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Queer Writers of Crime offers interviews by Brad Shreve with renowned LGBTQ authors, and up and coming talent, of mystery, suspense and thriller novels. Plus Justene gives her weekly book recommendations.
74 Episodes
Ep:073 Born in a small town on Scotland's West Coast, Jack Dickson is the author of nine novels and a variety of short stories – including the Jas Anderson Investigates series of crime thrillers, set on the mean streets of Glasgow, his adopted city and recently republished by ReQueered Tales. Since beginning his career in the 1990s, he has also dabbled in screenwriting, working on Scotland's flagship soap opera River City for several years. Jack now works as a playwright and continues to shamelessly mine the world around him to give voice to the marginalised outsiders everywhere.QueerWritersOfCrime.comDonate: Buy me a Cup of CoffeeThe Jas Anderson Thriller SeriesJas Anderson Investigates on FacebookPlaywrights Studio, ScotlandPlaywrights Studio PodcastPosted to Death by Dean JamesBrad Shreve's WebsiteRequeered
Ep:072 Eliza Lentzski is the author of lesbian fiction and romance novels, including the best-selling series Winter Jacket and Don’t Call Me Hero. Although a historian by day, Eliza is passionate about fiction. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts with her wife and their cat, Charley. Although currently in New England, Eliza is a Midwest transplant; the Midwest is often the backdrop for her stories. QueerWritersOfCrime.comDonate: Buy me a Cup of CoffeeEliza Lentzski's WebsiteDon't Call Me a Hero by Eliza LentzskiEliza on TwitterEliza on InstagramEliza on FacebookThat First Heady Burn by George BixleyUpcoming GuestsBrad Shreve's WebsiteRequeered
Ep:071 Rick R. Reed is an award-winning and bestselling author of more than fifty works of published fiction. He is a Lambda Literary Award finalist. Entertainment Weekly has described his work as “heartrending and sensitive.” Lambda Literary has called him: “A writer that doesn’t disappoint…” Rick lives in Palm Springs, CA, with his husband, Bruce, and their two rescue dogs, Kodi and Joaquin.    QueerWritersOfCrime.comDonate: Buy me a Cup of CoffeeThe Man from Milwaukee by Rick R. ReedRick's blog: www.rickrreedreality.blogspot.comRick's Amazon Author PageRick on FacebookRick on TwitterRick on BookbubBooks Justene Mentioned:A Little Morbid by Olivier BosmanOrdinary Whore by Dieter MoitziResigned to Death by Meg PerryThe Murder Between Us by Tal BauerRequeered Tales.comBrad Shreve's Website
Ep:070  Steve Neil Johnson is the author of the bestselling Doug Orlando mysteries, FINAL ATONEMENT (Lambda Literary Award finalist for Best Mystery) and FALSE CONFESSIONS, for which one critic said “Johnson may very well turn out to be our queer Raymond Chandler.”   The Orlando books grew out of his experiences working for the District Attorney of Brooklyn. While living in New York he also worked with AIDS researchers in the early days of the epidemic.  Since moving to Los Angeles over thirty years ago, he received a bachelor's in English from UCLA, was Elton John's massage therapist for a while, wrote a couple dozen telenovela scripts, and was honored by ONE/National Gay & Lesbian Archives for his contributions to gay lit.  His latest mystery series, The L.A. After Midnight Quartet, is a four-book, four-decade spanning epic of gay life in the City of Angels, beginning in the 1950s and ending in the 1980s, with each book representing a different decade.  The first book, THE YELLOW CANARY, was a Lambda Literary Award Finalist for Best Mystery, followed by THE BLACK CAT and THE BLUE PARROT.  He is currently at work on the final book in the series.  Steve lives with his husband in Brentwood, Los Angeles.QueerWritersOfCrime.comQueer Noir @ The BarDonate: Buy me a Cup of CoffeeSteve Neil Johnson's WebsiteSteve's Amazon PageAmong the Living by Jordan Castillo PriceBrad Shreve's WebsiteReQueered Tales
Ep:069 Edwin Hill’s critically-acclaimed crime novels include Watch Her, The Missing Ones, and Little Comfort. He has been nominated for Edgar and Agatha Awards, featured in Us Magazine, received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal, and was recognized as one of “Six Crime Writers to Watch” in Mystery Scene magazine. He lives in Roslindale, Massachusetts with his partner Michael and his favorite reviewer, their lab Edith Ann, who likes his first drafts enough to eat them.QueerWritersOfCrime.comEdwin's WebsiteEdwin's Book PageEdwin's Facebook PageEdwin on InstagramFirst You Fall by Scott Sherman Queer Noir @ The BarLeave A ReviewBrad Shreve's WebsiteReQueered Tales Mailing List
