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27Nov/20

Andrew Faulk, M.D.

November 27, 2020

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Andrew Faulk, M.D. as the guest on Episode 296 – Things Will Never Be The Same After This!)

Andrew Faulk M.D. joins us for a powerful and thought provoking conversation about his journey as a doctor during the hard days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. His book, My Epidemic: An AIDS Memoir of One Man’s Struggle as Doctor, Patient and Survivor shares personal memories of those he treated, takes a hard look at survivor’s guilt, and offers advice on saying goodbye. He currently blogs about the healthcare industry and state of COVID, and is someone you’re going to want to follow.

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ANDREW FAULK, M.D., a native of Seattle, received his B.A. from Columbia University where he graduated cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and his M.D. from the University of Washington. During the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, while still in medical school, Faulk saw his first AIDS patient. After training in San Francisco, an epicenter of the AIDS epidemic, in 1988 he moved to Los Angeles where he limited his practice to others with the disease. He now lives with his husband, Frank Jernigan, in San Francisco where he paints with shattered glass and is active in progressive politics.

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20Nov/20

J. Marshall Freeman

November 20, 2020

It gives us great pleasure to welcome J. Marshall Freeman as the guest on Episode 295 – Coming Out As a Novelist!)

J Marshall Freeman shares his latest release, The Dubious Gift of Dragon Blood. We talk about the evolution of the book and real, self-discovering queer characters in a world with dragons!

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J. Marshall Freeman is a writer of fiction and poetry, a musician, and graphic designer. He is a two-time winner of the Saints+Sinners fiction contest (2017 and 2019). In 2019, he published “Arthropoda,” a chapbook of poetry.

In December 2020, his young adult fantasy novel, The Dubious Gift of Dragon Blood, will be published by Bold Strokes Books. Upcoming work includes the young adult adventure novel, Barnabas Bopwright Saves the City, and the climate change science fiction novel, Cicada Rises from the Earth.

He lives in Toronto, Canada with his husband and dog.

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13Nov/20

Kirsten Beverley-Waters

November 13, 2020

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Kirsten Beverley-Waters as the guest on Episode 294 – Lean Into It A Bit! (Or… The Big Gay Epic Adventure!)

Kirsten Beverley-Waters, a motivational speaker, author, and movement coach, joins us to discuss some life lessons and wellness approaches presented in her book Struggle Guru.

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Kirsten Beverley-Waters is a motivational speaker, author, movement coach, and yoga teacher who leads workshops and retreats around the globe. As the founder of Aiiro Wellness, an online platform and sharing space for health and healing, she is an advocate for total wellness that is centered on a deep mind and body connection. Kirsten believes that vulnerable storytelling, strong laughter, and the sweetness of a donut can cure almost anything.

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06Nov/20

RL Merrill

November 6, 2020

It gives us great pleasure to welcome R.L. “Ro” Merrill as the guest on Episode 293 – Weird Stuff Tends to Happen!

R.L. “Ro” Merrill joins us to discuss paranormal romance, have some Halloween fun (the day we recorded the ep), and reveal her two recent releases: Fang Me Three Times and A Peculiar Prom Night.

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R.L. Merrill brings you stories of Hope, Love, and Rock ‘n’ Roll featuring quirky and relatable characters. Whether she’s writing about contemporary issues that affect us all or diving deep into the paranormal and supernatural to give readers a shiver, she loves creating compelling stories that will stay with readers long after. Winner of the Kathryn Hayes “When Sparks Fly” Best Contemporary award for Hurricane Reese, and a Foreword INDIES finalist for Summer of Hush, Ro spends every spare moment improving her writing craft and striving to find that perfect balance between real-life and happily ever after. She writes diverse and inclusive romance, contributes paranormal hilarity to Robyn Peterman’s Magic and Mayhem Universe, and works on various other writing and mentoring projects that tickle her fancy or benefit a worthy cause. You can find her connecting with readers on social media, educating America’s youth, raising two brilliant teenagers, writing horror-inspired music reviews for HorrorAddicts.net, trying desperately to get that back piece finished in the tattoo chair, or headbanging at a rock show near her home in the San Francisco Bay Area! Stay Tuned for more Rock ‘n’ Romance.

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30Oct/20

Dr. Tim Seelig

October 30, 2020

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Dr. Tim Seelig as the guest on Episode 292 – Waving My Arms at Gays!

Dr. Tim Seelig joins us to discuss his book, Tale of Two Tims, that documents his personal journey from the golden boy of the Baptist ministries, to being publicly outed and losing everything in his life, only to find a freedom in authenticity on the other side. This is one not to miss.

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Dr. Tim Seelig has lived two completely separate lives. During his first 35 years, he rose to lofty pinnacles of success as an opera singer as well as a Southern Baptist music minister. He performed on the great stages of the world. He was a University professor, father and husband. To his many admirers, everything seemed perfect.

Then, at the age of 35, his Jericho walls came tumblin’ down when he was outed to his family and church of 22,000 members. This was in the midst of the HIV/AIDS crisis, and he lost everything. He buried hundreds of friends and had to face his own positive diagnosis.

The subsequent 34 years have been spent building a new life as an LGBTQ and AIDS activist through music—music that soars through the likes of Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Davies Symphony Hall during sold-out, transformative performances. His book describes his life as grand opera with a little Opryland thrown in along the way.

