Why Write About Sex?

So I’ve mentioned before that my next book, The Thing I Didn’t Know I Didn’t Know (coming December 15th), includes some fairly explicit (but tasteful!) sex. Honestly, except for a free safe sex story that I wrote as part of the Real Story Safe Sex Project, I haven’t written a lot of explicit sex in […]

Discuss My Books! (New GoodReads Discussion Group)

So … I have a new Goodreads.com discussion group devoted to my books. Check it out here!        


My tenth novel, The Thing I Didn’t Know I Didn’t Know, will be released December 15! It’s about being young, gay, and living in Seattle in 2014. Here’s the cover! So a lot of people have asked me, “Is this another Russel Middlebrook book?” And the answer is: yes … and no.The main character is […]

Why New Adult?

So my next book, The Thing I Didn’t Know I Didn’t Know (out December 15th), is a book for adults, not teens. Technically, it might be called “new adult” — a new-ish genre that describes books that are sorta kinda like YA, except the characters are older, in college or beyond. The content is also […]

Advice for Writers: How Do You Launch a Book?

So in my latest Media Carnivores podcast, we discuss book launches and book publicity in general. (As chance would have it, I’m currently launching a new book, The Thing I Didn’t Know I Didn’t Know!)

If You Want to be a Successful Writer, the Person You Most Need to Please is…

You thought I was going to “yourself,” didn’t you? That’s actually not who I have in mind. Nor is the person you most need to please as a writer “the critics,” or one particular critic. Or even your editor! The person you most need to please is … your reader. Basically, your fans. The people […]

Would You Read This Book? Check Out the Jacket Blurb for my New Novel!

So my next novel, The Thing I Didn’t Know I Didn’t Know, comes out in December. Here’s the blurb:   I guess this was what they meant by a loss of innocence. Who knew? Russel Middlebrook is twenty-three years old, gay, and living in trendy Seattle, but life isn’t keeping up with the hype. Most […]

Advice for Writers: Almost Every Story is a Mystery!

So here’s what I think makes a good ” mystery” book or movie: an intriguing question is asked at the beginning of a story (typically about a murder, but not always). Over the course of that story, the main character gathers clues. Some of these clues may be dead-ends, but even they help the character […]

Is Anyone Else Sick of “Hopeless” Dystopian Fiction?

Word in the biz is that the dystopian YA fad is finally winding down — and not a minute too soon, IMHO. It’s been a long time since I’ve been blown away by (or even very interested in) a dystopian-themed book, movie, or TV show, and lately I’ve been wondering why. Partly, I think, it’s […]

What (Exactly) Makes RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK So Good?

Yup, in my latest podcast, that’s what we discuss!