A Chat with Larry Benjamin ~ Andrew Q Gordon: Outside the Margins

Join us as Andrew Q Gordon goes Outside the Margins.


First I’d like to that Brandilyn and Prism Book Alliance for inviting me to go Outside the Margisn. I thought a lot about what I wanted to say for my first post and decided instead of writing it, I’d do something more visual. But spending any length of time just talking to people would have felt too much like work. So instead I recruited a guest to help me break the ice. It also was a great way for me to introduce everyone to one of my favorite authors – Larry Benjamin.

For those who don’t know Larry, his last release, Unbroken was a Lambda Literary Award finalist this year for MM Romance. He and I sat down and chatted about his books, what it’s like to be a Lambda Literary Award finalist, minorities in MM Romance and we name dropped a few names too – (If you’re reading this Edmond Manning, I give you a big shout out for being a LLA Finalist too.  )

With that, take a moment to watch the interview and click on the link to Larry’s site below to learn more about a wonderful author and a really good man.


See you next month.


About Andrew Q Gordon

Andrew Q. Gordon wrote his first story back when yellow legal pads, ball point pens were common and a Smith Corona correctable typewriter was considered high tech. Adapting to the times, he now writes with a shiny new MacBook that he sets on the same desk as his manual typewriter and vintage adding machine.
Long a fan of super heroes, wizards and sports, Andrew’s works include high fantasy, paranormal spirits, magic as well as contemporary fiction. He is still trying to find the perfect story that will include all his favorites under one cover.
He currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his husband, their young daughter and dog.  In addition to dodging some very self-important D.C. ‘insiders’, Andrew uses his commute to catch up on his reading. When not working or writing, he enjoys soccer, high fantasy, baseball and occasionally sleeping.
His works include: (Un)Masked, The Last Grand Master, Purpose, Ashes of Life and A Closed Door. Check out his website for more information.










Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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11 thoughts on “A Chat with Larry Benjamin ~ Andrew Q Gordon: Outside the Margins

  1. Thank you both so much for taking the time to chat and share it with us. 😀
    It was great listening to you discussing different aspects of writing, characters and their attributes, and your experiences.
    I really liked the discussions about race, personal experiences of all kinds, and how each of you feel once finishing one story and what comes after that.

    Larry, you know I loved my experience in reading What Binds Us. It’s also one of my top books I’ve ever read. That hospital scene… it still guts me, but it’s one of the most powerful. Gah.
    More importantly…

    Andrew, thank you for putting that idea in his head! LOL
    I agree, I don’t think those two would manage to remain out of another story. 😉

    Thanks, you guys!

    • Lirtle

      Thank you so much. I cried writing that hospital scene. It was so hard but I really wanted to sort of summarize their relationships and what they meant to each other.

      So you and Andrew are joining forces, huh? I must admit for te first time I am seriously considering that maybe there is more of their story that needs to be told. I’ll think about it so thank you Lirtle (aka The Enforcer)

      • Mwahahahaha! Oh I’m sorry did I say that out loud? 😉
        I will gladly take on the title of The Enforcer for more of their story and anyone else that wants to come along for the ride LOL 😀

        Psssst, Andrew, look what you started! *happy dance*

  2. Lirlte,

    I plan to push for another story with Matthew and Thomas Edward because they have stayed with me like very few characters ever have. I really hope Larry picks up the story and they have more than a cameo role here and there. Thanks for watching and commenting.


  3. Thank you both for doing this.

    I read Unbroken a number of months ago and was absolutely blown away by it, it is definitely one of the most well-written and beautiful books I’ve read. I will be certain to read What Binds Us, I think I was waiting because I expect it to be very emotional.

    I hope this interview helps to make you a “well-known secret” as Andy put it, your writing should be known.

  4. Larry ~

    You are so open in showing and expressing your love and light. You are an awesome man that is a romantic at heart and sincere in your soul.

    Roxs =;=

  5. That was so much fun, both of you. First, it’s just a pleasure to hear both your voices and get another dimension of each of you than we get through social media.

    There is also an added dimension to the discussions on writing that we get when writers talk about writing in this way than when I read what writers say about writing. I think a monthly chat might be in order.

    And finally, since folks are weighing in about Larry’s books, “Unbroken” is the one that resonated with me the most. It touched me in a way that I never expected it to. I think Larry and I had very little in common during our youth, but “Unbroken” tells the truth about both of us.

    I know I said “finally” already, but I’ve just noticed a gaping hole in my library…no Andrew Q. Gorgon books. Yikes! I am such a loser. I’ll remedy that immediately.

    • Kennlar

      Thanks so much for watching and commenting. It was great fun for us too. It was also the first time I saw/spoke to Andy though we’ve certainly been connnected through social media and email, etc.

      When I wrote Unbroken, I was hoping readers would see beyond the specifics of the story and relate to the universality of the experience. I’m so glad you did.

      As for Andy’s books. Let me recommend Purpose. It’s an amazing story and written in the style that is Andy’s alone.

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