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Creative Partnerships with Kevin Patterson and Alana Phelan


Co-writers Alana Phelan and Kevin Patterson discuss navigating metamour-ship and friendship while writing books, making private lives public, and bridging the gap between relationship education and narrative fiction.  Find their books here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1732872805

1hr 3mins

10 Jun 2020

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Kevin A. Patterson & Alana Phelan on Creating the Superheroes You Want

Sex Out Loud with Tristan Taormino

Kevin A. Patterson & Alana Phelan, the authors of the For Hire series, join us to talk about their new books featuring queer polyamorous heroes and magicians. It's a world like our own, but the emergence of superhumans has created shifts in culture that play out in changes both subtle and monumental. They chat about what inspired the characters, the story, and whether shadow government conspiracy theories are real. Kevin Patterson, M.Ed has been practicing ethical nonmonogamy since August of 2002. In April of 2015, Kevin was inspired to start Poly Role Models, a popular interview series blog. The blog extended into speaking engagements about how race and polyamory intersect and the writing of the book, Love's Not Color Blind. Kevin took a month-long break from Love's Not Color Blind to write the first draft of For Hire: Operator.  Alana Phelan is a librarian, writer, editor, and community organizer. She lives in South Jersey with her family, two cats, and a surprisingly large Dorbz collection. You can find her online as The Polyamorous Librarian, where she writes a weekly advice column and offers workshops and relationship support. She wasn't supposed to be a co-writer on For Hire: Operator, only an editor, but here we are.

1hr 1min

18 May 2020

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QTPOC Superheroes & Inclusive Fiction w/ Kevin Patterson & Alana Phelan - Ep 116

American Sex

On Episode 116 of American Sex Podcast, Kevin Patterson & Alana Phelan, authors of the For Hire series, talk about the queer superhero universe they created. We also discuss why centering marginalized voices is important in fiction, how Harry Potter fans are handling the JK Rowling TERF situation, why books like Fifty Shades of Grey and Anne Rice’s Beauty Series positively changed our culture while still perpetuating harmful stereotypes, and how positive representation in media can change the world. The pair also tell us about being awarded and Effing Foundation Grant and their upcoming non-fiction book about cautionary polyamory.  Submit your BDSM & sex advice questions by email to americansexpodcast@gmail.com To support American Sex podcast, please visit patreon.com/americansex (plus you’ll get all episodes early, secret episodes, bonus stories from guests, on-air shout-outs, stuff in the mail & more!) Get friendly with us on Twitter at @AmericanSexPod or visit sunnymegatron.com or americansexpodcast.com Join our mailing list by visiting http://sunnymegatron.com/newsletter or texting MEGATRON to 444999  Sunny & Ken, xo! ______ Episode 116 Links Kevin Patterson Twitter http://twitter.com/PolyRoleModels Kevin Patterson Instagram http://instagram.com/PolyRoleModels Poly Role Models Facebook http://facebook.com/PolyRoleModels For Hire Facebook http://facebook.com/ForHireMag For Hire Book 1 http://tinyurl.com/ForHireMag1 For Hire Book 2 http://tinyurl.com/ForHireMag2 Alana Phelan Twitter http://twitter.com/hellolibrarian Alana Phelan Instagram http://instagram.com/polyamorouslibrarian Alana Phelan Facebook http://facebook.com/polyamorouslibrarian Alana Phelan Website https://polyamorouslibrarian.wordpress.com/  American Sex Podcast subreddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/americansexpodcast Episode 116 Sponsor, Affiliate & Giveaway Info Get 10% off Giddy ED Device & Educational Guide at https://buygiddy.com/savewithsunny with code SUNNY Get 20% off + free shipping at Manscaped.com with code SUNNY http://manscaped.com 40% off a Calm Premium subscription at http://calm.com/sunny YNOT Mail - The only sexual health & adult industry friendly email service http://bit.ly/sunnyynot 10% off American Sex Podcast & Sunny Megatron merch with code SUNNY (t-shirts, mugs, phone cases & more) http://bit.ly/sunnyshirts Sunny & Ken’s classes on Kink Academy http://bit.ly/kinkacademyelectric  & http://bit.ly/kinkacademyhumiliation 15% off your order at Lovehoney when you use this link http://bit.ly/lovehoney15 (This link can be a little wonky and does not keep tracking cookies. If the discount does not show up in your cart (or disappears after you shop around on the site), access the site with that link again. Your items will still be in your cart & the discount will appear) 15% off everything at Lelo.com with code SUNNY 10% off everything (with minor restrictions) online from woman-owned, feminist, trans & queer-friendly Early To Bed http://bit.ly/sunnyetb 10% off everything from Fun Factory using this link http://bit.ly/sunnyfunfactory and the code SUNNY at checkout At least 25% off BDSM gear & sex toys with Stockroom’s daily deal (there’s a new product each day!) https://www.stockroom.com/dailydeal/?acc=7c590f01490190db0ed02a5070e20f01 15% off most items from Stockroom http://bit.ly/sunnystockroom

