Yearly Archives: 2020

21Aug/20

Vincent Scott

August 21, 2020

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Vincent Scott as the guest on Episode 282 – I May Have Done A Little Bit of Prep!

Vincent Scott shares his debut release, The Hereafter Bytes.  Which leads to conversation about ACE and ARO relationships and the need for them be included in literary works – especially speculative fiction. A very engaging and thoughtful discussion you won’t want to miss!

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Vincent Scott tried writing his first novel at age eight and his first screenplay at age eleven. Fortunately for the world, all evidence of these works has been lost to time. After traveling the world, he can attest that people are very nice, when it’s convenient, and mostly do their best the rest of the time. He got a notoriously lucrative history degree in college. After knocking back dozens of six figure job offers, he settled on a safe career path as a novelist. If this whole writing thing doesn’t work out, he plans on joining a boyband and becoming the breakout solo act. Plan C is astronaut.

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14Aug/20

J Warren

August 14, 2020

It gives us great pleasure to welcome J. Warren back as the guest on Episode 281 – A Minor Character Named Sharkey!

J. Warren is a scholar, an author, a comic book reader, a lover of all things science fiction, a drinker of Belgian beers, and transgressive fiction fanatic.

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J. Warren is a scholar, an author, a comic book reader, a lover of all things science fiction, a drinker of Belgian beers, and transgressive fiction fanatic.

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July 21, 2017


It gives us great pleasure to announce J. Warren as the guest on Episode 121: So That’s a Thing!

This week J. Warren joins us to discuss his latest novel, Remains, the allure of transgressive fiction, and the echoes of Greek myth in his horror.

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*** At one point in the interview, Joe said “The Lost Boys by Burroughs.” It should have been: “The Wild Boys by Burroughs.”
*** At another point, Baz said “Brian Fischer” while referencing Star Trek Discovery on CBS. It should have been: “Bryan Fuller.”
All three of us apologize for missing it before the audio went live! ***

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J. Warren is a scholar, an author, a comic book reader, a lover of all things science fiction, a drinker of Belgian beers, and transgressive fiction fanatic.

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07Aug/20

Romeo Preminger

August 7, 2020

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Romeo Preminger as the guest on Episode 280 – Brought Me To My Knees A Couple Times!

Romeo Preminger shares his hot new erotic thriller, The Manny, that hits stores this week! We also dive into his self-publishing adventure and share some laughs along the way.

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He goes by Romeo because he likes the freedom to write gay romantic smut without losing his day job. So he has to be a bit cagey in his bio, but he does love interacting with readers.

Romeo’s been writing stories about gay sex pretty much since he popped his first boner dreaming about the cute boys who tormented him in junior high. Now later in life, he’s sharing that dirty imagination with the world.

However, it’s not all sex. He’s fascinated by the psychology and emotionality of gay relationships, and he thinks the truth is that love and attraction can be a hot mess. When two men get together, it’s triumphant, transcendent, and life-affirming while also scalding, stupefying and even enraging at times. That’s the kind of relationships he writes about because the journey to happily-ever-after isn’t all pretty, and when it comes to love stories, the more drama the better, right?

Romeo’s married to a great guy, and he believes in happily-ever-after.

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31Jul/20

Ruby Walker

July 31, 2020

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Ruby Walker as the guest on Episode 279 – Eff-It I’ll Try!

Ruby Walker shares her recent release, Advice I Ignored, which jump-starts a thought provoking conversation about queer youth and mental health issues.

Warning Note: When you hear the warning at 17:57, you can skip to 27:50 if the topic is one you’d rather avoid.

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Ruby Walker is eighteen, and is not depressed anymore. She got pretty tired of saying that, but she wrote and illustrated a book about it, so it’s kind of hard to avoid at this point. Ruby writes for fellow professional over-thinkers and imperfect slobs. She likes to brighten people’s days and bully her friends into respecting themselves more.

Yes– to Ruby’s horror, she’s turned from a local disaster into a mom friend.

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24Jul/20

Steff Green

July 24, 2020

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Steff Green back as the guest on Episode 278 – I’m Kind of a Cheerleader!

Steff Green returns to talk about How to Rock Self-Publishing and Unleash the Beast, and her author-coaching endeavors, including the Diversity Scholarship she’s offering!

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As Steff has been legally blind since birth, she’s dealt with rejection her whole life. Kids bullying her because she was different. Lecturers and employers locking her out of opportunities because they didn’t want to “deal” with her disability.

She could have given up. That would have been much easier. Instead, she kept writing. And when Amazon introduced their self-publishing platform, she started putting her work out in the world.

Surprise! People liked it.

So she kept writing and publishing and dreaming and doing. Now, she’s a USA Today bestselling author with a multi six-figure income. She writes tales of the paranormal, dark, gothic, and fantastical for thousands of readers across the world who never tell her she can’t write because of her eyes.

