Queer Writers of Crime

Brad Shreve

Author interviews with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer writers of mystery, suspense, and thriller novels. We also give crime genre LGBTQ book recommendations. Brad Shreve chats with authors to learn who they are as well as touching on their craft. This is the source to add to your list of must read LGBTQ books. Rated by Buzzfeed as one of the 20 Best Queer Podcasts in 2022. No new episodes are being made for this show but check out Brad's new show Queer We Are where he interviews LGBTQ celebrities, athletes, politicians, artists, and more. read less

Jeffrey Round: The Definition of a Renaissance Man
Sep 20 2022
Jeffrey Round: The Definition of a Renaissance Man
Ep: 152 Jeffrey Round returns to talk extensively about his writing career plus his work as a model, film maker, musician, and poet. Where does his carefree attitude come from. It was an honor to have him as the last guest on Queer Writers of Crime.Jeffrey's Website:https://jeffreyround.com/To cover the cost of producing Queer Writers of Crime, some of the links below are affiliate links. At zero cost to you, Brad will earn an affiliate commission if you click through the link and finalize a purchase.A Cage of Bones by Jeffrey Roundhttps://amzn.to/3SiaGZnJeffrey Round's Amazon Pagehttps://amzn.to/3RZKZNoJeffrey Round is best known as the Lambda Award-winning author of two mystery series--the gritty Dan Sharp books and the comic Bradford Fairfax series. He is also an award-winning filmmaker, television producer and songwriter. His first novel, "A Cage of Bones", was topping bestseller lists around the world. Both "A Cage of Bones" and "The P-Town Murders," first in the Bradford Fairfax series were listed on AfterElton's Top 100 Greatest Gay Books in 2008. Jeffrey's "Endgame" was called a "brilliant recreation" of Agatha Christie's best-selling mystery "And Then There Were None", giving the original what one critic called a "punk-rock reboot." It became a best-selling e-book in the US in 2016.Support Requeered Tales re-publishing award-winning, post-Stonewall gay and lesbian fiction — with a focus on mystery, literary and horror/sci-fi genres.requeeredtales.comKindly give to The Trevor Project, a much-needed charity focusing not only suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth, but also helps to get answers and information to support them and connect with an international community of LGBTQ youth aged 13 - 24.https://www.thetrevorproject.org/The three year run of Queer Writers of Crime was fantastic but no new episodes are being made. Therefore, some links may not work. Be sure to check out Brad's new podcast, Queer We Are, where he interviews LGBTQ celebrities, athletes, activists, politicians, and more. You can find it at queerweare.com
Authors Recommending Authors with Hailey Piper and Lilja Sigurdardóttir
Sep 16 2022
Authors Recommending Authors with Hailey Piper and Lilja Sigurdardóttir
Ep: 151 Hailey Piper and Sigurdardóttir are back to recommend books to you. Between the two of them you'll four novels to choose from. Plus, Brad has an announcement.To cover the cost of producing Queer Writers of Crime, some of the links below are affiliate links. At zero cost to you, Brad will earn an affiliate commission if you click through the link and finalize a purchase.Get a Kindle Paperwhite:https://amzn.to/3KCfUuOHailey Piper recommends:Waif by Samantha Kolesnik https://amzn.to/3Udni5OWe Are Here To Hurt Each Other by Paula Ashehttps://amzn.to/3S754B5Red X: A Novel by David Demchukhttps://amzn.to/3QNe25qLilja Sigurdardóttir recommends:Exquisite by Sarah Stovell https://amzn.to/3Sq1PVNBrad's Website: bradshreve.comSupport Requeered Tales re-publishing award-winning, post-Stonewall gay and lesbian fiction — with a focus on mystery, literary and horror/sci-fi genres.requeeredtales.comKindly give to The Trevor Project, a much-needed charity focusing not only suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth, but also helps to get answers and information to support them and connect with an international community of LGBTQ youth aged 13 - 24.https://www.thetrevorproject.org/The three year run of Queer Writers of Crime was fantastic but no new episodes are being made. Therefore, some links may not work. Be sure to check out Brad's new podcast, Queer We Are, where he interviews LGBTQ celebrities, athletes, activists, politicians, and more. You can find it at queerweare.com
