about life as a writer with ADHD and publishes photographs on her blog Writing While Distracted.

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28May/21

Blake Allwood

May 28, 2021

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Blake Allwood as the guest on Season 6, Episode 21 – From An Authentic Place

Blake Allwood drops in to share his latest book Love’s Legacy. We dive into M/M Romance written by gay men and discuss selling everything to live the RV life.

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Blake Allwood was born in west TN, then moved to Kansas City MO after attending college in Iowa. He met his husband in 1995 and they officially married in 2015, once the United States legalized gay marriage.

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.

Typically, Blake can be found writing in the RV or by the fire with his laptop and their Jack Russell Terrier, Buddy, curled up between his legs or demanding his attention. Denver, their Siberian Husky mix is often asleep at his feet or playing tug of war with Blake’s husband.

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26May/21

Review – The Called by M.D. Neu

M.D. Neu was interviewed on WROTE in February 2021. To find out more about him and his work, check out Episode 308 – Oh God What Was I Thinking?

I read The Calling back in 2018, so I had to play a bit of catch up to grasp The Called, which is the second book in the series. Duncan, as referred to in the blurb for The Calling, is now Chris, as he had to leave his old life behind once becoming one of the Immortals.

This is an enjoyable second instalment, with Chris finding out who his real friends are and his burgeoning relationship with Kirtus happening quietly in the wings. In fact, the whole book is subtly done, without the brash colour of the first novel. The plot could also have been tightened up a little. It could be confusing at times and when that happened, I struggled to remain engaged with the story.

The story is much more character- than action-driven, and the characters are very likeable, with chemistry between the leads and a strong sense of the practicalities of being a vampire, without a sparkle in sight.

Although the tension could have been ramped up more, and it all felt somewhat low-key and a bit dour in parts, there’s a wry sense of humour running through the book, again so subtle some might miss it. I can’t help help thinking the author needs to shake loose a little and allow themselves to go all out, as the overall tone felt restrained. However, I’ll be very interested to see what happens next.

BLURB

The world is changing quickly for Chris now that he’s part of the Immortal Community. With the events of his past finally behind him, he’s still having visions and true magic is gradually taking hold in the world. Chris is still new and has no real standing in the Immortal Community, but he is learning that nothing is what he thought.

Old enemies must work together and longtime friends may not be trustworthy. With Juliet, Amanda, and Kirtus by his side, they have to prevent the immortal and witch community from being exposed.

New friendships are made, and longtime alliances are called into question. How will The Called defeat these latest threats, and what does it mean for the world?

21May/21

Alexander Watson

May 21, 2021

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Alexander Watson as the guest on Season 6, Episode 20 – Is Madam Having Coffee?

Alexander Watson delights and entertains us with the story behind his book River Queens. We discuss everything from upending one’s life, meeting river folk who’ve never seen a gay man, and partner shenanigans that strengthened the relationship.

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The Harrises are strict teetotaling, sabbatarian farmers, but Dale drinks. The Watsons are urbane, philandering, wanton alcoholics, but Alexander does not drink. These are but two of the myriad incongruities which bind their thirty-year partnership together.

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14May/21

‘Nathan Burgoine

May 14, 2021

It gives us great pleasure to welcome ‘Nathan Burgoine back as the guest on Season 6, Episode 19 – The Most Annoying Trait in the World!

‘Nathan Burgoine returns with laughter and joy as he shares his new novella Village Fool. He also shares how he wrote while injured, and we dig into the merits of writing novellas as a series.

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‘Nathan Burgoine grew up a reader and studied literature in university while making a living as a bookseller. A cat lover, ‘Nathan managed to fall in love and marry Daniel, who is a confirmed dog person. Their ongoing “cat or dog?” détente ended with the rescue of a six year old husky named Coach, who gave them four wonderful years before crossing the rainbow bridge. Since then, they’ve rescued Max, another husky, who is much younger and very determined to be a bed dog. They live in Ottawa, Canada, where socialized health care and gay marriage have yet to cause the sky to cave in.

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November 30, 2018


It gives us great pleasure to announce ‘Nathan Burgoine as the guest on Episode 192: The Queerlings!

‘Nathan Burgoine returns to discuss his latest, and first Young Adult, release: Exit Plans for Teenage Freaks. He then shares what it was like for him talking with today’s youth about the stories they want and his beautifully interwoven short story collection.

