Queer Writers of Crime

Brad Shreve

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.

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Ep:100 Michael Craft was in episode #1 and returns for #100 Michael Craft is the author of seventeen novels, four of which have been honored as finalists for Lambda Literary Awards. His 2019 mystery, ChoirMaster, was a Gold Winner of the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award. His prize-winning short fiction has appeared in British as well as American literary journals. He holds an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles, and now lives in Rancho Mirage, California, near Palm Springs, which provided the setting for his recently anthologized short story, VIP Check-In, as well as his earlier Claire Gray mystery novels.www.michaelcraft.com www.historybriefs.comWROTE PodcastUnlikeable Female CharactersBig Gay Fiction Podcastbradshreve.comReQueered Tales


Sep 7

1 hr 2 min

Ep:099 Award-winning author, C. L. Brees, was born and raised in rural Indiana, a place where the environment was a bit too restrictive to contain his overactive imagination. He needed a place where he could expand his horizons.  In 2011, after relocating to Maryland, he followed his passion for forensics and law enforcement and enrolled at the University of Baltimore. Four years later he earned not only a B.S. in Police Studies but also an M.S. in Cyber Forensics.C.L. Brees WebsiteC.L. Brees Amazon Author PageC.L. Brees on FacebookMurder Most Lovely by Hank Edwards and  Deanna WadsworthCash Out by Marshall ThorntonThe Postscript Murders by Elly GriffithsPaul Rudd Video of the WeekHistory Briefs Podcastbradshreve.comRequeered Tales.com

Aug 30

1 hr 5 min

Ep:098 Garrett Hutson writes upmarket mysteries and historical spy fiction, driven by characters who are moving and unforgettable. He lives in Indianapolis with his husband, four adorable dogs, two odd-ball cats, and more fish than you can count. You can usually find him reading about history, and day-dreaming about being there. This is where his stories are born, and he hopes they transport you the way his imagination transports him. Garret Hutson's WebsiteNo Accidental Death by Garrett HutsonGarrett on TwitterGarrett on FacebookJames Patterson's Instinct SeriesPaul Rudd Video of the WeekHistory Briefs Podcastbradshreve.comRequeered Tales.com


Aug 24

1 hr

Ep:097 Lucy Sussex is a New Zealand-born writer living in Australia. Her award-winning work covers many genres, from children’s books to horror. She began in science fiction, and has published internationally and in translation. She has worked as a librarian, researcher, editor and weekly review columnist for newspapers. Her literary archaeology (unearthing unjustly forgotten writers) work includes Women Writers and Detectives in C19th Crime Fiction: the mothers of the mystery genre (Palgrave).  In 2015 she published the prize-winning Blockbuster! (Text Publishing) about Fergus Hume’s 1886 The Mystery of a Hansom Cab, set in Melbourne and the biggest selling detective novel of the 1800s. Hume was a rival of Conan Doyle, who hated the book; he was also blackmailed for being gay. Currently she is completing a co-written biography of detective writer Mary Fortune and her criminal son George.QueerWritersOfCrime.comBlockbuster!: by Lucy Sussex on Amazon USABlockbuster!: by Lucy Sussex on Amazon AUSA Density of Souls by Christopher RiceChristopher & Eric Podcast  Paul Rudd Video of the Week History Briefs Podcastbradshreve.comRequeered Tales.com

Aug 17

56 min 32 sec

Ep:096 John Copenhaver’s historical crime novel, Dodging and Burning, won the 2019 Macavity Award for Best First Mystery Novel and garnered Anthony, Strand Critics, Barry, and Lambda Literary Award nominations. His second novel, The Savage Kind, arrives in October 2021. Copenhaver writes a crime fiction review column for Lambda Literary called “Blacklight,” cohosts on the House of Mystery Radio Show, and is the six-time recipient of Artist Fellowships from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. He’s a Larry Neal awardee, and his work has appeared in CrimeReads, Electric Lit, Glitterwolf, PANK, New York Journal of Books, Washington Independent Review of Books, and others. He has taught high school English for nearly twenty years. John grew up in the mountains of southwestern Virginia and currently lives in Richmond, VA, with his husband, artist Jeffery Paul (Herrity). QueerWritersOfCrime.comjohncopenhaver.comJohn on FacebookJohn on Twitter @johncopenhaverJohn on Instagram @johncope74The Savage Kind by John Copenhaver on BookshopThe Chicken Asylum by Fred HunterPaul Rudd Video of the Weekbradshreve.comRequeered Tales.com

