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Big Gay Fiction Podcast

The Big Gay Fiction Podcast is for avid readers and passionate fans of queer romance fiction. Each week we bring you exclusive author interviews, book recommendations and explore the latest in queer pop culture.
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Jun 3, 2024

Happy Pride Month! Jeff kicks off the show with news about two in-person events he's taking part in during June. He also recommends two books perfect for Pride reading.

Lee Wind discusses his latest YA thriller/romance "A Different Kind of Brave," which mixes action, a love of James Bond films, gadgets, and a love story into a page-turner of a story. Lee talks about his inspirations for the book and how it evolved during the writing process. Lee also previews two books coming later this year "The Gender Binary is a Big Lie," and "For the Love of the Half-Eaten Peach." Plus we find out what Pride means to him in 2024 and get some great book recommendations.

Complete show notes for episode 455 along with a transcript of the show are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Look for the next episode of Big Gay Fiction Podcast on Monday, June 17.

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May 20, 2024

On August 19, 2024, the Rainbow Readers Cruise sets sail for the first time. The cruise is organized by narrator Joel Leslie, Joel's husband and travel coordinator Rich Najuch, and reviewer/blogger Joyfully Jay, and share all the details on this one-of-a-kind reader event. We hear from them about why they created the cruise and the activities that will take place on the voyage.

Complete show notes for episode 454 along with a transcript of the show are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Look for the next episode of Big Gay Fiction Podcast on June 3.

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May 6, 2024

Author Cat Sebastian discusses her latest book, "You Should Be So Lucky," which features the romance between baseball player Eddie and newspaper reporter Mark and is set in 1960 New York. Cat talks about why she decided to write a historical baseball romance and the author whose books inspired her to do it. She also shares details on her favorite scenes and side characters, and she's got book recommendations too.

Complete show notes for episode 453 along with a transcript of the show are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Look for the next episode of Big Gay Fiction Podcast on Monday, May 20.

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Apr 22, 2024

Adib Khorram talks with Jeff about his new YA novel, "The Breakup Lists." He discusses what inspired the story of stage manager Jackson and swimmer-turned-actor Liam, including some elements that come from Adib's real life. We also find out about how Adib approached the deaf representation in the book, why he chose the plays he did to be staged within the book, and scenes that got left behind. Of course, Adib's got some great recommendations too.

Complete show notes for episode 452 along with a transcript of the show are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Look for the next episode of Big Gay Fiction Podcast on April 8.

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Apr 8, 2024

Jeff welcomes authors Layla Reyne, Allison Temple, and Cari Z to discuss the new "Accidentally Undercover" romantic suspense series. We talk about the origin of the series (which includes secret message chicken wings), and what it was like for Allison and Cari to write their first solo romantic suspense books. Plus, they talk about their own books in the series, and give the details about the other books. Cari, Allison, and Layla also have some great reading and watching recommendations.

Complete show notes for episode 451 along with a transcript of the show are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Look for the next episode of Big Gay Fiction Podcast on Monday, April 22.

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Mar 25, 2024

Jeff & Will welcome Steven Salvatore to discuss his new book "The Boyfriend Subscription," which is a queer retelling of "Pretty Woman." Steven talks about the inspirations he took from the Julia Roberts film, why he's started writing adult romance after several young adult titles, plus we get some hints about what's coming in the sequel. Steven also shares some reading recommendations to add to your TBR.

Complete show notes for episode 450 along with a transcript of the show are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Look for the next episode of Big Gay Fiction Podcast on April 8.

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Mar 11, 2024

Jeff & Will kick off this episode discussing books that Jeff's recently read including "A Different Kind of Brave" by Lee Wind, "Mona of the Manor" by Armistead Maupin, and "Radiant: The Life and Line of Keith Haring" by Brad Gooch.

Brad then joins Jeff to discuss "Radiant," a biography that explores the life of artist Keith Haring from his earliest drawings through his death in 1990 at age 31. Brad talks about why he wanted to write this book, the fascinating research and interviews that he did, as well as the history he shares with Haring and 1980s New York City.

