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Big Gay Fiction Podcast

Jeff Adams & Will Knauss

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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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Serialized Stories of LGBTQ+ Sports Fiction. 2019: Serial Reading of: 'NORTHRIDGE HIGH FOOTBALL CAMP' - a gay erotic sports fiction book. 2022: Serial Reading of: 'THE GUYS OF NORTHRIDGE' - a gay erotic sports fiction book. (the Sequel to 'Northridge High Football Camp' ) *PLEASE NOTE: These books were written in and take place in the late 1980's. The talk amongst the football guys are true to that time. Please view them as a snapshot of that era*
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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 …
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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 s…
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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 wit…
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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 …
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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 al…
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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 earlies…
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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 BigGayFic…
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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 …
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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 pr…
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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 valuab…
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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 a…
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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…
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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.…
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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 Y…
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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 Ch…
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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 Fict…
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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," "O…
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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. …
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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…
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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 al…
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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 imp…
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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…
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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.…
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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'…
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Jeff & Will welcome author Jess Everlee to talk about her Victorian historical romance series "Lucky Lovers of London," including the new book "A Rulebook for Restless Rogues." Jess discusses what led her to historical romance and what she loves about the Victorian era. We also find out about the varied characters she's written so far, including a …
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Jeff & Will present a panel discussion featuring YA authors Abdi Nazemian, Jason June, and Sonora Reyes. They talk about their latest books, Abdi's "Only This Beautiful Moment," Jason June's "Riley Weaver Needs a Date to the Gaybutante Ball," and Sonora's "The Luis Ortega Survival Club." The authors each discuss the inspirations for their stories, …
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Jeff & Will welcome Mark Kanemura to talk about his debut children's book "I Am a Rainbow." Mark—who is well known for his stint on season four of "So You Think You Can Dance," his time dancing with Lady Gaga, and his Instagram dance parties—discusses how he came to write this book and how much it reflects his childhood. He also shares what he hope…
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Debut author Dominic Lim joins Jeff & Will to talk about his second chance romance "All the Right Notes," which is one of Jeff's favorite books of the year. Dominic talks about why he wanted to write Quito and Emmett's story, and which parts of it are inspired from his own life. We also find out about the song he co-wrote for the book, and how Aaro…
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Author Rey Terceiro and illustrator Bre Indigo join Jeff & Will for this Pride 2023 episode. Rey and Bre are the creators of the "Northranger," the young adult graphic novel retelling of Jane Austen's "Northanger Abbey." Rey discusses how he approached this adaptation and Bre tells us how she brought the story to life through the artwork. Bre and R…
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Pride 2023 continues as Jeff & Will welcome author Lisa Bunker in this conversation that was recorded live at Capital Books in Sacramento. Lisa discusses her new middle grade book "Joy, to the World," which she co-wrote with teen activist Kai Shappley. The book tells the story of a 12 year old girl who is banned from her school's cheer squad becaus…
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Jeff & Will kick off Pride 2023 with authors Byron Lane and Steven Rowley. Byron's "Big Gay Wedding" looks at a wedding in a small Southern town. Steven's "The Celebrants" features a group of college friends who reunite every few years and now have to face a secret one of them is harboring. In addition to the books, Byron and Steven talk about bein…
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Jeff & Will welcome married couple and collaborators Anna-Marie and Elliott McLemore for a conversation that was recorded live at Sacramento's Capital Books for the launch of the YA fantasy "Venom & Vow." They discuss how the book went from something Anna-Marie was working on solo to a co-writing project, and they share great stories about all aspe…
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Jeff & Will welcome debut author Ari Baran to talk about their enemies-to-lovers, age gap, hockey romance "Game Misconduct." Ari discusses how the story evolved as they worked on it, why they created a co-ed pro hockey league, and the story they wanted to tell with the characters of Mike and Danny. Ari shares their deep love of hockey, and how that…
