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24Sep/21

Blake Allwood

September 24, 2021

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Blake Allwood back as the guest on Season 6, Episode 38 – Playing In The Weeds!

Blake Allwood returns to share the final in his Romantic Renovations series, the announcement of his Coming Home series, and invite you to his F.U. Covid virtual party!

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Blake Allwood was born in west TN, then moved to Kansas City MO after attending college in Iowa. He met his husband in 1995 and they officially married in 2015, once the United States legalized gay marriage.

In 2017, he and his husband sold their home, purchased an RV and began traveling the country with their two dogs. Their travels provide the inspiration and settings for many of his novels.

Typically, Blake can be found writing in the RV or by the fire with his laptop and their Jack Russell Terrier, Buddy, curled up between his legs or demanding his attention. Denver, their Siberian Husky mix is often asleep at his feet or playing tug of war with Blake’s husband.

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May 28, 2021

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Blake Allwood as the guest on Season 6, Episode 21 – From An Authentic Place

Blake Allwood drops in to share his latest book Love’s Legacy. We dive into M/M Romance written by gay men and discuss selling everything to live the RV life.

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Blake Allwood was born in west TN, then moved to Kansas City MO after attending college in Iowa. He met his husband in 1995 and they officially married in 2015, once the United States legalized gay marriage.

In 2017, he and his husband sold their home, purchased an RV and began traveling the country with their two dogs. Their travels provide the inspiration and settings for many of his novels.

Typically, Blake can be found writing in the RV or by the fire with his laptop and their Jack Russell Terrier, Buddy, curled up between his legs or demanding his attention. Denver, their Siberian Husky mix is often asleep at his feet or playing tug of war with Blake’s husband.

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17Sep/21

Garrett Hutson

September 17, 2021

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Garrett Hutson as the guest on Season 6, Episode 37 – Two Paragraphs Before the Detective!

Garrett Hutson shares his latest release, No Accidental Death. We then discuss queer characters in historical fiction.

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Garrett Hutson writes upmarket mysteries and historical spy fiction, driven by characters who are moving and unforgettable. He lives in Indianapolis with his husband, four adorable dogs, two odd-ball cats, and more fish than you can count. You can usually find him reading about history, and day-dreaming about being there. This is where his stories are born, and he hopes they transport you the way his imagination transports him.

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03Sep/21

Alex Woolfson

September 3, 2021

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Alex Woolfson as the guest on Season 6, Episode 35 – An Unlimited Special Effects Budget!

Alex Woolfson joins us to talk comics for people like us. He introduces us to his Artifice and The Young Protectors projects, and then gives a masterclass on working with artists!

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Alex writes and publishes gay male action-romance comics for cool people. As a gay kid growing up, he never got to see what he wanted to see – science-fiction and action stories with heroes, real heroes, who just happened to like other guys. So, after a successful career as a filmmaker, he started making these comics. In particular, he wants to make comics that are just as good as what the straight boys get, but for us. Now, with the support of readers on Patreon, it’s his full-time job! He also loves to talk about sci-fi, productivity apps and other geeky stuff.

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27Aug/21

Kevin Klehr

August 27, 2021

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Kevin Klehr back as the guest on Season 6, Episode 34 – Hopefully The Tank Will Stop Following Us!

Kevin Klehr returns to share his latest release, The Midnight Man, and tells us about that sex scene he’d forgotten he had written.

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Kevin lives with his husband, Warren, in their humble apartment (affectionately named Sabrina), in Australia’s own ‘Emerald City,’ Sydney.

His tall tales explore unrequited love in the theatre district of the Afterlife, romance between a dreamer and a realist, and a dystopian city addicted to social media.

So, with his fictional guardian angel guiding him, Kevin hopes to bring more whimsical tales of love, life and friendship to his readers.

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January 24, 2020


It gives us great pleasure to welcome Kevin Klehr back as the guest on Episode 252 – Don’t Start Typing C-L-A-R!

Kevin Klehr returns to share his latest release, Winter Masquerade, as well as an “on the ground” update on the massive wildfires consuming Australia. It’s a great conversation all around. Complete with blooper/outtake that happened near the end of the show!

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Kevin lives with his husband, Warren, in their humble apartment (affectionately named Sabrina), in Australia’s own ‘Emerald City,’ Sydney.

His tall tales explore unrequited love in the theatre district of the Afterlife, romance between a dreamer and a realist, and a dystopian city addicted to social media.

