Category Archives: Featured Guest

21Jan/22

Robyn Gigl

January 21, 2022

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Robyn Gigl back as the guest on Season 7, Episode 03 – There’s A Little Bit Of Backstory!

Robyn Gigl returns with her second Erin McCabe novel, Survivor’s Guilt. We talk about trans characters being someone with whom you could have a beer, courtroom action, human trafficking, and vengeance.

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Robyn Gigl is an attorney, speaker and activist who has been honored by the ACLU-NJ and the NJ Pride Network for her work on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community. Robyn is a partner at Gluck Walrath, LLP in Freehold, NJ, where she handles complex commercial and employment litigation. She has been selected as a NJ Super Lawyer since 2010 and as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in NJ in 2020 & 2021. Robyn is a member of the Board of Directors of Garden State Equality, NJ’s largest LGBTQ+ Civil Rights Organization. She is a graduate of Stonehill College and Villanova University School of Law. A frequent lecturer on diversity issues, she lives in New Jersey where she continues to practice law by day, and work on her next novel by night. Fortunately for us bibliophiles, she has a very boring social life.

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June 25, 2021

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Robyn Gigl as the guest on Season 6, Episode 25 – A Behind-The-Scenes Peek!

Robyn Gigl, attorney and novelist, serves up a summer crime thriller with her novel By Way of Sorrow. We discuss a transgender main character, followed by the intersection of race, privilege, gender identity, and power on the justice system… and then get a behind-the-scenes peek into Robyn’s life!

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Robyn Gigl is an attorney, speaker and activist who has been honored by the ACLU-NJ and the NJ Pride Network for her work on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community. Robyn is a partner at Gluck Walrath, LLP in Freehold, NJ, where she handles complex commercial and employment litigation. She has been selected as a NJ Super Lawyer since 2010 and as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in NJ in 2020 & 2021. Robyn is a member of the Board of Directors of Garden State Equality, NJ’s largest LGBTQ+ Civil Rights Organization. She is a graduate of Stonehill College and Villanova University School of Law. A frequent lecturer on diversity issues, she lives in New Jersey where she continues to practice law by day, and work on her next novel by night. Fortunately for us bibliophiles, she has a very boring social life.

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14Jan/22

Matthew R Corr

January 14, 2022

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Matthew R. Corr as the guest on Season 7, Episode 02 – Start In The Action!

Matthew R. Corr shares his debut novel, Land on Me, which leads to discussions about LGBTQ issues in fiction, Young Adult vs New Adult, and a few stories from a first-time author.

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Even though Matthew was born and raised in New England, he always knew he was a city boy. He moved to NYC at 18 to pursue his dream and never looked back! He attended the American Musical And Dramatic Academy where he earned a degree in Musical Theatre. After years of performing on stages across the country, he is now adding Author to his resume! He currently lives in Brooklyn with his boyfriend, their cat Logan, and their pug Finn. Check out his socials to get to know him even more; but he guarantees it’s mostly made up of Marvel Superheroes, Movies, and cute pets.

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07Jan/22

Larry Duplechan

January 7, 2022

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Larry Duplechan as the guest on Season 7, Episode 1 – All Things Blackbird!

In this WROTE Reviews crossover episode we talk with Larry Duplechan about his novel Blackbird and its journey into becoming a film.

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Larry Duplechan is the author of five novels, including Blackbird (considered the first modern Black “coming-out” novel) and the Lambda Literary Award-winning Got ‘til it’s Gone. His hobbies include singing, playing the ukulele, reading show business biographies, and pursuing his ongoing quest to forestall the physical aging process and build truly outstanding pecs. He lives in Los Angeles with his husband of 38 years and a 17 pound Chartreux cat named Mr. Blue.

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31Dec/21

Dharma Kelleher

December 31, 2021

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Dharma Kelleher back as the guest on Season 6, Episode 52 – Trust Your Process!

Dharma Kelleher returns to share her latest work, Breakthrough: Overcoming Creative Self-Doubt, Writer’s Block, and Imposter Syndrome. We talk a bit about each of those aspects of being creative so that you can let go of fear and fall back in love with your process!