Lilja Sigurdardóttir and the Fictional Icelandic Crime Wave
Sep 13 2022
Lilja Sigurdardóttir and the Fictional Icelandic Crime Wave
Ep: 150 Brad and Laury Egan have a conversation with Lilja Sigurdardóttir about crime in Iceland, growing up in a free-spirited globetrotting family, and financial crimes. Podcast Website:   www.queerwritersofcrime.comCheck out Queer Writers of Crime Guest's blog.To cover the cost of producing Queer Writers of Crime, some of the links below are affiliate links. At zero cost to you, Brad will earn an affiliate commission if you click through the link and finalize a purchase.Get a Kindle Paperwhite:https://amzn.to/3KCfUuORed As Blood by Lilja Sigurdardóttirhttps://amzn.to/3xdemDsLilja's Website:www.liljawriter.comLilja on social media:Instagram:  @sigurdardottirliljaTwitter:   @lilja1972Facebook:   facebook.com/liljawriterIcelandic crime-writer Lilja Sigurdardóttir was born in the town of Akranes in 1972 and raised in Mexico, Sweden, Spain and Iceland. An award-winning playwright and screenwriter, Lilja has written nine crime novels, including Snare, Trap and Cage, making up the Reykjavik Noir trilogy, and her standalone thriller Betrayal, all of which have hit bestseller lists worldwide. Snare was longlisted for the CWA International Dagger, Cage won Best Icelandic Crime Novel of the Year and was a Guardian Book of the Year, and Betrayal was shortlisted for the prestigious Glass Key Award and won Icelandic Crime Novel of the Year. The film rights for the Reykjavik Noir trilogy have been bought by Palomar Pictures in California. She lives in Reykjavík with her partner Margrét, her dog and a few chickens.Brad's Website: bradshreve.comSupport Requeered Tales re-publishing award-winning, post-Stonewall gay and lesbian fiction — with a focus on mystery, literary and horror/sci-fi genres.requeeredtales.comKindly give to The Trevor Project, a much-needed charity focusing not only suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth, but also helps to get answers and information to support them and connect with an international community of LGBTQ youth aged 13 - 24.https://www.thetrevorproject.org/The three year run of Queer Writers of Crime was fantastic but no new episodes are being made. Therefore, some links may not work. Be sure to check out Brad's new podcast, Queer We Are, where he interviews LGBTQ celebrities, athletes, activists, politicians, and more. You can find it at queerweare.com
Hailey Piper and A Blend of Two Similar Yet Different Genres
Sep 6 2022
Hailey Piper and A Blend of Two Similar Yet Different Genres
Ep: 148 Hailey Piper and Brad discuss the horror genre and some similarities to mysteries. Podcast Website:   www.queerwritersofcrime.comCheck out Queer Writers of Crime Guest's blog.To cover the cost of producing Queer Writers of Crime, some of the links below are affiliate links. At zero cost to you, Brad will earn an affiliate commission if you click through the link and finalize a purchase.Get a Kindle Paperwhite:https://amzn.to/3KCfUuOSee Hailey's recent blog post on the Queer Writer's of Crime Websitehttps://www.queerwritersofcrime.com/blog/writing-is-chaos-are-you-by-hailey-piper/No God's for Drowning by Hailey Piperhttps://amzn.to/3eosQtXHailey's websitehaileypiper.comHailey on Twitter @HaileyPiperSaysHailey Piper is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Queen of Teeth, No Gods for Drowning, The Worm and His Kings, Unfortunate Elements of My Anatomy, and other books. She is an active member of the Horror Writers Association, with dozens of short stories appearing in Pseudopod, Vastarien, Dark Matter Magazine, and elsewhere. She lives with her wife in Maryland, where their monstrous rituals are secret. Brad's Website: bradshreve.comSupport Requeered Tales  