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.

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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29Apr/16

Tim O’Leary

January 3, 2020

It gives us great pleasure to welcome husbands Tim O’Leary and Robert Rice as the guests on Episode 249 – This Guy Turns Into A Demon!

Husbands Tim O’Leary and Robert Rice join us to discuss the creation, writing, producing and acting for their audio drama podcast “Uumbaji” AND their upcoming series, “Demonhuntr.” It’s a great, laugh-filled conversation to start off the New Year!

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Bios:

Tim O’Leary is a writer/director who began his writing career as a New York playwright, and his works have premiered in the New York International Fringe Festival and Gay Fest NYC. Following a SAG-produced reading of his pilot Wolf Island, Tim relocated to Los Angeles. He is a graduate of the UCLA Professional Program in Television Writing, and with his husband Robert Rice produced a pilot for the series Al Malone, Private Eye, starring Angela Lewis (FX’s Snowfall) and directed by Q Allan Brocka (The Eating Out series, Boy Culture.)

He was one of the co-creators of and appeared in the comedy series Moms Anonymous (Amazon Prime.) He is the creator of the upcoming audio drama podcast Uumbaji, starring J. Mallory McCree (Homeland, Good Trouble), produced by Raul Vega (Rose Drive), and recorded at famed film composer Hans Zimmer’s studio. He founded his production company Freaky Fighty Funny Films in order to create projects inspired by his love of horror, comic books, fantasy, kung fu movies, musicals, LGBT stories, mythology, and basically anything tied to geek culture from a queer perspective. He is the head writer, executive producer, and director of the first series under this banner, Demonhuntr, which is currently wrapping up principle photography.

Robert Rice is an LA-based actor and singer who spent several years performing in musical theater in New York City before moving to Los Angeles. He is a frequent guest artist on the Instagram series Wait What (@waitwhatcomedy) and makes frequent appearances in sketches by Youtube comedian David Spates. He and the rest of his barbershop quartet, The Accidentals, were recently featured in the national GEICO commercial A Barbershop Quartet Plays Basketball.

He has appeared on Pink Collar Crimes on CBS and Riggle’s Picks on Fox, as well as @Midnight and Mini-mocks on Comedy Central. He also recently performed alongside Vanessa Bayer and Jeff Goldblum on the Jenny Lewis On the Line telethon. Robert plays Harold, a gay telepath, in the upcoming series Demonhuntr. Robert is a producer on the board of Freaky Fighty Funny Films, and is dedicated to fostering new inclusive works in genre film.

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June 25, 2019

DEMONHUNTR Production Campaign. Be a part of the action by donating (what you can) to this worthwhile production. Who doesn’t want to see some quality #queerhorror?

From their campaign page at Seed&Spark:

ONLY ONE WEEK LEFT TO CONTRIBUTE!!!

Ever wanted to see a gay Asian Buffy? A bisexual Latinx Sabrina? A queer Professor X? DEMONHUNTR is the story of a group of queer super-powered friends who create an app in which people can hire them to kill demons. But sometimes they sleep with the demons first. I mean, it’s LA.

Inclusion Statement

Created by a gay man, cowritten by a bi man, with episodes directed by a Latinx woman, diversity is the beating heart of Demonhuntr. The cast includes a buddy duo of 2 mediums — a gay Asian man and a straight black man — a bi Latinx sorceress, a pan Middle-Eastern djinn, and a lesbian Asian PI.

About the Production

From Tim O’Leary, creator of Demonhuntr:

“Ever since I was a kid, I was a huge fan of sci-fi, horror, action films, you name it. If there were monsters or kung fu, I would watch it.

But while I would devour these films, comics, and TV shows, I never saw myself represented in them. I was gay, and though I searched and searched, I never saw the gay hero I so desperately wanted. I wanted to see a gay guy pop up in these stories and get to kick some demon butt…

Find out more here.