Ep: 068 Popular authors C.S. Poe and Gregory Ashe put their heads together and co-wrote A Friend in the Dark: (An Auden O'Callaghan Mystery)QueerWritersOfCrime.comC.S. Poe is a Lambda Literary and two-time EPIC award finalist, and a FAPA award-winning author of gay mystery, romance, and speculative fiction.She resides in New York City and is an avid fan of coffee, reading, and cats.C.S. is an alumna of the School of Visual Arts.Her debut novel, The Mystery of Nevermore, was published 2016.C.S. websiteC.S. on Twitter C.S. on InstagramC.S. on FacebookC.S. Poe's Curious & Mysteries Gregory Ashe is a longtime Midwesterner. He has lived in Chicago, Bloomington (IN), and Saint Louis, his current home. When not reading and writing (which take up a lot of his time), he is an educator.Gregory's websiteGregory on FacebookGregory on TwitterA Friend in the Dark by C.S. Poe & Gregory AsheRock Island Lines by Dean KlinkenbergLeave A ReviewQueer Noir @ The BarBrad Shreve's WebsiteReQueered Tales Mailing List
Ep:067 Raised crisscrossing America pulling a small green trailer behind the family car, Timothy Jay Smith developed a ceaseless wanderlust that has taken him around the world many times. En route, he’s found the characters that people his work. Polish cops and Greek fishermen, mercenaries and arms dealers, child prostitutes and wannabe terrorists, Indian Chiefs and Indian tailors: he hung with them all in an unparalleled international career that saw him smuggle banned plays from behind the Iron Curtain, maneuver through Occupied Territories, represent the U.S. at the highest levels of foreign governments, and stowaway aboard a ‘devil’s barge’ for a three-day crossing from Cape Verde that landed him in an African jail.Tim brings the same energy to his writing that he brought to a distinguished career, and as a result, he has won top honors for his novels, screenplays and stage plays in numerous prestigious competitions. QueerWritersOfCrime.comLeave A ReviewFire on the Island by Timothy Jay SmithTimothy's WebsiteThe Tanzania Trees ProjectSmith Prize for Political Theater Twitter: : @timothyjaysmith Facebook: Free and Flying by Jude TresswellBrad Shreve's Mailing ListBrad Shreve's WebsiteReQueered Tales Mailing
Ep:066 Marshall Thornton writes two popular mystery series, the Boystown Mysteries and the Pinx Video Mysteries. For which he has won three Lambda Awards. His romantic comedy, Femme was also a 2016 Lambda finalist for Best Gay Romance. Other books include My Favorite Uncle, The Ghost Slept Over and Masc, the sequel to Femme. He is a member of Mystery Writers of America.QueerWritersOfCrime.comLeave A ReviewMarshall Thornton's WebsiteCash Out by Marshall ThorntonCliffhanger by Ulysses Grant Dietz Brad Shreve's Mailing ListBrad Shreve's WebsiteReQueered Tales Mailing
Ep:065 Michelle Arnold grew up in the Midwest, graduating from the University of Illinois in 2004. She’s been making up stories for as long as she can remember and began writing them down sporadically when she was about six. At the age of 17, she finally decided to get more serious about writing stories down, and has been addicted to writing ever since! Michelle currently lives in Illinois with her cat and works in special education. Her hobbies include reading and geeking out over stuff. She is the author of five standalone lesbian romances, a four-book mystery/romance series, and a collection of short stories with a friends-to-lovers theme. All of her books feature lesbians and bisexual women in leading roles, often facing and overcoming challenging situations. queerwritersofcrime.comMichelle Arnold's WebsiteOut of Shadows by MichelleMichelle's Facebook Page Brad Shreve's Mailing ListBrad Shreve's WebsiteReQueered Tales Mailing
Ep:064 J.S. Strange is an author from Wales, United Kingdom. He writes crime, mystery and horror. His first novels, published in 2016 and 2017, were set in an apocalyptic London. His up-coming novel, titled Murder on the Rocks, is the first in a cozy crime mystery series, featuring a leading gay male detective.  Murder on the Rocks was written by Strange for many reasons. One of those reasons was a lack of representation within the crime genre, particularly with detectives and sleuths. Strange created Jordan Jenner, a private investigator, who lives and works in Cardiff. Murder on the Rocks was written with the intention of shining light on Cardiff, and bringing Cardiff, and furthermore, Wales, into the crime genre.  Strange's previous works, such as 'Winter Smith: London Burning', also explored LGBT themes, and featured socialite Winter Smith escaping a zombie apocalypse. 'London's Burning' became an Amazon best-seller in LGBT fiction.  When Strange doesn't write, he works in television. He also presents a radio show all about the paranormal. He has an enthusiasm for Britney Spears and cats.queerwritersofcrime.comMurder on the Rocks by J.S. StrangeThe Art of Murder by J.S. StrangeJ.S. Strange social media links:Twitter: @jacksamstrange Instagram: @jackrunstheworldTikTok: @jackrunstheworldJ.S. Strange interview with M.D. NeuJ.S. Strange interview with Erin Casey Fire on the Island by Timothy Jay SmithBrad Shreve's Mailing ListBrad Shreve's WebsiteReQueered Tales Mailing