Aug 10

58 min 16 sec

Ep:095 Marko Realmonte spent more than 20 years working in the film and television industry working as a writer, publicist, and photographer. His writing credits include working on the Academy Awards for ABC and being the head writer on game shows including High Rollers and dozens of TV pilots for all the major studios.  He is currently a professional script reader for several production companies and A-list film directors. In 2019 he wrote a sequel script to “Call Me By Your Name” titled “Elio’s Song.”  His first queer novel, Murder at White Oak, was published in 2019. Since then he has published 2 more novels in his Jake Weston Mystery series. The Butcher of Oxford and The Michaelmas Killer which was released in July 2021.Marko tries to write positive queer role models for a Young Adult audience, while still giving them surprise endings and exciting, twisty, whodunnits to solve.Jeff Adams from The Big Gay Fiction Podcast pays a special visit to talk about his show and his Young Adult Spy Series, Codename: Winger QueerWritersOfCrime.comMarko Realmonte's WebsiteThe Michaelmas Killer by Marko RealmonteThe Big Gay Fiction PodcastCodename: Winger series by Jeff AdamsPaul Rudd Video of the Weekbradshreve.comRequeered Tales.com

Aug 3

1 hr 10 min

Ep:094  From the outback to the opera. 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, Garrick 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, he retired in 2015 and now lives in the tropics, writing, gardening, and finally finding time to enjoy life and to re–establish a connection with who he is  after a very busy career on the stage and as an academic.QueerWritersOfCrime.comQueer Writers of Crime New Facebook PageDonate: Buy me a Cup of CoffeeGarrick Jones WebsitePurchase The Gilded Madonna in AustraliaPurchase The Gilded Madonna In the U.S.A.Purchase The Gilded Madonna in the U.K.Murder at Pirate's Cove by Josh LanyonGregory Ashe Amazon PagePaul Rudd Video Of The Week bradshreve.comRequeered Tales.com

Jul 27

1 hr 1 min

Ep:093 Chris Holcombe is an author of LGBTQ+ historical crime fiction. The Double Vice is the first novel in his Hidden Gotham series, which showcases New York’s lively but criminally under-represented queer world of the 1920s. He is also an award-winning songwriter, winning “Best Folk Song” at the 2009 Hollywood Music in Media Awards, as well as an accomplished brand strategist in marketing and advertising. He lives with his husband in New York, where he is hard at work on the next Hidden Gotham novel The Blind Tiger.Due to unavoidable circumstances, the live episode announced for Saturday,  July 24th is cancelled. The show will be back on its normal schedule with its next release on Tuesday, July 27th. Donate: Buy me a Cup of CoffeeChris Holcombe's WebsiteThe Double Vice by Chris Holcombe on AmazonChris on InstagramThe Hanged Man by A.R. FianoPaul Rudd Video of the WeekBrad Shreve's Website

Jul 20

55 min 8 sec

Ep:092  Meredith Doench is the author of the Luce Hansen thriller series. Her work has appeared in literary journals such as Hayden's Ferry Review, Women's Studies Quarterly, and Gertrude. Her nonfiction essay "South Carolina, 2012" was nominated for a 2019 Pushcart Prize by The Tahoma Literary Review. She served as a fiction editor at Camera Obscura: Journal of Literature and Photography. Meredith lives in Ohio where she teaches creative writing, literature, and composition at the University of Dayton. QueerWritersOfCrime.comQueer Writers of Crime New Facebook PageDonate: Buy me a Cup of CoffeeMeredith Doench's WebsiteDeadeye available at Bold Stroke BooksForsaken Trust available at Bold Stroke BooksCrossed available at Bold Stroke BooksMurder at the Armory by B.K. AsburyPaul Rudd Video of the WeekBrad Shreve's Website