Complete show notes for episode 449 along with a transcript of the show are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Look for the next episode of Big Gay Fiction Podcast on Monday, March 25.

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Feb 26, 2024

Jeff & Will begin by recommending "Most Ardently" by Gabe Cole Novoa, which is a retelling of "Pride & Prejudice."

To wrap up Valentine's month, the guys take a deep dive on one of their all-time favorite romances, "Romancing the Rough Diamond" by Clare London.

Complete show notes for episode 448 along with a transcript of the show are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Look for the next episode of Big Gay Fiction Podcast on Monday, March 11.

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Feb 12, 2024

Jeff & Will kick off this episode with details on the "Box of Hearts: Sweet to Spicy Tales of LGBTQIA+ Love" available from authors on Ream. Jeff also reviews "The Invention of Wings" by Robin Knight.

Gregory Ashe discusses how subscription communities can engage readers on a deeper level. He shares insights from launching his own community, along with the early access and perks that his readers receive. Greg also talks about the first author he ever subscribed to and why he did it. Plus, he has details about his upcoming cozy mystery series, and some reading and viewing recommendations.

Complete show notes for episode 447 along with a transcript of the show are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Look for the next episode of Big Gay Fiction Podcast on Monday, February 26.

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Jan 29, 2024

Jeff & Will kick off this episode discussing the comments they got from members of the Big Gay Fiction Podcast community about authors offering subscriptions.

Authors Charlie Cochet and Victoria Sue discuss the creative freedoms and community engagement that they have found since beginning their subscriptions. They also share details on upcoming projects, and offer book recommendations.

Complete show notes for episode 446 along with a transcript of the show are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Look for the next episode of Big Gay Fiction Podcast on Monday, February 12.

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Jan 15, 2024

Jeff and Will kick off the show with a review of "The (Fake) Dating Game" by Timothy Janovsky. 

Michael Evans, an author and co-founder of the subscription platform Ream, discusses the rising trend of author subscription programs and Ream's role in bringing readers and storytellers together. Michael shares the inspiration behind Ream, and the valuable resources available for readers looking to support their favorite writers, and for authors considering building their own communities. He also talks about features coming to Ream in the coming year.

Complete show notes for episode 445 along with a transcript of the show are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Look for the next episode of Big Gay Fiction Podcast on Monday, January 29.

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Jan 1, 2024

Jeff and Will share some favorite reads of 2023 from Big Gay Fiction patrons. Jeff also reviews "Heartstopper Volume 5" by Alice Oseman.

Kacen Callender discusses their first adult romance novel "Stars in Your Eyes." They talk about writing and researching the enemies-to-lovers romance between two actors, and incorporating themes of mental health and social media culture. They also share insights about drawing from personal experiences to shape Logan and Mattie's story. Plus, Kacen offers some recommendations for listeners, and teases with some details on what's coming up next.

Complete show notes for episode 444 along with a transcript of the show are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Look for the next episode of Big Gay Fiction Podcast on Monday, January 15.

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Dec 18, 2023

Jeff and Will talk about their favorite reads of 2023, including books by Ari Baran, Leta Blake, Sarina Bowen, Sarah Rees Brennan, Kacen Callender, Slade James, LaQuette, Sher Lee, Dominic Lim, C.S. Pacat, David Valdes, N.R. Walker, and M.A. Wardell.

Jeff reviews "Time to Shine" by Rachel Reid and then talks to Rachel about this hockey romance that is set during the holiday season. Rachel talks about the inspiration for Landon and Casey and this opposites attract, forced proximity story. RacRachel also discusses  her holiday traditions, offers some reading recommendations, and details on what she's working on next.

Complete show notes for episode 443 along with a transcript of the show are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Look for the next episode of Big Gay Fiction Podcast on Monday, January 1.

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Dec 4, 2023

Jeff and Will share news about a holiday hockey romance anthology that features a new short story from Jeff. They also review books by Sarina Bowen, Keira Andrews, and David Valdes.