re-publishing award-winning, post-Stonewall gay and lesbian fiction — with a focus on mystery, literary and horror/sci-fi genres.requeeredtales.comKindly give to The Trevor Project, a much-needed charity focusing not only suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth, but also helps to get answers and information to support them and connect with an international community of LGBTQ youth aged 13 - 24.https://www.thetrevorproject.org/The three year run of Queer Writers of Crime was fantastic but no new episodes are being made. Therefore, some links may not work. Be sure to check out Brad's new podcast, Queer We Are, where he interviews LGBTQ celebrities, athletes, activists, politicians, and more. You can find it at queerweare.com
Authors Recommending Authors with Rob Osler, Brad Shreve, Dea Poirier, and Neil Plakcy
Sep 3 2022
Authors Recommending Authors with Rob Osler, Brad Shreve, Dea Poirier, and Neil Plakcy
Ep: 147 Authors Rob Osler, Brad Shreve, Dea Poirier, and Neil Plakcy recommend novels they think you will love.  Podcast Website:   www.queerwritersofcrime.comCheck out Queer Writers of Crime Guest's blog.To cover the cost of producing Queer Writers of Crime, some of the links below are affiliate links. At zero cost to you, Brad will earn an affiliate commission if you click through the link and finalize a purchase.Get a Kindle Paperwhite:https://amzn.to/3KCfUuORob Osler recommendsThe Savage Kind: A Mystery by John Copenhaverhttps://amzn.to/3qrQEzXBrad Shreve recommendsWriter Murder by Eric Shaw Quinnhttps://amzn.to/3QtggXLDea Poirier recommendsDiary by Chuck Palahniukhttps://amzn.to/3elPMdeShe's too Pretty to Burn by Wendy Heardhttps://amzn.to/3q9UbCIYoung Rich Widows by Kimberly Belle, Layne Fargo, Cate Holahan and Vanessa Lilliehttps://amzn.to/3Dc1Yb1 Bath Haus by P.J. Vernonhttps://amzn.to/3wTyvi5Kismet by Amina Akhtarhttps://amzn.to/3TFjJoMLike a Sister by Kellye Garrett https://amzn.to/3Qe8jp4No Gods for Drowning by Hailey Piperhttps://amzn.to/3qff8vPNeil Plakcy recommendsLiebestrasse by Greg Lockardhttps://amzn.to/3R86dZ7Brad's Website:bradshreve.comKindly give to The Trevor Project, a much-needed charity focusing not only suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth, but also helps to get answers and information to support them and connect with an international community of LGBTQ youth aged 13 - 24.https://www.thetrevorproject.org/The three year run of Queer Writers of Crime was fantastic but no new episodes are being made. Therefore, some links may not work. Be sure to check out Brad's new podcast, Queer We Are, where he interviews LGBTQ celebrities, athletes, activists, politicians, and more. You can find it at queerweare.com
Cary Alan Johnson Brings to Life a Young Black Man Coming of Age in the Early 80s
Aug 30 2022
Cary Alan Johnson Brings to Life a Young Black Man Coming of Age in the Early 80s
Ep: 146 Cary Alan Johnson discusses with Brad his premier novel, Desire Lines. The story of a black man coming of age in 1982 just as the AIDS crisis was on the rise. Podcast Website:   www.queerwritersofcrime.comCheck out Queer Writers of Crime Guest's blog.To cover the cost of producing Queer Writers of Crime, some of the links below are affiliate links. At zero cost to you, Brad will earn an affiliate commission if you click through the link and finalize a purchase.Get a Kindle Paperwhite:https://amzn.to/3KCfUuOCatch Cary's interesting blog post on the Queer Writers of Crime websitehttps://www.queerwritersofcrime.com/blog/mourning-in-america-cary-alan-johnson/Desire Lines by Cary Alan Johnsonhttps://amzn.to/3CA5Fa5Cary's Websitecaryalanjohnson.comCary Alan Johnson is an author, activist and Africanist raised in Brooklyn and currently living in Central Africa.  He studied writing with Wesley Brown, Jane Copper Alexis DeVeaux, Randall Kenan, Louise Meriwether, and Susan Scarf-Merrell.  He has a Bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College and a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.  