His first novel, Drama Queens with Love Scenes, spawned a secondary character named Guy. Many readers argue that Guy, the insecure gay angel, is the star of the Actors and Angels book series. His popularity surprised the author. The third in this series, Drama Queens and Devilish Schemes, scored a Rainbow Award (judged by fans of queer fiction) for Best Gay Alternative Universe/Reality novel.

So, with his fictional guardian angel guiding him, Kevin hopes to bring more whimsical tales of love, life and friendship to his readers.

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May 11, 2018


It gives us great pleasure to welcome Kevin Klehr back as the guest on Episode 163 – A Good Femme Fatale!!

This week Kevin Klehr returns to talk about his latest release, Social Media Central, the creation of the book trailer and the pitfalls of advertising the trailer on Facebook. We also discuss the ins and outs of social media and the lengths Kevin went through to cast and produce the trailer using live actors!!

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Kevin is the author of a number of books including the Actors and Angels series and the Nate and Cameron collection.

The Actors and Angels series are three comedies about theatre in the Afterlife, where two friends explore their love for each other through several lifetimes with the help of a gay angel. The third in the series scored a Rainbow Award for Best Gay Alternative Universe/Reality novel.

The Nate and Cameron collection are two novellas that delve into a relationship between a dreamer and a realist, where the latter is coming to terms with loving second best. The two stories, Nate and the New Yorker and Nate’s Last Tango, are also available in one paperback edition.

And his latest novel, Social Media Central, explores a future where everyone is addicted to their screens.

Kevin lives with his long-term partner, Warren, in their humble apartment affectionately named Sabrina), in Australia’s own “Emerald City,” Sydney.

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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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20Aug/21

Luke Miller

August 13, 2021

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Luke Miller as the guest on Season 6, Episode 33 – Unabashed World-Builders Disease!

Luke Miller from Greycastle Press brings his project Journey to us. It’s a tool for helping writers, gamers, and world-builders of all types envision their worlds.

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Luke Miller is a writer, game designer, and software developer who lives in sunny California with his fiancé Roman and their two corgis, Luna and Sol. He has had a lifelong passion for fantasy and science fiction, and has recently discovered a love for tabletop roleplaying games.

After exploring the world of TTRPG’s as a player and game master, Luke was struck by the game design bug and quickly jumped into the creation of his first game: Journey. Through this process, he learned many lessons on what to do… and, more importantly, what not to do.

In addition to designing his next games, Luke is writing content on the Graycastle Press Journal where he talks about running tabletop roleplaying games, concepts in game design, writing fiction, and more.

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13Aug/21
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David R. Slayton

August 13, 2021

It gives us great pleasure to welcome David R. Slayton back as the guest on Season 6, Episode 32 – A Sort of Gritty Pride!

David R. Slayton returns to share the sequel to his novel White Trash Warlock. Preorders for Trailer Park Trickster are up now. We go over character points of view, and the importance of writing stories that have personal meaning for the author.

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David R. Slayton grew up in Guthrie, Oklahoma, where finding fantasy novels was pretty challenging and finding fantasy novels with diverse characters was downright impossible. Now he lives in Denver, Colorado and writes the books he always wanted to read.

In addition to writing, David is a regular presenter and speaker on writing. He has appeared on panels at Denver Pop Culture Con and taught workshops the Pikes Peak Writers Conference, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, the League of Utah Writers Quills Conference, and the Seymour Agency Winter Retreat. He also regularly speaks to library and high school audiences.

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January 10, 2020


It gives us great pleasure to welcome David R. Slayton as the guest on Episode 250 – A Bloody Little Windup Toy!

David R. Slayton joins us for a great conversation about his upcoming work, White Trash Warlock. It’s a laugh-laden exploration of his philosophy about queer writing, own voices, allies and publishing in general. PLUS! We have the longest blooper/outtake in WROTE’s history! Well worth the listen.

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David Slayton grew up in Guthrie, Oklahoma, where finding fantasy novels was pretty challenging and finding fantasy novels with diverse characters was downright impossible. Now he lives in Denver, Colorado and writes the books he always wanted to read.

In addition to writing, he has taught workshops and appeared on panels at Denver Comic Con, the Pikes Peak Writers Conference, the League of Utah Writers Quills Conference, and the Seymour Agency Winter Retreat.

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23Jul/21

Marco Carocari

July 23, 2021

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Marco Carocari as the guest on Season 6, Episode 29 – A Dare To Myself!