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:

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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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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April 29, 2016

 TheLustyAdventuresOfTheseus ConjuringTheShroud It gives us great pleasure to announce Tim O’Leary as the guest on episode 055: Five Stars Are Better!
Join us as we discuss his writing, theater life in New York, transplanted writer in California, the move from playwriting to screenplay writing, being Star Struck in the Biz, and The Lusty Adventures of Theseus.You can buy Tim’s work here:

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Bio:
Tim O’Leary is a Los Angeles-based screenwriter, author, playwright, and contributing writer for TheBacklot.com. On his website, timolearyonline.com, you will find news about his latest projects, including his werewolf action comedy pilot, Wolf Island, and his steamy novel, The Lusty Adventures of Theseus.

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28Feb/16

2015 WRAFTA Awards

Announcing The 2015 WRAFTAS!!!

WR – Wrote (podcast inferred)
A – Award
F – For
T – Talented
A – Authors (and)
S – Storytellers

The awards were presented in a special broadcast ceremony on Sunday, February 28.

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Without further ado, the nominees are…

(In Alphabetical Order by Award)

Baz Collins Award for Inducing a Japanese Fangirl Moment:
– Jordan L. Hawk
– Lee James
– Steven dos Santos

Blood and Guts Award:
– Lee James
– Shannon Murphy
– Steven dos Santos

Breaking Surface Award:
– Keelan Ellis
– Shannon Murphy
– Brandon Witt

Doctor Dolittle Award:
– Shira Anthony
– Andy Burns
– Stephen del Mar

Doctor Who Award:
– Shira Anthony
– Kora Knight
– AJ Rose

Dreamy Environs Award:
– Michael Bode
– Stephen del Mar
– J Tullos Hennig

I Don’t See Me on the Menu Award:
– Avon Gale
– Rick R. Reed
– Brad Vance

Immersive Labryrinth Award:
– Jordan L. Hawk
– J Tullos Hennig
– Albert Nothlit

Jayne Lockwood Award for Most Laughs in an Episode:
– Michael Bode
– Joe Cosentino
– AJ Rose

Margaret Mitchell Award:
– Lee James
– Erin McRae & Racheline Maltese
– AJ Rose

Maven of Mayhem Award:
– Carole Cummings
– Jordan L. Hawk
– Stephen del Mar

Monsters in the Bed Award:
– Andy Burns
– Rick R. Reed
– Brandon Witt

Nikola Tesla Award:
– Carole Cummings
– Angel Martinez
– Albert Nothlit

Norma “Jean” Cassady Award:
– Avon Gale
– Kora Knight
– Brad Vance

The Rainbow Flag Award:
– Joe Cosentino
– Carole Cummings
– Avon Gale

Rosalind Russell Award:
– Shira Anthony
– Joe Cosentino
– Erin McRae & Racheline Maltese

Tender Tears Award:
– J. Scott Coatsworth
– F.E. Feeley, Jr.
– Albert Nothlit

Vance Bastian Award for Community Building:
– Andy Burns
– J. Scott Coatsworth
– Angel Martinez

Velvet Chocolatier Award:
– Angel Martinez
– Brad Vance
– Brandon Witt

Violet Quill Award:
– J. Scott Coatsworth
– Kora Knight
– Erin McRae & Racheline Maltese

Wait, Did You Hear That? Award:
– Keelan Ellis
– F.E. Feeley, Jr.
– Rick R. Reed

What Lies Beneath Award:
– Keelan Ellis
– F.E. Feeley, Jr.
– Shannon Murphy

You Said What? Award:
– Michael Bode
– Steven dos Santos
– J Tullos Hennig

Statistical Award for Loyal Listener:
– Torhild Borg
– Freddie MacKay
– Angel Martinez

Statistical Award for Most Listened Episode:
– Jordan L. Hawk
– AJ Rose
– Brad Vance

Audience Award for Best Guest Host:
– J. Scott Coatsworth
– Angel Martinez
– F.E. Feeley, Jr.
– Brad Vance

Audience Polling Awards (to be voted on our FB Group Page):
– Best Event
– Best Episode

** Award names will be explained during the ceremony – Winners posted here in a few days after everyone’s had a chance to listen **

31Dec/15

2015 Twelve Days of Stories

We at the Written on the Edge podcast are grateful for the family-in-spirit that has grown up around the idea of our stories of love, life, and living to the fullest.

