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Top to BOTM is a podcast that celebrates the M/M romance genre across books, yaoi, comics, video games, and more! At the Top of the month, we will discuss the various goings on of the genre and announce our Book Of The Month. At the BOTM, we will discuss our book pick at length. Audience participation is encouraged!
 
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On the eve of Brothersong’s release in paperback and ebook, author TJ Klune and audiobook narrator Kirt Graves reflect on the Green Creek series. Brothersong is available October 13, 2020.Amazon Ebook/PaperbackOther sellersAudio (Available October 27, 2020) Find out more about TJ Klune at www.tjklunebooks.com Find out more about Kirt Graves at www.…
 
As we settle into our new home on Wednesdays, we’ve got an author Q&A with Helen Juliet. Helen also writes as HJ Welch and here we talk about why she writes, the support she’s received from the m/m romance community, working on shared universes and why she unpublished her first book. Complete shownotes for episode 60 are at BigGayAuthorPodcast.com.…
 
For the U.S. Labor Day weekend, we've got a short episode that features a special announcement! Big Gay Author Podcast is moving to Wednesday. Will also has some book and podcast recommendations for your weekend, including Make Noise by Eric Nuzum as well as episodes of Stark Reflection Podcast, Six Figure Authors Podcast and Great Writer's Share P…
 
After Jeff gives an update on his Christmas novel and says farewell to The Writer's Well Podcast, the guys welcome Daniel Willcocks and Sacha Black for a round of Q&A. We find out why they write, steps they took to become full time authors and they also share a mistake and a success that they've learned from. Complete shownotes for episode 58 are a…
 
In the second part of our interview with author LaQuette about her Critical Lens workshop, she discusses historicals, why this class is valuable for reviewers and readers as well as the importance of normalizing marginalized characters in the romance genre. Complete shownotes for episode 57 are at BigGayAuthorPodcast.com.…
 
The conclusion of our first season of The Klunatics Podcast. An interview with TJ Klune about his landmark year. The Klunatics Podcast is produced by Susannah Frigo, Luis Garcia, Angela Noll Mohn, Sita Rajasingham, Mia Sciberras, Jon Steiger, and Kirt Graves. Special thanks to our season sponsor, Chelsea Verzwyvelt. We may be done with this season,…
 
In part one of our interview with author LaQuette, we discuss her Critical Lens workshop. The class is designed to teach authors, reviewers and readers how to use literary criticism to view your own work, or the books you're reading, through an alternative lens. For authors this can provide critical insight into alternative perspectives that can he…
 
From the very first episode of this podcast, we’ve been discussing the intense personal relationships that can be created over the internet. The Klunatics exist because we have the technology to correspond over long distances with thousands of other people who appreciate the same things we do. But sometimes, those long distance friendships aren’t e…
 
We’re only a few episodes away from the end of the first season of The Klunatics Podcast. And there’s a topic we’ve been tip-toeing around in most of our episodes: Found Family. In this episode, we talk about how Found Families, like the Klunatics are important, and how they can be life-saving for queer youth. Gabor Maté - Authenticity vs. Attachme…
 
Author and podcaster J. Thorn talks with Jeff about the recent Supercharge Your Scene Challenge, where J. laid out his approach to scenes. J. walks through the worksheet and scene that Jeff submitted for the challenge, which provides valuable insight into scene structure. Jeff and J. also discuss J's podcasts, the events he puts on and what got him…
 
SPOILER ALERT: The short story Lovesong, presented here in audio, contains spoilers for Wolfsong, Ravensong, and Heartsong. The complete text of Lovesong Part II is available at www.tjklunebooks.com. Buy Wolfsong: Audible / iTunes Buy Ravensong: Audible / iTunes Buy Heartsong: Audible / iTunes Music licensed by Storyblocks Audio. Hosted by Kirt Gra…
 
This week, we’re doing something new. We gathered a group of Klunatics to have a round table discussion of TJ Klune’s antagonists. Are they evil? Misunderstood? Are villains just the hero of their own story? Like most of the topics we discuss here on The Klunatics Podcast, the answers we come up with may surprise you. Featuring: Chealsea Verzwyvelt…
 
Author and podcaster Sacha Black joins us to talk about The Anatomy of Prose: 12 Steps to Sensational Sentences, which is the latest book in her Better Writers series. Sacha also discusses what led her to kicking off the series with a book on villains and how she knew she was ready to write non-fiction books. Complete shownotes for episode 54 are a…
 
