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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.






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...


Timothy Jay Smith Turns His Thrilling Life Into Thrilling Fiction

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...


Marshall Thornton Cashes Out

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.com Leave A Review Marshall Thornton's Website Cash Out by Marshall Thornton Cliffhanger by...


Michelle Arnold From Telling Stories To Writing Stories

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....


J.S. Strange Talks Mystery Novels And Zombies Too

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....


Justene's Extravaganza Book Recommendations

Ep:063 Justene gives updates on new novels by authors who had books she recommended in 2020. queerwritersofcrime.com Requeered Tales Website Authors Mentioned In This Episode: Marshall Thornton Frank W. Butterfield Gregory Ashe C.S. Poe Garrick Jones Timothy Jay Smith Dharma Kelleher Mark McNease (Books) Mark McNease (Podcast) Olivier Bosman L M Krier David S. Pederson Russ Thomas Brad's Website: https://bradshreve.com/


Graeme Cheater And His Amazing Library of 26,000 Gay Novels

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...


Is Kristen Lepionka An Unlikeable Female Character?

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.com Kristen's Website Link to Kristen's Books Kristen on Twitter Kristen...


Is John Morgan Wilson Iconic?

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...


Interviews After The Interviews Holiday Special

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.com Following are this week's guests: Cheryl Head's Website Dharma Kelleher's Website Christopher Rice's Website Greg Herren's Amazon Page David...


Let Anne Laughlin Take You To Money Creek

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...


Austin Thomas Burton And His Bartender Sleuth

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...


Grant Atherton and One Killer of a Little Town

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...


Randy Boyd: Novelist and Activist for Race Relations and AIDS Survivors

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...


Frank W. Butterfield Adds a Suspense in His Whit and Eddie Series

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...