1hr 15mins

27 Jan 2020

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570 On writing inclusive fiction with Kevin Patterson and Alana Phelan

Polyamory Weekly

Kevin Patterson and Alana Phelan, coauthors of For Hire: Operator and the soon-to-be-released For Hire: Audition, talk about why they write a queer poly superhero universe. 0:00 Introduction and host chat Thanks to Anita Wagner for introducing me to the term “petamour” 1:30 Poly in the news Vice has a great new article about poly families and poly parenting 3:05 Contact us Questions? Comments? Feedback? Email polyweekly@gmail.com and attach an audio comment or call the listener comment line at 802-505-POLY. If you want us to teach a class at your event, want us to coach you, or want to appear on the podcast, email lustyguy@polyweekly.com. 3:35 Interview: Kevin Patterson and Alana Phelan on writing inclusive fiction Kevin Patterson and Alana Phelan join us to talk about their next soon-to-be-released queer superhero book, For Hire: Audition. You may remember their last interview with us on episode 563 around For Hire: Operator or Kevin’s interview around his book, Love’s Not Color Blind. Harlequin is putting out a queer line of romance novels. Submit using Harlequin’s Romance Includes You mentorship (scroll down the page) runs until October 15, 2019. The Broken Earth Triology by N. K. Jenisin If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann Find Kevin A. Patterson on his website, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Find Alana Phelan on her website, Twitter, or Facebook. For Hire Audition’s IndieGoGo Gail Simone’s Twitter 26:30 Join the conversation To join the online conversation around this and other episodes, follow us on Twitter or Facebook. We love when you review us on Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcatcher (including Spotify!) and when you share us with your friends directly. 27:00 Thank you to our subscribers and contributors Thanks to Pacemaker Jane for letting us use their song Good Suspicions as our intro and outro music and to you for listening and sharing.


8 Sep 2019

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Represent: The ‘For Hire’ Superhero Novels of Alana Phelan & Kevin A. Patterson (Episode 53)

The Leftscape

The latest novel by Alana Phelan and Kevin Patterson is on its way! In this episode, Kevin and Alana speak with Robin Renée about their For Hire book series, superhero novels where queer, polyamorous, people of color are centered. For Hire: Audition will focus on Vanessa, a barista, and a veteran superhero, B-Girl, who get together after dealing with life’s disappointments to jump-start their careers. Find out about what sparked the co-authors’ collaborations, their experiences with educating through workshops and creating community, and the importance of telling stories where people of color, LGBTQ, and polyamorous people exist beyond their necessity for a plot point. Get in on the crowdfunding of For Hire: Audition, pick some perks, and get ready for a super fun story. If you haven’t read it yet, there’s an option where you can double down and check out the first book, For Hire: Operator, at the same time. Later on in the show, Wendy Sheridan shares her impressions of Amazon’s The Boys and The Expanse, then takes exception to the mansplaining and shoddy physics on Another Life from Netflix. Robert Mueller’s congressional testimony and its aftermath is the News topic at hand. Mary McGinley starts things off with the week in celebrations: Varalakshmi Vratam (August 9th), Left Handers Day (August 13th), National Nonprofit Day and National Honey Bee Day (August 17th), and the 50th anniversary of Woodstock (August 15th – 17th). Birthday shout outs go to Roger Federer, Joe Jackson, Bob 1 of Devo, Halle Berry, Magic Johnson, Francis Bean Cobain, Bill Clinton, Madonna, Wendy’s brother David, *Dimebag Darrell, and others. Things to do: Hurry up and back the For Hire: Audition crowdfunding project! Read Love’s Not Color Blind: Race and Representation in Polyamorous and Other Alternative Communities by Kevin Patterson. Explore relationship support, workshops, and more at Alana Phelan’s website, The Polyamorous Librarian. Speak your mind with Wendy Sheridan’s Protest Postcards. Read “Actually, Robert Mueller was Awesome” by Renato Mariotti in POLITICO Read “Forget the Theater Criticism — Mueller’s Conclusions are the Real News” by David A. Graham in The Atlantic *The passings of these two rock guitarists were conflated in the Birthdays and Celebrations segment: Darrell Lance Abbott, aka Dimebag Darrell was shot and killed while performing with Damageplan at the Alrosa Villa nightclub in Columbus, Ohio on December 8, 2004. Great White guitarist Ty Longley passed away in a fire started during the show by pyrotechnics at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island on February 20, 2003. RIP.