A long-time innovator in national and international queer politics and cultural activism, he was involved in several ground-breaking organizations, including the Blackheart Collective, Gay Men of African Descent, and the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. Cary was a founding member of Other Countries, the Black gay arts collective that published 3 volumes of poetry, prose and visual art by Black gay men in the 80s and 90s.  His short stories, poetry and essays have appeared in anthologies and literary journals including Agni, RFD, Joseph Beam’s Brother to Brother and E. Lynn Harris’ Freedom in this Village.  A public health and HIV specialist with experience living and working in Guinea, Haiti, Mali, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Ukraine, and Zimbabwe, Cary is currently the director for Population Services International in Burundi.  Desire Lines (Querelle Press, 2022) is his debut novel. Brad's Website: bradshreve.comSupport Requeered Tales  re-publishing award-winning, post-Stonewall gay and lesbian fiction — with a focus on mystery, literary and horror/sci-fi genres.requeeredtales.comKindly give to The Trevor Project, a much-needed charity focusing not only suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth, but also helps to get answers and information to support them and connect with an international community of LGBTQ youth aged 13 - 24.https://www.thetrevorproject.org/The three year run of Queer Writers of Crime was fantastic but no new episodes are being made. Therefore, some links may not work. Be sure to check out Brad's new podcast, Queer We Are, where he interviews LGBTQ celebrities, athletes, activists, politicians, and more. You can find it at queerweare.com
Neil Plakcy Merges Two Worlds
Aug 23 2022
Neil Plakcy Merges Two Worlds
Ep: 145 Neil Plakcy and Brad Shreve discuss Neil's latest book Being John Church.  He typically writes novels with gay protagonists, but he also has his Golden Retriever Series, which is written for a broader audience. In Being John Church he has both a gay protagonist and a golden retriever.  He'll also share how you can win a prize to help him celebrate his 65th birthday.Podcast Website:   www.queerwritersofcrime.comCheck out Queer Writers of Crime Guest's blog.To cover the cost of producing Queer Writers of Crime, some of the links below are affiliate links. At zero cost to you, Brad will earn an affiliate commission if you click through the link and finalize a purchase.Get a Kindle Paperwhite:https://amzn.to/3KCfUuORead Neil's blog post on the show's website:https://www.queerwritersofcrime.com/blog/gay-cozy-mysteries-by-neil-plakcy/Being John Church by Neil Plakcyhttps://amzn.to/3pzUZR3Unruly Son (Mahu Investigations Book 12)https://amzn.to/3Az4SVeNeil's Websitemauhbooks.comNeil Plakcy is the author of more than fifty full-length novels and many stories and story collections. He has been a university administrator, construction manager, computer game producer, web developer and college professor. He has sorted cards for phone book delivery, acted in children's theater, and traveled to many (but not all) of the places he writes about. He was a professor of English at Broward College and lives in Hollywood, Florida with his husband and their two rambunctious golden retrievers.Brad's Website: bradshreve.comSupport Requeered Tales  re-publishing award-winning, post-Stonewall gay and lesbian fiction — with a focus on mystery, literary and horror/sci-fi genres.requeeredtales.comKindly give to The Trevor Project, a much-needed charity focusing not only suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth, but also helps to get answers and information to support them and connect with an international community of LGBTQ youth aged 13 - 24.https://www.thetrevorproject.org/The three year run of Queer Writers of Crime was fantastic but no new episodes are being made. Therefore, some links may not work. Be sure to check out Brad's new podcast, Queer We Are, where he interviews LGBTQ celebrities, athletes, activists, politicians, and more. You can find it at queerweare.com
Dea Poirier's Fiction Set In A Real School With A History Of 111 Years Of Horror
Aug 16 2022