Jul 13

58 min

Ep:091 Christopher Murphy is an activist, artist and author of the breakout thriller, Where The Boys Are, and The Other Side of the Mirror. Christopher is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and the Hurston/Wright Foundation. As a graphic designer/copywriter/marketer by day and author by night, Christopher can usually be found creating and designing behind the bright neon glow of his laptop. When he’s not writing, he enjoys traveling to new destinations. He is a shameless thrill-seeker, lover of roller coasters and all things that go fast. Christopher lives and works out of his home in Las Vegas with “the hubs” and their two dogs, and is currently writing his next novel.QueerWritersOfCrime.comQueer Writers of Crime New Facebook PageDonate: Buy me a Cup of CoffeeChristopher Murphy's WebsiteThe Other Side of the Mirror by Christopher MurphyChristopher on InstagramChristopher on FacebookPalm Springs NoirBrad Shreve's Website

Jul 6

56 min 39 sec

Ep:090 Ann McMan is the author of twelve novels and two collections of short stories. She is a two-time Lambda Literary Award winner, a nine-time winner of Golden Crown Literary Society Awards, a three-time IPPY medalist, a Foreword Indies finalist, and a recipient of the Alice B. Medal for her outstanding body of work. She resides in Winston-Salem, NC with her wife, Salem West, two precocious dogs, and an exhaustive supply of vacuum cleaner bags.QueerWritersOfCrime.comQueer Writers of Crime New Facebook PageDonate: Buy me a Cup of CoffeeAnn McMan's WebsiteAnn on TwitterAnn on FacebookGalileo by Ann McMan on Bywater BooksGalileo on AmazonGalileo on AudibleHallowed Murder by Ellen HuntBrad Shreve's Website

Jun 29

59 min 40 sec

Ep:089 Dean Klinkenberg is a proud Midwesterner who has lived his entire life in Flyover Country, although in 7 different places. After he set aside his ambitions to become a professional bowler, he went to college in La Crosse, Wisconsin, then on to St. Louis where he earned a PhD, met his future husband, and found a city to call home. He settled into an academic career where he set out to make the world a somewhat better place for people living on the margins: the homeless, people struggling with drug addiction, people living with HIV. After a dozen years, though, and a career careening toward middle management, he’d had enough and quit to search for a new path. He was passionate about travel and the Mississippi River, so he combined those interests by writing about travel in the heart of the US. A few years later, he stretched his skills by writing his first novel, a mystery featuring openly gay travel writer named Frank Dodge. The series has grown to four books, and Klinkenberg looks forward to finding new ways to put Dodge in awkward and difficult positions to see how he finds a way out. Dodge, after all, confronts many of the same challenges we all face: figuring out who we are and what we want, feuding with people who don’t share our view of the world, and trying to hold on to those nuggets of happiness as long as we can. QueerWritersOfCrime.comDonate: Buy me a Cup of CoffeeDean Klinkenberg's WebsiteDean's Non-Fiction WebsiteKeeping Secrets in St. Louis by Dean KlinkenbergConscious Bias by Alexi VeniceDryland's End by Felice PicanoTAGS Podcast - Talk About Gay SexThe Last Flight by Julie ClarkBrad Shreve's Website

