Big Gay Fiction Podcast

Big Gay Fiction Podcast

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.


May 6, 2024 50 mins

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 scenes and side characters, and she's got book recommendations too.

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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 within the book, and scenes that got left behind. Of course, Adib's got some great recom...

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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 in the series, and give the details about the other books. Cari, Allison, and Layla a...

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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 also shares some reading recommendations to add to your TBR.

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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 earliest drawings through his death in 1990 at age 31. Brad talks about why he wanted to wri...

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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

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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 with the early access and perks that his readers receive. Greg also talks about the f...

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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 projects, and offer book recommendations.

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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 valuable resources available for readers looking to support their favorite writers, and fo...

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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 and social media culture. They also share insights about drawing from personal experie...

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December 18, 2023 51 mins

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 is set during the holiday season. Rachel talks about the inspiration for Landon and ...

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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. He also shares some of his favorite holiday traditions, offers up some reading recom...

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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 Year" went quickly from a standalone book into a series. He also talks about the lates...

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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 Christmas" and the "Dynasty"-inspired family romance/drama series "Devereux Inc." She t...

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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 Fiction Book Club episode from October 2020 to talk about one of their favorite gay gothi...

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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," "Out of Body," "The Paul Lynde Halloween Special," "Midnight Kiss," "Hellbent," "The Co...

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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 fiction, as well as how their characters and plots often surprise them as the writin...

Mark as Played & 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 also highlight important moments through history, ongoing issues around representation,...

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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 impacts of making the wrong choices. He also shares how he started writing romance durin...

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