Category Archives: Featured Guest

09Dec/16

Brent Hartinger and Tim O’Leary

December 9, 2016

It gives us great pleasure to announce Brent Hartinger and Tim O’Leary as the guests on episode 088: Cockshrubbery!  They join us to talk about LGBTQ Film and Television from an insider’s perspective and the increasing need for diversity.

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Bio:

For the last twenty years, Brent Hartinger has made his living writing just about everything that involves words: novels, screenplays, plays, web content, even greeting cards. These days, he writes in lots of genres in many different mediums. His latest project is a dark and edgy gay teen book — part horror, part puzzle box thriller — called Three Truths and a Lie (published by Simon & Schuster).
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Tim O’Leary is a Los Angeles-based screenwriter, ghostwriter, author, and playwright. On his website, timolearyonline.com, you will find news about his latest projects, including his various webseries and the next book in his adults-only Greek myth book series, The Lusty Journey of Perseus.

 

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03Dec/16

Rita Oakes

December 2, 2016

It gives us great pleasure to announce Rita Oakes as the guest on episode 087: Live Outside the Page!

This week Rita Oakes joins the podcast to talk about her work Comrades-in-Arms, attending Odyssey Writing Workshop the year Harlan Ellison was Writer-in-Residence, weaving characters into history, and writing across the spectrum of all characters.

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Bio:

Rita Oakes writes short stories, generally horror, dark fantasy, and historical fiction. She graduated from the Odyssey Writing Workshop the year Harlan Ellison was Writer-in-Residence. Her work has appeared in the anthologies The Many Faces of Van Helsing, Time Well Bent, and Zombies: Shambling through the Ages, as well as in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Aeon Speculative Fiction, and Paradox. Her collection, Comrades-in-Arms, features mostly gay protagonists in a variety of historical settings from the Napoleonic Wars through WWII, is available from Lethe Press and Amazon.com in print, Kindle, and audio formats.

 

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25Nov/16

Steve Berman

November 25, 2016

It gives us great pleasure to announce Steve Berman as the guest on episode 086: Unconvicted Criminal Accomplice!

This week Steve Berman joins the podcast to talk about his writing, establishing and running Lethe Press, gay publishing, and he shares a special holiday coupon code for listeners!

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Go to Lethepressbooks.com and use “WROTEPODCAST” (all caps, sans quotes) and receive 33% off your purchases from the Lethe Press online bookstore now (11.25) to 12.10.16!

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Bio:

Steve is a writer. He mostly writes queer speculative fiction (fantasy, horror, surreal and quirky) for teens and adults.
He’s also an editor. He adores short stories and has edited a fair number of acclaimed anthologies.
He established and owns Lethe Press, one of the larger LGBT presses in the nation.
He lives in New Jersey, the only part of the United States that has an official devil.

 

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18Nov/16

Philip Dean Walker

November 18, 2016

It gives us great pleasure to announce Philip Dean Walker as the guest on episode 084: Bars Are Where Our History Happened!

This week author Philip Dean Walker shares with us the importance of our gathering places, his new book, and the urgent need to tell and record our stories.

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Bio:

Philip Dean Walker is a Pushcart Prize nominee whose work has appeared in literary journals such as Big Lucks, Collective Fallout, Jonathan, Glitterwolf Magazine, The Newer York, Driftwood Press, Lunch Review, and Carbon Culture Review. His short story “Three-Sink Sink” was named as a finalist for the 2013 Gertrude Stein Award in Fiction from The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review and appears in the anthology Pay for Play (Bold Strokes Books). He holds a B.A. in American Literature from Middlebury College and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Fiction) from American University. He lives in Washington, D.C. This is his first book. 

 

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11Nov/16

2nd Annual GRL Roundup

November 11, 2016

It gives us great pleasure to announce J Scott Coatsworth and Angel Martinez as the guests on episode 083: The 2nd Annual GRL Roundup!

This week J. Scott Coatsworth (Moderator of Queer SciFi) and Angel Martinez (of Mischief Corner Books) join us to talk about their recent experiences at GRL!