Ep:063 Justene gives updates on new novels by authors who had books she recommended in 2020.queerwritersofcrime.comRequeered Tales WebsiteAuthors Mentioned In This Episode:Marshall ThorntonFrank W. ButterfieldGregory AsheC.S. PoeGarrick JonesTimothy Jay SmithDharma KelleherMark McNease (Books)Mark McNease (Podcast)Olivier Bosman L M KrierDavid S. PedersonRuss ThomasBrad's Website:
Ep:062 Books & reading have been Graeme's life, working in libraries for over 50 years, and sometime as a bookseller. Having had to take medical retirement earlier than expected he now has the luxury of reading when he can, daily cover posts to organise himself, and maintaining an online catalogue, to help him concentrate on the familiar. And of course always trolling sites for new releases, the next big read, the next new read and those fave. authors & series.  2020 has been an amazing year for him. Writing a foreward for publication, beta reading Aussie content for US based author, acknowledgement in a published bibliography, and now a guest on this podcast. Some days are tougher than others, but he is connected with author friends and fellow bibliophiles, which all helps, and always hope what he does might help others.The basis of his collection is 1700+ print titles of gay fiction, with an emphasis on gay mystery series. He is in the process of finding new homes for the bulk of this collection. Adding 9000+ e-stories since 2009. Thank goodness for ereaders with larger reading fonts and text-to-speech options.If he has any pet-hate, it is the tendency to glamourise the newly published and he enjoys bringing to the fore covers/titles which have history.queerwritersofcrime.comJudge A Book By Its Gay Cover Online DatabaseJudge A Book By Its Gay Cover Facebook PageGraeme's the batchelor pad tumblr pageUndermined by Ripley Hayes Brad's Website:
Ep:061 Kristen Lepionka is the author of the Roxane Weary mystery series. Her debut, The Last Place You Look, won the Shamus Award for Best First P.I. novel and was also nominated for Anthony and Macavity Awards. What You Want to See won Shamus and Goldie Awards. She is a cofounder of the feminist podcast Unlikeable Female Characters. She lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her partner and two cats.queerwritersofcrime.comKristen's WebsiteLink to Kristen's BooksKristen on TwitterKristen on InstagramUnlikeable Female Characters PodcastThe Quaker by Liam McIlvanney Brad's Website:
Ep:60 John Morgan Wilson is a veteran journalist, TV news and documentary writer, and fiction writer. Simple Justice (1996) launched his Benjamin Justice mystery series, earning an Edgar Allan Poe Award (AKA “the Edgar”) from Mystery Writers of America for Best First Novel. Three other Justice titles in the eight-book series won Lambda Literary Awards for best gay men’s mystery; six were nominated. His short fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Blithe House Quarterly, and numerous anthologies. For thirty years, he served as an instructor with the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. He lives with his longtime companion (no husband), artist Pietro Gamino, in West Hollywood, California, the primary setting for the Benjamin Justice series.ReQueered Tales is reissuing Morgan’s eight Justice novels through 2024.queerwritersofcrime.comSimple Justice by John Morgan WilsonThe Magic Box by Scott ThrowerFairy Tales for Unwanted Children.  A podcast by Scott ThrowerBrad's Website:
Ep:059 It's Thanksgiving holiday week in the U.S.A, Brad runs through a series of quick questions from guests on previous episodes. These were asked after their full interview.Justene announces a button is finally on webpage for our list of all books mentioned on the show.  Hint:  The link is at the top of the website.queerwritersofcrime.comFollowing are this week's guests:Cheryl Head's WebsiteDharma Kelleher's WebsiteChristopher Rice's WebsiteGreg Herren's Amazon PageDavid Lennon's Amazon Page Ann Aptaker's WebsiteBarbara Winkes' Website Garrett Hutson's WebsiteBrad's Website:
