Podcast Interview on People You Should Know

Hey folks!

I thought I would post my interview from earlier today on the BlogTalkRadio show People You Should Know.

It was great talking with the host, a fellow Bold Strokes Book author David-Matthew Barnes (pictured in the freeze frame). We talked writing LGBT young adult literature, LGBT youth generally, and fantasy. I also read a short excerpt from The Seventh Pleiade.

Do listen in to the earlier guests Vivian Trask and Joel Gomez-Dossi. My segment comes up at 40 minutes in.

 

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“Why I Write” series at The Good Men Project

Author Dixie Gillaspie (Just Blow it Up: Firepower for Living an Unlimited Life) is asking writers the simple question: Why do you write? over at The Good Men Project.

The responses have been varied as you might expect coming from a diverse array of writers. They have also been very personal and candid. Christine Benvenuto chose to write about her divorce in order to reclaim her life. Christian Clifton writes for connection and self-improvement. Michael Kasdan writes to better understand the world around him.

My contribution to the project came out just this past weekend: To Create Fiction That Tells it Like it Really Is. (Well, at least according to me!).

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Photography from Bold Strokes Books’ Mixed Grill

Some photos from last night’s event at Bureau of General Services-Queer Division, courtesy of my honey Genaro.

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Featured books on display

Me, reading from The Seventh Pleiade

Me, reading from The Seventh Pleiade

Me, reading from The Seventh Pleiade

Full length shot of me so you can see my cool jeans

All of the authors

All the authors, from l to r, Daniel W. Kelly, Nora Olsen, Andrew J. Peters, David Swatling, Joel Dossi-Gomez, Jeremy Jordan King, Trinity Tam and Nell Stark

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Twenty books that have stayed with me

Fight Evil. Read Books.

There’s a Facebook meme going around where you get tagged by friends to list 20 books that have stuck with you over the years. I thought that subject fit equally well on my website where I sometimes talk about books and authors who have influenced me.

It’s not precisely a list of favorites. As I understand it, the point is to call up the titles that come to mind the quickest. They’re books that made the strongest impression on you in some way.

I read about 20 books each year, and I’ve been doing that for oh, about 35 years. So this task wasn’t easy. Also, my forty-something brain isn’t as sharp as it used to be. I broke the rules a bit because I didn’t want to focus entirely on books I read recently just because those are the freshest ones in my head.

In the end, I chose books that represent different periods of my life as a reader, and I focused on the ones that still recall vivid scenes, characters and/or imagery. They’re books that I feel like I know like the back of my hand, and some of them I read 30, 20 or 15 years ago.

In alphabetical order by title:

American Gods, Neil Gaiman

The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger

City of Night, John Rechy

Franny and Zooey, J.D. Salinger

The Front Runner, Patricia Nell Warren

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Harry Potter Series, J.K. Rowling

The Hotel New Hampshire, John Irving

The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula Le Guin

Mordred: Bastard Son, Douglas Clegg

Mysterious Skin, Scott Heim

Naked Lunch, William S. Burroughs

Nine Stories, J.D. Salinger

The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco

The Persian Boy, Mary Renault

The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster

Saul’s Book, Paul T. Rogers

The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller

The Wicked Years series, Gregory Maguire

The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame

 

Yeah, I gave three slots to J.D. Salinger. Go sue me. :)

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Save the Date: Bold Strokes Books “Mixed Grill” on September 4th

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If you’ve been wondering why I’ve been scandalously MIA, it’s because I’ve been devoting most of my writing time to the manuscript for The Seventh Pleiade follow-up, plus, well, it’s summer.

I haven’t completely boxed myself up from the world, and I’ve signed on to this event which I’m quite excited about.

On September 4th, 7:00pm at the Bureau for General Services: Queer Division, seven authors from Bold Strokes Books will be reading from their latest releases and signing copies of their books. It’s billed as a “Mixed Grill” with a wide selection of titles from gay and lesbian young adult, to gay horror, to lesbian romance and beyond.

The event is totally free, with a suggested book purchase. Here’s the Facebook page where you can RSVP.

Greg and Donnie from BGSQD always put on a great event at their funky bookstore slash event space. It’s worth dropping by just to check it out. ;-)

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A Los Angeles Photo Essay

My LA Selfie

Shortly after arriving in Los Angeles, I felt inspired to take a selfie. This is on the stoop outside my cousin’s West Hollywood apartment.

La Brea Tar Pits

This was my second visit to La Brea Tar Pits. I also went to LACMA next door for the first time.

Saber Tooth Tigers at La Brea

I hadn’t noticed the saber-toothed tiger statues around La Brea before so I decided to take some shots.

More Saber Tooth Tigers

Here are some more saber-toothed tigers.

Runyon Canyon

I hiked Runyon Canyon on a very hot morning.

From the top of Runyon Canyon

This is a shot from the top of the canyon with the hazy city in the background.

Dom DeLuise at the Car Wash

I went with my cousin to a car wash on Santa Monica Blvd., and the hallway was lined with autographed photos of all the famous people who had been there.

Me in my Game of Thrones t-shirt

We went shopping on Melrose Ave., but all I bought was this Game of Thrones t-shirt.

Fred Segal

We also stopped at Fred Segal. Everything was too expensive.

Roof Top Pool at Chamberlain Hotel

On July 4th, we hung out in a bungalow by the roof top pool at the Chamberlain Hotel.

Obligatory Hollywood sign photo

Obligatory Hollywood sign photo

Getty Villa

On our last day, we went to the Getty Villa.

Lion mosaic at Getty Villa

There are big cats at the Getty Villa too.

Water lillies

And water lillies

Gladstones Chocolate Cake

Possibly best of all, four of us shared a humongous slice of chocolate cake at Gladstones in Malibu.

Game of Thrones t-shirt redux

Here’s a better shot of that fine Game of Thrones t-shirt I picked up.

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