20 episodes

Welcome to The Queerly Books Podcast, hosted by Rob Gillett! Immerse yourself in the vibrant world of LGBTQ+ literature with conversations on queer books, LGBT authors, and the stories that shape our community. We celebrate the diversity of our experiences through interviews with LGBTQ+ writers, discussions on LGBT books, and in-depth analysis of LGBTQ+ literature. This LGBT podcast also shines a spotlight on the importance of representation and the intersection of authorship and identity. Subscribe to The Queerly Books Podcast and join us on our journey.

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Welcome to The Queerly Books Podcast, hosted by Rob Gillett! Immerse yourself in the vibrant world of LGBTQ+ literature with conversations on queer books, LGBT authors, and the stories that shape our community. We celebrate the diversity of our experiences through interviews with LGBTQ+ writers, discussions on LGBT books, and in-depth analysis of LGBTQ+ literature. This LGBT podcast also shines a spotlight on the importance of representation and the intersection of authorship and identity. Subscribe to The Queerly Books Podcast and join us on our journey.

    K. Patrick | Mrs. S

    K. Patrick | Mrs. S

    In this enriching episode of The Queerly Books Podcast, we welcome the remarkable K Patrick, the voice behind the compelling debut novel, "Mrs. S". Set in the claustrophobic yet liberating confines of an elite girls’ boarding school, "Mrs. S" masterfully explores themes of gender, sexuality, and identity.



    Join us as we delve into K Patrick's creative process, unpack the evocative narrative of "Mrs. S", and discuss the profound themes that permeate the text. We explore the significance of an unnamed protagonist, the representation of queer longing and desire, and the role of Mrs. S - the paragon of heteronormativity.



    This episode offers unique insights into the transformative power of queer love, the dissonance between self and place, and the author's personal journey in the realm of queer literature. Whether you're a writer, a reader, or someone interested in queer narratives, this conversation with K Patrick is not to be missed.



    Grab your headphones and get ready for a thought-provoking conversation on queer storytelling.

    • 40 min
    Tony Santorella | Bored Gay Werewolf

    Tony Santorella | Bored Gay Werewolf

    In this episode of 'The Queerly Books Podcast', host Rob Gillett dives deep into the mind of debut author Tony Santorella. Tony's novel, 'Bored Gay Werewolf', brings together themes of horror, comedy, personal growth, and social commentary in a unique way.



    Show Highlights:

    - Tony shares the inspiration behind 'Bored Gay Werewolf' and how his experiences from Danvers to Washington DC, London, and across the globe influenced the book.

    - Listen to Tony discuss his unique career transitions, from waiting tables to international development, and finally to writing.

    - Learn about the creation of Brian and Tyler, the two main characters in 'Bored Gay Werewolf', and what Tony hopes readers take away from their roles in the story.

    - Get a sneak peek into Tony's future writing plans and where you can purchase 'Bored Gay Werewolf'.



    Guest Bio:

    Tony Santorella is a debut author with a rich background in the service industry and international development. He brings a unique mix of experiences from Massachusetts, Washington DC, London, and his travels globally to his writing. His debut novel, 'Bored Gay Werewolf', offers a unique perspective on the power of friendship, the struggle of adulthood, and the complexities of masculinity and sexuality.



    Links and Resources:

    - Buy 'Bored Gay Werewolf' (Bookshop.org)

    - Follow Tony Santorella on Instagram



    Next Episode:

    Tune in next time for our interview with K Patrick, author of the thrillingly evocative debut novel 'Mrs. S', a tale of queer love set in an elite English boarding school.

    • 44 min
    Becky Albertalli | Part Two | Imogen, Obviously

    Becky Albertalli | Part Two | Imogen, Obviously

    Welcome back to The Queerly Books Podcast! In this second part of our conversation with acclaimed author Becky Albertalli, we turn our attention to her latest novel, 'Imogen, Obviously'.



    We explore the complexities of Imogen's self-perception, her journey in a queer college community, and the ways this narrative parallels Becky's own personal journey. With its engaging characters and Becky's signature blend of warmth and wit, 'Imogen, Obviously' presents a rich exploration of sexuality, identity, and friendship.