As you bebop through your holiday this year, we’d like to show our gratitude with a little cheer. Twelve cheers, actually. Delivered to you in the mornings as daily half-hour stories through the end of December.

Set your listening app to automatic download. You may find a new author whose works you’ll love, or be treated to a new tale from a favorite storyteller.

We only ask that you spread the love and tell people about the authors and stories you hear this year.

Warm, safe, and happy holidays from all of us at the WROTE Podcast!

2. The Holiday Spirit Dec 15 – Turtledoves Carole Cummings
3. Trois Poules Françaises Dec 16 – French Hens Freddy MacKay
4. Trouble Sits Down for Dinner Dec 17 – Calling Birds Pat Henshaw
5. Five Rings Dec 21 – Gold Rings Jamie Fessenden
6. Six Geese Laid Dec 22 – Geese a-Laying (Winter Solstice) A. Catherine Noon & Rachel Wilder
7. Seven Swans Dec 23 – Swans a-Swimming Albert Nothlit
8. Full Moon to Manhattan Dec 24 – Maids a-Milking (Christmas Eve) Jayne Lockwood
9. Midwinter Dancing Dec 28 – Ladies Dancing (mid-Kwanzaa) Angel Martinez
10.  Ten Dec 29 – Lords a-Leaping J. Scott Coatsworth
11. Piping Through the Night Dec 30 – Pipers Piping A. M. Burns
12. En Pointe Dec 31 – Drummers Drumming (New Year’s Eve) SA “Baz” Collins
31Dec/15

2015 Twelve Days of Stories – Day Twelve – SA Collins

We at the Written on the Edge podcast are grateful for the family-in-spirit that has grown up around the idea of our stories of love, life, and living to the fullest.

As you bebop through your holiday this year, we’d like to show our gratitude with a little cheer. Twelve cheers, actually. Delivered to you in the mornings as daily half-hour stories through the end of December.

SA Collins rings in Day Twelve with “En Pointe” narrated by Vance Bastian.

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30Dec/15

2015 Twelve Days of Stories – Day Eleven – A.M. Burns

We at the Written on the Edge podcast are grateful for the family-in-spirit that has grown up around the idea of our stories of love, life, and living to the fullest.

As you bebop through your holiday this year, we’d like to show our gratitude with a little cheer. Twelve cheers, actually. Delivered to you in the mornings as daily half-hour stories through the end of December.

A.M. Burns enchants Day Eleven with “Piping Through the Night” narrated by Jay Snively.

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29Dec/15

2015 Twelve Days of Stories – Day Ten – J Scott Coatsworth

We at the Written on the Edge podcast are grateful for the family-in-spirit that has grown up around the idea of our stories of love, life, and living to the fullest.

As you bebop through your holiday this year, we’d like to show our gratitude with a little cheer. Twelve cheers, actually. Delivered to you in the mornings as daily half-hour stories through the end of December.

J. Scott Coatsworth leaps into Day 10 with “Ten” – narrated by Vance Bastian.

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28Dec/15

2015 Twelve Days of Stories – Day Nine – Angel Martinez

We at the Written on the Edge podcast are grateful for the family-in-spirit that has grown up around the idea of our stories of love, life, and living to the fullest.

As you bebop through your holiday this year, we’d like to show our gratitude with a little cheer. Twelve cheers, actually. Delivered to you in the mornings as daily half-hour stories through the end of December.

Angel Martinez unwraps Day 9 with “Midwinter Dancing” – a tale she both wrote AND narrates for you!

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24Dec/15

2015 Twelve Days of Stories – Day Eight – Jayne Lockwood

We at the Written on the Edge podcast are grateful for the family-in-spirit that has grown up around the idea of our stories of love, life, and living to the fullest.

As you bebop through your holiday this year, we’d like to show our gratitude with a little cheer. Twelve cheers, actually. Delivered to you in the mornings as daily half-hour stories through the end of December.

Jayne Lockwood lights up Day Eight with “Full Moon to Manhattan” narrated by Vance Bastian.

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