THE ROAD TO AMAZING (My New Book) is Now Available for Pre-Order!

The latest Russel Middlebrook book, The Road to Amazing, will be out March 15th. And it’s now available for pre-order! (At least the e-version is. The print and audio editions will be available for pre-order very soon.) Pre-order it by clicking on the jacket below, then following one of the links to wherever you buy […]

I’m Cutting a Single! Whoo-Hoo!

So my upcoming book The Road to Amazing includes a new song by Otto Digmore called “This Time and Place.” As chance would have it, a friend and I wrote an actual song to go along with the song in the book. And now I’m going to record it. What the hell am I thinking?!? […]

Is YA Too Depressing?

I confess, this post over at Mother Jones (entitled “Is Being a Modern Teen Really an Endless Slog of Existential Angst?”) made me smile: I was just at the bookstore, and on a whim I browsed through a bunch of “Teen Fiction” titles. Good God. I’ve never seen such a pile of depressing writing in […]

The Perfect Antidote to Being Upset About Book Piracy

Most authors I know get depressed about piracy. I make my living from my books, and if people don’t buy them, I simply won’t make enough money to keep writing them. It doesn’t help that piracy is basically impossible to fight, because the torrents pop up so quickly, and those torrents make it as difficult […]

Coming Soon: A New, Revised Edition of GRAND & HUMBLE

Back in 2005, I wrote this YA psychological thriller called Grand & Humble. It sold well, a lot of people liked the twist ending, and it even won a couple of awards. Flash forward to last year when I decided to adapt the book into a screenplay. After that, I was going to try and […]

Another Cover Reveal! THREE TRUTHS AND A LIE

So a few months ago, I revealed the cover to my next novel, The Road to Amazing (out in March 2016). Now I can reveal the cover to the book after that, Three Truths and a Lie (out in June 2016). Here it is: I’m pleased to report that Three Truths and a Lie is […]

My Favorite Book of the Year: BROTHER by Ania Ahlborn

Every year for Christmas, I buy copies of my favorite novel of the year and give them to my friends. Unfortunately, I have a problem this year: my favorite novel, Brother by Ania Ahlborn, is probably the most graphic and disturbing novel I’ve ever read. It doesn’t exactly scream, “Merry Christmas!” Brother is the story […]


So here is the cover of my next book, The Road to Amazing, coming in March 2016. It’s the third book in my latest series, Russel Middlebrook: the Futon Years, and it takes place after Barefoot in the City of Broken Dreams.   What’s The Road to Amazing about? Well, I don’t want to give […]


I first wrote about the character of Russel Middlebrook in my 2003 novel, Geography Club. The story of a gay teenager, Geography Club was subsequently adapted for both stage and screen (co-starring Scott Bakula and Ana Gasteyer) and spawned a successful four-book series, the Russel Middlebrook Series. Last year, I “rebooted” the character in a […]


For those who have asked, an audio version of my latest book, Barefoot in the City of Broken Dreams, is now available from The narrator is Josh Hurley, the great voice actor who narrated all the previous Russel Middlebrook books. CHECK IT OUT HERE And if you’re a critic or blogger who’s interested in […]