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Jeff & Will's Big Gay Fiction Podcast

Jeff & Will’s Big Gay Fiction Podcast is for readers and writers of gay romance fiction. If you can read it, write it, watch it or listen to it, we’ll talk about it.
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Jul 25, 2016

Jeff opens with updates on his writing before Will looks at the gorgeous 50th Anniversary hardback of Valley of the Dolls. Will also reviews the special romance edition of the Author Earnings Report that was delivered at RWA.

The listener poll is also in it's final week. It will close at the end of the day on Sunday, July 31.

The 2016 GRL Blog Tour continues with Deanna Wadsworth as she talks about the latest in the 1 Night Stand series. The Big GRL Blog Tour Giveaway continues with a Rafflecopter to win a Fire Tablet loaded with ebooks.

Debut author Michael Vance Gurley chats with Jeff about The Long Season. They are also giving one lucky listener the chance to win an ebook copy of their books The Long Season and Hat Trick. The Rafflecopter giveaway is on the shownotes page.

Complete shownotes for episode 42, and the chance to enter the Big GRL Blog Tour Giveaway, are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Jul 25, 2016

Jeff continues his interview from episode 42 with debut author Michael Vance Gurley and discusses plotting vs. pantsing, the pitchapoolza Michael did for The Long Season, his editing process, advice for first time authors, and, of course, some hockey talk.

Complete shownotes for episode 42 are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Jul 18, 2016

We open by congratulating two LGBT-themed books that won RITA Awards over the weekend: Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy's Him, which won for Mid-length Contemporary Romance, and Alexis Hall's For Real: A Spires Story, which won for Erotic Romance.

The Reebok CrossFit Games are coming this week (July 19-24) in Carson, California and we talk of our love of the competition and our CrossFit crush on Mat Fraser. Plus we point listeners to the documentary about last year's games, Fittest On Earth, which is currently streaming on Netflix.

J. Scott Coatsworth is here as part of the GRL Blog Tour. He talks about his latest short story, which is part of the A More Perfect Union anthology, as well as his work in the Queer Sci-Fi community.

Daniel Schloss & Charlie Sohne join us to talk about their award winning comedy pilot, Truth Slash Fiction. They discuss the origin of the show, what the process has been like to shoot and shop the show at festivals and where they hope it goes in the future.

We remind listeners that there's a poll running through July to find out who listens to the podcast. Everyone should also enter the Big GRL Blog Tour Giveaway.

Complete shownotes for episode 41, and the chance to enter the Big GRL Blog Tour Giveaway, are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Jul 11, 2016

Jeff & Will talk about two new books targeted towards authors: The Successful Author Mindset by Joanna Penn and How to Write a Sizzling Synopsis by Bryan Cohen. They highly recommend both.

Laura Baumbach joins the show as part of the Official 2016 GRL Blog Tour and talks about her career writing m/m romance and her new book, which is expected to debut just before GRL.

The guys discuss two movies they've recently seen: the dark comedy You're Killing Me and the drama Those People.

Jeff interviews Scott Pomfret about the four books he's released this year, including The Second Half: A Gay American Football Story, which Jeff loved.

The show concludes with a reminder to enter the Big GRL Blog Tour Giveaway and to participate in the podcast listeners poll.

Complete shownotes for episode 40, and the chance to enter the Big GRL Blog Tour Giveaway, are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Jul 4, 2016

Happy 4th of July to our U.S.-based audience. Jeff gets the show going with news of contracts he's signed over the past week--one for the novella Love's Opening Night and the other for the short Hat Trick: Be True, Be Proud, Be Strong, which will appears in the JMS Books charity anthology Love Is Proud. Jeff also calls out some other Orlando tribute projects: an Extasy Books anthology, Broadway for Orlando's "What the World Needs Now" recording as well as two dance pieces.

