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07Oct/16

Scott Roche

October 7, 2016

cominghomeagainIt gives us great pleasure to announce Scott Roche as the guest on episode 078: Weird on Purpose!

This week author, podcaster, and publisher Scott Roche joins us to talk about the beauty in horror, why genre-blending works, his work publishing anthologies, and his first M/M novel.

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Bio:

Some creatures feed on blood and revel in the screams of their prey. Scott Roche craves only caffeine and the clacking of keys. He pays the bills doing the grunt work no one else wants to take, bringing dead electronics back to life and working arcane wonders with software. His true passion is hammering out words that become anything from tales that terrify to futuristic worlds of wonder. All that and turning three children into a private mercenary army make for a life filled with adventure.

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30Sep/16

Shelter Somerset

September 30, 2016

It gives us great pleasure to announce Shelter Somerset as the guest on episode 077: Wouldn’t it be Cool!

This week Shelter Somerset joins us to talk about focusing on themes, writing contemporary/historical/mystery novels that just happen to have gay protagonists and playing with your favorite genre elements.

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Bio:

Shelter Somerset enjoys writing about the lives of people who live off the land, whether they be the Amish, nineteenth-century pioneers, or modern-day idealists seeking to live apart from the crowd. Shelter’s fascination with the rustic, aesthetic lifestyle began as a child with family camping trips into the Blue Ridge Mountains. When not back home in Illinois writing, Shelter continues to explore America’s expansive backcountry and rural communities. Shelter’s philosophy is best summed up by the actor John Wayne: “Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.”

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16Sep/16

Sloan Johnson

September 16, 2016

It gives us great pleasure to announce Sloan Johnson as the guest on episode 075: How Far Can We Deviate!

This week the tattooed, mohawked mom Sloan Johnson joins us to talk about the world needing more M/M baseball stories, why your work should be the most fun you’ve ever had, the danger of writing for the reader, and what matters most (hint: “Write Words”).

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Bio:

Sloan Johnson is a big city girl trapped in a country girl’s life. While she longs for the hustle and bustle of New York City or Las Vegas, she hasn’t yet figured out how to sit on the deck with her morning coffee, watching the deer and wild turkeys in the fields while surrounded by concrete and glass.

When she was three, her parents received their first call from the principal asking them to pick her up from school. Apparently, if you aren’t enrolled, you can’t attend classes, even in Kindergarten. The next week, she was in preschool and started plotting her first story soon after.

Later in life, her parents needed to do something to help their socially awkward, uncoordinated child come out of her shell and figured there was no better place than a bar on Wednesday nights. It’s a good thing they did because this is where she found her love of reading and writing. Who needs socialization when you can sit alone in your bedroom with a good book?

Now, Sloan is a tattooed mom with a mohawk and two kids. She’s been kicked out of the PTA in two school districts and is no longer asked to help with fundraisers because she’s been known to lose herself with a good book and forget she has somewhere to be.

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09Sep/16

Ryan Amador

September 9, 2016

It gives us great pleasure to announce Ryan Amador as the guest on episode 074: Empowering the Individual!

This week singer, songwriter, theater-maker Ryan Amador joins us to talk about letting the truth of the individual unfold through the writing of music and song.

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Bio:

Ryan Amador is a singer, songwriter, and theater-maker from Los Angeles. Ryan has released two full length albums: the self-titled “Ryan Amador” (2013) & (In)Body’s “Becoming” (2016), and three EP’s: “Symptoms of a Wide Eyed Being” (2011), “Palos Verdes: A Teenage Retrospective” (2012), and “4S” (2014).

His music video “Define Me” garnered over 470,000 views on YouTube and led to live performances at Pride Events in New York, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Brisbane, Australia. Following the release of his video “Spectrum”, Ryan was honored to give a TEDx Talk in Santa Cruz, CA on the topic of diversified sexuality. In April 2016, Mather Dance Company in California used Ryan’s song “Instead” in a competitive dance competition which was then featured by DancingWithYT on Youtube.