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‘Nathan Burgoine grew up a reader and studied literature in university while making a living as a bookseller. His first published short story was “Heart” in the collection Fool for Love: New Gay Fiction. Since then, he has had dozens of short stories published, including Bold Strokes titles Men of the Mean Streets, Boys of Summer, and Night Shadows as well as This is How You Die (the second Machine of Death anthology). ‘Nathan also has a series of paranormal erotic short stories that begins in the Bold Strokes anthology Blood Sacraments, and continues with further installments in Wings, Erotica Exotica, and Raising Hell. His standalone short erotic fiction pieces can be found in the Lambda Literary Award finalist Tented, Tales from the Den, and Afternoon Pleasures. ‘Nathan’s nonfiction pieces have appeared in I Like it Like That and 5×5 Literary Magazine.

‘Nathan’s first novel, Light, was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. His second and third novels, Triad Blood and Triad Soul, are available now from Bold Strokes Books. Both are available wherever quality LGBT fiction is found—always check Indiebound for your local brick and mortar, if you can. For novella lovers, ‘Nathan’s wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey gay romance In Memoriam is available on Kindle and Audible, and his gay holiday chosen family romance Handmade Holidays is available from NineStar Press.

A cat lover, ‘Nathan managed to fall in love and marry Daniel, who is a confirmed dog person. Their ongoing “cat or dog?” détente ended with the rescue of a six year old husky named Coach. They live in Ottawa, Canada, where socialized health care and gay marriage have yet to cause the sky to cave in.

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June 2, 2017


It gives us great pleasure to announce ‘Nathan Burgoine as the guest on Episode 114: The Three Second Review!

This week ‘Nathan Burgoine joins us to discuss his series, to drop announcements of his upcoming projects, share the importance of chosen families, unveil Canada as a setting, and share the magic of the three sentence review.

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‘Nathan Burgoine grew up a reader and studied literature in university while making a living as a bookseller. His first published short story was “Heart” in the collection Fool for Love: New Gay Fiction. Since then, he has had dozens of short fiction pieces published. His first novel LIGHT was a Lambda Literary Finalist. Both Light and his second novel, Triad Blood, are available from Bold Strokes Books.

A cat lover, ‘Nathan managed to fall in love and marry Daniel, who is a confirmed dog person. Their ongoing “cat or dog?” détente ended with the adoption of Coach, a six year-old husky. They live in Ottawa, Canada, where socialized health care and gay marriage have yet to cause the sky to cave in.

 

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07May/21

AM Leibowitz

May 7, 2021

It gives us great pleasure to welcome AM Leibowitz back as the guest on Season 6, Episode 18 – We Can Just Make It Normal!

AM Leibowitz joins Vance and Baz for a great discussion of their latest release, Every Time We Meet. This leads us to discussing sapphic fiction, queer parenting, and the importance of nonbinary representation within fiction as well as outside of it.

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A.M. Leibowitz is the author of literary and romantic fiction who refuses to color inside the lines. They are a freelance editor and remover of stray commas. Their blog offers commentary on books, writing, life, and spirituality. … Spouse, parent, queer, feminist, reader, and writer falling somewhere on the Geek-Nerd Spectrum.

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August 17, 2018

It gives us great pleasure to welcome A. M. Leibowitz as the guest on Episode 179 – I Don’t Need A Word I’m Just Me!!

AM (Amy) Leibowitz joins us to talk about her new release Drumbeat and her novella Year of the Guilty Soul. We also talk craft, Bi-Erasure/Phobia and the impact of invisible disability in literary and media works.

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Read Jayne’s Review of Drumbeat here: http://www.wrotepodcast.com/drumbeat-by-a-m-leibowitz/

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Amy Leibowitz is a queer spouse, parent, feminist, and book-lover falling somewhere on the Geek-Nerd Spectrum. They keep warm through the long, cold western New York winters by writing about life, relationships, hope, and happy-for-now endings. Their published fiction includes several novels as well as a number of short works, and their stories have been included in anthologies from Supposed Crimes, Beaten Track, Witty Bard, and Mischief Corner Books. They are an occasional host for The BiCast, a podcast for the bi+ community, as well as doing bi+ advocacy work and curating the best-of bi list on the QueerBooksForTeens website. They are a social media contributor for Supposed Crimes, LLC, and they post about news, reviews, and updates for the website. In between noveling and freelance editing, they blog coffee-fueled, quirky commentary on faith, culture, writing, books, and their family.

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