    If you haven't listened to the first part of our discussion, where we delve into the intersection of authorship, identity, and representation, we highly recommend you check it out. Becky shares her experiences with coming out publicly and how it influenced her work.



    Don't miss this opportunity to gain unique insights into 'Imogen, Obviously' and Becky's remarkable storytelling skills.



    Guest: Becky Albertalli

    Featured Book: 'Imogen, Obviously'

    Previous Episode: A Deep Dive with Becky Albertalli, Part 1



    Remember to subscribe and leave a review on your preferred podcast platform. For more information about the books and authors featured on our show, visit our website at thisisqueerly.com. Connect with us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @thisisqueerly to join our ongoing conversation about LGBTQ+ literature.



    Stay tuned for our next episode – more fascinating discussions and inspiring voices await!

    • 38 min
    Becky Albertalli | Part One | The Intersection of Authorship, Identity, and Representation

    Becky Albertalli | Part One | The Intersection of Authorship, Identity, and Representation

    Welcome back to The Queerly Books Podcast! In our Series Two premiere, we're tackling some complex and important topics as we sit down with the celebrated YA author Becky Albertalli.



    In this first of a two-part conversation, we discuss the intersection of authorship, identity, and representation. We focus on the challenges and controversies faced by authors who pen narratives outside of their own experiences, as well as the impact of diverse representation in literature.



    Becky Albertalli, known for her beloved work 'Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda' and its film adaptation 'Love, Simon', has been a pivotal figure in these discussions. In 2020, Becky publicly identified as bisexual, adding a new perspective to the dialogue around her work. In this episode, we delve into her journey, addressing the accusations around appropriating queer content and spaces, and exploring how her personal experiences have informed her writing.



    Next week, in Part 2 of our deep dive, we'll turn our attention to Becky's latest book, 'Imogen, Obviously'. This novel introduces us to Imogen, a 'hopelessly heterosexual' character who finds her notions of identity challenged when immersed in a queer college environment. With Becky's characteristic warmth and humour, this story intricately explores the nuances of sexuality, identity, and friendship.



    Join us as we begin Series Two with a candid and compelling conversation with Becky Albertalli. You won't want to miss it!



    Guest: Becky Albertalli

    Featured Book: 'Imogen, Obviously'

    Next Episode: A Deep Dive with Becky Albertalli, Part 2 (Releasing Next Week)



    Remember to subscribe and leave a review on your favourite podcast platform. For more information about the books and authors featured on our show, visit our website at thisisqueerly.com. You can also connect with us on social media - find us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @thisisqueerly.



    See you next week for Part 2 of our conversation with Becky Albertalli!

    • 46 min
    Kelly J. Ford | Real Bad Things

    Kelly J. Ford | Real Bad Things

    Dead men and buried secrets. On this episode Rob is joined by the award-winning author Kelly J. Ford to discuss her new book, the queer crime thriller REAL BAD THINGS. The story sees Jane, a queer woman in her forties, returning to the small Arkansas town she left 25 years earlier after confessing to the murder of her violent stepfather. There was no conviction at the time, but now that the body has surfaced Jane is back in an attempt to face her crimes and ensure other well kept secrets don't make their way to the surface.



    REAL BAD THINGS is published by Thomas & Mercer and out now in bookstores in the US & worldwide via Amazon. You can find Kelly on Twitter and Instagram.

    • 32 min
    Deb Rogers | Florida Woman

    Deb Rogers | Florida Woman

    FLORIDA WOMAN APPEARS ON LGBTQ+ BOOKS PODCAST. This week Rob's joined by Deb Rogers to discuss her debut novel Florida Woman which follows one woman's sensational summer at a Floridian wildlife centre for exotic monkeys but all is not quite as it seems. They also discuss the origins of the 'Florida Woman...' meme and just how exactly you get Tiger King's Joe Exotic to blurb your book - FYI he said "My kind of book. I loved it.'

    Florida Woman is out now in the US from Hanover Square Press, you can also find it on import from several UK booksellers. You can find Deb Rogers on Instagram and Twitter as @debontherocks

    • 43 min

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