His latest project (In)Body is a collaboration with LA-based producer/instrumentalist Daniel Weidlein. Their song “Safe In Your Heart” earned Ryan the 2013 ASCAP Robert Allen Award for Songwriting.

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02Sep/16

Caleb James

September 2, 2016

It gives us great pleasure to announce Caleb James as the guest on episode 073: I Left My Head at the Copy Shop!

Caleb talks about his latest release, Dark Blood, and how he balances real life and writing life. He also shares some good insight on crossing genres and looking to life for writing inspiration.

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Bio:

Caleb James is a board-certified psychiatrist, clinical trainer, and author of both fiction and non-fiction, both under his pen name and real name. He lectures, and provides training and workshops, on topics related to mental health and the writing life.

 

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26Aug/16

Jeff Rivera

August 26, 2016

Sugar DaddyIt gives us great pleasure to announce Jeff Rivera as the guest on episode 072: Connect from the Heart!

This week joins us to talk about Jeff’s I Got You series and how he came to focus on writing the novella. He also drops some tips for speed-writing, and wisdom about writing from the heart instead of the academic’s chair. Finally, he gives some great insight on how to make Kindle Unlimited work for you!

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Bio:

Jeff Rivera is an author and inspirational media personality. He has appeared on national television, radio and print in such outlets as Forbes.com, The Boston Globe, Publishers Weekly, Right On! Magazine, Rotarian Magazine, TMZ, WABC, WNBC, WCBS, SITV, American Latino and NPR.

He also writes or has written for Entertainment Weekly, Mediabistro, GalleyCat, Publishing Perspectives, Digital Book World, Examiner, American Chronicle, School Library Journal and the Huffington Post and has been invited to speak and inspire groups all over the world from South Carolina to Nigeria. He has been on panel discussions for The Library Journal, Authors Guild, the Harlem Book Fair and many others.

He is known to have broken the news that Seth Godin was ditching traditional publishing which lead to mentions on hundreds of blogs and media outlets including The LA Times, Fast Company, and New York Observer. His news break that Jackie Collins would be self-publishing the US-version of her eBook lead to mentions in The Bookseller, The Guardian, USA Today and hundreds of other outlets.

His humble beginnings of living in American poverty on welfare and food stamps as the child of a single mother, to his days living in his car and final rise to becoming a published author, journalist and media personality have inspired many.

Rivera created a massive online following before the eBook revolution even existed. He was able to land an agent and a book deal with Warner Books (now known as Grand Central Publishing) within 7 days. He has used the knowledge he gained from this experience to help coach his clients on social media campaigns and has helped over 100 clients take the first step in landing an agent too.

 

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12Aug/16

Queer Consumers/Creators Roundtable

August 19, 2016

Part two of the roundtable – this time focusing on creating queer content as members of the GLBT community. Join us as I lead Matthew Cheney, Dena Hankins, and SA Collins into a discussion about the state of queer works available, the importance of seeking diversity in what we create, and what we as content creators can do to support the works that are about our rainbow community!

August 12, 2016

This week we’re bringing you a panel of queer authors to discuss consuming stories that feature a full rainbow of characters.  Join us as I lead Matthew Cheney, Dena Hankins, and SA Collins into a discussion about the state of queer works available, the importance of seeking diversity in what we buy and read, and what we as consumers can do to support the works that are about our rainbow community!

Matthew Cheney: Buy his work and connect:

Dena Hankins: Buy her work and connect:

SA “Baz” Collins: Buy his work and connect:

Bios:

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Matthew CheneyDena HankinsSA “Baz” Collins

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22Jul/16

Redfern Jon Barrett

July 22, 2016

GiddyDeathOfGaysandStrangeDemiseofStraightsIt gives us great pleasure to announce Redfern Jon Barrett as the guest on episode 067: Hell is Being a Conforming Adult!

