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Mystery writer Amanda Kyle Williams first made her mark on the publishing world in the early 90s with the Madison McGuire novels from Naiad Press. Madison was Williams’ answer to The Avengers’ Emma Peel – a redheaded, kick-ass, deep cover operative, who happened to be a lesbian. Twenty years later, Williams is now with Random House and her new kick-ass heroine is Keye Street, a former FBI analyst tracking serial killers across the south, who happens to be straight.
Williams took some time to talk with Lambda about her inspirations, her writing process, and creating well-rounded characters…. read more
“I started writing because all odds were against me and I wanted to share my own unique experiences so that others like me would know they are not alone in this world.”
“The Banal and the Profane” is a monthly Lambda Literary column in which we lift the veil on both the writerly life and the publishing industry. In each installment, we ask a different LGBT writer, or LGBT person of interest in the book industry, to guide us through a week in their lives.
Books like this aren’t supposed to exist anymore. Didn’t I just read an article on the front page of the New York Times, bemoaning the fact that today’s high school students just want Lady Macbeth to go on her meds, and find Holden Caulfield to be a whiny, privileged brat? Haven’t we been told that… read more
The VIPs (Broadway Books/Random House), Scott Poulson-Bryant’s first novel, is no let-down. The author must have spent many a night watching soap-operas and mini-series’ in the 80s. If so, it paid off. He writes with ease and an eager pace, giving you season-finale style cliff-hangers after every chapter. … read more
Opera, HIV, and The Velvet Underground Blogger and novelist Matthew Gallaway sat down at his computer to answer a few questions about his debut novel The Metropolis Case (Crown), (reviewed by David Blaustein last week), the burdens of blogging, and his ideal literary threesome…. read more
The highly influential and much imitated David Levithan and Rachel Cohn have changed the young adult genre in new, exciting ways – always showcasing a world where GLBT characters are as much a part of the tapestry as anything else is. Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares, their third and latest, brings a touch of… read more
September signals the start of the official fall book season, one of the busiest times of the year for publishers and authors alike. Some exciting fiction titles this month include Monique Truong‘s Bitter In the Mouth (Random House)—we interviewed Truong last month—and Yield (Kensington), the exciting debut from Lee Houck. In nonfiction, we’re excited about… read more