David also discusses his new adult holiday rom-com "Finding My Elf." He talks about drawing from his own love of Christmas traditions in creating Cam and Marco's story. He also shares some of his favorite holiday traditions, offers up some reading recommendations and details on what he's working on next.

Complete show notes for episode 442 along with a transcript of the show are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Look for the next episode of Big Gay Fiction Podcast on Monday, December 18.

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Nov 20, 2023

Jeff and Will review books they've read recently, including "Manhandled" by Lauren Blakely, "The Billionaire's Assistant" by Silvia Violet, and two books by M.A. Wardell, "Teacher of the Year" and "Mistletoe & Mishigas."

M.A. Wardell discusses the "Teachers in Love" series, the inspiration he drew from his teaching career, and how "Teacher of the Year" went quickly from a standalone book into a series. He also talks about the latest installment, "Mistletoe & Mishigas," and how Christmas and Hanukah provided the perfect setting for this fake dating rom-com. In addition, Matt chats about why he makes his rom-coms spicy, the artwork he commissions for the stories, and offers some book recommendations.

Complete show notes for episode 441 along with a transcript of the show are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Look for the next episode of Big Gay Fiction Podcast on Monday, December 4.

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Nov 6, 2023

Jeff and Will celebrate Big Gay Fiction Podcast's 8th Anniversary!

Jeff shares reviews of recent books he's read, including "Stars in Your Eyes" by Kacen Callender, "Tempted by the Bollywood Star" by Sophia Singh Sasson, and the holiday romance from this week's guest LaQuette, "Secret Heir for Christmas."

LaQuette then discusses "Secret Heir for Christmas" and the "Dynasty"-inspired family romance/drama series "Devereux Inc." She talks about the inspiration for Stephan and Carter's romance, and how she celebrates Black culture and familial love throughout the story. We also find out about her Christmas traditions, get some book recommendations, and find out what she's working on next.

Complete show notes for episode 440 along with a transcript of the show are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Look for the next episode of Big Gay Fiction Podcast on Monday, November 20.

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Oct 23, 2023

Jeff and Will discuss some of their favorite reads for the Halloween season, including "The Rivals of Casper Road" by Roan Parrish, and "This is not a Horror Movie" by Sara Dobie Bauer. They also recommend the "Reformed Rakes" podcast and their recent discussion of the gay gothic classic "Gaywyck" by Vincent Virga.

The guys revisit the Big Gay Fiction Book Club episode from October 2020 to talk about one of their favorite gay gothic tales, "The Mystery of Brackenwell Hall" by Gillian St. Kevern.

Complete show notes for episode 439 along with a transcript of the show are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Look for the next episode of Big Gay Fiction Podcast on Monday, November 6.

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Oct 9, 2023

Jeff and Will kick off the show talking about two movies they've recently seen: the film adaptation of "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" and the Hallmark Channel original "Notes of Autumn."

They also have recommendations perfect for your Halloween viewing, including "Dante's Cove," "Chucky," "Interview with the Vampire," "Out of Body," "The Paul Lynde Halloween Special," "Midnight Kiss," "Hellbent," "The Covenant," "A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge," and "Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street." 

Complete show notes for episode 438 along with a transcript of the show are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Look for the next episode of Big Gay Fiction Podcast on Monday, October 23.

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Sep 25, 2023

Gregory Ashe talks about his new crossover series "Iron on Iron" uniting characters from the four series that make up the "Hazardverse." He also shares his strategies for balancing the large cast, and why he decided to do a Kickstarter. In addition, Greg discusses his day job as a high school librarian and the book bans he's dealt with first hand. 

Complete show notes for episode 437 along with a transcript of the show are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Look for the next episode of Big Gay Fiction Podcast on Monday, October 9.

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Sep 11, 2023

Jeff & Will kick off the episode reviewing two YA books, "Lion's Legacy" by L.C. Rosen and "Fake Dates and Mooncakes" by Sher Lee.