In the course of creating this podcast, the producers have worked hard not to put an editorial spin on many of the topics we discuss. We took inspiration from TJ’s stories and characters, and we let the interviewees guide the episode. Not so this time. Today, we have a point of view and a statement to make: Let Boys Be Feminine. The Klunatics Podca…
 
Author E. Davies joins us this week to talk about the market research he does focused on best selling tropes and how that influences his books. He also discusses shared universes, including insights on what it takes to manage one and guidance for authors who want to join one. Complete shownotes for episode 53 are at BigGayAuthorPodcast.com.…
 
Some narrators are extraordinary, and Michael Lesley is one of them. Michael joins Kirt for a chat about what it was like to narrate The Extraordinaries, TJ’s Young Adult Superqueero debut. FEATURING AN EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW OF THE EXTRAORDINARIES AUDIOBOOK. The Extraordinaries is available in hard cover, ebook, and audio, on July 14. Available whereve…
 
Jeff shares his progress on Camp NaNoWriMo and looks at the first quarter of sales data for Keeping Kyle. Jeff and Will talk with Daniel Willcocks about his new book Collaboration for Authors: A Complete Guide to Collaborating, Finding a Partner, and Accelerating Your Author Career. Daniel talks about his own collaborations, as well as what he lear…
 
Some episodes are extraordinary. Some are just extra. Inspired by an early conversation for the podcast, Kirt talks to a local librarian about advocating for queer content in your local library. The Klunatics Podcast is produced by Susannah Frigo, Luis Garcia, Angela Noll Mohn, Sita Rajasingham, Mia Sciberras, Jon Steiger, and Kirt Graves. Make sur…
 
The guys kick off with a brief recap of last week, including the release of the Heart2Heart anthology, and what Jeff's been up to with Camp NaNoWriMo and the Critical Lens class he just started taking. Jeff talks with author and podcaster Lauren Shippen about podcast fiction. Lauren's written and produced several shows, going back to 2015 with The …
 
In September 2016, author Corinne Duyvis created the hashtag #OwnVoices. Her goal was to be able to find and recommend kidlit books with diverse characters that were written by diverse authors. In the years since, the movement has grown to mean many things to many people, and we examine its place in queer literature. The Klunatics Podcast is produc…
 
The guys kick off with a recap of the past week, including recording an interview with Daniel Willcocks, an interesting invitation from J. Thorn and details on a class Jeff is taking during July. The discussion of story structure concludes with a look at the "Fighting for Love" section of Gwen Hayes's Romancing the Beat. Complete shownotes for epis…
 
In this episode we’re going to delve into the read-alongs. For those who aren’t members of the Klunatics Facebook Group, read-alongs are a virtual book club in which members participate in live reads and guide readers through discussions about TJ’s books. The Klunatics Podcast is produced by Susannah Frigo, Luis Garcia, Angela Noll Mohn, Sita Rajas…
 
Jeff talks about his experience last week with J. Thorn's Supercharge Your Scene 5-Day Writing Challenge. Will recommends a recent episode of The Rebel Author Podcast where Sacha Black talked with Libbie Hawker about outlining. The discussion of story structure, based on Gwen Hayes's Romancing the Beat, continues with the "Retreating from Love" sec…
 
In the second episode dedicated to TJ’s fans who are inspired by his words to create their own works of art, we talk to a variety of artists who draw, paint, make videos, and more. The Klunatics Podcast is produced by Susannah Frigo, Luis Garcia, Angela Noll Mohn, Sita Rajasingham, Mia Sciberras, Jon Steiger, and me. This episode was written by Sit…
 
Jeff recommends the latest episode of Rachael Herron's How Do You Write? He also talks briefly about J. Thorn's Supercharge Your Scene 5-Day Writing Challenge, which he will take part in next week. The guys continue their discussion on story structure with the "Falling in Love" phase from Gwen Hayes's Romancing the Beat. Jeff wraps up the show by s…
 
For the next two episodes, we’re going to be highlighting the art and artists who have been inspired by TJ Klune to create works of their own. We’re starting with the writers who create fan fiction. In other words…authors. The Klunatics Podcast is produced by Susannah Frigo, Luis Garcia, Angela Noll Mohn, Sita Rajasingham, Mia Sciberras, Jon Steige…
 
After Jeff reveals the details on the anthology project he's been alluding to over the past few weeks, Will dives into a discussion on story structure, specifically The Set Up phase described in Gwen Hayes's Romancing the Beat. After reviewing the elements of that phase, they talk about it in action through a couple of stories and Jeff gets into th…
 