Jun 22

59 min 25 sec

Ep:088 - Shane K Morton is a best-selling own voices author of LGBT romance, mystery and YA. Showing the LGBTQIA human condition in his work is important to him because visibility is everything. He writes darker horror/mystery under the name Sean Azinsalt. Before writing novels, he was a playwright and musical theatre actor who has performed in all 50 United States as well as three countries. His films have played at film festivals around the country. He is married to his husband and they have been together for twenty years. When not writing Shane can be found at a film festival or singing cabaret in a dark dive bar.QueerWritersOfCrime.comDonate: Buy me a Cup of CoffeeShane K. Morton's Drag Queen Detective Series on AmazonSean Azinsalt Amazon PageShane's Facebook GroupShane on BookBubDeath Trick by Richard StevensonLong Live The Queen by Jon R. SwankBrad Shreve's Website

Jun 15

49 min 57 sec

Ep:087 Mia P. Manansala (she/her) is a writer and certified book coach from Chicago who loves books, baking, and bad-ass women. She uses humor (and murder) to explore aspects of the Filipino diaspora, queerness, and her millennial love for pop culture. Her debut novel, ARSENIC AND ADOBO, came out May 4, 2021 with Berkley/Penguin Random House. A lover of all things geeky, Mia spends her days procrasti-baking, playing JRPGs and dating sims, reading cozy mysteries and diverse romance, and cuddling her dogs Gumiho, Max Power, and Bayley Banks (RIP) (bonus points if you get all the references).QueerWritersOfCrime.comDonate: Buy me a Cup of CoffeeMia Manansala's WebsiteMia on TwitterMia on InstagramMia on FacebookPride Book Fest 2021 LinksThe Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas Brad Shreve's Website


Jun 8

59 min 13 sec

Ep:086 Lev Raphael is the author and co-author of 27 books in a dozen genres from memoir to mystery.  His first book of short stories, Dancing on Tisha B'Av, won a Lambda Literary Award. He’s published hundreds of stories, essays, articles, and book reviews in a wide range of newspapers, magazines and journals. Lev has also won Amelia’s Reed Smith Fiction Prize and International Quarterly’s Crossing Boundaries Prize for Innovative Prose, awarded by novelist D.M. Thomas, author of The White Hotel.  His suspense novel Assault with a Deadly Lie was a Midwest Book Award finalist.Lev’s fiction and essays have appeared in over 24 anthologies in the U.S. and England, and they are taught at colleges and universities around the country—which means he's become homework. His fiction has been analyzed in scholarly journals, books, and at academic conferences.  He's been a newspaper columnist and book reviewer, produced his own radio talk show, and reviewed books for newspapers, magazines, public radio stations, online magazines and websites. You can connect with him on Facebook or Twitter, his author website, or his Write Without Borders website, where he mentors authors online. QueerWritersOfCrime.comDonate: Buy me a Cup of CoffeeLev Raphael's WebsiteLev's Writer Mentoring Site, Write Without BordersCold Was The Ground by B.A. Black Brad Shreve's Website


Jun 1

59 min 40 sec

Ep:085 Barbara Wilson is the author of seven previous mysteries, including Gaudí Afternoon, which introduced translator-sleuth Cassandra Reilly and was made into a movie starring Judy Davis and Marcia Gay Hardin. She is a winner of two Lambda Literary awards and the British Crime Writers’ award for best thriller set in Europe. Her books have been translated into German, Italian, Finnish, and Japanese.  As Barbara Sjoholm, she is the author of memoir, travelogues, and nonfiction, and an award-winning translator. She was a co-founder of the feminist publisher, Seal Press, in 1976, when she was twenty-five. For her contributions to lesbian literature she received the 2020 Golden Crown Literary Society Trailblazer Award.  QueerWritersOfCrime.comDonate: Buy me a Cup of CoffeeBarbara's Websites:barbarawilsonmysteries.com [for mysteries as Barbara Wilson]barbarasjoholm.com [for other books of nonfiction and translation]Murder on the Lake of Fire by Mikel J. WilsonSo Horrified! podcast episode with Brad on SpotifyBrad Shreve's WebsiteRequeered Tales.com

