Ep:044 : Laury A. Egan is the author of the madcap gay comedy, Fabulous! An Opera Buffa; an LGTBQ suspense set in Venice, Jenny Kidd; a mystery-romance, A Bittersweet Tale;  a YA novel, The Outcast Oracle; a collection, Fog and Other Stories; and two forthcoming novels, The Swimmer and Wave in D Minor. Four volumes of poetry have appeared in limited edition, and forty stories and poems have been published in literary journals. Her visits to Mykonos inspired The Ungodly Hour, and her fine arts photography teaching provided material for the main character’s workshops on the island.

Website: www.lauryaegan.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/laury.egan

The book is available in Paperback and eBook from Interlude Press: https://store.interludepress.com, Amazon, or bookstores.

The Keeper of Bees by Gregory Ashe
The Lavender House Murder by Nikki Baker

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Brad Shreve 0:01
Welcome to Gay Mystery Podcast featuring interviews with renowned LGBTQ authors, and up and coming talent of mystery, suspense and thriller novels. I’m your host Brad Shreve. And Justene is here with her weekly recommendation. My interview with Laurie Egan is coming up, and as always, we have Justene with her weekly recommendation. But first I want to give a shout out to our friends over to Add This to Your List. They review movies, TV and theater and let you know if you should add it or skip it. And they just hit their 100th episode. So I hats off to them.

Justene 0:42
Excellent.

Brad Shreve 0:43
Yeah, we’ll be getting there probably next year. We’ll hit it.

Justene 0:48
Oh, that’s that sounds about right. Yeah. Okay, I’m recommending The Keeper of Bees by Gregory Ashe and I have to do a little bit of disclosure before I recommend this one. I read it in advance, and he has me in the acknowledgments and thank you. But my addition to this book was very minimal. I suggested things like, why don’t you invite this person to the party? So the the well crafted mystery is all of Greg’s doing. The other thing that I have to give you full disclosure on that because I know it’s important to you. This is not a standalone book. Oh, this is a Hazard and Somerset Mystery. And the first the first series with these two was five books. And the second series is five books and this is the fifth of the second series. You don’t have to read the first series to get it, but you do have to start at the beginning of the second series. However, let me tell you, now that the fifth ones out, it is worthwhile to read the whole series. You can start from Beginning and go all the way through. And the ending in the fifth book is very satisfying. I know when I do a series I sometimes I just worry as I’m going along that I’ve committed to this many books and then it falls flat at the end. The Keeper of Bees is a wonderful tie up to the entire ongoing mystery of in the five books. The keeper of bees is a serial killer and the the murder in the first book is incredibly gruesome.

Brad Shreve 2:35
I like those

Justene 2:36
in this fifth book. Yeah, yeah, I wouldn’t you know, I would tell you how the murder is done. But it will it will spoil it for you. I believe it is probably a very unique Well, it’s the way of the murder. Not so much the former. You know who the murderer is, but I think it is very unique. style and I don’t want to spoil that for you, or the other listeners, the keeper of bees is a serial killer and he he doesn’t get caught in that first book. And in this last book, he shows he shows up again and starts making threats against the only victim to have survived the murder of the first book. Hmm. So yeah, if he catch they catch them, but not before there’s some serious damage to other victims and to Hazard in Somerset themselves. This one really gets a thrilling recommendation. They’re both putting a lot of danger. One of them has to save the other and then the other one the the other has to save the one. And Emery Hazard suffers from PTSD. You know, some people get lost in flashbacks but he’s got to actually keep moving through a flat flashback And try to remind himself that he, where he is because he’s he’s running to escape some dire consequences. But the the whole, the whole book is very well done. It moves very quickly and I think you’d enjoy it. It’s got a thrilling recommendation.

Brad Shreve 4:20
Well, it sounds great. And do you have anything for ReQueered Tales this week?

