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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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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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Where to Find Victor Yates

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