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An Interview With Jayce Baron, Author of ‘Absolutely Us’

Jayce Baron

In this episode of The Read, I get personal with Jayce Baron, author of Absolutely Me. He’s now got a follow-up to that book, titled Absolutely Us, 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.

His story is interesting. For one, his mother is the First Lady of a Baptist church. Being her gay son came with its challenges, but he has a strong sense of self. We talk about where that comes from and his journey from being a rape victim to becoming a champion for HIV / AIDS awareness and an author. Despite the heavy topics, it was a very fun conversation. Watch the interview now!

The Read: Jayce Baron

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An Interview With James Earl Hardy of ‘B-Boy Blues’

James Earl Hardy

My interview with James Earl Hardy is one that I know many of you will enjoy. I wasn’t able to get a visual of him, but our talk over the phone was just as good. 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!

The Read: James Earl Hardy

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Bisexual Urban Fiction – An Interview with Cedric Quincy

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In my latest episode of The Read, I had a conversation with Cedric Quincy, author of The Misunderstanding of Don Ho and more recently, co-author of Where the Players Dwell. We discussed his work and dug a little deeper. We talked about how he lived life as a pan / bisexual man, what his wife thought about it, and his experience being outed in the publishing industry. His story is a good one, so pull up a chair and take a look!

The Read: Cedric Quincy

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Inspiration for All: An Interview with Brandon Goode

Brandon Goode Interview

I had the pleasure of coming across a new LGBT fantasy author on Twitter and I just knew that we would have an interesting conversation. Brandon Goode released his debut novel, The Secrets of Eden, about a week prior to our interview. As a new author in the fantasy genre myself, I knew we would have some things in common.

In this episode of The Read on YouTube, we talk about his interests in journalism and how that got transferred into writing his novel. We also expressed similarities in critically breaking down the characters of reality shows and how that helps us as writers. However, what I thought was most potent, was his passion for inspiring others to go for their dreams.

Watch the interview below and get acquainted with your new favorite author!

The Read: Brandon Goode

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Lawayne Childrey: From Tragedy To Triumph

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My interview with Lawayne Childrey was one like no other I had done before. I’ve interviewed other authors about their lives, but never has a story resonated so deeply with me and with those of you who have watched. Childrey is the author of Peeling Back the Layers: A Story of Trauma, Grace and Triumph. It’s an autobiography that starts with the tragic death of his little cousin; a story told in such heart-wrenching detail that you’re immediately drawn in. After a series of negatives, even worse negatives, and a positive that’s most certainly a negative (HIV+, that is), Childrey uses the strength that has always been a part of him to pull himself out and become an award-winning journalist. Watch our interview below and get ready for the feels and the inspiration from this great story!

The Read: Lawayne Childrey

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La Toya Hankins: For the Love of Yourself

La Toya Hankins Interview

The way you discover your sexuality is as unique to everyone as their fingerprints. For La Toya Hankins, author of lesbian fiction titles SBF Seeking… and K-RHO: The Sweet Taste of Sisterhood, she came to the realization of her orientation just months before she was to be married to a man. As a springboard into exploring feelings long buried, she placed a personal ad for a sexual experience with a white man and found out that she was gay. This serves as the exciting premise for her first book, but there’s so much more to explore with this writer.

 

Having grown up in North Carolina, Hankins seeks to destroy stereotypes about southern living. And as a result of her time in a college sorority, she emphasizes the values of sisterhood and self love in her work.  I interviewed Hankins about all of this in my YouTube Live show, The Read. One of the best moments in the interview is where she elaborates on this point: “As long as you are good with you, that’s all that matters.” I couldn’t agree more. Watch the full episode below.

The Read: La Toya Hankins

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Larry Benjamin: The Art of Words

Larry Benjamin

Last week, I interviewed Larry Benjamin, author of What Binds UsUnbroken, and most recently, Vampire Rising. He spoke about writing as a way to make some money during a rough time, the line between reality and fiction in his semi-autobiographical novel, and the message of the effects of prejudice and fetishizing any particular group of people. He also discussed the importance of diversity and inclusion, which is fitting because just two days ago, we saw that idea echoed with the Oscar for Best Picture going to Moonlight.

However, what I found most interesting in this interview was his story of finding love, culminating in marriage that was spurred on by an unexpected call from friends about the passage of marriage equality in PA.

Watch the interview below.

The Read: Larry Benjamin

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Jefferey Spivey – Deeper than Fashion

Jefferey Spivey

In the second episode of my live author interview series, The Read, I talked with Jefferey Spivey of Uptown Bourgeois. He’s a freelance writer and fashion blogger who recently took his work into deeper areas of thought. This transformation lead to the completion of his first book, It’s Okay If You Don’t Read Everything. It’s a compilation of essays and articles from his blog along with a few new ones. I recommend giving it a look because every page leaves you laughing, smiling, or reflecting.

The bulk of the book is about the lessons Jefferey has learned from life; everything from being stereotyped as a tall Black man to breaking away from a job he didn’t like in order to live on his own terms. Our conversation tackles finding love, diversity in the fashion industry, and finding your own personal definition of success.

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Victor Yates: Coming In

Victor Yates

I had the pleasure of kicking off my first episode of The Read with Lamba Literary Award winning author, Victor Yates. I explored Victor’s story from personal to professional, and I came away understanding that he has a definitive voice and perspective in his work and in life.

One of the most powerful points of the interview was when he started to outline the message he wanted to convey to readers of his first novel, A Love Like Blood. He mentioned that he wanted parents of LGBTQ children to “…love them, because they might not always be there in your life.” It strikes me as very sad to need this to be a message to parents because you’d think love would be natural. But unfortunately, it needs to be said. What better way than through a beautiful narrative that follows Carsten Tynes, the protagonist, as he deals with his abusive father?

More strong moments like this are found in the interview below.

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Samuel Alexander: The Perils of Publishing

Samuel Alexander

I am delighted to share an interview with my first author friend, Samuel Alexander. He’s the multi-genre writer of books like Virgil, Dana, and Salinor: The Beginnings, and has recently released a new book that’s a gritty take on the coming of age story.

Samuel Alexander Novel

His latest story involves multiple gay characters of color, but as we all know, there is more to growing up than just dealing with sexuality. We talk all about that title, Brothers and Frenemies, as well as his experience with publishing. This is one interview other writers and independent authors will not want to miss.  Check out the video below and follow Sam on Facebook and view his blog for even more.

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