The guys talk about their weekend in Ashland, OR, where the saw a performance of The Wiz. Will celebrates the Valley of the Dolls 50th anniversary, which features a new edition hardback as well as Blu-Ray releases. In books, Jeff reviews A.J. Truman's Out on a Limb while Will's got What's in a Name from Pat Henshaw. They also make note of an event coming up at the Ripped Bodice in Culver City, CA that features Christopher Rice, Damon Suede and Eric Shaw Quinn.

Tammy Middleton, who writes as T.M. Smith, stops by as part of the Official 2016 GRL Blog Tour. She talks about the new book in her All Cocks series, Live For Love. She's also got a giveaway going on and listeners can find the Rafflecopter for that below.

Talking about TV, Jeff and Will mention that Netflix now has Eastsiders, Truth Slash Fiction won big at SeriesFest and that they're loving UnReal and Wrecked. Superhero porn parodies are also discussed, specifically that Men.com is on its way to giving Captain America a boyfriend.

Musicals are also on tap with a brief review of the historic live stream of She Loves Me, as well as a review of the London cast recording of Close to You: Bacharach Reimagined.

Brandilyn is here with comfort reads in the form of audiobooks. 

There is a poll their running through July to find out who listens to the podcast.

Complete shownotes for episode 39, and the chance to enter the Big GRL Blog Tour Giveaway, are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Jun 27, 2016

Jeff and Will kick off this week's show with no new updates because they're on a roadtrip-- off to see The Wiz at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival!

Another show they're looking forward to is the first ever live stream from Broadway with She Loves Me streaming on June 30. Will discusses Sin-A-Rama, a book about the history of 60's sleaze paperbacks.

As part of the 2016 GRL Blog Tour, Tali Spencer talks about her latest book, Victory Portrait.

Jeff and Will discuss recent movies they've seen--My Name is Doris and 4th Man Out--before welcoming Joyfully Jay back to the podcast to chat about favorite audiobooks and narrators.

Joe Okonkwo joins the podcast for an interview about his debut novel, Jazz Moon, along with his author inspiration and advice for other first-time novelists.

Complete shownotes for episode 38, and the chance to enter the Big GRL Blog Tour Giveaway, are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Jun 20, 2016

Jeff had big publishing news this week as Codename Winger #1: Tracker Hacker was contracted by Harmony Ink Press for a Fall 2017 release. He's also participating in Love Is Proud, a charity anthology coming from JMS Books which will benefit the victims and families of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. Love's Opening Night was also re-submitted this past week for consideration as a full novella.

The guys discuss this past week's Tony Awards, which they felt was the best in years.

Carrie Pack visits as part of the Official GRL Blog Tour. The guys also unveil a giveaway where podcast listeners have the chance to win a 7" Fire tablet loaded with books from the authors appearing on BGFP as part of the blog tour.

Moving on to pop culture for the week, the Pride issue of Entertainment Weekly is discussed as well as Eastsiders season 2, a new show called Truth Slash Fiction that's premiering at SeriesFest on June 23, as well as pilots from Amazon--The Last Tycoon with Matt Bomer and a reboot of the Kroftt classic Sigmund & The Sea Monsters.

Lisa from the Novel Approach stops by to talk about five books she's excited about this month.

Complete shownotes for episode 37, and the chance to enter the Big GRL Blog Tour Giveaway, are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Jun 13, 2016

Jeff kicks things off with a writing update before singing the praises of a book he recently finished: The Long Season by Michael Vance Gurley--a gay hockey romance set in 1926 Chicago.

Jennah Scott joins us for the 2016 GRL Blog Tour to talk about her recent book Evan's Luck, which she co-wrote with H. Sterling. She talks Kansas City BBQ!

Jeff & Will discuss the recently released author's earnings report as well as some specific figures released by thriller/non-fiction author (and podcaster) Joanna Penn. Will goes on to  celebrate filmmaker Irwin Allen, whose 100th birthday was on June 12.

To celebrate audiobook month, voice over artist Derrick McClain is welcomed to the podcast. Derrick discusses how he came to love gay romance, how he got started as a narrator and answers the burning question: is it difficult or embarrassing to narrate a sex scene.