May 25

59 min 58 sec

Ep:084 Alan R. Warren is the author of 12 published True crime Books, 5 of them have been Number 1 Best Sellers and has produced & hosted in several radio markets including KKNW 1150 A.M. Seattle, KFNX 1100 A.M. Phoenix, KOII 94.5 F.M. Flagstaff. His show House of Mystery is in its tenth year on NBC in Los Angeles/Riverside/Palm Springs and on other stations as well in Phoenix, Flagstaff, Salt Lake City, Seattle, and Tacoma. It has covered most categories of writers, film makers and documentary or TV shows in most mysterious subjects ( Paranormal, Crime, Religion, Science, History) QueerWritersOfCrime.comDonate: Buy me a Cup of CoffeeAlan R. Warren's websiteAlan's book Murder Times SixChasing Ghosts by Dean ColeSo Horrified! podcast on SpotifyBrad Shreve's WebsiteRequeered Tales.com

May 18

1 hr 2 min

Ep:083 P. J. Vernon was born in South Carolina. Called a "rising star thriller writer" by Library Journal, Vernon's debut, When You Find Me, was both an Audible Plus #1 Listen and an Associated Press Top Ten U.S. Audiobook. His next novel, Bath Haus, praised as “a nightmarish white-knuckler” by O, The Oprah Magazine and pitched as “Gone Girl with gays and Grindr,” publishes June 15 from Doubleday. He lives in Calgary with his husband and two wily dogs.Donate: Buy me a Cup of CoffeeWebsite: QueerWritersOfCrime.comP.J. Vernon's WebsiteP.J. on TwitterP.J. on InstagramP.J. on FacebookVera Kelly Is Not A Mystery by Rosalie KnechtNever A Straight Answer podcastBrad Shreve's WebsiteRequeered Tales.com


May 11

57 min 47 sec

Ep:082 Some people buy a fancy sports car or fly to faraway lands when they hit middle age. Tammy Bird started writing fiction with strong female protagonists. A literature professor by trade, she deemed it fitting to write about the kaleidoscopic prisms of human nature in her thriller/suspense stories and novels. Be warned, her work is psychologically hard and gritty and real. It may not be palatable to everyone, but it is all that flows from pen to paper (even when she tries to write something softer with a guaranteed HEA).Donate: Buy me a Cup of CoffeeTammy Bird's WebsiteTammy on AmazonTammy's on Barnes & NobleTammy on FacebookTammy on TwitterTammy on InstagramThe Postscript Murders by Elly GriffithsA Body on the Hill Audio BookHave a Blessed Gay podcast


May 4

1 hr

Ep:081 Robyn Gigl, the author of BY WAY OF SORROW, is an attorney, author and activist who has been honored by the ACLU-NJ and the NJ Pride Network for her work on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community. She has been appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court to the Court’s Committee on Diversity Inclusion and Community Engagement, and by the Governor and Legislature to the New Jersey Transgender Equality Taskforce. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Garden State Equality, NJ’s largest LGBTQ+ Civil Rights Organization. Robyn lives in New Jersey, where she continues to practice law by day, and work on her next Erin McCabe novel by night. Fortunately, she has a very boring social life. QueerWritersOfCrime.comDonate: Buy me a Cup of CoffeeRobyn Gigl's WebsiteRobyn on TwitterRobyn on LinkedInI Hope You're Listening by Tom RyanMysteryrat's Maze PodcastBrad Shreve's WebsiteRequeered Tales.com

Apr 27

1 hr 1 min

Ep:080 Derek Farrell is the author of five Danny Bird Mysteries - ‘Death of a Diva’ ‘Death of a Nobody,’ ‘Death of a Devil,’ ‘Death of an Angel’ and the novella ‘Death of a Sinner’- all published by Fahrenheit Press. The sixth in the series will be published in early 2021.  Derek is married and lives with his husband in West Sussex. They have no cats dogs goats or children, though they do have every Kylie Minogue record ever recorded. Twice.QueerWritersOfCrime.comDonate: Buy me a Cup of CoffeeDerek Farrell's WebsiteDeath Of An Angel by Derek FarrellDanny Bird Mysteries SeriesPurchase Danny Bird Mysteries Directly From PublisherDerek on TwitterDerek on InstagramNighthawking by Russ ThomasDead As A Doornail by Grant MichaelsThe Forbidden Apple PodcastBrad Shreve's WebsiteRequeered Tales.com