Justene 4:27
Today we’re releasing the Lavender House Murders. It is a the second in the Virginia Kelly mystery series. By Nikki Baker. And we always have forwards these books that we republished the first one had a foreword by the author herself. The second one has a foreword by an Ann Aptaker who you’ve had as a guest on this show. And the third one coming out. We’ll have a foreword by Cheryl Head who’s also been a guest on this show. Both prominent lesbian writers and they have added their praise to one of the original black lesbian writers Nikki Baker.

Brad Shreve 5:11
Sounds great. Alrighti, Justine. Talk to you next week.

Justene 5:18
Okay, bye.

Brad Shreve 5:22
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Brad Shreve 5:39
My guest Laury A. Egan is the author of a mad cap gay comedy. LGBTQ suspense set in Venice, a mystery romance, a young adult novel, a short story series collection and two forthcoming novels. four volumes of poetry have appeared in limited edition and 40 stories and poems had been published in literary journals She’s been busy. Her visits to Mykonos inspired the ungodly hour. Welcome to Gay Mystery Podcast, Laurie.

Laury A Egan 6:08
Hi there, Brad. How are you?

Brad Shreve 6:10
I’m doing great. I’m in a different work environment than I’m going to survive here. Just a little thrown off. How about yourself?

Laury A Egan 6:19
I’m good, I’m good.

Brad Shreve 6:22
Well, this is a show about LGBTQ crime fiction, but it’s also about you. And that’s where I’m going to begin. Okay, I understand you began writing, writing poetry at the age of seven. And you finished your first novel at 13. I’d say that’s a good sign that you have a love for writing. But what’s interesting is in college, you focused on the visual arts studying graphic design and photography at Carnegie Mellon University. What gives?

Laury A Egan 6:51
Well, my mother was a very fine painter. And so I was always surrounded by you know, what her what she was doing. And I frankly I got accepted Bennington in creative writing. And then I think I, I got a little scared, because the writing was so important to me, I don’t know. But I wound up going in the completely surprising direction because I always wanted to be a writer. That was since I was can remember that’s what I wanted to do. So I can’t explain why I veered to the left. But the good news was I did get into publishing as my first job. So that helped sort of keep my my fingers in and I learned a great deal that way. So I’ve always sort of had, you know, both in my career, both the visual and the verbal.

Brad Shreve 7:45
Would you say that your pursuits in the visual arts were a distraction or an equal yet different passion of yours?

Laury A Egan 7:51
A writing was my main interest, but I didn’t do it for a long while because I got involved with book design. and photography and things like that. So for the, you know, I would say the majority of my my working years, I was really split between the two but more in the visual field. And then, in the last 20 or so years, I have my semi retired to retired from book design. I still teach photography, but I am almost 100% of the time I’m working on my writing now,

Brad Shreve 8:27
Has the visual arts background helped in your writing career in any way.

Laury A Egan 8:30
Yeah, absolutely. It’s actually helped a lot particularly in my writing poetry because I think those two are rather linked. And there have been many times when I’ve been out taking photographs and then I get inspired by something I’ve seen and then I come home and have written a poem that said, for example, for this particular book, The Ungodly Hour, my latest one, I did spend quite a bit of time photographing in Greece. On a several occasions and that was my original, I guess my interest in Mykonos was was visual. So it was a natural segue for me to begin working on a novel at some point.

Brad Shreve 9:17
Well, you told me earlier, it’s a good book for those who can’t travel. Can you explain?

Laury A Egan 9:24
Well, I think we’re all sort of stuck at home one way or the other of these days and I know a lot of people are very frustrated. Mykonos is one of those places, particularly it’s it’s such a gay mecca, that either people want to go to or they’ve been to. And either case this book is going to be fun because it’s either going to make you want to leave more and you can go without having to worry about getting on a plane, or you can revive your memories and enjoy it that way. And again, not have to get on a plane. So this is sort of a it’s a very picturesque Island and this book really spent a lot of time on the, the feel of the island right down to the cuisine and the wines and everything else.

Brad Shreve 10:10
I’ve never been to Greece but it’s high on my list of go to places. Almost as long with my long list of books I want to get around to reading too. Almost as long as I’m seeing some of your photos and they’re beautiful. Thank you. Tell us more about the photography in that aspect of your career.

