Category Archives: Featured Guest

19May/17

Edmond Manning

May 18, 2017


It gives us great pleasure to announce Edmond Manning as the guest on Episode 112: Prepare for a Pleasure Groan!

Subtitle: Give Your Life to Trying!

This week Edmond Manning returns to talk about the latest in his Lost and Founds series King Daniel, why Professor Waffles has a window ramp, his historic WIP, attending amazing workshops, and then he and Vance hook arms and skip merrily into the gutter!

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Edmond Manning is the author of the series, The Lost and Founds. The series includes the books: King Perry, King Mai (a Lambda Literary finalist 2014), The Butterfly King, and King John. He’s been writing fiction since his early 20’s but only seeking publication since 2012.

 

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April 8, 2016

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April 8, 2016

It gives us great pleasure to announce Edmond Manning as the guest on episode 052: Periwinkle Delight!
Join us as we discuss what it means to be Kinged, self-actuation as an HEA, what is masculinity and who gets to define it, interactive storytelling – writing in and out of the main arc timeline, and keeping it fresh as an author when writing a series.

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11May/17

R. Phoenix

May 12, 2017


It gives us great pleasure to announce Raissa Phoenix as the guest on Episode 111: Little Author Lemming!

This week Raissa Phoenix joins us to talk about the re-releases of her supernatural series Fate of the Fallen, her novel Too Close and the importance of education regarding domestic violence.

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Bio:

R. Phoenix (code name: Raissa) has an unhealthy fascination with contrasts: light and dark, humor and pain, heroes and villains, order and chaos. She believes love can corrupt, power can redeem and that the best of intentions can cast shadows while the worst can create light. She agrees with those who say that the truth is best told through fiction — even though fiction has to make sense while reality can be utterly baffling.

Her dark paranormal books explore a world where humanity has become prey, subjugated by “supes” — vampires, werewolves, and witches — who have seized control. They range from romance to dark erotica to horror and everything in between, exploring different aspects of the Fate of the Fallen universe. She’s even published something she calls “playful dark erotica.”

Her tendency to explore dark topics isn’t limited to a supernatural world. Her contemporary romance, Too Close, deals with the difficult topic of domestic violence. She is passionate about the need for greater awareness and understanding of an issue that’s often misunderstood.

She loves chatting with readers, though she often awkwardly rambles. No matter how much she tries to keep her bad and often perverted sense of humor in check, it seems to escape at the most inconvenient moments. (Thanks, universe.) Feel free to friend Raissa on Facebook and chat or send her an email!

 

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04May/17

Garett Groves

May 5, 2017


It gives us great pleasure to announce Garett Groves as the guest on Episode 110: Bad Pantser, Be A Plotter!

This week Garett Groves joins us to talk about his new novel Sugar & Spice, accepting romance writing as art, and May-December relationships.

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Garett Groves is a new M/M romance author based in Southwest Florida. There he enjoys spending time with his husband and their two cats. Their hobbies include: being disgustingly codependent, sleeping, eating junk food, and drinking copious amounts of red wine. Sadly, their cats don’t share in the wine drinking—yet!

 

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28Apr/17

Russell Ricard

April 28, 2017


It gives us great pleasure to announce Russell Ricard as the guest on episode 109: Just Keep Showing Up!

This week Russell Ricard joins us to talk about his new novel The Truth About Goodbye, moving from early script, to novel, and onward to screenplay, and the inspiration for the work.

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Louisiana Creole, Russell was born in Baton Rouge. At eight years old, he moved to Los Angeles, California. And since 1988, he’s called New York City home.

For over three decades, he worked as an actor, singer, and dancer in regional, national tours, and international productions, including appearing on Broadway. He has a BA in Psychology from CUNY/Queens College, and earned his MFA in Creative Writing from The New School.

He’s intrigued with the psychosocial aspects of otherness: the quality or fact of being different. Therefore, his writing often includes themes of growing up; aging; family dynamics; and also romantic couplings, including how character’s race, sexual orientation, and gender inform interpersonal relationships.

His writing has appeared and/or is forthcoming on thewritelife.com, mrbellersneighborhood.com, and in Newtown Literary. His novel, The Truth About Goodbye, is available from all major book outlets.

He currently lives in Forest Hills, NY with his husband, cat, and a lovingly supportive stand up desk named Ruth.

 

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21Apr/17

Kevin Klehr

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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14Apr/17

Joseph Carriker

April 14, 2017


It gives us great pleasure to announce Joseph Carriker as the guest on episode 107: Indignation Junkie!

This week Joseph Carriker joins us to talk about gayming, queer visibility in gayming and at gaming conventions, and his new novel Sacred Band.

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Joseph Carriker is the developer for Green Ronin’s A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying, as well as the adjunct Chronicle System line of game supplements.

He has been writing in the gaming industry for sixteen years now, and has worked on a variety of game lines over those years, including most of White Wolf/Onyx Path’s World of Darkness, Exalted and Scion lines, Wizards of the Coast’s Dungeons & Dragons Third Edition line, and Green Ronin’s Blue Rose and Mutants & Masterminds in addition to his work on A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying.

He is an outspoken queer gamer, having helped organize and take part in the annual Queer as a Three-Sided Die panels at GenCon. He has also just published his first novel, Sacred Band. Joseph lives in Portland, Oregon with his partner A.J., and likes to believe he does his part in Keeping Portland Weird.

