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Gay Mystery Podcast 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.
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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.Simple Justice by John Morgan WilsonThe Magic Box by Scott ThrowerFairy Tales for Unwanted Children.  A podcast by Scott ThrowerBrad's Website: https://bradshreve.com/requeeredtales.comInstagram: @gaymysterypodcastFacebook: Gay Mystery-Thriller-Suspense Fiction GroupQuestions or comments can be emailed to info@gaymysterypodcast.com
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.Following 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: https://bradshreve.com/requeeredtales.comInstagram: @gaymysterypodcastFacebook: Gay Mystery-Thriller-Suspense Fiction GroupQuestions or comments can be emailed to info@gaymysterypodcast.com
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.Anne'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: https://bradshreve.com/requeeredtales.comInstagram: @gaymysterypodcastFacebook: Gay Mystery-Thriller-Suspense Fiction GroupQuestions or comments can be emailed to info@gaymysterypodcast.com
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.Fools 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: https://bradshreve.com/requeeredtales.comInstagram: @gaymysterypodcastFacebook: Gay Mystery-Thriller-Suspense Fiction GroupQuestions or comments can be emailed to info@gaymysterypodcast.com
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.  Grant's novel Away With YouGrant's WebsitePoison Me Slowly by Ricky WilksSteam by Jay B. LawsThe Unfinished by Jay B. LawsBrad's Website: https://bradshreve.com/requeeredtales.comInstagram: @gaymysterypodcastFacebook: Gay Mystery-Thriller-Suspense Fiction GroupQuestions or comments can be emailed to info@gaymysterypodcast.com
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.Randy's WebsiteMarshall Thornton's Night DropAlways Anonymous Beast by Lauren Wright DouglasBrad's Website: https://bradshreve.com/requeeredtales.comInstagram: @gaymysterypodcastFacebook: Gay Mystery-Thriller-Suspense Fiction GroupQuestions or comments can be emailed to info@gaymysterypodcast.com
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!Frank's book: This Thing Called Love: The Romantical Adventures of Whit & Eddie #7Frank's WebsiteLake on the Mountain by Jeffrey RoundBrad's Website: https://bradshreve.com/requeeredtales.comInstagram: @gaymysterypodcastFacebook: Gay Mystery-Thriller-Suspense Fiction GroupQuestions or comments can be emailed to info@gaymysterypodcast.com
Ep:053 Born in the early 70s, Dieter grew up in a little village in Austria. At the age of 18, he moved to Vienna to get his master’s degree in Political Sciences, French, and Spanish. Today, he is living in Paris, France, with his boyfriend and works as a graphic designer. In his spare time, he writes, reads, cooks fancy recipes, takes photos, and travels. He is more a hoodie/jeans/sneakers kind of guy than a suit-and-tie chap. So far, he has published two short-story collections, three poetry collections, as well as two murder mystery novels in French, German, and English, the first of which has won the French Gay Crime Fiction Award 2019. You can also find him on Rainbow Book Reviews, where he writes book reviews under the pseudonym of ParisDude. Last but not least, together with his boyfriend he runs the website Livres Gay (in French), where they review and discuss gay novels. Dieter's novel Til Death Do Us PartDieter's novel The Stuffed CoffinWebsite: Deitermoitzi.comThe Yellow Canary by Steve Neil JohnsonSimple Justice by John Morgan WilsonBrad's Website: https://bradshreve.com/requeeredtales.comInstagram: @gaymysterypodcastFacebook: Gay Mystery-Thriller-Suspense Fiction GroupQuestions or comments can be emailed to info@gaymysterypodcast.com
Ep:052 Lev Raphael has wanted to be an author since he was in second grade, and he's not only achieved his dream, he's published twenty-six books in genres from memoir to mystery to erotic vampire tale; had his work translated into fifteen languages; seen one sell close to 300,000 copies. He also appeared in two documentaries.Raphael's The Death of a Constant LoverAuthor website: http://www.levraphael.comTeaching/editing/mentoring website: http://www.writewithoutborders.comFacebook: www.facebook.com/levraphaelMeredith Doench's Dead EyeFelice Picano's The Book of LiesLauren Wright's The Always Anonymous BeastBrad's Website: https://bradshreve.com/requeeredtales.comInstagram: @gaymysterypodcastFacebook: Gay Mystery-Thriller-Suspense Fiction GroupQuestions or comments can be emailed to info@gaymysterypodcast.com