Marco Carocari joins the show with his first novel, Blackout. He had challenged himself to write a crime thriller with a gay protagonist that wasn’t about being gay, and he delivered a beach read that’s rich with characters you could expect to meet in life.

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Marco Carocari grew up in Switzerland, where he, over the past fifty-odd years, worked in a hardware store, traveled the globe working for the airlines, and later as an internationally published photographer, and frequently jobbed as a waiter, hotel receptionist, or manager of a professional photo studio. In 2016 he swapped snow-capped mountains, lakes, and lush, green pastures for the charm of the dry California desert, where he lives with his husband. ‘Blackout’ is his first novel.

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16Jul/21

Jennifer Hanlon Wilde

July 16, 2021

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Jennifer Hanlon Wilde as the guest on Season 6, Episode 28 – He Is Not A Plot Device!

Jennifer Hanlon Wilde shares her debut novel Finding the Vein – a crime read about murder at a summer camp for adopted kids. We discuss how important it is for children to be with other children with shared histories, and her inclusion of a trans character!

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Jennifer Hanlon Wilde lives and writes in Oregon. She is a nurse practitioner and teacher who thinks of her work as opening a kind of map to study the well-worn places where storytelling intersects with health. She also enjoys real maps, traveling the world with her family, and, as a doctoral student at Washington State University, nerding out over global health data. A robust community theater and music scene, acres of orchards, and unparalleled local cider and beer have made it a joy to put down roots in the Columbia River Gorge, but being a Red Sox fan is in her DNA.

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09Jul/21

Chris Bedell

July 9, 2021

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Chris Bedell back as the guest on Season 6, Episode 27 – You Know What Happens At Parties

Chris Bedell returns to discuss his novel Love Him/Hate Him and the real-life themes and difficulties he wove into this novel.

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Chris Bedell is an author who is chasing his dreams of being a tv writer and actor.

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September 27, 2019


It gives us great pleasure to welcome Chris Bedell back as the guest on Episode 235 – Like High School on Steroids!

Chris Bedell returns to share his upcoming release, Deathly Desires, and then joins a conversation about YA Paranormal Romance/Thrillers and writing for magazines!

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Chris’s previous publishing credits include Thought Catalog, Crab Fat Literary Magazine, Quail Bell Magazine, Pidgeonholes Magazine, Abbreviate Journal, Short-Story.me, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Chicago Literati, The Vignette Review, Teleport Magazine, Entropy Magazine, Inklette Magazine, Sprout Magazine, and The Drunken Odyssey. He’s also a contributing blog writer to Moledro Magazine and YAtopia. He graduated with a BA in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University in May of 2016.

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August 17, 2018

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Chris Bedell as the guest on Episode 177 – I Know How to Tease A Little Bit!!

Chris Bedell joins us to discuss his upcoming release In the Name of Magic – a Y/A dystopian fantasy set in an earth-like 1920s – as well as discussing the craft of writing for a Young Adult audience.

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Chris Bedell’s previous publishing credits include Thought Catalog, Entropy Magazine, and Foliate Oak Literary Magazine to name several examples. His debut YA Fantasy novel In the Name of Magic is forthcoming from NineStar Press and is the first book in a trilogy. Furthermore, Chris sold a second series to NineStar Press. A YA Sci-Fi Thriller series that can be described as Adam Silvera’s More Happy Than Not meets Arrow, and involves cryogenics and superheroes.

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02Jul/21

Michael G. Williams

July 2, 2021

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Michael G. Williams as the guest on Season 6, Episode 26 – Probably Selectively True!

Michael G. Williams joins us to discuss relating the queer experience through horror, science fiction, and urban fantasy. We dive into empowering queer voices rather than exploiting queer identities, and laugh about some of the joys of writing queer stories.

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Michael G. Williams writes queer-themed science fiction, urban fantasy, and horror celebrating monsters, macabre humor, and subverted expectations.

Michael is an avid podcaster, activist, and gaymer, and is a brother in St. Anthony Hall and Mu Beta Psi. He cohosts Arcane Carolinas, a podcast about the strange and unexplained found on the backroads of North & South Carolina, and Data at Rest, an information security podcast. He also hosts Social Distancing Radio, a podcast intended to recreate the experience of author readings at science fiction and fantasy conventions. Michael lives in Durham, NC, with his husband, a variety of animals, and more and better friends than he will admit he deserves.

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