 

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07Apr/17

David Pratt

April 7, 2017


It gives us great pleasure to announce David Pratt as the guest on episode 106: I’ll Answer Anything!

This week David Pratt joins us to talk about his new YA novel, gay and straight relationships in the same narrative, and writing an intergenerational relationship.

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David Pratt is the author of three novels, “Wallaçonia” (Beautiful Dreamer Press), “Looking After Joey” (Wilde City) and the Lambda Literary Award-winning “Bob the Book” (Chelsea Station). David’s story collection, “My Movie,” (Chelsea Station) includes both new work and short fiction published in Christopher Street, The James White Review, Velvet Mafia, Lodestar Quarterly and other periodicals. Recent anthology publications include Louis Flint Ceci’s “Not Just Another Pretty Face,” Paul Alan Fahey’s “The Other Man,” and Jameson Currier’s “With.”

David has directed and performed his work for the theater in New York City at the Cornelia Street Cafe, Dixon Place, HERE Arts Center, the Flea and the New York International Fringe Festival. His collaborations with Rogerio M. Pinto include “Os Tres Porquinhos,” “Chapeuzinho Vermelho,” and “Branca de Neve,” Brazilian Portuguese versions of, respectively, “The Three Little Pigs,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” and “Snow White.” In the 1980s, David was the first director of plays by the Canadian playwright John Mighton.

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31Mar/17

Maxwell Palmer

March 31, 2017


It gives us great pleasure to announce Maxwell Palmer as the guest on episode 105: I Can Be Clever if I Have Enough Time!

This week Maxwell Palmer joins us to talk about being on the cusp of publishing his first novel (a dirty gay mystery), the magic of writing groups, and his first audiobook narration project.

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Maxwell is an autodidactic dilettante, a native of Minnesota, currently residing in Cowtown, Colorado with two Dachshunds and three chickens (the chickens live in the yard). After a 15 year career in IT developing applications, maintaining servers and networks, he now spends his time gardening, writing and narrating audio books.

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24Mar/17

T. C. Orton

March 24, 2017


It gives us great pleasure to announce T. C. Orton as the guest on episode 104: If There’s a Puddle, I’m Happy!

This week T. C. Orton joins us to talk about the gods of storytelling (like the creators of Buffy) who use metaphor and symbolism, the surprise warmth of fan support, the amazing author camaraderie, and telling a story about becoming a monster.

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T. C. Orton has had a passion for supernatural stories from a young age, often scribbling down his latest ideas instead of focusing on whatever task was at hand during the long school days. At the age of twelve, he penned his first romance story featuring himself and the boy he had feelings for set in a fantastical land full of werewolves and wizards. Ever since that day, T. C. has made it his mission to entwine his leading gay protagonists with epic paranormal adventures.

T. C. resides in the United Kingdom, living with his partner Peter Jones and their dog, Drake.

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17Mar/17

Susan Mac Nicol and Nicholas Downs

March 17, 2017


It gives us great pleasure to announce Susan Mac Nicol and Nicholas Downs as the guests on episode 103: It’s All Part of a Very Big Journey!

This week writing duo Susan Mac Nicol and Nicholas Downs join us to talk about their new novel Sight Unseen, working as a writing team, and converting the idea of a screenplay into a novel.

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Susan Mac Nicol is a self-confessed bookaholic, an avid watcher of videos of sexy pole dancing men, geek, nerd and in love with her Smartphone. This little treasure is called ‘the boyfriend’ by her long suffering husband, who says if it vibrated, there’d be no need for him. Susan hasn’t had the heart to tell him there’s an app for that…

She is never happier than when sitting in the confines of her living room/study/on a cold station platform scribbling down words and making two men fall in love. She is a romantic at heart and believes that everything happens (for the most part) for a reason. She likes to think of herself as a ‘half full’ kinda gal, although sometimes that philosophy is sorely tested.

In an ideal world, Susan Mac Nicol would be Queen of England and banish all the bad people to the Never Never Lands of Wherever -Who Cares. As that’s never going to happen, she contents herself with writing her HEA stories and pretending, that just for a little while, good things happen to good people.

Sue is a PAN member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and their Rainbow Romance Writers chapter.

Nicholas Downs is a successful film, television and stage actor, who has also appeared in many national television ads. Originally from a small town in Iowa, Nicholas is one of ten children. He fell in love with acting the moment he first discovered a stage and has been working on his craft ever since.

His feature film roles include both Hollywood blockbusters Pearl Harbor, The Girl Next Door, Constantine, and The Holiday as well as award-winning indie features 16 to Life, The Awakening of Spring and Anderson’s Cross. Nicholas can be seen on hit television shows including NCIS: Los Angeles, Castle, Cold Case, Boston Public, The Young and the Restless, The Guardian, Make it or Break it and the recent Lifetime Movie, Beautiful and Twisted.

This has been a busy few years for Nicholas, who was cast in leading roles in the feature films, Is It Just Me? (winner of numerous festival awards) – and The Apocalypse… According to Doris. He has traveled internationally to promote Is It Just Me? and 16 to Life at several film festivals (Palm Springs International Film Festival, Polar Lights International Film Festival, Asheville Film Festival). In Detroit, Is It Just Me? won Best Feature at the DIFF and in Hawaii it won the prestigious Rainbow Award.

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