Apr 20

58 min 54 sec

Ep:079 Joseph R.G.  De Marco, a native of Philadelphia,is the author of the Marco Fontana Mysteries, the newest and fifth in the series is The Vermilion Pursuit. He also writes The Vampire Inquisitor series, and the second volume, A Battle in Blood, was just released. In addition he writes the Doyle and Kord Mysteries.  His plays have been produced in Philadelphia, NY, and elsewhere. His work appears in The International Encyclopedia of Marriage and Family, Encyclopedia of Men and Masculinities, and Journal of Homosexuality. He was a columnist for The Advocate, In Touch, X-Factor magazine, and other publications. His PGN article “Gay Racism” was awarded the prize for excellence in feature writing by the Gay Press Association. He was Editor-in-Chief of The Weekly Gayzette (Philadelphia), and New Gay Life (a national magazine), and a contributing editor for publications including Il Don Gennaro (an Italian-American magazine) and Gaysweek (NY). Currently he is Editor-in-Chief of Mysterical-E, an online mystery magazine. Also Mike Johnson and Kyle Getz with Gayish Podcast join us.QueerWritersOfCrime.comLeave a ReviewDonate: Buy me a Cup of CoffeeJoseph R.G. DeMarco's WebsiteJoseph on FacebookThe Marco Fontana Series:Murder on the CarmacThe Vermillion PursuitThe Vampire Inquisitor Series:A Battle in BloodThe Doyle and Kord Mysteries:Family BashingsLethal AttachmentsMysterical-E Mystery MagazineGayish Podcast with Mike Johnson & Kyle Getz bradshreve.comRequeered Tales.com


Apr 13

59 min 59 sec

Ep:078 Michael Nava is the author of an acclaimed series of eight novels featuring gay, Latino criminal defense lawyer Henry Rios who The New Yorker, called “a detective unlike any previous protagonist in American noir.” He is the recipient of seven Lambda Literary Awards in the gay mystery category and the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement in LGBT Literature. His most recent Rios novel is Lies With Man, was published in April by Amble Press, an LGBTQ press and imprint of Bywater Books, of which he is also managing editor.QueerWritersOfCrime.comDonate: Buy me a Cup of CoffeeLies with Man by Michael Nava Michael Nava's WebsiteMichael on FacebookMichael on TwitterThe Double Vice by Chris HolcombeLife's Milestone's podcastbradshreve.comRequeered Tales.com


Apr 6

56 min 36 sec

Ep:077 Marco Carocari grew up in Switzerland, where he, over the past fifty-odd years, worked in a hardware store, traveled the globe working for the airlines, and later as an internationally published photographer, and frequently jobbed as a waiter, hotel receptionist, or manager of a professional photo studio. In 2016 he swapped snow-capped mountains, lakes, and lush, green pastures for the charm of the dry California desert, where he lives with his husband. ‘Blackout’ is his first novel.QueerWritersOfCrime.comDonate: Buy me a Cup of CoffeeBlackout by Marco CarocariMarco's WebsiteMarco on TwitterMarco on FacebookDeath Before Dessert by A.E. RadleyThe Homos of Harmony Haven podcast websiteBeyond the Rainbow PodcastBrad Shreve's WebsiteRequeered Tales.com