Laury A Egan 10:29
Okay, well, I did, actually several different aspects of photography. I’ve done book illustration cover illustrations. I worked as a live opera and theater photographer freelance for quite a few years at the Metropolitan Opera. And let’s say, I work with Placido Domingo, both the Washington Kennedy Center and also in New York and I’ve done a lot of things like that. And then Fine Arts photographer. So I’ve exhibited in a lot of galleries and I currently teach adult professional students, professional photographer students twice a month at my home. So that’s been fun. So I’ve done sort of all of the above done a lot of exhibiting in the tri state area. I still do a little bit.

Brad Shreve 11:23
Well, I’ve got to say it’s impressive that you’ve been so successful in two different groups, similar but different careers. You mentioned The Ungodly Hour, which is your most recently published book earlier this year. And as you said, you tied your passion for photography and writing together. Can you tell us more about the setting and visual inspiration for the novel?

Laury A Egan 11:45
Well Mykonos is is really one of those very, very beautiful islands. A lot of pre formed buildings and whitewash. bright blue, blue skies and the ocean The sea is is really beautiful. Lots of flowers. So it’s extremely colorful. And I, I’ve always enjoyed photographing there and some of the other Greek islands where I’ve been spent some time. So actually, my main character is a photographer, which shouldn’t be a surprise, consider what I just said. But Dana Fox, the main character is doing a workshop there. So I get to actually insert some of my photographic assignments that I give, that she is able to speak about to her students who are part of the book. So that’s a nice little side. In fact, for people that are photographers, or either amateur or professional, I might enjoy that part of the book.

Brad Shreve 12:44
Well, it’s certainly a lot more effective, I think, than hitting Google Earth like many of us do. So let’s go deeper into The Ungodly Hour. Tell us as much as you can about the story.

Laury A Egan 12:56
All right, well, it begins with Dana Fox who is The photographer. She’s there, she has a place that she stays in the little Venice section of Mykonos, which is really beautiful. And she’s giving assignments and she has her students so, but that morning when the book opens, she is no, this is filmed days. So it’s not digital. She’s taking pictures just just after dawn or just around that early early morning time. And she accidentally takes a photograph of figure down at the bottom of one of Mykonos alleys and doesn’t think anything of it. But in fact, she photographed killer who had just killed a young gay man. And so what happens is, is that she didn’t realize what she had done up, obviously, and then her places broken into and it’s, you know, she is she’s got evidence that he wants. So the story is really told, from her perspective, a little bit of his perspective. But he’s never really revealed who he is. And then she also meets this young, very attractive police woman, Cybill, and they fall in love. So some of the stories also told from Cybill’s perspective so that we get a little bit of an idea more of what the police are doing on the island about these murders that are happening. And there are also quite a few religious protesters who are prominent going up and down the harbor, anti gay slogans and things like that. So that’s sort of roiling the island, as well. So this is really a combination of a romance and a mystery. Both.

Brad Shreve 14:41
Nothing wrong with that. That goes back to the pulp days. Well, I don’t know if you’d say romance. But yeah, there’s always been a combination of the two. One thing I do find interesting in this era where series novels are popular, as near as I can tell, all of your books are standalone

Laury A Egan 15:00
Yes. Ah, there are a couple that I’m sort of tempted like this one was one that I was sort of tempted to writing a second book, but I keep having more ideas. I just haven’t gotten around to doing any reprises of any of them. There are only one or two that I think might might have a second sequel or something. The Outcast Oracle would be one, possibly even Fabulous, which is a comedy. But other than that, I haven’t really done that because I keep I keep, you know, new things keep percolating.

Brad Shreve 15:37
Do you see yourself possibly writing a series in the future?

Laury A Egan 15:41
I’m not sure. I’m really not sure.

Brad Shreve 15:44
Those ideas just keep coming.