Ep:051 Greg Herren is an American writer and editor, who publishes work in a variety of genres, including mystery novels, young adult literature and erotica. He publishes work both as Greg Herren and under the pseudonym Todd Gregory. His novel Murder in the Rue Chartres won a Lambda Literary Award in the Gay Mystery category at the 2008 Lambda Literary Awards, and his anthology Love, Bourbon Street: Reflections of New Orleans, co-edited with Paul J. Willis, won in the anthologies category at the 2007 Lambda Literary Awards. He has also won several other awards, including an Anthony, and been nominated for another Anthony, a Macavity, and a Shirley Jackson Award, among many others. He is currently the Executive Vice President of Mystery Writers of America. Greg via Bold Stroke BooksGreg's Blog: Queer and Loathing in AmericaGreg's Facebook PageGreg's Twitter: @scottynolaJames Woodall's Website: picadillydetectives.comGrant Michael's Time to Check OutBrad's Website: https://bradshreve.com/requeeredtales.comInstagram: @gaymysterypodcastFacebook: Gay Mystery-Thriller-Suspense Fiction GroupQuestions or comments can be emailed to info@gaymysterypodcast.com
Ep:050 After a thirty year career as a professional opera singer, performing as a soloist in opera houses and in concert halls all over the world, I took up a position as lecturer in music in Australia in 1999, at the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music, which is now part of CQUniversity.Brought up in Australia, between the bush and the beaches of the Eastern suburbs, I retired in 2015 and now live in the tropics, writing, gardening, and finally finding time to enjoy life and to re-establish a connection with who I am after a very busy career on the stage and as an academic.Transcripts available on our website:gaymysterypodcast.comLink to Wheelchair by Garrick JonesGarrick Jones' BlogThe Butcher's Son by Dorien GreyTime to Check Out by Grant MichaelsSimple Justice by John Morgan WilsonA huge thank you to Graeme Cheater for his hard work on creating a listing of books from all Gay Mystery Podcast episodes. You can visit his site at Judge a Book by its Gay CoverBrad's Website: https://bradshreve.com/requeeredtales.comInstagram: @gaymysterypodcastFacebook: Gay Mystery-Thriller-Suspense Fiction GroupQuestions or comments can be emailed to info@gaymysterypodcast.com
Ep:049 By the age of 30, Christopher Rice had published four New York Times bestselling thrillers, received a Lambda Literary Award and been declared one of People Magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive. His two novels of dark supernatural suspense, THE HEAVENS RISE and THE VINES, were both finalists for the Bram Stoker Award. He recently entered the erotic romance genre with three works in all new series called The Desire Exchange. They include THE FLAME, THE SURRENDER GATE and KISS THE FLAME. His debut novel, A DENSITY OF SOULS, was published when the author was just 22 years old. A controversial and overnight bestseller, it was greeted with a landslide of media attention, much of it devoted to the fact that Christopher is the son of famed vampire chronicler, Anne Rice. Together with his best friend, New York Times bestselling novelist Eric Shaw Quinn, Christopher launched his own Internet radio show. THE DINNER PARTY SHOW WITH CHRISTOPHER RICE & ERIC SHAW QUINN.Transcripts are available on websitegaymysterypodcast.comWebsite for The Dinner Party ShowChristopher Rice's WebsiteBrad's Website: https://bradshreve.com/requeeredtales.comInstagram: @gaymysterypodcastFacebook: Gay Mystery-Thriller-Suspense Fiction GroupQuestions or comments can be emailed to info@gaymysterypodcast.com
Ep:048 Born to Dutch parents and raised in Colombia and England, Oilvier Bosman is a rootless wanderer with itchy feet. He’s spent the last few years living and working in The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Sudan and Bulgaria, and has every confidence he will now finally be able to settle down among the olive groves of Andalucia.He’s an avid reader and film fan (in fact, his study is overflowing with his various dvd collections!)Olivier did an MA in creative writing for film and television at the University of Sheffield.  After a failed attempt at making a career as a screenwriter, he turned to the theater and wrote and produced a play called ´Death Takes a Lover´ (which has since been turned into the first D.S.Billings Victorian Mystery). The play was performed on the London Fringe to great critical acclaim.He currently lives in Spain where he makes ends meet by teaching English.Transcripts available on websitegaymysterypodcast.comOlivier Bosman's WebsiteThe Mystery of the Garish Garage by Jeffrey SacksSimple Justice by John Morgan WilsonBrad's Website: https://bradshreve.com/requeeredtales.comInstagram: @gaymysterypodcastFacebook: Gay Mystery-Thriller-Suspense Fiction GroupQuestions or comments can be emailed to info@gaymysterypodcast.com
