Queer Writers of Crime

Queer Writers of Crime

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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July 27, 2021 61 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...

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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 h...

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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 whe...

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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 enj...

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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 vacu...

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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 fo...

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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...

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June 7, 2021 59 min

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.
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A lover of all things geeky, Mia spends her days procrasti-baking, playing JRPGs and datin...

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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 Innovat...

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May 24, 2021 59 min

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 th...

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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...

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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 wi...

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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 tha...

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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 t...

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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 record...

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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 Encycloped...

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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 i...

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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, whe...

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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 Phi...

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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...

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