Dea Poirier's Fiction Set In A Real School With A History Of 111 Years Of Horror
Ep: 143 The Dozier Schools for Boys in Florida closed in 2011 after operating for over a century. Touched by its' history where cruelty, torture, and death, occurred, Dea Poirier felt compelled to write her chilling thriller After You Died, a fictional story set at the real school where the horrific events occurred. She and Brad also chat about Godzilla, exorcism, and image free thinking. Heavy topics in a light-hearted interview.Podcast Website:   www.queerwritersofcrime.comCheck out Queer Writers of Crime Guest's blog.To cover the cost of producing Queer Writers of Crime, some of the links below are affiliate links. At zero cost to you, Brad will earn an affiliate commission if you click through the link and finalize a purchase.Get a Kindle Paperwhite:https://amzn.to/3KCfUuOAfter You Died by Dea Poirierhttps://amzn.to/3QzJLYkDea's Websitedhpoirier.comFollow Dea on Twitter@deapoirierbooksBrad's Website: bradshreve.comSupport Requeered Tales  re-publishing award-winning, post-Stonewall gay and lesbian fiction — with a focus on mystery, literary and horror/sci-fi genres.requeeredtales.comKindly give to The Trevor Project, a much-needed charity focusing not only suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth, but also helps to get answers and information to support them and connect with an international community of LGBTQ youth aged 13 - 24.https://www.thetrevorproject.org/The three year run of Queer Writers of Crime was fantastic but no new episodes are being made. Therefore, some links may not work. Be sure to check out Brad's new podcast, Queer We Are, where he interviews LGBTQ celebrities, athletes, activists, politicians, and more. You can find it at queerweare.com
Rob Osler on the Average Guy Protagonist
Aug 9 2022
Rob Osler on the Average Guy Protagonist
Ep:  141 Rob Osler discusses with Brad his cozy...err, "Quozy" novel, having diversity in story, not having a sexy torso on his cover, and much more. Podcast Website:   www.queerwritersofcrime.comCheck out Queer Writers of Crime Guest's blog.To cover the cost of producing Queer Writers of Crime, some of the links below are affiliate links. At zero cost to you, Brad will earn an affiliate commission if you click through the link and finalize a purchase.Get a Kindle Paperwhite:https://amzn.to/3KCfUuODevil's Chew Toy by Rob Oslerhttps://amzn.to/3Q1ZAXMRob's Website:robosler.com Rob Osler’s debut novel, Devil’s Chew Toy, features a gay and lesbian amateur sleuth in a hilariously light-hearted mystery adventure set in present-day Seattle. His short story, Analogue, published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, won the Mystery Writers of America Robert L Fish Award as part of the 2022 Annual Edgar Awards. Rob’s second short story, also to be published in Ellery Queen in 2023 features a cross-dressing amateur sleuth, named Perry Winkle. Rob lives in California with his long-time partner and a tall gray cat. Brad's Website: bradshreve.comSupport Requeered Tales  re-publishing award-winning, post-Stonewall gay and lesbian fiction — with a focus on mystery, literary and horror/sci-fi genres.requeeredtales.comKindly give to The Trevor Project, a much-needed charity focusing not only suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth, but also helps to get answers and information to support them and connect with an international community of LGBTQ youth aged 13 - 24.https://www.thetrevorproject.org/The three year run of Queer Writers of Crime was fantastic but no new episodes are being made. Therefore, some links may not work. Be sure to check out Brad's new podcast, Queer We Are, where he interviews LGBTQ celebrities, athletes, activists, politicians, and more. You can find it at queerweare.com
Wendy Whitman Brings True Crime Experience to a Fiction Novel
Aug 2 2022
Wendy Whitman Brings True Crime Experience to a Fiction Novel