Dr. Seelig is now home at the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, where his Texas charm and caring ways have made him a favorite among chorus members and audiences alike.

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23Oct/20

Liz Faraim

October 23, 2020

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Liz Faraim as the guest on Episode 2919 – It Takes Some Time!

Liz Faraim joins us for her first interview ever! We discuss the first book in her series, Canopy, due Oct 26 from NineStar Press. Come find out what Liz’s debut novel is all about and what the she has planned for the rest of the series.

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Liz Faraim is a recovering workaholic who has mastered multi-tasking, including balancing a day job, solo parenting, writing, and finding some semblance of a social life. In past lives she has been a soldier, a bartender, a shoe salesperson, an assistant museum curator, and even a driving instructor.

Liz writes contemporary fiction that highlights queer characters and often includes complex polyamorous relationships. Her writing has a hefty dose of soul searching and emotional turmoil while also taking the reader on fun adventures. She loves spending time in nature and does her best to share nature with her readers.

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16Oct/20

Benjamine Lester

October 16, 2020

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Benjamine Lester as the guest on Episode 290 – Who Doesn’t Like Sexy Big Men in Their Underwear?

Benjamine Lester shares his figure skating-to-figure painting story, and we discuss the artist’s role in promoting body positivity and mental health awareness.

On our NEW YouTube channel, we have the visual of this great conversation with examples of Benjamine’s incredible work.

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A Texas artist known for his use of color and uniquely masculine tone, Benjamine Lester uses his experience to describe modern masculinity as being expressive, careful and creative. A Modern figurative painter, he has shown in prestigious galleries such as Plano Arts and Humanities Gallery, The Grand Theater Art Gallery in Lewisville, Texas. He has earned multiple awards including; Winner of the NRH Arts Exhibition and CCAN Arts Exhibition.

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09Oct/20

Abigail de Niverville

October 9, 2020

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Abigail de Niverville back as the guest on Episode 289 – They Went There!

Abigail de Niverville returns to share her latest novel, We Go Together, and we discuss healing from abuse, bi-representation, a trans love interest, and music’s role in a story. A great discussion all the way around.

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Abigail de Niverville is a Moncton-born composer and author living in Toronto, Ontario. She graduated from the University of Toronto in 2017 with a Master’s of Composition, having studied with Alexander Rapoport. She has previously studied with Kevin Morse at Mount Allison University. While studying music, Abigail would often escape the daily stresses of university life by writing stories and novels. Her experiences in theatre performance and production often influence her creative works in all mediums. In 2019, her debut novel I Knew Him was released by NineStar Press. She continues to dedicate her time writing novels, poetry, and songs.

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April 26, 2019


It gives us great pleasure to welcome Abigail de Niverville as the guest on Episode 213 – Unnecessarily Mysterious!

Abigail de Niverville joins us to discuss her new novel, I Knew Him, as well as how her musical composition informed her work and her take on YA literature.

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Abigail de Niverville is a Moncton-born composer and author living in Toronto, Ontario. She graduated from the University of Toronto in 2017 with a Master’s of Composition, having studied with Alexander Rapoport. She has previously studied with Kevin Morse at Mount Allison University. Her experiences in theatre performance and production often influence her creative works.

Recent musical works include: Letters (for tenor and piano), Let Me In (for Ensemble Atlantica), and October 4th, 1967 (a mini opera).

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02Oct/20

David Colby

October 2, 2020

It gives us great pleasure to welcome David Colby as the guest on Episode 288 – A Cozy Apocalypse!

David Colby shares his Y/A, Hard SF queer military fiction trilogy Lunar Cycle. It’s nearly a masterclass in writing hard sci-fi, and guess what? Both of David’s parents are literally rocket scientists!

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David Colby was born and grew up in a household and family so nice and wonderful that his early life was completely and utterly bereft of interesting drama beyond a single incident in high school when he slipped on some grass and damaged a very valuable sousaphone while trying to please his marching band instructor. To correct this, he took up writing and kept writing until he got halfway decent at it.

Currently laboring on works spanning science fiction, fantasy and all the bizarre fusions in between, David is publishing novels and short stories through Thinking Ink Press and Fiction Silicon Valley.

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25Sep/20

Jude Tresswell

September 4, 2020

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Jude Tresswell as the guest on Episode 287 – A Tiny Little Box I Hadn’t Ticked!

Jude Tresswell joins us to discuss her County Durham Quad Series, her Scar Ghyll Levels works, ACE representation from an ACE author, Ace love in a polyamorous relationship, found family, and other complications when writing about this part of the queer spectrum.

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  • Scar Ghyll Levels, a historical short story about two miners in an ace/non-ace relationship was always intended to be spoken. The video is complete with 200 photographs.

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Jude has written six novels featuring her crime-prone, all-male, North East England quad and she still doesn’t know what the characters look like. Hence the silhouettes on the books’ covers. She’s pretty sure that her Q+ labels are ace and aegosexual. She doesn’t even like to read about other women, let alone write about them—it’s too close to self-participation—but, although never present in body in the stories, she is often there in mind, especially when she writes about compromise. Being an ace who has been long married to a non-ace man, she reckons she’s an expert on relationships involving compromise.

She blogs regularly, has a YouTube channel (only one upload as Covid scuppered her plans), and is happy scrabbling in mining-spoil heaps, indulging in her love of geology and industrial history.

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