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Jeff & Will offer up a ton of recommendations in this episode. They kick off talking about "Pretty Woman: The Musical," Eurovision 2023, the documentary "Judy Blume Forever," "The Great American Baking Show," and Netflix's "Bridgerton" spin-off "Queen Charlotte." Then it's on to books as they review "Afterglow" by Phil Stamper, "Always the Almost" …
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Jeff & Will announce the Super Summer Bonus Episodes event, which will feature weekly premieres through the end of June. Jeff also shares details on two upcoming author events that will be recorded for future shows. The guys welcome the creator of the "Heartstopper" universe Alice Oseman to discuss the U.S. release of the novel "Solitaire." Alice t…
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Jeff & Will welcome author K. Sterling to discuss "The Handy Nanny" and the "Nannies of New York" series. The guys talk to her about what prompted her to write her first book, and why today she writes primarily romantic suspense and romantic comedies. She also has details on the long running "Lake Cliff" series, a tease about a possible new series,…
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Jeff & Will welcome author KD Casey to talk about the "Unwritten Rules" series, including the latest book "Diamond Ring." KD shares what sparked her love of baseball and why she enjoys setting romances in that sport. She also discusses the articles she's written on the representation of Jewish characters in romance, and their presence in her books.…
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Jeff & Will are joined by author Onley James to talk about her "Necessary Evils" series, including the latest book "Maniac." Onley discusses how she went from writing as a hobby to deciding to publish her stories, and what fascinates her about psychopaths and why she writes happily ever afters for them. She also chats about her Patreon community, a…
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Jeff & Will welcome Ruby Roe to talk about her debut sapphic fantasy romance "A Game of Hearts and Heists." Ruby is the alter ego of author and podcaster Sacha Black, who writes books for authors as well as fantasy YA. Sacha discusses what inspired her to write queer romance and this first book in the "Girl Games" series. We also find out why she p…
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Jeff & Will welcome Allie Therin to the podcast to talk about her new urban fantasy thriller "Liar City," the first book in the "Sugar & Vice" series. Allie discusses how Liar City went from the first short story she ever wrote to a brand new trilogy. She shares the origins of Reese and Grayson, their slow burn romance, and why it became her fifth …
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Phil Stamper, who had two books on Jeff & Will's favorites of 2022 list, discusses his new YA novel "Afterglow," which completes the "Golden Boys" duology. Phil talks about why he wanted to tell the story of four high school students, and the challenges of writing a story with four main characters. He also shares his experience as a new father, as …
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Jeff & Will welcome authors Mia Monroe and K.M. Neuhold to talk about their new collaboration, writing as Mika Nix for the "Drake Security" series. Mia and Kyleen discuss what came first, the dragons or the bodyguards, plus the origins of the name Mika Nix. They also share how Nico and Lake's fated mates romance came together in "Hot Head," and off…
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Jeff & Will discuss some queer graphic novels they've enjoyed including the "Fence" series by C.S. Pacat, plus two by Andrew Wheeler, "Love and War" and "Sins of the Black Flamingo." Author Julian Winters returns and in keeping with the comics theme, he and Jeff discuss "Superman: Son of Kal-El" and the representation it brought to the DC universe.…
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Jeff & Will kick off 2023 with authors L.A. Witt and Anna Zabo. They discuss their collaboration with the "On the Board" hockey romance series, which includes "Rookie Mistake" (one of Jeff's favorite books from 2022). Lori and Anna talk about what led them to writing together, and they share some of what readers can expect in the upcoming "Scoreles…
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Jeff & Will wrap up 2022 with an episode packed with reviews and recommendations. The guys start off talking about some seasonal programming they loved, "The Holiday Sitter" on Hallmark Channel, "A Christmas to Treasure" on Lifetime, and "Smiley" on Netflix. They also discuss their recent reads, including books by L Eveland, KJ Charles, Zac Bissonn…
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Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas! Jeff & Will wish everyone celebrating this week a happy, joyful, and safe holiday. E.M. Lindsey discusses what got them started writing m/m romance, what keeps them inspired to write, and how their eclectic reading habits leads to writing across multiple romance subgenres. We also get the details on "Loose Lips S…
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Jeff is joined by special guest co-host, author Julian Winters, to talk about favorite young adult books of 2022. They discuss books by Kalynn Bayron, Aaron H. Aceves, Erik J. Brown, A.L. Graziadei, Simon James Green, Kosoko Jackson, Adib Khorram, Phil Stamper, R. Eric Thomas, as well as one from Julian. In addition, Jeff and Julian get into the sp…
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Jeff & Will offer up recommendations for watching and reading during the holiday season. Among the shows they discuss are "The Big Brunch," "Chucky," "Ted Lasso," "Spirited," and "Matt Rogers: Have You Heard of Christmas?" In addition they shout out the upcoming queer holiday rom-coms, "The Holiday Sitter" on Hallmark Channel and "A Christmas to Tr…
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Author and podcaster Lee Blair talks about her Dahlia Springs universe, which kicked off earlier this year and includes her new holiday romance "24 Dares of Christmas." She also shares how she went from writing m/f romance to cozy mysteries to finding the place that was right for her with queer romance. We also find out about her new podcast, The "…
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Jeff & Will love the Happily Ever After Collective, a subscription service that began in July and offers four new, exclusive books, focused on a specific trope, each month. Romance author Avery Flynn joins us to talk about why she created the HEA Collective, how it works, and how its been received by authors and readers so far. Rien Gray and Sera T…
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