She’s also obsessed with helping other writers to find their voice, smash through the gatekeepers, and discover the badassitry of putting their work directly into the hands of readers.

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June 14, 2019


It gives us great pleasure to welcome Steff Green as the guest on Episode 220 – My Whipping Skills Are Not Up To Snuff!

Steff Green, a prolific Kiwi Author, joins us to discuss many topics including her two recent releases – one of which is a children’s book that sounds fab!

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Steff writes paranormal, gothic, and reverse harem romance under the name Steffanie Holmes. She’s known for her popular Briarwood Reverse Harem series. As S. C. Green she has published six weird fiction/dystopian fantasy novels, including the Engine Ward series, which was longlisted for a Sir Julius Vogel award.

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17Jul/20

Violet LeVoit

July 17, 2020

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Violet LeVoit as the guest on Episode 277 – That’s a Huge Toolkit!

Violet LeVoit joins us for a “most excellent” conversation about her recent release, Scarstruck. We also discuss the various issues keeping romance from having parity with other respected genres. Lastly, we touch upon her previous career being a movie critic. A very great conversation all around.

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Violet LeVoit is a film critic, novelist, poet and artist whose work has appeared in many publications in the US and UK, including RogerEbert.com, TurnerClassicMovies.com, Allmovie.com, Men’s Health, PressPlay.com, Bright Lights Film Journal, the Baltimore City Paper, Film Threat, and others. She is a contributor to the film history compendium Little Black Book: Movies, and was voted “Best Arts Writer” by Baltimore magazine.

Originally from Baltimore, Violet began her career in journalism as a television producer and video editor at Maryland’s PBS affiliate, where she won two Emmy Awards for outstanding original programming. After transitioning to print journalism and film criticism at the Baltimore City Paper, she earned an MFA in Creative Writing at Rutgers University and published many works of fiction, including the short story collections I am Genghis Cum and I’ll Fuck Anything That Moves and Stephen Hawking (both Fungasm Press), the zine chapbook love poems/sɯǝod ǝʇɐɥ (Budget Press) and the critically acclaimed “experimental noir” novel I Miss the World (King Shot Press).

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10Jul/20

AJ Fitzwater

July 10, 2020

It gives us great pleasure to welcome AJ Fitzwater as the guest on Episode 276 – Being Normal Didn’t Work Out For Me!

AJ Fitzwater joins us from the great country of New Zealand. We discuss their current release, No Man’s Land, and the historic research that went into writing this WW2 s Land Girls novel.

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AJ Fitzwater lives between the cracks of Christchurch, New Zealand. Their work focuses on feminist and queer themes, and has appeared in venues of repute such as Clarkesworld, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Shimmer, Giganotosaurus, GlitterShip, and in various anthologies. They are the author of rodent pirate escapades in The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper, and the WW2 land girls shape-shifter novella No Man’s Land. With a background in radio, AJ lends their voice to podcast narrations, including for the Escape Artists universe. They enjoy maintaining a collection of bow ties. A unicorn disguised in a snappy blazer, they tweet @AJFitzwater.

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03Jul/20
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F.E. Feeley Jr.

Jul7 3, 2020

It gives us great pleasure to welcome F.E. Feeley Jr. as the guest on Episode 275 – Somebody’s Got a Crane!

F.E. (Fredrick) Feeley, Jr. – author, poet, and screenwriter, returns to chat about releasing the print, ebook and audio versions of two collaborations with fellow authors, Kim Fielding (Hallelujah) and Jamie Fessenden (Borderland), as well as some about creating during the Covid-19 era and some politics for good measure.

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F.E. Feeley Jr is a believer in magic, in music, in literature, art, and those things that connect us all. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Feeley is a veteran of the United States Armed Services. Feeley has written eight novels in the past six years, including Memoirs of the Human Wraiths, Closer, When Heaven Strikes, The Color of Love, Borderland, and Hallelujah. Feeley has published a collection of Poetry in his book, Heaven Underneath the Sound of the World.

Married to the love of his life, John, Frederick resides in Southeast Texas where they take care of their cat, Ms. Abigail Adams.

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February 15, 2020


It gives us great pleasure to welcome F.E. Feeley Jr. back as the guest on Episode 255 – The State of the Queer Union!

Frederick Feeley, Jr. shares his latest release, Hallelujah, and some political discussion regarding where he thinks we are as queer people in these often stressful times.

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F.E. Feeley Jr is a believer in magic, in music, in literature, art, and those things that connect us all. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Feeley is a veteran of the United States Armed Services. Feeley has written eight novels in the past six years, including Memoirs of the Human Wraiths, Closer, When Heaven Strikes, The Color of Love, Borderland, and Hallelujah. Feeley has published a collection of Poetry in his book, Heaven Underneath the Sound of the World.