Jeff & Will reveal their Christmas in July project. It starts in June with creating characters, deciding on tropes and using Gwen Hayes's Romancing the Beats to outline a Christmas story that they'll write during Camp NaNoWriMo in July. The guys also have a Q&A session with author Victoria Lee. Complete shownotes for episode 46 are at BigGayAuthorP…
 
This week, Kirt is joined by TJ Klune to answer questions submitted in the Klunatics Facebook group. Be warned, there are many spoilers for TJ’s books in this episode. If you want to skip some sections of the podcast, check to see if your podcast player allows you to skip chapters within this episode. If not, use the following timestamps to avoid h…
 
What does it mean to love something so much that you’d etch it on your skin? We find out as we talk to Klunatics who have paid tribute to TJ’s work in very permanent ways. The Klunatics Podcast is produced by Susannah Frigo, Luis Garcia, Angela Noll Mohn, Sita Rajasingham, Mia Sciberras, Jon Steiger, and Kirt Graves. This episode was written by Jon…
 
From a hornless gay unicorn, to a were-pomeranian, to three elderly women in a vespa gang who are either sisters or in a polyamorous lesbian relationship, TJ Klune has the ability to keep us laughing. In this episode we’ll look into how TJ uses humor, often in ways that defy expectations. The Klunatics Podcast is produced by Susannah Frigo, Luis Ga…
 
Jeff does a deep dive on the release of Keeping Kyle, looking at the expenses to create the book and its first month's earnings. He also compares it to his previous releases. Then Jamie Sands, who also writes under the pen names Jaxon Knight and Drake LaMarque, joins us for a Q& A session. Complete shownotes for episode 43 are at BigGayAuthorPodcas…
 
Some episodes are extraordinary. Some are just extra. Enjoy a few of the best parts of Kirt’s conversations with Klunatics that didn’t make it into Episodes 1-7. The Klunatics Podcast is produced by Susannah Frigo, Luis Garcia, Angela Noll Mohn, Sita Rajasingham, Mia Sciberras, Jon Steiger, and Kirt Graves. Make sure you’re following The Klunatics …
 
After an update on Jeff's writing and the week in general, the guys recommend the new podcast, Next Level Authors hosted by Daniel Willcocks and Sacha Black. Authors Alice Archer and Emma Scott each do a round of Q&A talking about their careers and offering advice to those just starting out. Complete shownotes for episode 42 are at BigGayAuthorPodc…
 
TJ Klune has made his literary world unabashedly queer. As we discussed in the last episode, he values representation of all sexual orientations in his work, but that’s not where the diversity ends. The Klunatics Podcast is produced by Susannah Frigo, Luis Garcia, Angela Noll Mohn, Sita Rajasingham, Mia Sciberras, Jon Steiger, and Kirt Graves. This…
 
The Klunatics dive into the topic of asexuality. The Klunatics Podcast is produced by Susannah Frigo, Luis Garcia, Angela Noll Mohn, Sita Rajasingham, Mia Sciberras, Jon Steiger, and Kirt Graves. This episode was written by Susannah Frigo. Make sure you’re following The Klunatics Podcast on social media. Join our Facebook group and find us on Insta…
 
Jeff & Will present a panel discussion that was recorded during the Coastal Magic Convention from February 2020. The Publishing Plus panel featured authors Morgan Brice (aka Gail Z Martin), Jeaniene Frost, Sarah Nicolas (aka Aria Kane) and S.E. Smith in a discussion about the many ways for authors to share more of themselves and their stories with …
 
We’re going back in time to examine what queer literature looked like in its infancy, how that affected the people who read it, and how it’s evolved to better represent queer people and educate allies. The Klunatics Podcast is produced by Susannah Frigo, Luis Garcia, Angela Noll Mohn, Sita Rajasingham, Mia Sciberras, Jon Steiger, and Kirt Graves. T…
 
Michael Lesley, Sean Crisden, Greg Tremblay, Daniel Henning, and Kirt Graves discuss TJ Klune, audiobook narration, and offer some advice for aspiring narrators. The Klunatics Podcast is produced by Susannah Frigo, Luis Garcia, Angela Noll Mohn, Sita Rajasingham, Mia Sciberras, Jon Steiger, and Kirt Graves. Make sure you’re following The Klunatics …
 
Jeff updates everyone on his publishing activities for Keeping Kyle which releases on Tuesday. The guys also have some recommended listening and reading, including Joanna Penn's appearance on the Choose FI podcast, as well as a recent episode of The Misfits Guide to Writing Indie Romance, a blog post from Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and a video from Ch…
 
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