Big Gay Fiction Podcast

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Sep 12, 2016

Writing news from Jeff opens the podcast as he discusses edits, cover paperwork and turning Dancing for Him into a paperback. Jeff heads to the East Coast this week to participate in Cycle for the Cause and gives details on supporting the HIV/AIDS services offered by the LGBT Center in NYC.

The guys have a poor update on their 60 Day Challenge before Jeff expresses his love for M.J. O'Shea's Marriage of Inconvenience.

Pat Henshaw drops by the podcast as part of the 2016 GRL Blog Tour. She talks about the latest in the Foothills Pride series, Relative Best.

Jeff & Will review what they've been watching recently. Will's got the movie Boy Meets Girl. They both talk about finishing off the seasons of Crazy Ex-GirlfriendEmpire and Dead of Summer. Jeff talks about the upcoming "Breakaway Day" to celebrate Space:1999. Jeff also announces there'll be no Dancing with the Stars conversation on the podcast for the dance show's upcoming season.

Brandilyn from Prism Book Alliance rounds out the podcast with a report on the recent UK Meet as well as what she's looking forward to at GRL.

Complete shownotes for episode 49, and the chance to enter the Big GRL Blog Tour Giveaway, are at

Sep 5, 2016

Jeff was in L.A. during the past week and visited The Ripped Bodice bookstore again--this time to talk with owners Bea & Leah Koch for an interview that will be coming up in episode 51 (September 26). He also talks about the editing and paperback formatting he's been working on.

The guys got big news this week--they'll be hosting a Podcasting 101 workshop during RT in Atlanta (May 2017). They are excited and maybe a little freaked out.

Jeff once again mentions Cycle for the Cause and the book giveaway he's doing for U.S. residents who pledge $100 or more and he thanks his past week's donors. On the book front Jeff & Will call out accomplishments from Devon McCormick and Riley Hart as well as TJ Klune news and the latest installment of the Kevin Keller comic book that comes out this week.

Fall Book conventions are underway as the UK Meet, Decatur Book Fair and the Central New York Author Expo all took place over Labor Day weekend. Jeff and Will have an update on the 60 Day Challenge they are doing and a shoutout to Star Trek on its 50th anniversary.

Brandon Witt previews two new series and chats about what he's looking forward to in Kansas City as part of the GRL Blog Tour. Christian Baines also stops by to discuss his latest urban fantasy, The Orchard of Flesh.

Complete shownotes for episode 48, and the chance to enter the Big GRL Blog Tour Giveaway, are at

Aug 29, 2016

Contract news from Jeff opens this week's show before the guys mention Joanna Penn's appearance on the Self Publishing Podcast where she talks more about the Successful Author MindsetThey also discuss the first week's progress with their Sixty Day Challenge.

Continuing to look at 2017 calendars, Will shows off the Michael Breyette calendar that was recently released.

Jeff makes the offer that anyone in the U.S. who donates $100 or more to Cycle for the Cause can receive signed copies of the Hat Trick trilogy in paperback. He also thanks Nancy and Wade for their generous donations to the ride.

Arshad Ahsanuddin stops by as part of the 2016 GRL Blog Tour to talk about his latest book, Insurrection (The Interscission Project Book 3). 

Listeners are reminded to sign up for the Big Gay Fiction Podcast newsletter to be the first to know about upcoming interviews. Jeff & Will are working on some special offers for the newsletter subscribers. You can sign up on the website homepage or on the top right column of each episode's shownotes.

Will talks about movies he's recently seen: Holding the Man and Me Him Her. Jeff focuses on binging Crazy-Ex Girlfriend plus Empire and Mr. Robot.

Dani from Love Bytes Reviews makes her podcast debut by offering up books and series that she's been enjoying.

Complete shownotes for episode 47, and the chance to enter the Big GRL Blog Tour Giveaway, are at

Aug 22, 2016

Jeff kicked off the show with writing updates before giving a shoutout to the SkullFace Project, which is a creation of artist Matthew O'Brien. It combines his love of art, music, history, celebrity and current events.

The proposed TV pilot Truth Slash Fiction (which the guys absolutely love) became an official selection for both ITVFest-Independent Television Festival and the New York Television Festival.

Jeff talked about the new comic book, The Backstagers, which chronicles the behind the scenes adventures of a high school stage crew whose members cover the LGBTQ spectrum. Will reviewed Marriage of Inconvenience by M.J. O'Shea, which is her third Dreamspun Desires book in 2016. Jeff and Will also discuss their sixty day fitness goal to eat right in advance of GRL.

C.S. Poe joins the show as part of the 2016 GRL Blog Tour and talks about her latest book, The Mystery of Nevermore, as well as her time teaching in Japan. Next A.J. Truman is interviewed about his Browerton University series and makes some book and Netflix recommendations.

Complete shownotes for episode 46, and the chance to enter the Big GRL Blog Tour Giveaway, are at

Aug 15, 2016

Writing news from Jeff opens the show this week before the guys talk about out Olympians.

Jeff read and reviews two books: The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle and How to Be a Normal Person by TJ Klune.

The 2016 GRL Blog Tour continues with Lex Chase discussing her new book Urban Fairy Tale, which comes out August 19, as well as her love of the show Lost.

Joanna Penn returns for the second part of her interview. This week she talks about running an author business and focusing on the long game as well as more about author mindset.

Complete shownotes for episode 45, and the chance to enter the Big GRL Blog Tour Giveaway, are at

Aug 8, 2016

Jeff opens with a quick recap of this week: finishing edits on Love's Opening Night, seeing Grey Gardens in L.A., visiting The Ripped Bodice bookstore in Culver City and catching Star Trek Beyond at the movies.

Hans M. Hirschi stops by as part of the Official 2016 GRL Blog Tour and talks about his new book Shorts and the upcoming Jonathan's Legacy.

Jeff & Will welcome podcaster and indie publishing guru Joanna Penn for part one of her interview about her latest book The Successful Author Mindset. The insightful interview is ideal for both authors and readers as Joanna's tips are applicable to nearly any career.

Complete shownotes for episode 44, and the chances to enter the Big GRL Blog Tour Giveaway, are at

Aug 1, 2016

Jeff opens with the announcement that the Love Is Proud anthology, which benefits Equality Florida's fund for the victims and their families of the Pulse nightclub shooting, is now out. In addition, he gives some updates on his writing week.

In podcast news, the show is now distributed on iHeartRadio's podcast network. Listeners are also encouraged to like the show on Facebook where we've been experimenting with Facebook Live and Will posts pictures of hot guys reading.

Jeff is participating in Cycle for the Cause: The Northeast AIDS Ride for the sixth year. Proceeds benefit HIV/AIDS Services at the LGBT Center in NYC.

Jeff and Will interviewed Joanna Penn earlier in the week about her non-fiction books for authors. Joanna's interview will air August 8 and 15. It's loaded with great information for authors and is a peek inside the author business that readers should also find interesting.

Wade Kelly appears on the show as part of the 2016 GRL Blog Tour. She talks about her new book, Back Off! That's My Jock, which comes out August 26. She's also got a giveaway as part of her blog tour for the book.

The guys talk about summertime TV (Dead of Summer and the Looking finale movie) and review books from M.J. O'Shea, Christian Baines and Ava Drake. They've also got the first calendars for 2017... and they're hot!

Complete shownotes for episode 43, and the chances to enter the Big GRL Blog Tour Giveaway and Wade Kelly’s Blog Tour Giveaway, are at

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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