The Eric Shaw Quinn Series | Part 1 of 3: A Guest Post from Eric

RT2_MSTR-ESQ-IMG_0800-SoftFilter-croppedI’m thrilled to introduce a three-part series with the diversely talented Eric Shaw Quinn, New York Times bestselling author and co-host of The Dinner Party Show. On June 7th, he released his most exciting and ambitious work yet: a biographical narrative of the powerful love between biblical heroes David and Jonathan. Widely lauded as a beautiful retelling of 1 Samuel 18:1 & 3, Quinn sat down to chat with me about the book and his experiences in sharing it with the world.

The series begins with an “in his own words” guest post from Eric, continued the following week with an interview, and, finally, the best for past: an exclusive excerpt from The Prince’s Psalm!

Schedule:

Part One: Guest Post Written by Eric Shaw Quinn (July 5th)
Part Two: An Interview with Eric Shaw Quinn (July 12th)
Part Three: An Exclusive Excerpt from The Prince’s Psalm. (July 19th)

The Prince’s Psalm- A Guest Post by Eric Shaw Quinn

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I’m not really a Bible person. As a gay person, I never really felt welcome in the Christian church around which I grew up. I wasn’t sure what offended me more. The Christians who used their bible and their faith to justify discriminating against and even killing gay people, or the Christians who claimed they didn’t hate “the gays” but did nothing to stop the destructive actions of the lunatics who did. One thing was for sure. Both groups turned me off to the whole thing. It turned out to be a personal blessing as it allowed me to explore my spirituality unfettered by outdated ideas. I got the chance to decide what I believe and what I don’t believe. Without five-thousand-year-old, out of date rules to encumber me, my faith continues to evolve. The only thing I’m certain about is that I don’t believe in organized religion. I think it’s a harmful and destructive force responsible for most of the evil in the world today.

My father is a man of strong faith. He’s had his own struggles with religion. In his lifetime, he’s pursued a career as a minister, studied for a doctorate of divinity at SMU and left the church altogether over its views and inaction on segregation. More recently, Dad was personally shaken when his delegation to the Methodist convention was denied a chance to speak about standing up for gay people against those Christians who wanted to use the church as a weapon against others. His faith remained strong, however. Later when his own minister decided to be a dick in public about the incident at the convention, my father stepped away from his church’s regular organized observances. Still, despite being in his eighties now, he continues his work at the church-based soup kitchen he helped start after he retired. That’s just one of his Christian outreach efforts where he tries to do “unto the least of these.”

It was the nineties, the heyday of Christian hate against gay people. On the television airwaves and beyond, alleged Christians felt free to just say whatever hateful, hurtful thing they wanted to and about gay people. Yet my father’s faith and his belief in his own mission was strong enough that he turned to that same faith for answers to his conflict. In a Bible study group with whom he was reading and discussing the Bible chapter by chapter, he came upon the first book of Samuel and, as he read on, to 1 Samuel chapter 18 which begins:

And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.

2 And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father’s house.

3 Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.

My father could see the truth in these beautiful words. These two men — one of them arguably the second most famous person in the Bible – were not only in love, but pledging their commitment to one another as David was taken into Jonathan’s family. This was gay marriage, right smack dab in the middle of the holy book that was being used to argue against the idea and to justify the hatred of and discrimination against gay people throughout the world. I don’t know where my father was when he read these words or what his Bible study class had to say about it, or if leapt to his feet and raced to call me or just remembered to let me know what he’d found when we next spoke. I do know that from the moment I first heard those words more than twenty years ago, the novel that became The Prince’s Psalm was born in my heart. Thanks Dad, for sharing your faith with me and for inspiring me to tell Jonathan and David’s love story.

To learn more about this story (including links to where to purchase), click here.

 

An Interview with Christopher Rice

rice2I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to interview one of my favorite authors, Christopher Rice.

Let’s all take a moment of silence for my inner fangirl.

Back on track, I was first turned on to Rice’s work when he released his first novel, A Density of Souls. Like many, I was curious what the son of Anne Rice could bring to the table, and I was not, at all, disappointed. I’ve been an avid reader of his work ever since. You can read my reviews of The Heavens Rise and The Vines, which are easily my two favorites.

In addition to being a talented and prolific writer, he is also the co-host of The Dinner Party Show, an endlessly entertaining live comedy variety show that airs on Sunday nights.

This week, he embarks on the tour for his latest supernatural thriller, The Vines. I’ll be traveling to New Orleans in a few days to participate in Undead Con as a panelist, an event Rice is featured at. I also suspect his mother has a secret plan to crown him as Lestat at the Lestat Coronation Ball on Halloween, and I wouldn’t miss that for all the world.

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Guest Author: C.M. Michaels

My guest today is fantasy/urban fantasy author C.M. Michaels, creator of the Sisters in Blood Series. We will be on an author panel together late this month at Anne Rice’s Undead Con, on October 31st in New Orleans. I look forward to meeting him!

Please join me in welcoming C.M. to the Guest Author Program!

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Guest Author: Josephine Templeton

My guest today is Josephine Templeton, urban fantasy author of titles such as Convicted of Love and Forever Yours. Josephine will be one of the Undead Con authors on Halloween this year in NOLA, and I look forward to meeting her there.

Please join me in welcoming Josephine to the Guest Author Program!

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Guest Author: Paul Koudounaris

My guest today is Paul Koudouraris, an author and photographer, well-known in the field of macabre art and art history. I have to say… this is one of the most colorful and unique authors I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing. And next month he will be featured on a panel at Undead Con in NOLA. As another panelist at UC, I look forward to meeting him!

Please join me in welcoming Paul to the Guest Author Program!

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Guest Artist: Raven Quinn

My guest today is the multi-talented Raven Quinn! Raven is a singer/songwriter of rock/pop/alternative music (with a beautiful voice!), and brilliant fantasy illustrator, having illustrated for Becket’s Key the Steampunk Vampire Girl series. She will also be making an appearance at Undead Con on Halloween in New Orleans, where will be together on a panel. I can’t wait to meet her!

Please join me in welcoming Raven to the Guest Artist Program!

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Guest Author: K.L. Bone

My guest today is K.L. Bone, author of the YA fantasy series Rise of the Temple Gods, among other work. Her dark fantasy novel, Black Rose, is coming out in October, just in time for her to make an appearance as a panelist on Anne Rice’s Undead Con. Did I mention we are on the panel together? Can’t wait to meet her.

Please join me in welcoming K.L. to the Guest Author Program!

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