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Dharma Kelleher writes gritty crime fiction about bounty hunters, bikers, and other badass women from a transgender/queer perspective . She is the author of the Jinx Ballou bounty hunter series & the Shea Stevens outlaw biker series.

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August 6, 2021

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Dharma Kelleher as the guest on Season 6, Episode 31 – Not That There’s Anything Wrong With That!

Dharma Kelleher joins us to share the latest in her Jinx Ballou series, TERF Wars! We also discuss confronting transphobia and talk about trans tropes to avoid.

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Dharma Kelleher writes gritty crime fiction about bounty hunters, bikers, and other badass women from a transgender/queer perspective . She is the author of the Jinx Ballou bounty hunter series & the Shea Stevens outlaw biker series.

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24Dec/21

Emory Easton

December 24, 2021

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Emory Easton as the guest on Season 6, Episode 51 – I’m Not That Person Someone Told Me I Was

Emory Easton joins us to share her debut memoir Mother, Can You Hear Me Now? We talk about her early years of abuse, her recovery, and her happy ending as a grandmother alongside her true love of 36 years.

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  • If you are being abused and need someone to talk to, Emory has asked that you email her at emoryeaston86 @ gmail.com (remove spaces) and she will listen, and try to help you find the help you need to rewrite your life’s story.

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Emory Easton is a writer and mother based in Illinois where she lives with her partner of thirty-six years. Her debut memoir, Mother, Can You Hear Me Now? tackles the abuse she endured as a child and the love she rediscovered as an adult.

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17Dec/21

Robert C. Steele

December 17, 2021

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Robert C. Steele as the guest on Season 6, Episode 50 – They Didn’t Deserve To Be In Jail!

Robert C. Steele has written a biography of Jim Foshee titled Banned From California. Robert shares with us that the book covers Jim’s (and his) life during the pre-Stonewall gay civil rights movement.

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Robert C. Steele served as a reporter and producer at various radio and television stations in Colorado and Arizona. He was a broadcaster at the Italian National Broadcasting Company (RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana) in Naples, Italy; was a reporter for Armed Forces Radio and Television along the coast of Vietnam, the Asian Western Pacific and Vicenza, Italy; and was a volunteer activist in the early gay liberation movement with two weekly gay radio shows in Colorado. Later, as a federal government public affairs officer, he served as a government spokesperson and managed media relations with reporters who worked for media outlets from across the USA and around the world.

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10Dec/21

Gregory Norris

December 10, 2021

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Gregory Norris as the guest on Season 6, Episode 49 – Writer In Residence!

Gregory Norris comes to us from Xanadu where he wrote Ex Marks The Spot, a novel wherein dark time travel forces a choice between past or future loves.

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Raised on a healthy diet of creature double features and classic Science Fiction TV, Gregory L. Norris writes for national magazines, short story anthologies, novels, and the occasional episode for film and television. Norris writes The Day After Tomorrow series for Anderson Entertainment in the U.K. based on the Gerry Anderson NBC made-for-TV movie, which he watched and loved as a boy, and worked on Paramount’s Star Trek: Voyager series as a screenwriter. Norris lives at the Outer Limits of New Hampshire’s North Country in a century-old house called Xanadu with his giant rescue cat and emerald-eyed muse.

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03Dec/21

Mike Keren

December 3, 2021

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Mike Keren as the guest on Season 6, Episode 48 – A Funny Book About Death & Dying!

Mike Keren brings us his memoir Four Funerals, No Marriage. We discuss his unique perspective as a health professional, caregiver, and patient as he unfolds his sense of humor relating to facing the end of life.

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Mike Keren is a clinical psychologist with advanced training in psychoanalysis and family therapy. He currently maintains a private practice for adults and couples in central New Jersey, though in the past he worked in a variety of community and correctional facilities. Although he has a general practice, he has a particular interest in working with caregivers as well as helping families talk about end-of-life issues.

Mike enjoys a challenge in his free time and has explored the world of competitive gay tournament bowling (several trophies and a bit of prize money), golf (bored to tears), and stand-up comedy. His foray into stand-up even became the subject of a friend’s senior thesis at film school. He eventually decided to leave the stage to the younger folks and channeled his humor into writing.

Mike is supported in his endeavors by his loving husband, Tom, and their two canine children, Carley and Clyde. They divide their time between central New Jersey and the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.

