Yearly Archives: 2021

15Oct/21

Catherine Lundoff QoSP

October 15, 2021

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Catherine Lundoff & Queen of Swords Press as the guest on Season 6, Episode 41 – There’s a Fair Amount of Juggling!

Catherine Lundoff from Queen of Swords Press joins us to talk about their upcoming releases, what they look for in a submission, and touch on author involvement in marketing!

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Catherine Lundoff is a transplanted Brooklynite who lives in Minneapolis with her wife Jana, an amazingly talented book artist, and the two cats that own them. When not writing, she works as a professional computer geek. In former lives, Catherine owned a feminist bookstore (Grassroots Books in Iowa City) and has lived in Nicaragua, El Salvador and Mexico. She was once a professional archaeologist and before that, worked at a bar in St. Louis that laid claim to having the world’s largest collection of Elvis memorabilia outside Memphis. Catherine started writing professionally in 1996 while in law school. She sold the first story she ever wrote and quit law school a week later; she has not looked back since. In addition to writing and editing, Catherine is also the publisher at Queen of Swords Press.

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08Oct/21

Rue Sparks

October 8, 2021

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Rue Sparks as the guest on Season 6, Episode 40 – A Bit of a Weird Genre!

Rue Sparks joins us to share their upcoming novel, The Fable of Wren. We also talk about loss, grief, genre, and the normalcy of non-binary and genderqueer characters.

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A widow, disabled, and a member of the queer community, Rue Sparks traverses the equally harsh and cathartic landscape where trauma and healing align to create stories that burrow into the hearts and minds of their readers. In addition to The Stars Will Guide Us Back, Sparks has authored the novella Daylight Chasers, writes the web serial The Dragon Warden, and will be releasing the contemporary mystery novel The Fable of Wren later in 2021. They live in Noblesville, Indiana in the USA with their sweet senior support dog and still draw and paint when they’re physically able.

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01Oct/21

The Taste Curators

October 1, 2021

It gives us great pleasure to welcome The Taste Curators – Lish Steiling and Abbey Cook as the guests on Season 6, Episode 39 – Out To Inspire!

Lish Steiling and Abbey Cook share how they merge food, fashion and design to build emotional experiences through their new brand – The Taste Curators!

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For over 24 years, Lish Steiling has worked in the culinary arts. For the past seven years she held the position of VP of Culinary Operations and Production for the celebrity chef, Giada De Laurentiis. While working in this role, Lish won an ‘Outstanding Culinary Program’ Emmy for being the culinary producer for Giada Entertains.

Lish’s career started in restaurants before she expanded to food styling and recipe development for places such as Food Network, New York Times, Gourmet magazine and the Today Show.

She competed on the TV show, Chopped, and walked away with the win. Lish has also been featured in the book Chef’s Ink and Elle Sweden magazine for her unique food tattoos and recipes. She was recently a guest judge on Food Network’s Vegas Chef Prizefight. Lish is currently a culinary consultant, food stylist, culinary instructor and contributor to Giadzy. Lish has also been a repeated guest on the Epicurious YouTube series called “Pro Chef vs. Home Cook” and will have a new episode coming out soon.

Abbey Cook has been a trend forecaster for over 15 years and has traveled to 50+ countries in order to seek out and create lifestyle and fashion trends. She sees the big picture and connects emerging ideas in culture that are created into understandable stories for the future.

Abbey has predicted some of the most influential trends and social movements of the past decade including the hipster effect and the rise of skinny jeans. She was also a key player in creating the cult color that defined a generation, Millennial Pink. She has presented her research and forecasts to Fortune 500 companies around the world. As a keynote speaker she has been featured at international trade shows in Paris, Shanghai and Medellin.

Abbey developed her career in Paris designing fabrics for Chanel and Jean Paul Gaultier at the textile atelier, Malhia Kent. She has worked at Martha Stewart Living, Kohler, The Color Association of the U.S. and Cotton Incorporated. She is currently a consultant, creating custom fashion and design forecasts for trend, experiential marketing and branding agencies. She has also recently been a repeated guest lecturer on trend forecasting at The School of New York Times.

Together they are working on building our new brand The Taste Curators, where we are merging food, fashion and design.

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24Sep/21

Blake Allwood

September 24, 2021

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Blake Allwood back as the guest on Season 6, Episode 38 – Playing In The Weeds!

Blake Allwood returns to share the final in his Romantic Renovations series, the announcement of his Coming Home series, and invite you to his F.U. Covid virtual party!