Join us as we discuss his artistic journey, the role of polyamory in LGBTQ+ culture, the importance of writing polyamorous fiction, and the expanding and expansive nature of queer identity.

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Bio:

Born in the north of England in the summer of 1984, REDFERN JON BARRETT is a writer and polyamory rights campaigner. Armed with a doctorate in literature from Swansea University/Prifysgol Abertawe, they are author to novels The Giddy Death of the Gays & the Strange Demise of Straights (finalist for the 2016 Bisexual Book Awards) and Forget Yourself, as well as having contributed to publications including Guernica Daily, PinkNews, Van Winkle’s, and Strange Horizons on topics ranging from 18th century nonmonogamy to 23rd century science fiction. Redfern has worked with both Guernica and PEN America as a reader, and currently divides their time between Britain and Berlin, where they live with their two partners.

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15Jul/16

Michael Broderick

July 15, 2016

 

JBScoversIt gives us great pleasure to announce Michael Broderick as the guest on episode 066: A List of Things I’m Not Getting From Porn!

Join us as we discuss his artistic journey, how he came to draw what he didn’t see in the world around him, studying art vs. the business of art, book covers as a brand, his other works for sale, and Erotic Art – Because Porn Doesn’t Give Us Everything We Want.

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Some of Michael’s personal work includes:

  • “WE MOVE AS ONE”
  • “MY CREATION”
We Move as One

We Move as One

My Creation

My Creation

Some of his book cover work includes:

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His piece “YEAR OF THE RAM” is part of the traveling art show “STROKE”

YEAR OF THE RAM

Bio:

Michael Broderick was born in a dreary little burg in upstate New York. Despite the shrill consternation of his decidedly mainstream parents, an insatiable passion for his sister’s Fashion Plates consumed his childhood and the traditional red blooded propensities for cars and football never developed. The Fashion Plates mysteriously disappeared one summer while Michael was at camp, the Style-Me Barbie head ran away with the spoon, and, to this day, everyone in Michael’s family swears the pink Play-Doh never existed.

Denied those modes of expression, Michael, like most little gay boys stranded in the god-forsaken suburbs, turned to movies and television for solace. Adolescence had lifted a curtain and the strobe of flickering screens, large and small, illuminated a procession of square-jawed gods who fought, loved, and occasionally danced across the boards of young Michael’s burgeoning sexuality. Hunks like Mike Henry, John Gavin, Guy Madison, Gene Kelly, and Sean Connery thrilled while making love to sirens like Lana Turner and Joan Crawford in exotic locales but there was one missing component: an overtly gay context.

Fortunately, Michael wasn’t just ogling—he was inspired. He collected a smile, cataloged a stance, captured a pair of roguish eyes and locked them away until he was able to flee the middle American wasteland, move to New York and get a BA in Graphic Art and Drawing. With each piece Michael seeks to conjure the situations absent from those nights by the fire presenting a revisionist history of sorts for those of us who grew up gay in America.

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08Jul/16

Linda Legters

July 8, 2016

 ConnectedUnderneath It gives us great pleasure to announce Linda Legters as the guest on episode 065: We’re All Part of the Fabric!
Join us as we discuss her writing journey, her first queer centric novel – Connected Underneath and her road to publication, queer boutique publishers, writing queer protags from an allied author position, the fabric of life and how were all connected despite the isolation we often feel, community, POV in writing, teaching college level creative writing and English.
 
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Bio:

Linda Legters comes from the far western reaches of New York State. She earned her B.A. from the University of New Hampshire and her MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. After a stint in New York, she settled in Connecticut to raise her three sons. Her stories are about people from across the social spectrum and her short stories have appeared in numerous literary journals. Her debut novel, Connected Underneath, was released in May 2016, and her second novel, The Vanishing Point, will be available May 2017, both from Lethe Press.

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