Mar 30

59 min 35 sec

Ep:076 In the Kink Noir crime thriller series, William D. Prystauk’s first installment, Bloodletting  won the Grand Jury Prize at the LA Neo Noir Novel, Film & Script Fest in 2016. In 2020, the sequels, Punishment and Debauchery, both tied for The Best Book Award at the same festival. An award-winning screenwriter, filmmaker, podcaster, marketer, and educator, Bill is also a former member of BDSM groups in both New York and Philadelphia, and he brings his knowledge of the subculture to the series, where a pansexual private investigator solves crimes in New York City’s BDSM and LGBT communities. Bill currently resides on the east coast and leaves no sushi behind.QueerWritersOfCrime.comDonate: Buy me a Cup of CoffeeWilliam's Amazon Author PageWilliam in IMDBWilliam on Twitter Crash Palace Horror and Thriller WebsiteWROTE Podcast (Written on the Edge)Brad Shreve's WebsiteRequeered Tales.com

Mar 23

1 hr

Ep:075  JB Sanders lives with an imaginary cat, and works in computer support (you know, the day job), all in Upstate New York. He divides his time between writing humorous suspense novels, reading science fiction and urban fantasy, absorbing too much British TV (or as his roommate would say "those crappy BBC mysteries"), pondering why he didn't write a scifi or fantasy novel, and his various hobbies. No, reading isn't a hobby. It's more like a vocation. QueerWritersOfCrime.comDonate: Buy me a Cup of CoffeeOfficial Glen & Tyler Website Glen & Tyler Facebook Group Death on the Drive by Jon FinsonBrad Shreve's WebsiteRequeered Tales.com


Mar 16

54 min 50 sec

Ep:074 Wendy Heard is the author of two adult thrillers: The Kill Club and Hunting Annabelle, which Kirkus Reviews praised as “a diabolically plotted creep show from a writer to watch.” She’s Too Pretty To Burn, which Kirkus called “a wild and satisfying romp” in a starred review, marks her YA debut. QueerWritersOfCrime.comDonate: Buy me a Cup of CoffeeWendy Heard's WebsiteWendy on TwitterWendy on InstagramBury Me When I'm Dead by Cheryl HeadQueer Qulture Podcast on SpotifyBrad Shreve's WebsiteRequeered Tales.com

Mar 9

59 min 37 sec

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 Tales.com


Mar 2

57 min 31 sec

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 Tales.com


Feb 23

58 min 42 sec

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

Feb 16

57 min 4 sec

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

Feb 9

1 hr

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

Feb 2

56 min 11 sec

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


Jan 26

1 hr 3 min

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: www.facebook.com/TimothyJaySmith/Fast Free and Flying by Jude TresswellBrad Shreve's Mailing ListBrad Shreve's WebsiteReQueered Tales Mailing Listrequeeredtales.com

Jan 19

44 min 15 sec

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 Listrequeeredtales.com

Jan 12

43 min 23 sec

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 Listrequeeredtales.com

Jan 5

52 min 21 sec

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 Listrequeeredtales.com

Dec 2020

46 min 24 sec

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: https://bradshreve.com/

Dec 2020

20 min 6 sec

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: https://bradshreve.com/requeeredtales.com

Dec 2020

44 min 6 sec

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: https://bradshreve.com/requeeredtales.com


Dec 2020

42 min 47 sec

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: https://bradshreve.com/requeeredtales.com

Dec 2020

41 min 9 sec

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: https://bradshreve.com/requeeredtales.com

Nov 2020

21 min 32 sec

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: https://bradshreve.com/requeeredtales.com

Nov 2020

45 min 22 sec

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: https://bradshreve.com/requeeredtales.com


Nov 2020

43 min 49 sec

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: https://bradshreve.com/requeeredtales.com

Nov 2020

39 min 53 sec

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: https://bradshreve.com/requeeredtales.com

Oct 2020

41 min 43 sec

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: https://bradshreve.com/requeeredtales.com

Oct 2020

44 min 30 sec

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. queerwritersofcrime.comDieter'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.comI


Oct 2020

44 min 53 sec

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.queerwritersofcrime.comRaphael'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.com

Oct 2020

42 min 4 sec

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. queerwritersofcrime.comGreg 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.com


Sep 2020

48 min 5 sec