Laury A Egan 15:46
They do and you know, they come from different places. But I’ve also done the most recent three books that I’ve been writing that are out under submission, or more literary so I’ve taken a little bit of a Turn I’ve done a lot of psychological suspense or literary suspense, but I’ve been doing a little of the op, you know, little more literary work in recent times.

Brad Shreve 16:11
Now, you’re diverse in your writing, as I said in your intro you’ve written Fabulous which is an Opera buffa. Which is a madcap comedy, you wrote Jenny Kidd, which is a mystery romance, the Outcast Oracle, which is a young adult novel, is writing diverse purposeful. So for you or is it that you write whatever feels right at the time?

Laury A Egan 16:36
Well, depends on the inspiration. You know, The Ungodly Hour was very strongly influenced by this setting. You know, this was a location, location, location. concept, for the most part. Sometimes I have, literally a voice that comes into my head. This was true for Fabulous and Opera Bufo. I was sitting on my deck one day and this quite entrancing young young, gay tenor came into my head and started yakking at me, into a wouldn’t go away. So I came in and I typed his name into the computer. And out he came. And his voice was clear. This was also true of a very different kind of character for A Bittersweet Tale and some of my short story. So when it’s voice oriented, I may be just sort of an innocent bystander, or somebody that has multiple personality disorder. I’m not sure which. But that is another reason. Some other books or what if problems, so that may occur to me like what if this happened, and then then it would be very plot driven. So it really just depends on on, you know, where these things start from?

Brad Shreve 17:50
Yeah, the fact that sometimes our characters really take control I see sometimes it’s a blessing and sometimes it’s a curse.

Laury A Egan 17:58
It’s a little frightening. I had once Short Story guy who was a little sociopath. And he came into my head knows before I was very happy to see the other side of him.

Brad Shreve 18:08
Where did that come from? You know, like, gotta ask yourself,

Laury A Egan 18:11
I have absolutely no idea.

Brad Shreve 18:14
Probably some little dark side that just had to get out.

Laury A Egan 18:17
I think so.

Brad Shreve 18:20
Now writing came to you in early age, as I said, and you pursued writing as a career career. Were there any LGBTQ authors who gave you inspiration to write lesbian fiction specifically?

Laury A Egan 18:32
Well, I was employed in the early days a lot by Patricia Highsmith. I really love her spider web plots and you know, talk about sociopath she she’s, she, I think she’s probably had a little of that herself. But she was somebody that I I was very fascinated with in my first book, Jenny Kidd. I think it’s got a lot of that feel of her some of her books. I would say she would be the most dominant one for me, in terms of LGBTQ authors

Brad Shreve 19:08
well considering you started writing at such an early age. Were there any younger novels or writers that wrote towards children that inspired you then?

Laury A Egan 19:19
Uh, not really. And I wasn’t, you know, I wasn’t too clear on my, my orientation until in my 20s. So even though I had a pretty, pretty good idea where things were going back then, you know, these weren’t, you didn’t have many gay authors, and particularly not any any gay authors for who are writing for young adults or children. So this was just not you know, just there wasn’t any any opportunity to read any books by them. So I really pretty much started as a general reader and I still am I read all over the place in terms of both genre and also, you know, gay, straight books, whatever. Whatever catches my eye.

Brad Shreve 20:02
Yeah, I’ve got to get much better at that I keep telling myself to read other genres or just literary fiction. But when I go to look at books, I’m just always drawn towards mysteries. And I’m like, No, not this time. But they always win out. So I think I think it would help if I would be more diverse and learn something from some other genres. Mm hmm. Well, we are going to pause for a minute for awkward questions authors get and what we do with this is I spin the wheel, and you’ll get a question that we sometimes get that are awkward and those may be just take us aback. little difficult to answer or sometimes just downright rude. So are you prepared?

Laury A Egan 20:49
I guess I’m sitting down.

Brad Shreve 20:51
Okay good. All right. Well, let’s spin the wheel here.

Brad Shreve 21:01
Okay, my question for you Laury is why don’t you go where the money is and write erotica?