Complete shownotes for episode 36 are available at BigGayFictionPodcast.com

Jun 13, 2016

Jeff continues his interview with voice over artist Derrick McClain and finds out about his process for recording, how long it takes to record a book, and what the collaboration is with the author.

Complete shownotes for episode 36 are available at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Jun 6, 2016

The guys kick off the show wishing everyone a happy Pride month. Jeff talks about Mississippi YA librarian Stefani, who created a Pride display only to have it removed by her library before the day was over due to complaints. Jeff encourages everyone who sees organizations supporting the LGBTQ community to thank them in an effort to make sure love always trumps hate.

After Jeff updates his writing progress for the week, the Official 2016 GRL Blog Tour kicks off with Jaime Reese talking about her latest book, A Mended Man and her cover design work as her alter ego Reese Dante.

Will talks about the recently released author lineup for February 2017's Costal Magic convention. And, following up on last weeks discussion of #GiveElsaAGirlfriend and #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend, Jeff highlights an essay he read this week called "Fandom is Broken".

Debut novelist Richard Pearson stops by to talk about The Role. The interview went long, so this week there's a bonus segment on the the podcast and YouTube feeds with nearly fifteen more minutes with Richard.

Complete shownotes for episode 35 are available at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Jun 6, 2016

Jeff continues his interview with Richard Pearson, author of "The Role," and finds out how long it took to write the book, what his theatre friends think of it and they talk 2016 Tony Awards too.

Complete shownotes for episode 35 are available at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

May 30, 2016

Jeff reports that editing is going well on his Mackinac Island set novella, which now has a title Somewhere on Mackinac. He also discusses a rejection from an anthology submission call, as well as some great reviews he's thankful for.

The guys discuss the trending hashtags #GiveElsaAGirlfriend and #Give CaptainAmericaABoyfriend before moving on to the season finales of The Voice and Dancing with the Stars.

Greg from the Bureau of General Services-Queer Division stops by to talk about author Sarah Schulman. And, in celebration of the unofficial start of summer with Memorial Day, Jeff & Will each offer up five recommendations for your summer reading list.

Complete shownotes for episode 34 are available at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

May 23, 2016

Jeff kicks off the week with news that the Hat Trick Box Set has gone into wide release. The guys also announced that the podcast has been selected to be a GRL Featured Blogger ahead of the GayRomLit event in October. Authors attending GRL will start appearing on the podcast in June.

Will talks about the Hot Dudes Reading book, while Jeff reviews two books he recently finished: Joe Okonkwo's Jazz Moon and Scott Pomfret's The Second Half: A Gay American Football Story. They guys also talk about an essay Brandon Witt posted on Love Bytes detailing where he's at in his efforts to be a full time author.

Dreamspinner's marketing director Poppy Dennison stops by to talk about Book Expo America/Book Con before Jeff and Will welcome author/actor/storyteller Charlie David to talk about the re-release of his book Mulligans along with some other projects he's working on.

Complete shownotes for episode 33 are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

May 16, 2016

The guys open with discussion of Jeff's writing accomplishments this week--a manuscript turned in to the publisher, another manuscript through first draft and preparing to plot out three other novels. They also apologize to the video audience for the issues with episode 31's video feed.

Jeff's in the middle of reading Joe Okonkwo's Jazz Moon and recommends people pick it up for pre-order. Jeff & Will briefly lament the upcoming closing of QUEERCentric Books.

Pop culture takes over as Will talks about Entertainment Weekly articles featuring newly out actor Colton Haynes and the lack of LGBTQ representation in super hero films. The glut of renewals and cancellations of some of their favorite shows are discussed before some quick recaps of Dancing with the Stars and The Voice, which are headed towards season finales on May 23. They also talk about Inside Out, which they've finally seen.