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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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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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17Sep/21

Garrett Hutson

September 17, 2021

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Garrett Hutson as the guest on Season 6, Episode 37 – Two Paragraphs Before the Detective!

Garrett Hutson shares his latest release, No Accidental Death. We then discuss queer characters in historical fiction.

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Garrett Hutson writes upmarket mysteries and historical spy fiction, driven by characters who are moving and unforgettable. He lives in Indianapolis with his husband, four adorable dogs, two odd-ball cats, and more fish than you can count. You can usually find him reading about history, and day-dreaming about being there. This is where his stories are born, and he hopes they transport you the way his imagination transports him.

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10Sep/21

Anthony Hand

September 10, 2021

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Anthony Hand as the guest on Season 6, Episode 36 – She’s Dyna Bolical!

Anthony Hand shares the kickoff of his Maxxie La Wow – Drag Super-Shero project with us. He talks about the inspiration for a drag hero and shares the kickstarter where you can be a part of it all happening!

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Anthony Hand is a product designer and former entrepreneur in Silicon Valley where he puts his storytelling skills to use on a daily basis. Anthony has seen every season of RuPaul’s Drag Race since Season 1, frequents local and national cabaret and theater, and is a recovering comic book geek. Drag legend Dina Martina is his spirit totem. Anthony is the president of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus.

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03Sep/21

Alex Woolfson

September 3, 2021

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Alex Woolfson as the guest on Season 6, Episode 35 – An Unlimited Special Effects Budget!

Alex Woolfson joins us to talk comics for people like us. He introduces us to his Artifice and The Young Protectors projects, and then gives a masterclass on working with artists!

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Alex writes and publishes gay male action-romance comics for cool people. As a gay kid growing up, he never got to see what he wanted to see – science-fiction and action stories with heroes, real heroes, who just happened to like other guys. So, after a successful career as a filmmaker, he started making these comics. In particular, he wants to make comics that are just as good as what the straight boys get, but for us. Now, with the support of readers on Patreon, it’s his full-time job! He also loves to talk about sci-fi, productivity apps and other geeky stuff.

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27Aug/21

Kevin Klehr

August 27, 2021

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Kevin Klehr back as the guest on Season 6, Episode 34 – Hopefully The Tank Will Stop Following Us!

Kevin Klehr returns to share his latest release, The Midnight Man, and tells us about that sex scene he’d forgotten he had written.

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Kevin lives with his husband, Warren, in their humble apartment (affectionately named Sabrina), in Australia’s own ‘Emerald City,’ Sydney.

His tall tales explore unrequited love in the theatre district of the Afterlife, romance between a dreamer and a realist, and a dystopian city addicted to social media.

So, with his fictional guardian angel guiding him, Kevin hopes to bring more whimsical tales of love, life and friendship to his readers.

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January 24, 2020


It gives us great pleasure to welcome Kevin Klehr back as the guest on Episode 252 – Don’t Start Typing C-L-A-R!

Kevin Klehr returns to share his latest release, Winter Masquerade, as well as an “on the ground” update on the massive wildfires consuming Australia. It’s a great conversation all around. Complete with blooper/outtake that happened near the end of the show!

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Kevin lives with his husband, Warren, in their humble apartment (affectionately named Sabrina), in Australia’s own ‘Emerald City,’ Sydney.

His tall tales explore unrequited love in the theatre district of the Afterlife, romance between a dreamer and a realist, and a dystopian city addicted to social media.

His first novel, Drama Queens with Love Scenes, spawned a secondary character named Guy. Many readers argue that Guy, the insecure gay angel, is the star of the Actors and Angels book series. His popularity surprised the author. The third in this series, Drama Queens and Devilish Schemes, scored a Rainbow Award (judged by fans of queer fiction) for Best Gay Alternative Universe/Reality novel.

So, with his fictional guardian angel guiding him, Kevin hopes to bring more whimsical tales of love, life and friendship to his readers.

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May 11, 2018


It gives us great pleasure to welcome Kevin Klehr back as the guest on Episode 163 – A Good Femme Fatale!!

This week Kevin Klehr returns to talk about his latest release, Social Media Central, the creation of the book trailer and the pitfalls of advertising the trailer on Facebook. We also discuss the ins and outs of social media and the lengths Kevin went through to cast and produce the trailer using live actors!!

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Kevin is the author of a number of books including the Actors and Angels series and the Nate and Cameron collection.

The Actors and Angels series are three comedies about theatre in the Afterlife, where two friends explore their love for each other through several lifetimes with the help of a gay angel. The third in the series scored a Rainbow Award for Best Gay Alternative Universe/Reality novel.

