Category Archives: Spotlight

The episodes of the spotlight series step away from our interview format where we instead highlight special events or advocate for LGBTQ causes.

20Mar/20

Nerdistry

March 20, 2020

Join Baz and Vance on Episode 260 – Nerdistry!

The hosts discuss the current Covid-19 situation, some coping ideas, and then drift into a discussion on all things Trek.

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February 22, 2019

Join Baz and Vance on Episode 204 – The State of the Queerverse

In a week with no guest, co-hosts Vance and Baz discuss the state of queerdom across media.

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September 23, 2016

Join Baz and Vance  on episode 076: The Crossroads of Queer Storytelling!

This week your hosts Baz and Vance step away from books and examine how the spectrum of diverse characters is handled in comics, on television, in movies, and in music.

 

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04Jul/18

We The People

July 4, 2018


Vance put out the call because we wanted YOUR voices for Episode 171 – We The People!!

Vance took the streets of the world, both digital and real, to ask “What does American mean to you?”

The answers are powerful.

We at the WROTE Podcast wish you a happy and safe Independence Day.

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06Jan/17

2017 The Year of Personal Inspiration

For Episode 092 SA Collins and Vance Bastian say goodbye to 2016, discuss the impact that some of the lost celebrities had on them, and then welcome in 2017 with a commitment to be inspired!

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16Dec/16

Spotlight: Keep The Conversation Going

keepcalmIt feels like the angry people of the world are trying to re-introduce isolationism and fear. This problem isn’t unique to the recent election in the US – this feeling is popping up in Europe too. We’ve come together as a panel of voices to continue exploring what is happening, scrutinize our news sources, and share resources. Take a deep breath, we’re going to get through this.

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Panelist Bios:

Kate Aaron
Born in Liverpool, Kate Aaron is a bestselling author of the #1 LGBT romances What He Wants, Ace, The Slave, and other works.
She holds a BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature, and an MA in Gender, Sexuality and Culture, and is an outspoken advocate for equal rights.
Kate swapped the North West for the Midwest in October 2015 and married award-winning author AJ Rose.
http://kateaaron.com

Dr. Redfern Jon Barrett
Born in the north of England, REDFERN JON BARRETT is a writer and polyamory rights campaigner. Armed with a doctorate in literature from Swansea University, 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.
http://www.redjon.com

F.E. Feeley Jr.
F.E. Feeley Jr was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and lived there for twenty years before joining the military. He is a veteran of the US Armed Services; having done a tour in support of Operation Iraq Freedom in 2002-2003. After that, he turned college student, pursuing a degree in political science. He now lives in Southeast Texas where he is married to the love of his life, John, and where they raise their 1½ year old German shepherd, Kaiser.
http://soulfultroubadourdotcom.wordpress.com

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15Nov/16

Spotlight: Start the Conversation

keepcalmIt feels like the angry people of the world are trying to re-introduce isolationism and fear. This problem isn’t unique to the recent election in the US – this feeling is popping up in Europe too. We’ve come together as a panel of voices to explore what is happening, what we can do in the short term, what some long range goals need to be, and to share resources we know to be available to help you if you’re feeling like the world just got darker. Take a deep breath, we’re going to get through this.

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Panelist Bios:

Kate Aaron
Born in Liverpool, Kate Aaron is a bestselling author of the #1 LGBT romances What He Wants, Ace, The Slave, and other works.
She holds a BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature, and an MA in Gender, Sexuality and Culture, and is an outspoken advocate for equal rights.
Kate swapped the North West for the Midwest in October 2015 and married award-winning author AJ Rose.
http://kateaaron.com

AJ Rose
AJ Rose is a passionate puzzle wrapped in a rose-colored enigma. She’s very quiet about the fact she’s an award winning author, and she loves to make radio announcers cobble together bios just to see what they’ll say. When she’s not staring at a word count, she’s got her sleeves rolled up and is ready to fight for the rights of all individuals – whether immigrant, Muslim, People of Color, LGBTQ – she will not go quietly into the dark closet.
https://ajrosewrites.wordpress.com

Dr. Redfern Jon Barrett
Born in the north of England, REDFERN JON BARRETT is a writer and polyamory rights campaigner. Armed with a doctorate in literature from Swansea University, 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.
http://www.redjon.com

F.E. Feeley Jr.
F.E. Feeley Jr was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and lived there for twenty years before joining the military. He is a veteran of the US Armed Services; having done a tour in support of Operation Iraq Freedom in 2002-2003. After that, he turned college student, pursuing a degree in political science. He now lives in Southeast Texas where he is married to the love of his life, John, and where they raise their 1½ year old German shepherd, Kaiser.
http://soulfultroubadourdotcom.wordpress.com

Related News:

Read and Weep Trumps Reported Nominees for Cabinet Posts

http://billmoyers.com/story/farewell-america/

http://www.joemygod.com/2016/11/09/nazi-site-celebrates-their-glorious-leader-we-did-this-and-now-were-going-to-kick-those-monkeys-out/

SFGate: America Humiliated

http://www.reuters.com/article/usa-lgbt-trump-idUSL1N1DA31U

http://whywereafraid.com

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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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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17Jun/16

Ep 062 – Celebrating Perfect Unions

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June 17, 2016

It gives us great pleasure to announce B.G. Thomas, J. Scott Coatsworth, Jamie Fessenden, and Michael Murphy as the guest panel on episode 062: Celebrating Perfect Unions!
Join us as we discuss the one-year anniversary of marriage equality, what it feels like to have equal rights, the joy of celebrating love, and the anthology these four authors have written to commemorate the historic moment.

