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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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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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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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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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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10Mar/17

Brandon Witt

March 10, 2017


It gives us great pleasure to announce Brandon Witt returning as the guest on episode 102: Behind Hamburger Mary!

This week Brandon Witt returns to talk about his new series Mary’s Boys, working with Hamburger Mary, singing up on Patreon, and his look forward at writing in the mainstream.

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Bio:

Brandon Witt is many things. Above all, he is living the dream. After years of writing and reaching for the stars, he is a published author through Dreamspinner Press. Thus far, his novels include The Shattered Door, Then the Stars Fall, and three installments of the Men of Myth series. Also, he has short stories published in various anthologies.

For the first eighteen years of life, Brandon lived in a small Ozark town, El Dorado Springs, Missouri before moving with his family to Colorado. There he got degrees in Youth Ministry and Special Education and worked as a counselor and special education teacher for fifteen years.

The tension of his religious upbringing and being a gay man finds its way onto nearly every page in his novels, as does experiences that over a decade of loving children who have faced much abuse and many struggles. Reflecting what he has discovered to be true in life, Brandon’s writing does not shy away from challenges and conflict but also revels in the joy that can only happen when truly embracing and loving all that life has to offer.

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June 5, 2015

ThenTheStarsFall-sm It gives us great pleasure to announce Brandon Witt as the guest on episode 003!
Join us as we ply him with more than twenty questions. He talks about how his roots influence his work and worldbuilding. We then get into it about the reality of being gay vs. the fiction.Then The Stars Fell on Amazon
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03Mar/17

Nancy Beranek

March 3, 2017


It gives us great pleasure to announce Nancy Beranek as the guest on episode 101: Look at the Refrigerator Magnets!

This week Nancy Beranek joins us to talk about her vampire novel Angels Fall, gay fiction vs. m/m fiction, her work editing The Role, her new novel review project, and the frightening backward turn the country is now taking.

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Born and raised in Chicago, N.S. Beranek received a B.A. in technical theater and design and was an assistant propmaster in regional theater for twenty years. Previous publications include Saints & Sinners 2013 and 2014: New Fiction from the Festival (Bold Strokes Books) and Best Gay Romance 2014 (Cleis Press).

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17Feb/17

Brad Vance

February 17, 2017


It gives us great pleasure to announce Brad Vance as the guest on episode 098: No Heads in the Sand!

This week triple-threat author/playwrite/narrator Brad Vance returns to talk about his latest audiobooks, his foray into acting and screenwriting, his new book, and the M/M writer’s obligation to stand up to Trump.

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Podcast alumnus Brad Vance writes romance, erotica, and science fiction (the latter as Adam Vance). He offers freelance editorial work, and he narrates his own audiobooks.

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June 24, 2016

altbsticker gtcnewbaskerville It gives us great pleasure to announce Brad Vance returning as the guest on episode 063: Dan Brown, You’re My Bitch!
Join us as we discuss his past year’s journey, his recent trip to EuroPrideCon2016 (where Brad was a featured panelist!), the importance of research when writing about tougher subject matter (mental illness or homophobia, for example), making the shift from MM Romance/Erotica to more mainstream fare, reader expectations and author responsibilities in crafting novels and stories.You can buy Brad’s work here:

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Brad Vance is the author of, among other books, A Little Too Broken and Given the Circumstances, and he writes Science Fiction under the name Adam Vance. An audiobook version of A Little Too Broken, narrated by the author, is now available at all fine retailers, with more audiobooks coming soon.

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May 26, 2015

It gives us great pleasure to announce Brad Vance as the guest on episode 002!

BradVance_reasonably_smallJoin us as we ply him with more than twenty questions. Using his own career as an example, he shares his thoughts on Traditional vs. Self-Publishing. We then ask him about his current work, and he talks about the inspiration and research that led him to write Would I Lie To You?

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03Feb/17

Arshad Ahsanuddin

February 3, 2017

It gives us great pleasure to announce Arshad Ahsanuddin as the guest on episode 096: Write to Let the Demons Out

This week Arshad Ahsanuddin joins the show to talk about his two series Pact Arcanum and Interscission, how his background led to his stories, gay romance themes in science-fiction/fantasy, and the joys of managing all the self-publishing tasks.

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Arshad is a hematopathologist living in Canada. The irony of a physician who specializes in blood disease creating a series of vampire novels has been remarked upon by roughly every person he has ever met.

He’s always been fascinated by the creative arts, and has dabbled in various media from poetry to prose, film photography to digital design. The idea for the Pact Arcanum Saga has been kicking around in his head for over ten years. Why vampires? Because Joss Whedon made them popular back then, just like Stephanie Meyer has now. The story was a product of its times, and he created it purely for fun, never intending to write it down.

He had always wanted to write a novel, though, and started with the story that he had played around with in his head for so long. Purely for practice, you understand. It wasn’t until the words were on paper that he realized how complex and detailed the story had grown. The people he showed it to pushed him into adapting it for publication, and here we all are. It has been an enjoyable obsession and a labor of love.

 

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