In this episode of LGBTr, I interview Christopher Murphy, author of debut thriller novel, 'Where the Boys Are'.
He's active in community service, loves a good martini, and knows how to grab your attention and never let go. We talk about his inspiration for the book, doing something different with gay fiction, and he even tells a great story about the day he met none other than THE E. Lynn Harris.
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Back in 2018 I felt burned out by trying to create so much original content for each social media channel. After completing my fantasy novella, The Auctorati, I decided to give content marketing another go. I've learned that it's not necessary to constantly create new stuff.
These are some tips I've learned for balancing consistent content creation with your writing or other creative endeavor.
Authors, writers, and creatives in general can learn from my mistake of trying to force a story to work when it isn't. I almost posted a video about using fear to fuel me and plow through draft of a sequel to my first novel, Pangaea: Unsettled Land. But, that all changed after another failed attempt and my search for answers on Twitter. Watch to see what advice I got and apply it to your situation.
Auctorati is the title given to paid volunteers who would fight as gladiators in the Colosseum back in the ancient Roman days. Find out why I've chosen this as the title for an upcoming novel set six years prior to the events in my first book, Pangaea: Unsettled Land. I also explain why I decided to write this new book in the first place.
Today, I talk about how the movie I Am Mother and an episode of Black mirror are keeping me in the right mindset to write this sci-fi novel. Plus, with E3 delivering tons of news, I talk about one of my favorite topics - video games!
I completed the website redesign for Philly Black Pride and sent in book cover ideas to my cover artist. I also talk about dating multiple people or just dating one person at a time. Which do you choose?
I talk about my memorial day weekend with research and some relaxation, plus getting back on my grind as far as sending emails to my subscribers. Also, listen to my elevator pitches for my two latest stories and let me know which you like best.
I had a great weekend by finishing one project and going to a party. Plus, I talk about the next step in the snowflake outline for my killer androids novel.
Try out the Snowflake Method for yourself: https://www.advancedfictionwriting.com/articles/snowflake-method/
I chat with author Vicktor Alexander about his many pseudonyms, constant flow of new ideas, and how being an Army vet changed his approach to being vocal about important issues and his approach to writing. He's a gay trans man and I also explore how that plays a role into the types of stories he writes. We also discuss his latest release 'Life is Not a Musical'. Get ready for another great interview!
I interview author Eddie S. Pierce Jr. of Rainbow Room Publishing about his previous two books, 'LOVE: Something Infinite' and 'LOVE: From Behind', his push to include gay HIV-positive characters, and his latest book, 'LOVE Changes'.
I interview author Ryan Douglass about his novel, Jake in the Box, and what got him to want to be an author in the first place. We talk about his background, Twitter politics, the state of YA fiction when it comes to its lack of Black LGBTQ characters. His book doesn't come out until spring 2020, but this is one writer you'll want to keep tabs on.
I start the day talking about my interviews, but end it with an introspective about depression, anxiety, and suicide; spurred on from the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
How does one go from a background in Industrial Engineering to writing fiction? I answer that and more as I interview author Terry J. Benton! We discuss his life and all that lead to the release of his latest book, Through God's Eyes.
I talk about working past my insecurities while playing against some really good tennis players, and the need for perfection in the gay community. Check out the Gayside Stories podcast (episode 66) to hear what I'm referring to.
I talk with Toni Newman, author of I Rise, about her life and the many roads taken to reach a complete transformation. We'll explore her discovery of being a trans woman, her time as a fitness model, and the decision that led her to be homeless and finding work on the streets. It's an eye-opening story that you don't want to miss.
Join my conversation with Renaldo Christopher, author of 'Gorgeous', as we talk about how sickness helped him power through the first draft of his novel, and explore the stories of his main characters: four Black, gay men who try to escape the pasts that seem to always creep back up.
I get personal with Jayce Baron, author of Absolutely Me. He's releasing a follow-up to his book and we talk about what's in store for readers. I also dig into his numerous blog posts, podcasts, events, and all of the things that made him who he is today.
I got on the phone with one of the godfathers of Black LGBT fiction, James Earl Hardy! We talk about his book, B-Boy Blues, his special relationship to E. Lynn Harris, and how it felt to see his characters brought to life on the stage. There's also a ton more! Listen in on a great conversation!
I discuss why I'm beginning to think that audio dramas may be the best way to tell a fictional story. I also gush in the awesomeness of Beyoncé's Coachella performance and discuss the issue of why straight Black male actors can't fully play gay.
As a writer, coffee lover, Black man, and Starbucks lover, I felt it important to talk about the big thing that happened this past weekend. Then I switch gears and complain about going to the eye doctor. It's been a weird day.
How does one go from extreme trauma as a youngster to thriving as an adult? I have a chat with Lawayne Childrey about his book, 'Peeling Back the Layers: A Story of Trauma, Grace, and Triumph', which tells us all about his journey.
I express the need to sometimes put away social media and focus on yourself as opposed to what other are doing and saying. I also discuss this theory about an upcoming video game and how amazing of a marketing feat it would be if true.
The dreaded rewrite I agonized about in the last video actually turned out not to be so bad. See how quickly I got it done, what's coming up for me in the future, and why you should sign up, subscribe, and follow me everywhere in social media.
I talk with La Toya Hankins, author of lesbian fiction titles 'SBF Seeking...' and 'K-RHO: The Sweet Taste of Sisterhood'. We discuss sororities, breaking stereotypes, and how the discovery of her own sexuality led to the creation of her first book.
It's seems that I've made a breakthrough on how to deliver a high quality post on social media platforms, especially Instagram stories / Snapchat. I've also found that after digging deep in a previous episode, it's been easier for be to be transparent with my followers online.
An author of over five books, Larry Benjamin describes himself as an artist with words as his primary tool. I talk about what it was like growing up gay in the '60s, what lead to the writing of his books, and what diversity and inclusion mean to him as an author.
Get into the mind of the man who thinks he may just be Black gay Larry David. It's Jefferey Spivey of men's fashion blog, Uptown Bourgeois. We discuss his life, his book "It's Okay If You Don't Read Everything", and his thoughts on a number of topics ranging from being stereotyped to achieving your dreams.
Learn all about how a boy from Jacksonville, FL grew up to become an award-winning writer living in Los Angeles. Victor Yates has work published in the anthology named For Colored Boys, and has recently released his latest book A Love Like Blood, winner of the 2016 Lammy for debut LGBT fiction. We talk life, love, and what you can get out of reading his work.