Episodes

Episode 385 – Fiction Fest Panel Discussion: Paranormal Romance with Jenn Burke, Kiki Burrelli and Mia Monroe

For our second Big Gay Fiction Fest panel discussion we take on paranormal romance with Jenn Burke, Kiki Burrelli and Mia Monroe. We talk about the differences and crossovers between urban fantasy, magical realism and other genres, as well as the work that goes into creating a world where you decide all the rules. Of course we also discuss what drew each of them to write paranormal, their latest books, and how they make paranormal creatures uniquely their own.

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Episode 384 – Fiction Fest Author Spotlight: J.R. Gray

J.R. Gray joins us for this Big Gay Fiction Fest: Pride 2022 Author Spotlight. We talk with Gray about how making up sci-fi stories when he was young led to the queer romance author he is today. He also shares how a pre-pandemic discovery about himself helped him stay focused and writing through it all, and how he likes to learn at least one new skill per year. We also discuss his new Love Equations series, how his stories have evolved over the years, and what Pride means to him.

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Episode 383 – Fiction Fest Panel Discussion: Historical Romance with Merry Farmer, Annabelle Greene and Cat Sebastian

In this Big Gay Fiction Fest panel discussion we talk about historical romances with Annabelle Greene, Merry Farmer and Cat Sebastian. In addition to talking about the latest books from Annabelle, Merry and Cat, we find what brought them to historicals and why they write in the periods they do, the importance of showing queer love and happiness in their stories, why historicals are so popular now, and what Pride means to each of them.

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Episode 382 – Fiction Fest Author Spotlight: Kate Hawthorne

Big Gay Fiction Fest: Pride 2022 begins! The guys announce the the Big Gay Fiction Book Club selection for Pride is the super sexy second chance, bodyguard romance Under His Protection by LaQuette.

For the first Fest Author Spotlight, Kate Hawthorne talks about her latest series, Not Ready for Love, including how the inspiration for the books came from cover photos that she saw. Kate also discusses how standalones books often turn into series, the types of kink and angst she likes to include in her stories, and the importance of keeping the writing process fun.

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Episode 381 – Penguin Families and Book Bannings with Justin Richardson & Peter Parnell

Happy Pride Month!

To kick off Pride, Jeff reviews Phil Stamper’s middle grade book Small Town Pride. Jeff also talks about the dangers of book bannings and anti-LGBTQ+ legislation, and that everyone should be actively supporting causes that fight for diversity and inclusion.

Children’s book authors Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, authors of the classic And Tango Makes Three, join Jeff to talk about their book, which has been repeatedly banned and challenged since its publication more than 15 years ago. Peter and Justin discuss what’s different about the current rash of book bannings, their response to Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill, and have tips on how everyone can take action.

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Episode 380 – Emma Alcott and the “Masters of Romance”

Jeff & Will welcome contemporary romance author Emma Alcott, who also writes paranormal romance as Piper Scott. We start off talking about her writing history, including when Piper Scott was a trio of authors working together and what led her to taking that name over. She also discusses why she created Emma Alcott and the kinds of contemporary stories she writes for that pen name, including the Masters of Romance series, which features Bad Boy, a previous Big Gay Fiction Book Club selection. Of course, we find out what’s coming up for both Emma and Piper, and we get a book recommendation too.

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