Ep:047 Often called the LGBTQ’s “answer to Agatha Christie,”  Ellen Hart is the author of thirty-five crime novels in two different series. She is a six-time winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Best Lesbian Mystery, a four-time winner of the Minnesota Book Award for Best Popular Fiction, a three-time winner of the Golden Crown Literary Award, a recipient of the Alice B Medal, and was made a laureate of  the Saint at the Saints & Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans in 2005. In 2010, Ellen received the GCLS Trailblazer Award for lifetime achievement in the field of lesbian literature. In 2017, she became the first  openly LGBTQ author to be named a Grand Master by Mystery Writers of America, an award that represents the pinnacle of achievement in mystery writing, one that was established to acknowledge important contributions to the genre as well as for a body of work that is both significant and of consistent high quality.  (Other recipients have included Agatha Christie, Stephen King, Sara Paretsky, Alfred Hitchcock, Graham Greene, Walter Mosley, Ellery Queen, Evelyn Waugh, Elmore Leonard, and Sue Grafton.)Since the publication of her first work in 1989, Ellen has spoken at conventions, conferences, libraries, bookstores, colleges, and writer’s workshops all over the country. She taught creative writing for sixteen years through the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, the largest independent (not associated with a college or university) writing community in the nation.  Her most recent mystery, In A Midnight Wood, was published in September of 2020.  Ellen lives in Minnesota with her partner of 42 years.Transcripts Available on Websitegaymysterypodcast.comEllen Hart's WebsiteMacmillan Website for In A Midnight WoodEllen's Facebook PageFadeout by Joseph HansonMurder and Mayhem by Matt Lubbers-MooreBrad's Website: https://bradshreve.com/requeeredtales.comInstagram: @gaymysterypodcastFacebook: Gay Mystery-Thriller-Suspense Fiction GroupQuestions or comments can be emailed to info@gaymysterypodcast.com
Ep:046 David was born and raised in the Boston area, though he was fortunate to live in San Diego in the 3rd and 4th grades, where he was bullied into losing his "horrible" accent. His family moved a lot, but he considers his hometown to be Weston, MA, even though he was only there for 5 years of school.He's published nine books, including seven featuring New Orleans-based detectives Michel Doucette and Alexandra "Sassy" Jones. The most recent, DEJA VIEUX, was published in May. He's a 5-time Lammy nominee, and won the 2010 Lammy for Gay Mystery for his second book, ECHOES.He and his husband Brian moved to Kennebunk, ME, four years ago. His primary occupation is graphic design and branding strategy. In his spare time, he gardens, reads, watches the various permutations of LAW & ORDER, and practices guitarTranscripts Available on Website Deja Vieux by David LennonSoldier Down by Neil PlakcySimple Justice by John Morgan WilsonBrad's Website: https://bradshreve.com/requeeredtales.comInstagram: @gaymysterypodcastFacebook: Gay Mystery-Thriller-Suspense Fiction GroupQuestions or comments can be emailed to info@gaymysterypodcast.com
Ep:045 Born 1938 Lock Haven, PA, Richard Stevenson graduated Lock Haven State College, did graduate work in American lit at Penn State.  He joined the Peace Corps and fled grad school to teach English in Ethiopia 1962-64---He says it's the best thing he ever did. Worked as Peace Corps program evaluator around the world 1964-67.  Ran the anti-poverty program in Pittsfield, MA, 1968-71.  Free-lance writer after that.  Wrote for magazines and newspapers, including 15 years as an editorial writer at The Berkshire Eagle, Pittsfield, MA.  Won New England AP Press Association award for editorials on gay marriage.  Wrote a thriller, GRAND SCAM (Dial, 1979) with Peter Stein.  Wrote the 16 Strachey books under the name Richard Stevenson, starting with DEATH TRICK in 1981.  Four of them filmed by HereTV.  He has been reviewing books regularly for The Washington Post for many years and continues to do so.He has two children, both excellent human beings now in their forties, one a teacher, one a writer and musician.  He's been with Joe Wheaton, sculptor and video artist since 1990.  Married since the first day it was legal in MA in 2004.Transcript available on website. gaymysterypodcast.comKiller Reunion by Richard StevensonNew Man in Town by Edward KendrickBrad's Website: https://bradshreve.com/requeeredtales.comInstagram: @gaymysterypodcastFacebook: Gay Mystery-Thriller-Suspense Fiction GroupQuestions or comments can be emailed to info@gaymysterypodcast.com