Laury A Egan 21:12
Well, that’s pretty funny because I just had to write a sex scene in a book, a novel that I’m just about finished the first draft on. And I put it off for like two or three days. Because I, I really find it hard. It’s particularly with women to women, and I assume male to male. Although, I have written one little scene, but it was pretty mild between two men. I find it very hard because you don’t want to get I don’t know how to say this. it winds up being she and she which is confusing to begin with when you’re writing in the third person. You know, you don’t have the sex differences there. And I just I’m old, I guess my mother’s wasp old, you know, reserved feelings. I just have a very hard time writing sex scenes. I mean, I’ve had to do it, I’ve done it, but I just find it very, very hard to do it and make it convincing. I’m just a little too reserved maybe I have my, my mother and grandmother’s, you know, more, you know, they’re sort of pearching over my head. Whenever I write these things. They’re both course long gone, but I find it very difficult. I admire some of the writers like Anna Yusim and people like that Colette, I love that I’ve been able to do this, but it’s just not my strong suit.

Brad Shreve 22:40
Yeah, I’m impressed with anybody can write a good sex scne because it’s a challenge for me as well.

Laury A Egan 22:46
Yeah, it can get trite very easily. And mechanical. That’s the other issue is, you know, you sort of have to remember where everybody’s hands are and what they’re doing. And it’s difficult fight scenes are also very difficult to do. Not that the same thing, obviously. But you know, there, it’s an involvement of two people and trying to give the reader the idea what is actually transpiring. And you know, what the physical proximity between the two characters is? So I think it is difficult and to make it fresh.

Brad Shreve 23:21
Yeah. And as you said, you can write a sex scene that’s mechanical or if you try to be too creative, then it comes out ridiculous. And in another writer mentioned to me once that, you know, we figure out what, what we like to do, and that pretty much is, you know, I mean, may jazz it up a little bit here and there, but we pretty much do what we enjoy doing sexually. So to have to come up in new and interesting ways to write about it to keep the reader interest interested, is not an easy thing to do.

Laury A Egan 23:53
Yes, I agree. I agree.

Brad Shreve 23:57
I would say like, like you I find it challenging and I mentioned last week that my book that recently released I wrote two sex scenes that were challenged, I was really proud of them. And I was like, wow, this is I finally did it. And then I just decided they weren’t good for the novel. So I have them set aside for maybe some novel in the future, but it definitely didn’t come naturally to me.

Laury A Egan 24:19
But I think they’re very hard to do. So let’s say I just, you know, I was really procrastinating as I was, you know, the other problem, too, is if you have any bridge readers, between the gay community versus a straight community, which I often do, then how much is too much? What are they going to understand what are they going to get? That’s another little quiet aspect for me to consider too, because, you know, I do have a lot of general market readers, as well as in the community.

Brad Shreve 24:53
Well, it’s funny in what expectations are I had two straight readers that read my novels and they were like, Wow, for a gay novel, there wasn’t much sex in there. And I’m like, What do you mean? I have to have it like every few pages. Now, going back to when ideas come to you and your character speak to you this is a similar question is, do you have a set schedule for writing? Or are you one of those that write only when you feel inspired?

Laury A Egan 25:25
Well, I’m pretty much at my desk every day, seven days a week, and maybe not always as early on weekends. But I work pretty much from about eight o’clock 830 until about 530 every day, and that it would include doing promotion, requesting endorsements, polishing, editing, submitting all those things. So, but I work pretty much a full week and I think that’s what’s really helped me out. I’ve had the luxury of doing that and Most people, you know, that’s, that would be something most writers would be thrilled to have that much time. But because I, I’ve been able to do it, I think that’s another reason I’ve had so many books published.

Brad Shreve 26:12
Yeah, that’s really impressive 830 to 530 and working seven days a week. That’s something and like, like you said, there’s so much more to writing than writing. Now, I think a lot of readers have this thought in their head that we sit at the typewriter we write, and then we just travel around the country doing book signings, and then we go back to writing the book again, and I wish it was that easy.

