LGBTQ READERS

October Newsletter

Welcome to our first Newsletter!

In this Issue,
  • Join us for the KICK OFF event on October 13th!
  • Where to buy White Trash Warlock
  • We are doing an interview with WHITE TRACK WARLOCK author David Slayton!
  • A sneak peek and CONTEST for November's choice SURRENDER YOUR SONS by Adam Sass!
  • In celebration of LGBTQ History Month
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WHITE TRASH WARLOCK releases everywhere on October 13th!

Join us virtually for an unofficial celebratory event!

We encourage you to post to social media with a picture of yourself with the book/e-book!

Add and leave a review on Goodreads!

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Where to buy October's Book!

We encourage you to buy directly off of the Publisher's website. Many employees of Blackstone Audio were affected by the recent fires in Oregon. Please consider donating to the cause or supporting the Publisher.

To view the fundraiser for the employees, please visit this GO FUND ME site directly: https://www.gofundme.com/f/blackstone-audio-fire-victims

**Contest Winners will be receiving their copy in the mail around October 13th**

An Interview with David Slayton! Author of WHITE TRASH WARLOCK!

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Patrick Munnelly: Where did you get the idea/inspiration for White Trash Warlock?

David Slayton: I used to live by the old CU Health Sciences Center when they first began demolishing it. I’d walk by at all hours and peer into the closed buildings. Chapter Two popped into my head first: the doctor and his wife. Adam came later, when I driving late at night through North Carolina, listening to the radio and watching the trees overhang the road. Kaleo’s song Way Down We Go came on the radio (since I mostly work from home for my day job I tend to fall behind on new music and the rare work trip gives me a chance to catch up). That got me thinking about driving and growing up in Oklahoma. I stirred those two moments together and got Warlock.

PM: You grew up in Guthrie, right? How much is similar to your live as compared to Adam’s?

DS: My early childhood is a near match. I have three siblings. We lived with my parents on three acres in the woods near Lake Liberty outside of Guthrie. We had a trailer at the bottom of a slight hill. My grandparents had the little house at the top. I grew up with the lake a half a mile away, and in the summer you’d be pressed to catch us anywhere but in the woods or fishing down by the lake. Once a week or so we’d go to town, usually to Wal-Mart. On weekdays we’d bus to school. I remember the annual rumors that they’d pave our roads and how excited my grandparents would get. That red, sticky clay clings to everything.

PM: A lot if the book takes place in Denver, do you have any special places of interest you added to the book?

DS: So many! I love Denver, and since one of my degrees is in history, I love research. You’ll notice some obvious sights like Casa Bonita or Lakeside Amusement Park (whose history is fascinating), but there’s a lot of hidden history as well. A careful read paired with some research will tell you that not everywhere in the book exists, or at least doesn’t still exist. It’s my way of letting the elves mess with the reader’s perception of the city.

PM: Tell us what the LGBTQ representation means to you.

DS: As a lifelong reader, especially of fantasy, it means everything. There are so many great books out there now that include the representation I missed as a young adult. I especially longed for fantasy books that showed us in a positive light. When we were on the page we died tragically or were the villains.

It was really important to me that White Trash Warlock include representation without tragedy, without burying my gays, etc. There are so many great books about coming out and self-acceptance, etc. Warlock isn’t that kind of book. I wanted to write a story that wasn’t about that, where the character wasn’t struggling with those things. I’ll always be grateful to Rick Bleiweiss, my acquiring editor at Blackstone, who saw what I wanted to do right away. Adam is out. He’s proud. That’s very clear in the first chapter. He’s not the only LGBTQ character in the book, and I’m widening the representation as the series continues.

PM: That ending! Not a cliffhanger, but can you tell us what is in store for book 2!?

DS: Without too many spoilers, I’ll say that Adam has to go back to Guthrie to solve one of the biggest mysteries left over from book one. It’s called Trailer Park Trickster, and most of it happens in Guthrie. At least Adam’s parts do. It also includes my favorite thing ever: Argent and Vic on a road trip.

PM: Where do you like to do your writing?

I have an office full of geeky stuff I love and trinkets from my travels. I painted one wall black but mixed in fine glitter so it sparkles when the light hits it, which is pretty much the most David thing ever. I’ll do an Instagram tour sometime. Sometimes I write on the couch just to mix it up. I miss being able to write at a coffee shop, but I’ve learned to write anywhere. It’s almost a compulsion.


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PM: What are you currently reading?

DS: I just wrote an article for Publisher’s Weekly on urban fantasy so I’ve been mainlining a lot of books in that genre, many of which I’ve been putting off so they didn’t influence Warlock. I firmly believe that to write, you first need to read as much as you can, so at any time I’m usually reading three or four different books. I just finished the first two books in K.D. Edwards’s Tarot Sequence and couldn’t put them down.

In non-fiction I’m reading Caitlin Doughty’s From Here to Eternity, which is an examination of our relationship to death and funeral practices (party for research for book three). I’m reading Dean Cole’s Chasing Ghosts for some lighter Halloween vibes. Next on my list is Gregory Ashe’s Hollow Folk series. Oh, and savoring Cale Dietrich’s Friend Scheme. It’s a YA sons of mobsters falling in love story. No one writes teenage longing like Cale.

PM: What is your favorite book/genre?

Fantasy in all of its flavors, but I read everything from romance to mysteries. Asking me to pick a favorite is like trying to pick a favorite child. Here’s a few I re-read all the time:

My favorite love story is in the one in Gail Carriger’s Soulless (speaking of authors with great LGBTQ rep).

TJ Klune’s Lightning Struck Heart is super gay, crass, and laugh out funny. It’s great on audio.

Terry Pratchett’s Witches Abroad might be my absolute favorite. When he started his last book (published after he passed), with the death of my favorite character, I sobbed like I’d lost an old friend. Because I had. But his books are so pithy and full of jokes I’m still getting.

I’m never going to understand Margaret Atwood’s Cat’s Eye, but I don’t think I’ll ever stop trying. I love this story. It’s about memory and childhood and loss. She’s just a master of phrasing.

PM: October 13th as a release day?! How exciting? What does the spooky mean to you? Do you believe in the Sight and tarot like Adam’s world?

The date is so perfect! I love it. I couldn’t believe it when Blackstone told me. It’s the perfect date for a book in the spooky season.

I think anybody who grew up with intensely religious people around them will always be a little superstitious. When my dad left my mom got really into Pentecostal Christianity, and it certainly influenced my world view.

That said, I also grew up in Guthrie, which has more than a few ghost stories and rural myths. I am a major skeptic, but I’ve seen or experienced a thing or two I couldn’t explain so maybe the elves are messing with me too.

Preview November's Book

To Enter for your chance to win one of 2 copies, TWEET out this October Newsletter to @LiteraryPatrick with the HASHTAG #LGBTQReaders!

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Winners will be selected by October 13th!

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Surrender Your Sons

by Adam Sass

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In Celebration of LGBTQ History Month

We encourage you to get involved with other LGBTQ related organizations including LAMBDA LITERARY and THE TREVOR PROJECT.

Send your friends a link to join this book club!

To find out more information:
https://lgbthistorymonth.com/

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