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26Nov/21

J Warren

November 26, 2021

It gives us great pleasure to welcome J. Warren back as the guest on Season 6, Episode 47 – There Will Be A Quiz Later!

J. Warren returns to share his latest novel, Tygers. We look at an alternate timeline where the ultra-conservative element in the world has radicalized queer individuals.

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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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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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19Nov/21

Jerry Wheeler

November 19, 2021

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Jerry Wheeler back as the guest on Season 6, Episode 46 – Google Maps & Jehovah’s Witnesses!

Jerry Wheeler returns to share his first full-length novel, Pangs. We discuss a new pantheon of vampire, being lost in darkness, and the ebb and flow of creativity.

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Jerry L. Wheeler is the editor of seven anthologies of gay erotica. His own collection of short fiction and essays, “Strawberries and Other Erotic Fruits” was awarded a spot on the shortlist for the Lambda Literary Award. He has also been Lammy-shortlisted for “Tented: Gay Erotic Tales From Under the Big Top” (2010) and “The Bears of Winter” (2014). He lives and writes in Denver CO, maintaining his review blog, “Out In Print: Queer Book Reviews” and his own editing business, Write And Shine. He’s recently published his first novel.

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May 29, 2020

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Jerry L. Wheeler back as the guest on Episode 270 – I Don’t Have Any Wisdom!

Author and editor Jerry L. Wheeler joins us to discuss his revamping of his back catalog, and how he’s trying to stay creative in this lockdown era.

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Jerry L. Wheeler is the editor of seven anthologies of gay erotica for Bold Strokes Books, Wilde City Press, and other publishers. His own collection of short fiction and essays, “Strawberries and Other Erotic Fruits” was awarded a spot on the shortlist for the Lambda Literary Award and has recently been re-published. He has also been Lammy-shortlisted for “Tented: Gay Erotic Tales From Under the Big Top” (2010) and “The Bears of Winter” (2014). He lives and writes in Denver CO, maintaining his review blog, “Out In Print: Queer Book Reviews” (https://outinprintblog.wordpress.com/) and his own editing business, Write And Shine (https://jerrywheelerblog.wordpress.com/).

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February 10, 2017


It gives us great pleasure to announce Jerry Wheeler as the guest on episode 097: Going Down Editing Holes!

This week author Jerry Wheeler returns to talk about the re-opening of his review site Out in Print: Queer Book Reviews, the status of Queer literature in general, a bit about the life of the editor, and we have a good bit of fun.

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Jerry L. Wheeler is the editor of the Lambda Literary Award finalist Tented: Gay Erotic Tales from Under the Big Top (Lethe Press, 2010) as well as Riding the Rails: Locomotive Lust and Carnal Cabooses, The Dirty Diner: Gay Erotica on the Menu, and is the author of Strawberries and Other Erotic Fruits (Lethe Press, 2012), also a Lambda Literary Award finalist. He’s working on his first novel, The Dead Book.

He lives, works and writes in Denver CO, where he misspends time in fleeting encounters with men best described as trashy. Some on work release programs. Despite this, he heads a freelance editorial service, Write and Shine. Please feel free to contact him at his website, www.jerrywheeleronline.com.

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November 4, 2016

It gives us great pleasure to announce Jerry Wheeler as the guest on episode 082: Work For It!

This week author Jerry Wheeler pulls into the depot to talk about erotica vs romance, his role as an editor, his own writing and being a Lambda finalist, and his audio narration career.

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Jerry L. Wheeler is the editor of the Lambda Literary Award finalist Tented: Gay Erotic Tales from Under the Big Top (Lethe Press, 2010) as well as Riding the Rails: Locomotive Lust and Carnal Cabooses, The Dirty Diner: Gay Erotica on the Menu, and is the author of Strawberries and Other Erotic Fruits (Lethe Press, 2012), also a Lambda Literary Award finalist. He’s working on his first novel, The Dead Book.

He lives, works and writes in Denver CO, where he misspends time in fleeting encounters with men best described as trashy. Some on work release programs. Despite this, he heads a freelance editorial service, Write and Shine. Please feel free to contact him at his website, www.jerrywheeleronline.com.

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