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Queer Writers of Crime offers interviews by Brad Shreve with renowned LGBTQ authors, and up and coming talent, of mystery, suspense and thriller novels. Plus Justene gives her weekly book recommendations.

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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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.






Mia Manansala Serves A Killer Dish

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...


Lev Raphael And The Department Of Death

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...


Barbara Wilson, A Trailblazer

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...


Alan R. Warren, Radio Host of House Of Mystery, And Author Of 12 True Crime Books

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...


P.J. Vernon And Not So Fun Thrills At A Bathhouse

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...


Tammy Bird: Define Happily Ever After?

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...


Robyn Gigl: Was it Murder or Self Defense?

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...


Derek Farrell Defines A Cozy Noir Mystery

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.com Donate: Buy me a Cup of...


Joseph R.G. DeMarco Discusses The 200 Men He Interviewed

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...


Michael Nava Shares How Often He Googles Himself

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...


Marco Carocari From Flying To Photographing To Writing

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...


William D. Prystauk Serves Up Kink Noir

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...


JB Sanders & The Fine Balance Between Suspense & Humor

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.com Donate: Buy...


Wendy Heard Discusses Likeability, Being an L.A. Native, And Whether Bisexuals Exist

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.com Donate: Buy me a Cup of Coffee Wendy Heard's Website Wendy on Twitter Wendy on Instagram Bury Me When I'm Dead by Cheryl Head Queer Qulture Podcast on...


Jack Dickson Discusses Soap Operas, Politics & Circumcision

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...


Eliza Lentzski - Historian by Day Author by Night

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.com Donate: Buy me a Cup of Coffee Eliza Lentzski's Website Don't Call...


Rick R. Reed & the Similarities Between Love & Horror

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.com Donate: Buy me a Cup of Coffee The Man from Milwaukee by Rick R....


Steve Neil Johnson: Many Paths Always A Writer

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...


Is Edwin Hill Talented or Lucky?

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...


Gregory Ashe & C.S. Poe are a Dynamic Writing Duo

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.com C.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...