Our favorite  MM authors a.k.a. castaways are asked, what books, songs and luxury item would they take to a desert island?

This is a monthly series inspired by LezReviewBooks.com’s ‘Desert Island Books’, which in turn is based on BBC’s ‘Desert Island Discs’.

The rules are fairly simple:

List up to ten books, a playlist and one luxury item that you couldn’t do without on a desert island.

Any type of book can be selected, but I ask that at least half are LGBT+ books. Choices should be justified in a paragraph or two. Any number of songs and any type of music is allowed. The luxury item must be inanimate and of no use in escaping the island or allowing communication from outside.

Let’s welcome our February castaway, K.L. Hiers


The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

Any collection will do. I just really need my Poe. He’s been my favorite author since I was a little kiddo, and his works have always brought me a lot of joy and inspiration. 

After Vertigo by Amanda Meuwissen

Because sometimes you need gay superheroes, and this book is incredible. I love the characters, the plot, and of course the steamy bits are a lot of fun. I love all of Amanda’s work, but there’s something about this one I keep coming back to. 

Cast A Deadly Spell by Joseph Dougherty

Okay, this might be cheating because this would technically be a movie script, but I gotta have it. This is a magical noir detective story that was written as an obvious homage to Lovecraft and was one of the biggest inspirations for my Sucker For Love series. 

Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

I might just want to cry myself to sleep on some of those lonely nights on the island. This book is so good, but WOW it hurts me every time. It’s one of those I went into the book already knowing the ending, but it still got me. Absolutely beautiful novel. 

Phantoms by Dean Koontz

I’ve always loved horror, and this one stuck with me forever. I really loved the movie adaptation too, which is a bit unusual for me (and I think for most people!), but the book is still a wonderful and thrilling read.

Rainbow Warrior: My Life In Color by Gilbert Baker

I did a lot of research on Gilbert Baker for my new release 8 Days of Monstrous Pride (insert shameless plug here), and I became kinda obsessed with learning everything about him. His book is a wonderful vision of an inspiring and passionate man. 

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

This is one of the first “big kid” books I remember sneaking from my mother’s shelf when I was younger, and it totally transformed my life. I remember having to keep a dictionary nearby because there were so many big words I didn’t know, haha, and it was such a magical experience. 

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

This book is freakin’ life changing. Lesbian necromancers in space. It’s magical, it’s action packed, and hilarious. Every word out of Gideon’s mouth is solid freakin’ gold. It’s enemies to almost liking each other and a total must have on my island.

The Persian Boy by Mary Renault

I’ve long been fascinated by Alexander the Great, and this is an absolutely beautiful love story like Song of Achilles that also hurts ow ow ow. Again, I knew the ending going in because history but oof it still gets me right in my honey nut feelios… and then I read it again, haha! 

The Fionavar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay

This is one of my favorite fantasy novels everrr. It’s a trilogy of three books with a classic fish-out-of-water story with a bunch of friends who find themselves transported to the magical world of Fionavar. It had awesome creatures, a cool mythology, and one or two dark bits that totally warped my brain. 



My luxury item would be a Swiss Army Knife. I feel like most of the little tools I’d need for survival would be on there, and it’s a pretty practical luxury item. My second choice would have been something from Bad Dragon, but the lubricant situation on an island seems pretty dire. Sooo, unless someone knows how to make lube out of coconuts, I’m gonna go with the Swiss Army Knife. XD  


K.L. “Kat” Hiers is an embalmer, restorative artist, and queer writer. Licensed in both funeral directing and funeral service, they worked in the death industry for nearly a decade. Their first love was always telling stories, and they have been writing for over twenty years, penning their very first book at just eight years old. Publishers generally do not accept manuscripts in Hello Kitty notebooks, however, but they never gave up.

Following the success of their first novel, Cold Hard Cash, they now enjoy writing professionally, focusing on spinning tales of sultry passion, exotic worlds, and emotional journeys. They love attending horror movie conventions and indulging in cosplay of their favorite characters. They live in Zebulon, NC, with their family, including their children, some of whom have paws and a few that only pretend to because they think it’s cute.

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A big thank you to K.L. Hiers for joining us on this month’s Desert Island Castaways!

Check out our other Castaways:
Natalina Reis
V.L. Locey
 J.P. Jackson
`A.E. Wasp
Elle Keaton.
Elouise East
J.K. Jones
Colette Davison
B.A. Tortuga
Casey Cox
Amanda Meuwissen
A.M. Johnson
Becca Seymour
Alexa Piper
Rick R. Reed
C.P. Harris

Hope you enjoyed this post. Don’t forget to check out next month’s Castaway.

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