The Nate and Cameron collection are two novellas that delve into a relationship between a dreamer and a realist, where the latter is coming to terms with loving second best. The two stories, Nate and the New Yorker and Nate’s Last Tango, are also available in one paperback edition.

And his latest novel, Social Media Central, explores a future where everyone is addicted to their screens.

Kevin lives with his long-term partner, Warren, in their humble apartment affectionately named Sabrina), in Australia’s own “Emerald City,” Sydney.

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April 21, 2017


It gives us great pleasure to welcome back Kevin Klehr as the guest on episode 108: Always Come with Cake!

This week Kevin Klehr returns to talk about his new novel From Top to Bottom, his foray into erotica, his new publisher Nine Star Press, and then Kevin drops tips for writers.

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Kevin lives with his long-term partner, Warren, in their humble apartment (affectionately named Sabrina), in Australia’s own ‘Emerald City,’ Sydney.

From an early age Kevin had a passion for writing, jotting down stories and plays until it came time to confront puberty. After dealing with pimple creams and facial hair, Kevin didn’t pick up a pen again until he was in his thirties. His handwritten manuscript was being committed to paper when his social circumstances changed, giving him no time to write. Concerned, his partner, Warren, snuck the notebook out to a friend who in turn came back and demanded Kevin finish his novel. It wasn’t long before Kevin’s active imagination was let loose again.

 

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February 12, 2016

 NatTheNewYorker_cvr_100dpi-210x330DramaQueensLoveScenes_100dpi_cvr-210x330DramaQueensAdultThemes_100dpi_cvr-210x330 It gives us great pleasure to announce Kevin Klehr as the guest on Episode 043: Life is a Cabaret.
Join us as we talk with Kevin about trusting your editor, contracts and how to read them, what equality and mainstream mean to a queer author, turning a trope on its head and the international Con experience.
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20Aug/21

Luke Miller

August 13, 2021

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Luke Miller as the guest on Season 6, Episode 33 – Unabashed World-Builders Disease!

Luke Miller from Greycastle Press brings his project Journey to us. It’s a tool for helping writers, gamers, and world-builders of all types envision their worlds.

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Luke Miller is a writer, game designer, and software developer who lives in sunny California with his fiancé Roman and their two corgis, Luna and Sol. He has had a lifelong passion for fantasy and science fiction, and has recently discovered a love for tabletop roleplaying games.

After exploring the world of TTRPG’s as a player and game master, Luke was struck by the game design bug and quickly jumped into the creation of his first game: Journey. Through this process, he learned many lessons on what to do… and, more importantly, what not to do.

In addition to designing his next games, Luke is writing content on the Graycastle Press Journal where he talks about running tabletop roleplaying games, concepts in game design, writing fiction, and more.

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13Aug/21
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David R. Slayton

August 13, 2021

It gives us great pleasure to welcome David R. Slayton back as the guest on Season 6, Episode 32 – A Sort of Gritty Pride!

David R. Slayton returns to share the sequel to his novel White Trash Warlock. Preorders for Trailer Park Trickster are up now. We go over character points of view, and the importance of writing stories that have personal meaning for the author.

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David R. Slayton grew up in Guthrie, Oklahoma, where finding fantasy novels was pretty challenging and finding fantasy novels with diverse characters was downright impossible. Now he lives in Denver, Colorado and writes the books he always wanted to read.

In addition to writing, David is a regular presenter and speaker on writing. He has appeared on panels at Denver Pop Culture Con and taught workshops the Pikes Peak Writers Conference, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, the League of Utah Writers Quills Conference, and the Seymour Agency Winter Retreat. He also regularly speaks to library and high school audiences.

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January 10, 2020


It gives us great pleasure to welcome David R. Slayton as the guest on Episode 250 – A Bloody Little Windup Toy!

David R. Slayton joins us for a great conversation about his upcoming work, White Trash Warlock. It’s a laugh-laden exploration of his philosophy about queer writing, own voices, allies and publishing in general. PLUS! We have the longest blooper/outtake in WROTE’s history! Well worth the listen.

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David Slayton grew up in Guthrie, Oklahoma, where finding fantasy novels was pretty challenging and finding fantasy novels with diverse characters was downright impossible. Now he lives in Denver, Colorado and writes the books he always wanted to read.

In addition to writing, he has taught workshops and appeared on panels at Denver Comic Con, the Pikes Peak Writers Conference, the League of Utah Writers Quills Conference, and the Seymour Agency Winter Retreat.

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