Married to the love of his life, John, Frederick resides in Southeast Texas where they take care of their cat, Ms. Abigail Adams.

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November 1, 2019


It gives us great pleasure to welcome F.E. Feeley Jr. back as the guest on Episode 241 – It’s The Imperfections That Keep You!

FE Feeley Jr. (Freddie) steps in to share his recent releases in the The Color of Love series, which leads us into diving into the complexities of two people coming together while healing from their own pasts. A very engaging and thoughtful conversation!

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F.E.Feeley Jr is married to his wonderful husband, John. Freddie is an avid reader of Mysteries, Horror, and Suspense, and biographies. He’s also a gamer. His favorites include Dragon Age, Mass Effect, Star Trek Online, Skyrim, Assassin’s Creed, Fallout, and Civilization Five. He LOVES to cook and dives into trying new recipes (hint hint). He’s an avid music junkie from POPular music to Opera, to Showtunes, Gospel, Rock, Rap, and Hip Hop.

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March 15, 2019

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Jamie Fessenden and Freddie Feeley, Jr back as the guests on Episode 207 – More Fun With the Creepy Scenes!

Authors Jamie Fessenden and Freddie Feeley, Jr team up to share with us their forthcoming horror novel, Borderlands, and what it was like to team up.

NOTE: Jamie accidentally said “bodega” in this episode. He caught it after the fact and knew he meant “botánica” – offering his apologies to anyone he confused.

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Jamie Fessenden is an author of gay fiction in many genres. Most involve romance, because he believes everyone deserves to find love, but after that anything goes: contemporary, science fiction, historical, paranormal, mystery, or whatever else strikes his fantasy.
Jamie set out to be a writer in junior high school. He published a couple short pieces in his high school’s literary magazine and had another story place in the top 100 in a national contest, but it wasn’t until he met his partner, Erich, almost twenty years later, that he began writing again in earnest. With Erich alternately inspiring and goading him, Jamie wrote several screenplays and directed a few of them as micro-budget independent films. He then began writing novels and published his first novella in 2010.
After nine years together, Jamie and Erich have married and purchased a house together in the wilds of Raymond, New Hampshire, where there are no street lights, turkeys and deer wander through their yard, and coyotes serenade them on a nightly basis.
Jamie recently left his “day job” as a tech support analyst to be a full-time writer.

F.E.Feeley Jr is married to his wonderful husband, John. He’s a father to their German Shephard, Kaiser. Freddie is an avid reader of Mysteries, Horror, and Suspense, and biographies. He’s also a gamer. His favorites include Dragon Age, Mass Effect, Star Trek Online, Skyrim, Assassin’s Creed, Fallout, and Civilization Five. He LOVES to cook and dives into trying new recipes (hint hint). He’s an avid music junkie from POPular music to Opera, to Showtunes, Gospel, Rock, Rap, and Hip Hop. Finally, he’s a Poet – a lot of which is offered on his site for free.
As if that weren’t enough, he’s the author of six published works – four full length novels and two short stories featured in anthologies.

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March 16, 2018

It gives us great pleasure to welcome F.E. Feeley Jr. back as the guest on Episode 155: A Fun Return to the Dark Side!

This week F.E. Feeley Jr. returns to discuss “Closer” – his latest novel, his adventures in poetry, and the meaning of art.

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F.E.Feeley Jr is married to his wonderful husband, John. He’s a father to their German Shephard, Kaiser. Freddie is an avid reader of Mysteries, Horror, and Suspense, and biographies. He’s also a gamer. His favorites include Dragon Age, Mass Effect, Star Trek Online, Skyrim, Assassin’s Creed, Fallout, and Civilization Five. He LOVES to cook and dives into trying new recipes (hint hint). He’s an avid music junkie from POPular music to Opera, to Showtunes, Gospel, Rock, Rap, and Hip Hop. Finally, he’s a Poet – a lot of which is offered on his site for free.

As if that weren’t enough, he’s the author of six published works – four full length novels and two short stories featured in anthologies.

 

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June 9, 2017

Cover Reveal: When Heaven Strikes

It gives us great pleasure to welcome F.E. Feeley Jr. back as the guest on Episode 115: Pin Him Down!

F.E. Feeley Jr. returns to the show to unveil the cover of his upcoming novel, and to talk about what a Paranormal Romance Guild membership can do for you. He then drops a hint about his next work in progress. We’ll give you a hint… “paper faces on parade.”

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F.E.Feeley Jr is the author of six published works. Four full length novels, two short stories featured in anthologies, and poet. Married to the love of his life, John, he came to the writing world about four years ago where he fell in love, again, with the written word.

