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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Feb 22, 2016

Jeff and Will discuss the week, which had Jeff doing a lot of edits on Codename: Winger #1 as well as struggling to come up with a title and blurb for an upcoming collection of short stories. Will recommended two movies he watched this week: Angels of Sex and Boys. Jeff praised the recently released audiobook of Wade Kelly's Misplaced Affection, which is narrated by Chris Patton. The guys also talked about Chris Fox's appearance on Simon Whistler's Rocking Self Publishing Podcast where he further talked about his book Writing to Market and discussed his upcoming 21 Day Novel Writing event. Will once again called out his sister Jessica's Awash in Talent being in the Kindle Scout program and encouraged listeners to vote up her YA paranormal book. The guys recapped last episode's Question of the Week, and you can find all the responses to that below.

The duo known as Kindle Alexander were interviewed this week to discuss their latest in the Nice Guys series as well as their writing process, how they got started and what's coming up for them next. They also ask the Question of the Week: As an author or a reader, do you use Kindle Unlimited, do you like it and why?” You can answer this week's question in the comments section of the shownotes at (Jeff and Will apologize for the audio quality of this week's interview.) 

Complete shownotes are available for this episode at

Feb 15, 2016

This week the guys kick off the show calling out the new sites where the podcast is available. Jeff recaps the amazing week of reviews he had for Make the Right ChoiceA Sound Beginning and Hat Trick 3: Penalty Shot/Hat Trick Overtime: Reunion. Then it's time to talk about the books they've read: Andrew Grey's The Lone Rancher, Eli Easton's The Stolen Suitor and Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy's Us (Sarina will be on the show March 7 to talk about that book). Will celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Valley of the Dolls and gives a shout out to his sister, Jessica, who has a book in KindleScout called Awash in Talent. They also review the answers to last week's Question of the Week (you can see all the answers in the shownotes).

Jeff and Will both read Chris Cook's Write to Market: Deliver a Book that Sells and the talk about that and how it relates to the one year anniversary of the release of Jeff's first self-published title, Flipping for Him. Self-publishing also leads to this week's Question: "Does who publishes a book affect your purchase decision?"

Complete shownotes are at

Feb 8, 2016

Jeff talks about his new releases available this week: Make the Right Choice from JMS Books and A Sound Beginning from Pride Publishing. There is a Rafflecopter giveaway for a free ebook of Make the Right Choice below. The guys also talk about why Will returned an ebook to Amazon, how awesome Fox's Grease Live! was and the 2013 movie In Secret starring Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Felton, Oscar Issac and Jessica Lange. Jeff talks about the books he read over the past week--a beta copy of Wade Kelly's third book in her Jock series as well as an ARC he can't really discuss right now but was swooning over. Will also shows off the February issue of Out which features Tom Daly and Dustin Lance Black as the cover boys for the Love issue.

The guys recap last week's Question of the Week (and you can see all the responses for that below) before they bring back author and publisher J.M. Snyder for the second part of their interview with her. The show wraps up with the Question of the Week, this time from J.M.: "What’s your favorite read outside the m/m genre?"  You can answer the question in the comments section of the shownotes for episode 18 at

Feb 1, 2016

Jeff and Will kick off the episode with a brief review of January. Jeff talks about the Capolavoro di uomo | Masterpiece of Man coffee table book he recently got, which features profiles of artists of gay erotic art. Will talks about how he got back into coloring, which has become a fad recently with many coloring books now available for adults. The guys also talk about superheroes TV–SupergirlThe Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow and Agent Carter. Last week’s question of the week is discussed, and Eileen is revealed as the winner of Jordan Nasser’s signed paperbacks.

Author and publisher J.M. Snyder is welcomed to the show for part one of her interview. She talks about her history as an author along with the origin story of her “micropress” JMS Books. We talk about the new JMS Books’ Love Wins series, which rolls out starting February 7 (and includes Jeff’s Make the Right Choice) as well as what JMS Books looks for in the titles it publishes as well as JMS Books position among the LGBT publishers and what’s is coming up later this year.

The show rounds out with this week’s Question of the Week: “What is your preferred size/length for the books you read?” You can answer the question in the comments section of the shownotes for episode 17 at

Jan 25, 2016

Jeff and Will kick off the show wishing well all the listeners who endured Winter Storm Jonas over the past weekend.

Jeff honored the 20th Anniversary of the musical Rent, his favorite musical ever, which opened at New York Theatre Workshop on January 25, 1996. The guys discussed the new series on BBC America, London Spy. They also gave a shoutout to The Satyrsphere podcast, which gave BGFP a mention in its most recent episode.

Answers to last week's question of the week were read out and then Jeff and Will welcomed author Jordan Nasser to the show. Jordan talked about his debut novels, Home is a Fire and The Fire Went Wild along with what his initial foray into publishing was like and what his future plans are. Jordan asked the Question of the Week: "How do the seasons affect your reading--the amount of reading and the kinds of books you're reading?"

After the interview Jeff & Will answer that question and let listeners know that if they answer the question in the comments on the website they'll be entered into a giveaway that Jordan's sponsoring for signed paperback copies of his two books.

The Question of the Week can be answered at

*Giveaway rules: To be eligible to win the signed paperback copies of Jordan's two books you must answer the Question of the Week ("How do the seasons affect your reading--the amount of reading and the kinds of books you're reading?") in the comments section on this episode's page at Only one answer per email address. Answers must be on the website by Saturday, January 30 at 11:59pm PT. We are not responsible for any issues that may cause an answer to not appear on the website. We'll announce the winner from the random drawing on next week's episode.

Jan 18, 2016

Jeff & Will talk briefly about last week, which had Jeff in L.A. for work where he also attended the L.A. Kings/Detroit Red Wings game.

Answers received for Episode 14's Question of the Week are read (and more of the answers appear in this week's shownotes). The guys briefly review the first two Dreamspun Desires books as well as Jordan Nasser's Home is a Fire and The Fire Went Wild.

Congratulations are given to Kindle Alexander for their wildly successful book release this past week.

Jeff gives a shout out to Charlie Carver for the comments he made when he came out this week.

Jeff also recaps his writing week, and talks about a fan letter he got from Luxembourg.

The guys wrap up by asking, and answers this episode's Question of the Week, which comes from Gillian: "What are your favorite romance tropes, and why?"

Listeners are invited to send their answers: Tweet us at @BigGayFiction. Leave a comment on this episode’s entry on our Facebook page at You can also leave it in the comments for this episode on YouTube or on the website at And, of course, you can email it to While you’re sending your answer, you can also suggestion a question. 

Detailed show notes are available at

Jan 11, 2016

Jeff & Will quickly recap last week, including Jeff's finished first draft and what he's working on next.

Sara York is this week's guest and she talks about her most recent release, Holiday Emergencies (part of the Love's First Response series), as well as the other projects she's working on for 2016. Other topics include the trademarks of a Sara York book, what her writing process is, how she decides to take one of her books to audio, and why she's doing burpees at home.

Sara answers last week's question about 2016 reading goals and asks this week's: "Is there a series from your favorite author that you’d like to see continue?”

Jeff & Will wrap up the episode by answering that question.

Listeners are invited to send their answers: Tweet us at @BigGayFiction. Leave a comment on this episode’s entry on our Facebook page at You can also leave it in the comments for this episode on YouTube or on the website at And, of course, you can email it to While you’re sending your answer, you can also suggestion a question. 

Detailed show notes are available at

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