1hr 6mins

7 Aug 2019

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SS 342: Polyamorous Authors and Representation, with Kevin Patterson and Alana Phelan

Life on the Swingset - The Swinging & Polyamory Podcast

Authors of the new Paperback, For Hire: Operator, Alana Phelan and Kevin Patterson, join Dylan Thomas, Cooper S. Beckett, and Ginger Bentham to talk about being polyamorous authors and writing with an eye on representation and being true to ourselves. Join us in Paradise from November 2-9, 2019 for Swingset Takes Desire 2019! We are already 30% booked so get those early bird reservations in now! If you've previously attended with us you're eligible for a special offer! Visit swingsetdesire.com! Help support Life on the Swingset continue to make podcasts, and put on live panels and shows into the future! Throw us a dollar (or a few) each time we release an episode on Patreon! Your support will get you invited to a private chat with other Swingsetters, and give you the opportunity to join live podcast recordings, and listen to episodes commercial free, and with outtakes! You can support us while you buy great sex toys and products from our favorite online retailer SheVibe at lifeontheswingset.com/shevibe. The best FREE thing you can do to support us is leave us a five-star review. Come to our review gateway, then copy and paste your review into iTunes or Stitcher! Also, follow us on Spotify! Leave us a comment on this post or at contact@lifeontheswingset.com or leave us a voicemail at 573-55-SWING (573-557-9464). You can now order Cooper's novel Approaching The Swingularity, his previous novel A Life Less Monogamous, or his memoir My Life on the Swingset: Adventures in Swinging & Polyamory as an ebook, paperback, or audiobook. Use promo code SWINGSET at coopersbeckett.com to save 10%. Dylan Thomas is available for for podcast consultation and production work. If you're interested, visit www.dylanthethomas.com.

1hr 7mins

16 Jan 2019

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Polyamorous Superheroes: Authors Kevin Patterson and Alana Phelan talk For Hire: Operator


Join your hostess, Naughtia Black, for an entertaining look into the world of polyamorous superheroes with authors Kevin Patterson and Alana Phelan. Hit that DOWNLOAD button now to start exploring your dark side...you know you want to. SUPPORT THE SHOWGet your copy of For Hire: Operator here: http://operator.deviantspodcast.comGet your copy of Love's Not Colorblind here: https://amzn.to/2QI9iUM CONTINUE THE CONVERSATIONFind Naughtia Black on Twitter: https://twitter.com/NaughtiaBlackFind Naughtia Black on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/naughtiablack/ Visit Deviant's podcast website at http://deviantspodcast.comEmail us at naughtiablack69@gmail.com Find Kevin on Twitter: https://twitter.com/polyrolemodelsJoin his Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/PolyRoleModelsFind him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/polyrolemodels Find Alana on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hellolibrarianVisit her website: https://polyamorouslibrarian.wordpress.com/Join her Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/polyamorouslibrarian JOIN IN THE FUN Apply to be a guest host here: https://goo.gl/forms/uKMPGLeJQ1ZvtUKi2 Sponsor the show! Email me your interest at NaughtiaBlack69@gmail.com MUSIC: The Keeper of Histories by Defy The Mall


18 Dec 2018