What Does it Mean to be Gay These Days (in Movies and on TV)?

Over the last forty years, things have changed dramatically for LGBT people. Media portrayals of LGBT characters have changed just as much. Did changing media portrayals cause the social changes? What were some of the most important gay-themed books and movies? What are some of the best ones now? What does the future hold? In […]

What Makes Evil Good (in Fiction)?

In my regular Media Carnivores podcast, my co-host Erik Hanberg and I take on the nature of evil — in TV and movies, that is! What makes a good villain? Does evil think of itself as “evil”? Must good always won? We discuss all this and more! CHECK IT OUT HERE


So my latest book, Barefoot in the City of Broken Dreams (featuring Russel Middlebrook at age 24) is now available for pre-order (including signed copies with free shipping in the U.S.): PRE-ORDER IT HERE!  Coming August 14, 2015 “There was no way moving to Los Angeles was going to make me give up my soul. […]

Brent Hartinger’s Rules for Writing a Good Sequel

Why are there so few good sequels? Toy Story 2 and 3? The Empire Strikes Back? Aliens? It’s partly a question of the odds. I’ve written before how most movies and books are pretty mediocre. Since good writing is always much harder than it looks, it stands to reason that most sequels would suck too. […]

Cover Reveal: BAREFOOT IN THE CITY OF BROKEN DREAMS (My Next Book, Out August 15th)

Here it is! The jacket to my next book, Barefoot in the City of Broken Dreams (coming in August 2015, available for pre-order in June). What’s this book about? It’s a stand-alone book, but it also picks up after The Thing I Didn’t Know I Didn’t Know, telling the story of Russel Middlebrook and Kevin’s […]

Is the Self-Publishing Gold Rush Over?

My podcast partner and I look at the latest trends in self-publishing. Nutshell? The gold rush is soooooo over, but that there are still amazing opportunities for readers. Give it a listen!

Is GAME OF THRONES the Future of TV?

Our latest Media Carnivores podcast, on the return of Game of Thrones. Is this the future of TV? Is it sexist? And much more!

Is Fan Fiction a Good Thing?

In my latest Media Carnivores podcast, Erik and I take on the question of whether or not fan fiction is a good or bad thing for the world!

How Do Writers Deal with Failure?

Our latest Media Carnivores podcast, How Do Writers Deal with Failure? Erik and I share embarrassing details about our own failures, but also offer advice on how to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and carry on. (Bonus: hear the story behind The Order of the Poison Oak!).


Here it is! It’s a music video for a song based on my latest book The Thing I Didn’t Know I Didn’t Know (Russel Middlebrook at age 23). It’s basically the story of Russel and Felicks’ first date (chapter eight in the book). Check it out: How in the world did this music video come […]