Brandilyn from Prism Book Alliance stops by to recommend a YA sci-fi series she's into from R.G. Thomas. Then Justin Syde talks about the Gay Sex Positions Coloring Book and the upcoming Pride: A Coloring Book.

Detailed shownotes for episode 32 are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

May 9, 2016

For the first time in weeks the guys manage a podcast without an interview segment--meaning nearly all the talk is theirs!

Jeff kicks it off with news about how his writing is going, then it's a final shout out to Tammy Middleton's Author's Sign Off for Autism Awareness, which raised more than $3,000 dollars for Autism Speaks.

Will reviews The Cattle Baron's Bogus Boyfriend by Nicki Bennett. The Tony Award nominations came out and Jeff & Will spend some time dissecting them before moving on to discussions of The Real O'Neals, superhero shows and the delightful comedy, The Intern. Archie Comics also gets a shout out for its upcoming series featuring gay character Kevin Keller, who will  also show up in the CW's pilot for Riverdale.

Lisa from The Novel Approach stops by with book recommendations from Jordan L. Hawke, Andrea Speed, Charlie David and S. Hunter Nisbet.

Jeff discusses the idea of authors using video-based content, as well as seeing reviewers in the romance genre producing video reviews. Will recaps some of the learning he's doing--including a book about romance writing from Gwen Hayes and a course from Dean Wesley Smith.

Complete shownotes for episode 31 are available at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

May 2, 2016

It's a big anniversary show this week!

Jeff & Will celebrate 21 years since their first date, the podcast celebrates six months and Dreamspinner Press celebrates nine years in business with a week long sale of books from authors who started with them during their first three years (which includes Jeff). Jeff also talks about the decent writing month he had in April and that Tammy Middleton's Authors "Sign Off" for Autism Awareness Auction ended with a $110 bid for the Hat Trick books.

Jeff will be on the WROTE podcast on Friday, May 6. The guys also gave a shout out to their friend David LaBounty whose Bookstores & Baseball zine was written up on Minor League Baseball's website and that David had written a nice piece about BGFP on his The First Line Facebook page. The writeup included the instructions for the a BGFP drinking game.

Will reviews two books: The Unstable Stud by Ariel Tachna and Duke in Hiding by M.J. O'Shea. They guys also discuss the upcoming second season of Lifetime's UnReal and the webseries they caught this past week, UnReal: The Faith Dairies, which focuses on the lesbian character, Faith.

Jay from Joyfully Jay stops by to discuss a couple of LGBTQ panels from the recent RT convention and gives some book recommendations. Then Jeff welcomes Jeff Garvin, author of Symptoms of Being Human to the show to talk about the book, his writing process, Stephen King and more.

Complete shownotes for episode 30 are available at BigGayFictionPodcast.com

Apr 25, 2016

The guys kick off with an acknowledgement of Prince's death and call out the appreciation CBS Sunday Morning offered. Listeners are also reminded that this is the last week of Tammy Middleton's Authors "Sign Off" for Autism Awareness auction as bidding closes on Saturday, April 30.

Jeff reviews The Role by Richard Taylor Pearson before the guys get into talking about this week's The Voice and Dancing with the Stars. They also gave a shout out to the Pride Coloring Book, from the same team that created the Gay Sex Positions Coloring Book, which is having a GoFundMe campaign to get it off the ground.

Next up Jeff & Will interview Donnie & Greg, the guys behind the Bureau of General Services-Queer Division, a book store, gallery and event space inside the LGBT Center in New York City. After the interview the guys reveal that Donnie and Greg are part of the new team of contributors for the podcast which also includes bloggers Joyfully Jay, Love Bytes, The Novel Approach, Prism Book Alliance and QUEERCentric Books.

Complete shownotes for Episode 29 can be found at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Apr 18, 2016

On this week's show Jeff & Will discuss their trip to New York and review the eight musicals they saw: The King & I, Shuffle Along Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That FollowedWaitress, Tuck Everlasting, On Your Feet, She Loves Me and Disaster. 