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Bio:

J. Scott Coatsworth has written more than a dozen short stories. He also runs the Queer Sci Fi (http://www.queerscifi.com) site, a support group for writers of gay sci fi, fantasy, and supernatural fiction.

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Angel Martinez writes Science Fiction and Fantasy centered around gay heroes. She’s also one of the founders of Mischief Corner Books (http://www.mischiefcornerbooks.com), who give voice to LGBTQ fiction by publishing a diverse range of genres and topics.

 

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28Oct/16

Scott Pomfret

October 28, 2016

It gives us great pleasure to announce Scott Pomfret as the guest on episode 081: Half One Thing, Half Another!

This week author Scott Pomfret joins us to talk about Faith and the LGBTQ community, gay sports and romance, and whether explicit scenes are required.

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Scott D. Pomfret is author of the novel The Second Half: A Gay American Football Story (published by Lethe Press this last June), the recently released novels The Hunger Man and Only Say the Word, and a collection of short stories You Are the One.

Past published works include Since My Last Confession: A Gay Catholic Memoir (Arcade 2008), the Romentics-brand gay romance novels (LooseID Press), the Q Guide to Wine and Cocktails, and dozens of short stories published in, among other venues, Post Road, New Orleans Review, Fiction International, and Fourteen Hills.

Scott is lucky to be able to write from his tiny Boston apartment and even tinier Provincetown beach shack, which he shares with his partner of fifteen years, Scott Whittier.  He is currently at work on a Know-Nothing Novel, a sequel to The Hunger Man set in antebellum New Orleans.

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21Oct/16

Michael Scott Garvin

October 21, 2016

It gives us great pleasure to announce Michael Scott Garvin as the guest on episode 080: Be Brave!

This week debut author Michael “Scott” Garvin joins us to talk about writing the book he never intended to publish, the adventures of a first-time author, and why it’s important to have literature with queer characters.

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Bio:

Michael Scott Garvin is an award winning custom home builder and interior designer. His design firm Michael Scott Garvin Studio has designed and built custom homes throughout the Southwest.

A Faithful Son is his debut novel.

His second novel “Aunt Sookie & Me” is scheduled for release in February 2017.

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14Oct/16

J. Scott Coatsworth and Angel Martinez

October 14, 2016

It gives us great pleasure to announce J Scott Coatsworth and Angel Martinez as the guests on episode 079: Flash Fiction Takes Flight!

This week J. Scott Coatsworth (Moderator of Queer SciFi) and Angel Martinez (of Mischief Corner Books) join us to talk about the art that is the Flash Fiction contest, what they looked for as judges, and to announce the release of the contest’s anthology: Flight. As a bonus, SA “Longform” Collins shares what he learned as a competitor!

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Bio:

J. Scott Coatsworth has been writing since 4th grade, when he won a University of Arizona writing contest for his first sci fi story (with illustrations!). He finished his first novel in his mid-twenties, but after seeing it rejected by ten publishers, he gave up on writing for a while.

Over the ensuing years, he came back to it periodically, but it never stuck. Then one day, he was complaining to Mark, his husband, about how he had been derailed yet again by the death of a family member. Mark said to him “the only one stopping you from writing is you.”

Since then, Scott has gone back to writing in a big way, finishing more than a dozen short stories – some new, some started years before. After seeing his first sale, he’s embarking on a new trilogy. He also runs the Queer Sci Fi (http://www.queerscifi.com) site, a support group for writers of gay sci fi, fantasy, and supernatural fiction.
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Angel Martinez is the unlikely black sheep of an ivory tower, intellectual family. She has managed to make her way through life reasonably unscathed. Despite a wildly misspent youth, she snagged a degree in English Lit, married once and did it right the first time, (same husband for almost twenty-four years) gave birth to one amazing son, (now in college) and realized at some point that she could get paid for writing.

Published since 2006, Angel’s cynical heart cloaks a desperate romantic. You’ll find drama and humor given equal weight in her writing and don’t expect sad endings. Life is sad enough.

She currently lives in Delaware in a drinking town with a college problem and writes Science Fiction and Fantasy centered around gay heroes.

 

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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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