Ep:058 Anne Laughlin has written six novels for Bold Strokes Books. She is the recipient of four Goldie Awards and has been short-listed three times for a Lammy Award. She's attended writing residencies at Ragdale, Vermont Studio Center, and others. Anne's short story, It Only Occured to Me Lately was a finalist in the Saints and Sinners short fiction contest. She has been previously named an emerging writer by the Lambda Literary Foundation. Her most recent novel is Money Creek.queerwritersofcrime.comAnne's websiteMoney Creek by Anne LaughlinAnne on FacebookAnne on TwitterOut of Shadows by Michelle ArnoldThe Death of a Constant Lover by Lev Raphael Brad's Website:
Ep:057 Long-time San Diego resident, Austin Thomas Burton grew up the youngest of 7 in a small college town that couldn’t decide if it was Southern, Midwestern or just wouldn’t fit in anywhere. That static childhood resulted in a restless need to see the country and the world. His interests are widely varied and often in conflict with one another, but chances are he’s reading a book at the moment or if the weather's good, working on his "fun" car, a 1976 Jaguar XJC, or if the weather's great, out on Lake Erie on the husband's sailboat.Burton currently lives in a historic Georgian Revival house built in 1897 in Toledo, Ohio’s Old West End with his husband and 2 spoiled Basset Hounds. Sadly, the house is not haunted as promised.queerwritersofcrime.comFools Rush In by Austin Thomas BurtonAustin's Facebook PageAustin on GoodreadsA Taco, A T-Bird, And One Furious Night by Ann Aptaker The Death of a Constant Lover by Lev Raphael Brad's Website:
Ep:056 Grant Atherton lives in a small sleepy town on the east coast of England after moving down from London ten years ago.  The fictional town of Elders Edge in his books is based very much on his home town with a few minor changes to suit the plots.He’s been a writer for most of his life, starting at the age of five when his primary school teacher would pay him with a pack of jelly beans for each of his stories about talking animals. In the intervening years until the release of his first book in 2017, Grant has rarely gone a week without honing his writing skills. It was only more recently that he plucked up the courage to publish his work.  queerwritersofcrime.comGrant's novel Away With YouGrant's WebsitePoison Me Slowly by Ricky WilksSteam by Jay B. LawsThe Unfinished by Jay B. LawsBrad's Website:
Ep:055 Randy Boyd has been a professional writer his entire adult life. His four novels have been nominated for five Lambda Literary Awards and all feature main characters who are black, gay and living with HIV/AIDS. Two of them are mystery/thrillers. In his first novel, Uprising, three famous but closeted celebrities plot to assassinate a homophobic US Senator, while a straight FBI agent goes undercover to stop them. Uprising was a 1999 Lambda Literary Award Finalist in Best Men’s Mystery and Best Small Press Title.In his third novel, The Devil Inside, a black gay businessman must figure out if the new man in his life is a dream lover or date from hell with ties to a sinister plot to demonize all homosexuals. The Devil Inside was a 2003 Lambda Literary Award Finalist for Best Science Fiction, Horror, Fantasy, and a Gaylactic Spectrum Awards nominee for Best Science Fiction Novel.queerwritersofcrime.comRandy's WebsiteMarshall Thornton's Night DropAlways Anonymous Beast by Lauren Wright DouglasBrad's Website:
Ep:054 Frank W. Butterfield is the Amazon best-selling author of 67 (and counting) self-published novels, novellas, and short stories. Born in Lubbock, Texas, Frank grew up there, in the Dallas area, and under the pine and cypress surrounding Caddo Lake.A Westerner, he graduated from Lubbock High School in 1984. He was fortunate to be an exchange student in La Serena, Chile, in the second half of 1982. He attended the University of Texas in Austin and, after three semesters, realized he was wasting his time and his parents'money and dropped out.Moving to New York City in 1987, Frank worked in the hospitality  industry for several years while also moving from there to San Francisco and to Provincetown before returning to Texas in 1992. Making Austin his home a second time, he finally settled into a corporate job and taught himself to write code and manage projects in Austin and Washington, D.C. After ten years of being what he likes to call "a normal person" he left the security of making a living in a "real job" and decided to strike out on his own.Spending several years traveling around the U.S. and Canada, he found himself drawn to Daytona Beach, Florida, where he now resides. His initial novel, The Unexpected Heiress, was self-published on June 1, 2016. 67 titles later, the stories keep coming, right out of thin air!queerwritersofcrime.comFrank's book: This Thing Called Love: The Romantical Adventures of Whit & Eddie #7Frank's WebsiteLake on the Mountain by Jeffrey RoundBrad's Website:
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