 

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23 July, 2015


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It gives us great pleasure to announce F.E Feeley Jr. as the guest on episode 009: Fingers Grasping the Veil!
Join us as we talk with Fred about his journey, writing horror, and the truth beneath the fiction.
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26Jun/20

Jayne Lockwood

June 26, 2020

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Jayne Lockwood as the guest on Episode 274 – You’ve Ruined It!

Jayne Lockwood, one of WROTE’s co-founders, returns for a lengthy, brilliant, informative and thoroughly entertaining discussion about her latest novel “Going Down,” and touching up and re-releasing older works!

(Normally, we would edit for conciseness, but when Jayne’s in the hot seat, you just sit back and let her go!)

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Jayne Lockwood has always wanted to learn to fly. Spending free time honing her Peter Pan skills on an aerial hoop, she also creates flights of fancy in her books, mingling sex and romance with angst and a healthy dash of dark humor.

Lady Jaguar is Jayne Lockwood’s unpredictable alter ego. Her first den was in the depths of Wattpad and AO3, where she still writes fan fiction. She two books out and one on the way. Expect erotic filth, high-octane frolics and every beloved romance trope known to mankind!

Lady Jaguar is on Instagram (when they haven’t banned her,) Twitter, and down with the kids at Tumblr.

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22Jun/20

Borderland by F E Feeley Jr and Jamie Fessenden

F. E. Feeley Jr will be on WROTE to talk about Borderland later in the summer, so don’t miss it!

Okay, so on first reading the blurb, this book doesn’t sound like a whole barrel of laughs. Borderland is the story of a young married couple, but of the MC’s has a one-way ticket to the next realm, via a terminal cancer diagnosis. Their final journey to George’s home town is hindered by their car breaking down in a ferocious storm, just outside the gates of an old hotel, the Borderland. This hotel has all the elements of “don’t go there or you won’t come out,” but George and Jason have no choice. George is sick and needs looking after.

In less accomplished hands, this premise could turn into a horrible, excruciating mess, but the authors are none other than F E Feeley Jr (author of the majestic When Heaven Strikes and Hallelujah) and Jamie Fessenden, whose genres include the searing (Violated) and the cheeky (Bigfoot Hunters In Love.) That mix of spirituality, horror, gut-wrenching emotion and dark humour is just what a story like this needs. Cancer is a serious subject, and it is treated with respect., but it is married with a good dose of black comedy and genuine creeps.

After a slightly muddled start of their stay, George and Jason begin to twig that All Is Not As It Seems. There are some great visuals, from the pristine hotel turning to a cold dusty wreck and back again, to the guests being alive one moment and very dead the next. There is a hall of mirrors feel about the place, and a garden maze that never seems to end. The genteel owner of the hotel, Rebecca Thibault, is part-Mrs. Danvers/part-Mary Poppins, and Harry, the gardener, is a deceptively simple man who misses nothing. There are tiny dramas occurring amongst the staff, from the young couple who want to be together to the torrid three-way affair of a travelling theatre troupe. The way this story plays out is hideously sinister, with the two MC’s running down endless corridors filled with unearthly screams, being pursued by a demon whose goal is endless misery for guests past and present.

And yet… just read this.

It had been months, and now he needed this man—his lover, his husband—more than ever. He needed him to suspend time. Here in this moment, he wasn’t dying. Here in this moment, as they made love touched by the silver moonlight from the window, he was immortal.

It’s a tiny taste of which tells you all you need to know about the beauty of this book. The prose is beautiful, elegant, poignant and heartbreaking at times.

There are nods to the Eagles’ classic, Hotel California, and the plot also weaves in the Spanish Flu epidemic from 1920, together with colourful characters from the Jazz Age. It’s a glorious technicolour chase for the truth through a haunted house where the walls come alive and yawning pits will swallow the unwary. George and Jason are the unwitting witnesses to a drama which has been going on behind the fetid walls for decades, but their presence, their love and their sexuality is unnerving the inhabitants of the hotel and encouraging them to let go of the narratives they have held onto for a century.

I’ve never read a ghost story quite like this one before, but I’m so glad I took a chance on it. Despite the unlikely premise, the ending is curiously uplifting. Fessenden and Feeley make a formidable writing team and I hope they collaborate on another novel soon.

BLURB

They were young.
In the prime of life and recently married.
And then the diagnosis came.
Cancer.

George and Jason make arrangements to travel back to George’s home state of Vermont so he may pass away in the town where he grew up, but a terrible storm diverts the couple into the gates of an out-of-the-way hotel called Borderland.

Sure, the employees are well dressed and polite. Sure, the food and entertainment are old-time fare. But it’s all a schtick, right?

Or is there something far more sinister at work here?

Welcome to the Borderland Hotel, where you may check in, but you’ll never, ever leave.