Laury A Egan 26:36
Well, and it’s really changed. I mean, I have really noticed the difference because in the old days, the publishers did a lot more of the work for promotion and, you know, working on publicity, and now the onus is so much on the author for particularly for small, independent presses. All my books are traditionally published, but yeah, they just don’t have the money to spend On the marketing. So that’s become more and more part of the author’s responsibility. And that is very time consuming.

Brad Shreve 27:09
Yeah, it is. And I know at least two writers told me that publishers before they would publish your their novel said, Ask them. So what is your marketing plan?

Laury A Egan 27:19
Oh, yeah. And that’s all almost every submission form now.

Brad Shreve 27:24
And you might say, my, my marketing, but what’s your marketing plan? You know, that’s the way it is these days. What is the biggest surprise that experienced after becoming a full time writer?

Laury A Egan 27:39
how little money there is and how difficult it is to be sort of, I guess the word is discovered. And I mean that because when you have a book that’s been published by one of the big trade houses, you are automatically going to get a certain amount of attention and There will be an automatic Kirkus review possibility and all these other major media interest. But when you’re having to do it through a small publisher only does a couple of books a year. It’s very, very difficult for them without a lot of promotional people are publicists, which, you know, is often the case that that small presses don’t have to find a way to get your name out there is very hard. That is, I think, one of the biggest challenges for writers like myself, and I know there are many, many like me, who are really struggling with this, and I have a lot of online contacts and Facebook friends and all of that, but it’s still very hard to sell a number of books is a real challenge.

Brad Shreve 28:50
Yeah. How many books do you generally put out? How regularly do you get them out?

Laury A Egan 28:56
Well, it’s been sort of uneven because I had a cluster, I had an agent for a little while, who wound up he was older and he became ill. And so after sort of hogging all my about four or five manuscripts of mine and and then he didn’t do anything with them. I had we sort of parted ways. So I’ve had a sort of odd cluster in this last two years, and I have several books that are coming out in 2021, possibly three, maybe more, or into the little bit into 2022. So I’ve got a sort of a large number right now, which I really no way I wish that wasn’t weren’t the case, because that means it’s going to be difficult for promotion. But that’s the way it goes. So I don’t write that fast. The Ungodly Hour is actually quite a few years old, but then I’ve revised in a bunch of times, and you know, and then it takes you know, nine months or 10 months to Got a book, from acceptance all the way through into having a paperback in your hand. So it does take a while.

Brad Shreve 30:07
Well, given the number of days a week and the long hours that you’re able to put into writing, do you set specific goals for yourself each day? A number of words? Or do you have a length of time that you do? But do you have a set goal that you have for each book?

Laury A Egan 30:23
No, I sort of, I think I did that a little more when I was doing short stories a lot. But I really just try to be organic about the writing as as much as I can. And, you know, I, I for this, you know, I’ve been in the middle of it first draft of a new novel, which I think is probably gonna be horrible, but, you know, I go to bed and you know, and I have my paper next to the bed and then I turn off the light and then 15 minutes later, I put the light back on, you know, write some notes or a little bit of dialogue, turn off the light. 20 minutes later, same thing happened. So you know, I Get sort of busy with this. So it’s not just a regular work day, when you’re in the actual throes of writing, it’s ongoing if you’re, you know, driving somewhere or swimming in a pool or whatever.

Brad Shreve 31:14
I don’t know for me the ideas hit me when I’m brushing my teeth for some reason. I should keep a pen and paper on my sink. And I’ve got to say I’m impressed. 40 story and poems that have been published do you do you have more of more of a passion for short stories or an equal passion? Because I find them difficult to write.

Laury A Egan 31:36
I think they’re very hard because you know, you’re dealing with, you know, just a few characters, a very simple plot arc, but you’ve got to get it in and hit the ground running and tie it up at the end. You know, you don’t have any real sort of maneuvering room. I started with stories because I wanted to make to sort of find my voice in my style. So that’s where I began and I don’t write very many anymore. More I’ve written two stories in the last two years, and that’s or maybe three. And that’s it. So I think for poetry too, I don’t write poetry on a regular basis. It’s whenever I have an idea in my head that comes to me or something like that. So I would say mostly, I’m predominantly right now novelist.