Tammy Middleton stops by for a brief interview about her Authors "Sign Off" for Autism Awareness auction that runs all month and Jeff mentions that he's added a book to the Hat Trick series that's already up for auction.

Jeff reviews Ariel Tachna's Unstable Stud before the guys talk about Nyle's Tarzan Samba on Dancing with the StarsThe Voice's cut to the Top 12 and the delightful Peanuts Movie. Jeff also calls out his participation in Diane's Book Blog Hockey Romance Author's Stanley Cup Bracket feature.

Episode 27's Question of the Week is answered before the guys recap Rainbow Book Fair, which includes 13 quick author interviews they did with fair exhibitors.

Complete shownotes with links to everything we talked about are available for episode 28 at BigGayFictionPodcast.com

Apr 11, 2016

Kicking off the show, Jeff's Sweet and Sexy gay romance short story collection coming to paperback at the end of the month. Tammy Middleton's Authors "Sign Off" for Autism Awareness auction is showcased with a reminder than more than 30 items are available with items from authors including Kindle Alexander, RJ Scott, Sara York, Rick R. Reed, Andrew Grey, Charlie Cochet, Rhys Ford and many more.

Among the other topics discussed are B.A. Tortuga's book Trial by Fire, the movies The Martian and Karen Kingsbury's The Bridge Part 2, Cookie Monster's commercial for Siri and Sara Barellies' stall for time during a recent preview of Waitress.

Episode 26's Question of the Week isn't recapped since the guys are recording this episode early, but the answers received are further down this page. Jeff & Will welcome author Clare London to the show. Clare talks about her latest releases, Branded and Double Scoop as well as her writing process and more. The show wraps up with a new Question of the Week, this one from listener Katie: “I have a friend who loves the darker side of m/m romance. Some favorites are Jack L. Pyke and Joseph Lance Tonlet. What are some others?"

You can answer the Question of the Week and see complete shownotes at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Apr 4, 2016

This week the guys are getting ready for Rainbow Book Fair in New York City!

The show kicks off with a brief update on Jeff's writing and the creation of a production schedule that goes into 2019. Next, they show off the Gay Sex Coloring Book and the picture Jeff colored. On the TV side, The VoiceDancing with the Stars and the Supergirl/Flash crossover episode are discussed.

April is Autism Awareness Month and friend-of-the-podcast Tammy Middleton is running her annual Authors "Sign Off" for Autism Awareness auction, which features an array of goodies to bid on from authors and publishers--including Jeff's Hat Trick trilogy in paperback.

Jeff talks about Born for This by Chris Guillebeau and Jeff & Will wish the Love Bytes Review blog, run by Dani Maas, a very happy third Anniversary. The guys go over some answers to last episode's Question of the Week. Casey at the Bat creator Bob Glasscock joins the show for an interview about the comic, what inspired him to create Casey and what is process is for writing and drawing it. Bob also asks this week's question: "What comics do you like to read online? Long form? Sci-Fi epics? Gag-a-day?"

Complete shownotes are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com

Mar 28, 2016

The guys have a whole bunch of random topics this week. Jeff starts off talking about the projects he's editing right now and then it's about the book he finished reading last week--Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin. The other book discovery is Gay Sex Positions: An Adult Coloring Book, which they've ordered and Will shows off the sample page he's colored. Moving on to TV, they talk about The Voice battle rounds, La'Porsha Renae on American Idol, Kim Fields and Nyle DiMarco on Dancing with the Stars as well as The Passion Live on Fox.

Last week's Question of the Week on podcasts is answered before the guys dive into two podcasts they listened to that had an impact: The Creative Penn's interview with Beth Buelow about her book Introvert Entrepreneur and The Self Publishing Podcasts' discussion of "How to Be Happy Where You Are in Your Writing Career."

The Academy Award nominated film Carol, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, is praised. Jeff also discusses the upcoming #40toNoneDay, which raises awareness about LGBT youth homelessness. The show wraps up with the new Question of the Week: "How often do you browse physical bookstores for books?" and a look ahead to the Rainbow Book Fair, coming up April 9 in NYC.