Ep:044 : Laury A. Egan is the author of the madcap gay comedy, Fabulous! An Opera Buffa; an LGTBQ suspense set in Venice, Jenny Kidd; a mystery-romance, A Bittersweet Tale;  a YA novel, The Outcast Oracle; a collection, Fog and Other Stories; and two forthcoming novels, The Swimmer and Wave in D Minor. Four volumes of poetry have appeared in limited edition, and forty stories and poems have been published in literary journals. Her visits to Mykonos inspired The Ungodly Hour, and her fine arts photography teaching provided material for the main character’s workshops on the island. Website: www.lauryaegan.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/laury.eganThe book is available in Paperback and eBook from Interlude Press: https://store.interludepress.com, Amazon, or bookstores.The Keeper of Bees by Gregory AsheThe Lavender House Murder by Nikki BakerBrad's Website: https://bradshreve.com/requeeredtales.comInstagram: @gaymysterypodcastFacebook: Gay Mystery-Thriller-Suspense Fiction GroupQuestions or comments can be emailed to info@gaymysterypodcast.com
Ep:043 Robert Innes is the author of The Blake Harte Mysteries - a series of head scratching and impossible crimes. When he's not trying to work out how to commit seemingly perfect murders and building up a worrying Google search history, Robert can be found at his local slimming group, wondering why eating three pizzas in the space of a week hasn't resulted in a weight loss.Since the creation of the Blake Harte mystery series in November 2016, each book has become a best seller in LGBT mystery both in the USA and the UK.gaymysterypodcast.comRobert's Amazon PageRobert on FacebookLink to DollhouseVermillion by Nathan Aldynerequeeredtales.comInstagram: @gaymysterypodcastFacebook: Gay Mystery-Thriller-Suspense Fiction GroupQuestions or comments can be emailed to info@gaymysterypodcast.com
Ep:042 Mark Zubro is the author of thirty-seven novels and eight short stories. His book A Simple Suburban Murder won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Men's mystery. Eight others of his books have been nominated. One of the keys in Zubro’s mysteries is you do not want to be a person who is racist, sexist, homophobic, or a school administrator. If you are any of those, it is likely you are the corpse, or, at the least, it can be fairly well guaranteed that bad things will happen to you by the end.  He taught eighth graders English and reading for thirty-four years. He was president of the teachers’ union in his district from 1985 until 2006 when he retired. He now spends his time reading, writing, napping, and eating chocolategaymysterypodcast.commarkzubro.comLink to Mark's latest novel, ForeverUnhollowed by Jordan L. Hawk Brad's Website: https://bradshreve.com/requeeredtales.comInstagram: @gaymysterypodcastFacebook: Gay Mystery-Thriller-Suspense Fiction GroupQuestions or comments can be emailed to info@gaymysterypodcast.com
Ep:041 R.E. Bradshaw is a Four-time Lambda Literary Award Finalist in Mystery—Rainey Nights (2012), Molly: House on Fire (2013), The Rainey Season (2014), and Relatively Rainey (2016)—and 2013 Rainbow Awards First Runner-up for Best Lesbian Novel, Out on the Panhandle, author R. E. Bradshaw began publishing in August of 2010. Before beginning a full-time writing career, she worked in professional theatre and also taught at both university and high school levels. A native of North Carolina, the setting for the majority of her novels, Bradshaw now makes her home in Oklahoma. Writing in many genres, from the fun southern romantic romps of the Adventures of Decky and Charlie series to the intensely bone-chilling Rainey Bell Thrillers, R. E. Bradshaw’s books offer something for everyone. gaymysterypodcast.comLink to EmendareBrad's Website: https://bradshreve.com/requeeredtales.comInstagram: @gaymysterypodcastFacebook: Gay Mystery-Thriller-Suspense Fiction GroupQuestions or comments can be emailed to info@gaymysterypodcast.com
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