Brad Shreve 32:22
Well, the challenge for me in a short story is in a very short number of words, you have to get the reader to care about the characters and, and that’s not always easy to do.

Laury A Egan 32:34
No, you’ve got to have that first paragraph has to have a strong hook. You have to make the reader wonder what’s going to happen or be curious or empathetic, as you say, or something like that. But that’s also true of a novel you’ve got these days, you’ve really got to create that hook up at the beginning. Because people have very little time and patience and they they’re not like Virginia Woolf readers, any More where you can, you know, just sort of meander in there and have a lot in the head kind of fought to start, you’ve really got to do something that that makes people curious.

Brad Shreve 33:12
It’s very similar to movies, you have to just jump in and get things moving right away. Because we’ve been quarantined. My husband and I have been watching a lot of movies. And we’re seeing such a huge difference between older movies and movies today that older movies take their time getting into the story. And you surely don’t find that nowadays.

Laury A Egan 33:33
Yeah, I was thinking about Lawrence of Arabia, which is my favorite film of all time, and you know, that was showed was a three over three hours, I think. But you’ve just completely lost yourself in that film. And you know, wasn’t just the beautiful acting and the cinematography and everything else, but the lines were great. You just don’t see that kind of involvement. You know, you’re more in and out with movies and there’s a lot of editorial splicing of time frames and going back and forth in different perspective. So there’s a whole different style. And you’re seeing this a lot in Mystery Writers as well. I tend to be more of a linear writer. So I’m old fashioned in that regard.

Brad Shreve 34:14
Well, how do you feel about the LGBT mystery genre and its future?

Laury A Egan 34:21
I think it’s probably very good. You know, I think I think people really like mysteries. And there are other genres that that are very, very popular that I don’t read like science fiction or some of the other things. But I think it’s, it’s innately interesting because it sets up curiosity right at the beginning, something dramatic happens. And I think people again, as I say, like film so that their attention spans are shorter, so they want to get in there and get involved right away. And there’s nothing like a mystery to do that. That really works well for people.

Brad Shreve 34:59
And I think it’s far as queer novels go, we’re seeing a lot of more and more, which I think is wonderful young adult novels. So if we get kids that are reading, there’s books that are there for them in the beginning. And then they can look and say, oh, there’s more that books about people like me, I see that it’s only a good thing in our future.

Laury A Egan 35:21
I think so too. I just had a one a new young adult novel accepted, called Turnabout. I don’t know, when it’s going to actually come out yet because of the publishing confusion these days. But I had a great deal of fun writing that, you know, it’s set in the 60s. So it’s a historical novel, but it’s definitely got a strong gay audience.

Brad Shreve 35:44
Who are you reading now?

Laury A Egan 35:45
Well, I’m sort of going through my Nordic phase Nordic noir so I’ve been reading things like Lars Kepler and Joe Nesbo and people like that and then I also go back to so of the British writers, Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs series which is very old fashioned. And then from the from the 30s and 40s Georgetter Heyer wrote some just really wry, funny mysteries that really made me laugh out loud sometimes because she’s, she’s very funny. So I’ve been reading you know, I recorded like you I’ve read quite a few mysteries.

Brad Shreve 36:24
And before I let you go on, let everybody know, you do have a website. Yeah. And lauryaegan.com and I will have that in the show notes. And your most recent novel is the Ungodly Hour and that you can get from Interlude Press is that correct? And it looks like most anywhere else as well.

Laury A Egan 36:51
Yeah, Amazon, wherever it’s, it’s widely available.

Brad Shreve 36:55
Well, I want to thank you for your time. I’ve enjoyed our discussion.

Laury A Egan 36:59
Well, me too. You’ve done a great job some great questions today.

Brad Shreve 37:05
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