You can answer the Question of the Week and see complete shownotes for this episode at BigGayFictionPodcast.com

Mar 21, 2016

The guys are fresh from a date night in San Francisco where they saw Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage. Will talks about the movies Magic Mike XXL and Crimson Peak before Jeff discusses the audiobook he started this week, Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin. A Sound Beginning short story winner Rene is congratulated as the guys start discussing last week's question of the week about audiobooks.

Next up, gay romance author Kris Cook and poptart Chadrick Douglas from the Romance Out Loud podcast join the show to talk about the origin of their show, Kris' books and what Chadrick's digging in the world of pop culture. Jeff & Will wrap up by answering the Kris and Chadrick's Question of the Week: "What podcasts are you listening to?"

You can answer the Question of the Week and see complete shownotes for this episode at BigGayFictionPodcast.com

Mar 14, 2016

The guys kick off the show congratulating Will's sister Jessica. Her young adult novel Awash in Talent was selected for publication by Kindle Press as part of the Kindle Scout program. They move on to reality TV saying how disappointing the upcoming seasons of Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance sound. But they are loving The Voice and call out performances they've enjoyed during the blind auditions. Jeff's A Sound Beginning became available wide this week and he talks about some of the early reviews, as well as his interview with Divine Magazine. Next up, they give a shout out to the gay romance authors who are finalists in the 28th Annual Lambda Literary Awards (their books are linked in this week's shownotes). Sitcom The Real O'Neals from ABC is also a must-watch show.

After the previous episode's Question of the Week is discussed, Jeff & Will talk about their trip to the Dreamspinner Author Conference and introduce the seventeen interviews they did at the conference (all of the things the interviewees talk about are linked in the shownotes). To wrap up the show, the new Question of the Week is revealed: "Do you listen to audiobooks? Why or Why Not? And if so, what’s a recent favorite?"

Complete shownotes are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Mar 7, 2016

The guys talk about what they're looking forward to at the Dreamspinner author conference in Orlando, as well as the brainstorming they've been doing to prepare for a pitch they're going to make on a trilogy they'll write together. Jeff takes a moment to talk about this week's Hat Trick anniversary--it was three year's ago that he signed the contract for the first novel. He also mentions the series being mentioned on Brandilyn's Top 10 LGBT Fiction list that was released on February 28. Since the episode was recorded early, the listeners were referred to the shownotes to see the answers to the question "As a reader, what's your favorite POV and why?"

Jeff introduced USA Today best-selling author Sarina Bowen and called out the success that the book Us is already having while it's in pre-order. Sarina then joined to talk about the upcoming book, which releases on Tuesday, March 8, as well as her writing process with Elle Kennedy and what's coming up for her later this year (including the first book in the new Brooklyn Bruisers series). Sarina also asks the Question of the Week: "Which character archetypes are you just done with?" Listeners can answer the question in the comments section of the shownotes for this episode.

Complete shownotes are available at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

 

Feb 29, 2016

Jeff & Will kick off the week talking about books they've finished--The Stolen Suitor by Eli Easton and Writing to the Point by Algis Budrys. Jeff discusses his withdrawal pains over the lack of new Hallmark Channel original movies. The guys discuss their disappointment with The X-Files six episode event and look at this week's announcement that Samhain Publishing is shutting down. There's an update on Chris Fox's 21 Day Novel Writing Challenge and the guys talk about heading off the Dreamspinner author conference this week.

Last week's Question of the Week is recapped with some answers from the listeners as well as additional commentary (you can see all the responses in this week's shownotes). Will interviews Jeff about the writer's group he is part of and how it's become part of his process. The new Question of the Week is also unveiled: "As a reader, what’s your favorite POV and why?" Answers to the question can be left in the comments section below.

Complete shownotes are available at BigGayFictionPodcast.com

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