Ep: 139 Wendy Whitman's background as an executive producer for Court TV and HLN offers her a unique perspective as a crime fiction writer. In her first novel Premonition she was able to meld over twenty true crime stories seamlessly into her fiction story. Podcast Website:   www.queerwritersofcrime.comCheck out the Queer Writers of Crime Guest's blog:https://www.queerwritersofcrime.com/blog/To cover the cost of producing Queer Writers of Crime, some of the links below are affiliate links. At zero cost to you, Brad will earn an affiliate commission if you click through the link and finalize a purchase.Get a Kindle Paperwhite:https://amzn.to/3KCfUuOPremonition by Wendy Whitmanhttps://amzn.to/3QhrfnrWendy's Amazon Author Pagehttps://www.amazon.com/author/wendywhitman Wendy's Websitewendywhitman.com No Dogs Left BehindLeading the way in the global war against animal cruelty.https://nodogsleftbehind.com/Wendy Whitman has a unique background through her decades-long work as an executive and producer for Court TV and HLN, covering almost every major high-profile murder case in America. Through her knowledge of the most detailed aspects of the crimes, Ms. Whitman has become an expert on the subject of murder in America. Before attending Boston University School of Law, Whitman worked for comedians Lily Tomlin and George Carlin. After graduating from law school, the author embarked on what turned out to be a twenty-year career in television covering crime. She spent fifteen years at Court TV and another several at HLN for the Nancy Grace show, where she appeared on air as a producer/reporter covering high-profile cases. Whitman received three Telly Awards and two GLAAD nominations during her tenure at Court TV. Brad's Website: bradshreve.comThe three year run of Queer Writers of Crime was fantastic but no new episodes are being made. Therefore, some links may not work. Be sure to check out Brad's new podcast, Queer We Are, where he interviews LGBTQ celebrities, athletes, activists, politicians, and more. You can find it at queerweare.com
Timothy Jay Smith: A Thriller Writers Thrilling Life
Jul 12 2022
Timothy Jay Smith: A Thriller Writers Thrilling Life
Ep:  134 Timothy Jay Smith, author of Fire on the Island and The Fourth Courier, began working on social issues in the 1970s, with a focus on poverty. His career took him to thirty-three countries where he encountered polish cops, Greek fishermen,  wanna-be terrorists,  indian chiefs, child prostitutes, mercenaries, and arms dealers.  He shares his incredible history and how he worked many of his real-life experiences into his novels. Podcast Website:   www.queerwritersofcrime.comCheck out the Queer Writers of Crime Guest's blog:https://www.queerwritersofcrime.com/blog/To cover the cost of producing Queer Writers of Crime, some of the links below are affiliate links. At zero cost to you, Brad will earn an affiliate commission if you click through the link and finalize a purchase.Get a Kindle Paperwhite:https://amzn.to/3KCfUuOTimothy Jay Smith's Amazon Page;https://amzn.to/3OUqEI4Timothy's website:timothyjaysmith.comThe Tanzania Tree and Water Projecthttps://www.timothyjaysmith.com/tz-trees-projectRaised 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 Iron Curtain, maneuver through Occupied Territories, represent the U.S. at the highest levels of foreign governments, and stowaway aboard a ‘devil’s barge’ for a three-day crossing from Cape Verde that landed him in an African jail.Awards Timothy has received include the Gold Medal in the 2017 Faulkner-Wisdom  Competition for the Novel, and his screenplay adaptation of it was named Best Indie Script by WriteMovies. Another novel, The Fourth Courier, set in Poland, published in 2019 by Arcade Publishing, was a finalist for Best Gay Mystery in the 2020 Lambda Literary Awards. Previously, he won the Paris Prize for Fiction (now the Paris Literary Prize) for his novel, A Vision of Angels. He is the founder of the Smith Prize for Political Theater.Brad's Website: bradshreve.comThe three year run of Queer Writers of Crime was fantastic but no new episodes are being made. Therefore, some links may not work. Be sure to check out Brad's new podcast, Queer We Are, where he interviews LGBTQ celebrities, athletes, activists, politicians, and more. You can find it at queerweare.com