Then they bring you a panel discussion that Jeff hosted for a Barnes and Noble NOOKEvent Live featuring authors Gregory Ashe, Josh Lanyon, Layla Reyne, and Felice Stevens. The authors discuss their careers writing queer fiction, as well as how their characters and plots often surprise them as the writing unfolds. They also discussed the joy of bringing back characters in cameos, the challenges of crafting slow burn romances, and they each discuss their recent and upcoming books.

Complete show notes for episode 436 along with a transcript of the show are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Look for the next episode of Big Gay Fiction Podcast on Monday, September 25.

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Aug 28, 2023

https://frolic.media/podcastsJeff & Will welcome journalist and podcaster Tre'vell Anderson to talk about their book "We See Each Other: A Black, Trans Journey Through TV and Film." Tre'vell discusses the history of trans and gender expansive characters in TV and film, and how these representations impacted their own identity and community. They also highlight important moments through history, ongoing issues around representation, the memoir/personal aspects of the book, and advice for improving trans representation in media.

Complete show notes for episode 435 along with a transcript of the show are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Look for the next episode of Big Gay Fiction Podcast on Monday, September 11.

Big Gay Fiction Podcast is part of the Frolic Podcast Network. Find many more outstanding podcasts at frolic.media/podcasts!

Aug 14, 2023

Jeff & Will kick off this episode with their thoughts on "Heartstopper" season 2, and the movie adaptation of "Red, White & Royal Blue."

Timothy Janovsky discusses his new book "New Adult," including its inspiration from time travel movies like "13 Going on 30." He talks about the book's themes of character growth, "queer time," memory, and the impacts of making the wrong choices. He also shares how he started writing romance during the pandemic, his love of rom-coms, and his favorite tropes. We also get details on his forthcoming books, including "The (Fake) Dating Game," and a queer holiday romance spin on "The Santa Clause."

Complete show notes for episode 434 along with a transcript of the show are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Look for the next episode of Big Gay Fiction Podcast on Monday, August 28.

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Jul 31, 2023

This week we revisit our interview with Casey McQuiston from May 2019. It's the perfect way to get ready for the "Red, White & Royal Blue" movie adaptation that hits Amazon Prime Video on August 11. Casey shares the inspiration for the book, how it changed during the 2016 election cycle, and some of the tropes and pop culture influences that are in the book. They also talk about the movie, which had only been optioned just a few days before the interview.

Look for the next episode of Big Gay Fiction Podcast on Monday, August 14.

Complete show notes for episode 433 along with a transcript of the show are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Big Gay Fiction Podcast is part of the Frolic Podcast Network. Find many more outstanding podcasts at frolic.media/podcasts!

Jul 24, 2023

Jeff & Will welcome author Robin Knight as he celebrates 15 years of publishing stories featuring queer characters. He talks about the conclusion of the "Fathom's Five" adventure series, which is the series that began his career. We also get details on his latest romances with "Under the Arabian Sky" and "Heartless," which is his first m/m/m story. Robin also reveals what else he's working on, and he's got book recommendations too.

Complete show notes for episode 432 along with a transcript of the show are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Big Gay Fiction Podcast is part of the Frolic Podcast Network. Find many more outstanding podcasts at frolic.media/podcasts!

Jul 17, 2023

Jeff & Will welcome authors Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone to talk about their new installment in the "Christmas Notch" series, "Snow Place Like LA." Julie and Sierra discuss the origins of "Christmas Notch," which began with "Merry Little Meet Cute" and continues this coming holiday season with "Holly Jolly Ever After." Of course, they share what's happening for Angel and Luca in "Snow Place Like LA." We also get details on their holiday traditions, how they became friends, and we find out what's coming next for each of them. 

Complete show notes for episode 431 along with a transcript of the show are at BigGayFictionPodcast.com.

Big Gay Fiction Podcast is part of the Frolic Podcast Network. Find many more outstanding podcasts at frolic.media/podcasts!

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