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** Note: this title releases on June 26, but all vendors are taking pre-orders now! **

Bios:

B.G. Thomas lives in Kansas City with his husband of more than a decade. They’ve been married twice. First in 2005—although it wasn’t legal. They jumped the broom (as well as the sword) and were married in heart in front of their friends and loved ones. Then in 2014, they flew to Baltimore and made it legal (and couldn’t have without the help of B.G.’s fans who practically funded the entire weekend!). He can’t get enough of seeing that gold wedding band on his hand, even two years later.
B.G. loves romance, comedies, fantasy, science fiction, and even horror—as far as he is concerned, as long as the stories are character driven and entertaining, it doesn’t matter the genre. He has gone to conventions his entire adult life where he’s been lucky enough to meet many of his favorite writers. He has made up stories since he was a child; it is where he finds his joy.
Excited about the growing male/male romance market, he submitted a story and was thrilled when it was accepted in four days. Since then the stories have poured out of him. “It’s like I’m somehow making up for a lifetime’s worth of stories!”
“Leap, and the net will appear” is his personal philosophy and his message to all. “It is never too late,” he states. “Pursue your dreams. They will come true!”
http://bthomaswriter.wordpress.com/

J. Scott Coatsworth is the admin for the Queer Sci Fi site. He has been writing since elementary school, when he and won a University of Arizona writing contest in 4th grade 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, early last year about how he had been derailed yet again by the death of a family member, and 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, selling more than a dozen stories – some new, some that he had started years before. He’s embarking on two new sci fi trilogies, and also runs Queer Sci Fi, a group of readers and writers of gay sci fi, fantasy, paranormal and horror fiction. Scott sold his first story, a magical realism short called “The Bear at the Bar”, to Dreamspinner for the “A Taste of Honey” anthology (Dreamspinner, Amazon), which came out in August 2014. He has since had a novella “Between the Lines” published by DSP, and has another coming out in June. “Flames” will be part of the marriage equality anthology “A More Perfect Union”, and is the story he is most proud of to date.
http://queerscifi.com/author-j-scott-coatsworth/

Jamie Fessenden is an author of gay fiction in many genres. Most involve romance, because he believes everyone deserves to find love, but after that anything goes: contemporary, science fiction, historical, paranormal, mystery, or whatever else strikes his fantasy. Jamie Fessenden set out to be a writer in junior high school. He published a couple short pieces in his high school’s literary magazine and had another story place in the top 100 in a national contest, but it wasn’t until he met his partner, Erich, almost twenty years later, that he began writing again in earnest. With Erich alternately inspiring and goading him, Jamie wrote several screenplays and directed a few of them as micro-budget independent films. He then began writing novels and published his first novella in 2010. After nine years together, Jamie and Erich have married and purchased a house together in the wilds of Raymond, New Hampshire, where there are no street lights, turkeys and deer wander through their yard, and coyotes serenade them on a nightly basis. Jamie recently left his “day job” as a tech support analyst to be a full-time writer.
https://jamiefessenden.com

Michael Murphy has been interested in everything around him his entire life – wanting to see new places, meet new people, tell new stories. Writing has been the culmination of a long term dream. For as long as he can remember he’s been writing stories. What has been different over the last five years is that he’s finally been brave enough to allow someone else to read what he’s written. When that happened he found that others liked what he’d written which made him beyond happy. In addition to writing, his other love is photography. Taking photos of some of the beautiful men of the world is his current focus. With any luck, one of those photos will grace the cover of a Dreamspinner novel in the near future. He and his husband have traveled the world, trying to see as much as possible. When not traveling, they live in Washington, DC with their best friend, a throw-away dog they adopted twelve years ago. To pay the bills, he is the Director of Information Technology for a national organization based in Washington, DC.
http://gayromancewriter.com

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13May/16

Mischief Corner Books

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May 13, 2016

It gives us great pleasure to announce Mischief Corner Books as the guest(s) on episode 057: Behind the Mists of Serialized Fiction!
Vance is joined by Freddy MacKay, Toni Griffin, Angel Martinez, and J. Scott Coatsworth in an awesome roundtable discussion about writing serial fiction. They define serial fiction, go over the aspects of planning, world building, and working collaboratively, and then Vance pokes at distribution possibilities. They wrap up with the benefits to serial writing, and offer advice for content creators who want to work on serialized content.

The ongoing stories discussed in this episode are:

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Bio:
Mischief Corner Books is an organization of superheroes… no, it’s a platinum-album techno-fusion group…no, hold on a sec here…

Ah, yes. Mischief Corner is a diverse group of authors who met on a mountain in Tennessee and decided since we probably were too easily distracted to rule the world that we’d settle for causing a bit of mayhem instead.

In addition to making mayhem, we publish books with a diverse range of genres and topics… we live to break molds.

MCB. Giving voice to LGBTQ fiction.

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Air Date: 4 March, 2016

EternityInTheTides BesideABlackTarn TheAutumnLands MCBQuarterly It gives us great pleasure to announce Mischief Corner Books as the guest on our first  Publisher Spotlight Episode.
Join us as we talk with Angel, Freddy, and Toni about how the company was formed at a mountaintop retreat, what it’s like to wear multiple hats in a small company, the types of submissions MCB is looking to receive, and their current projects!.
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