All About Twist Endings!

In our latest Media Carnivores podcast, Erik Hanberg and I take on a subject near and dear to my heart: twist endings! What are some good (and bad) examples of twist endings in books and movies, and how do you write them? I also discuss my theory that almost every story should have a twist […]

The Simple, Most Important Way Readers Can Support Authors (Isn’t What You Think!)

A lot of people assume that the most important thing a reader can do to support an author they like is to buy their books. The truth is, the single most important thing you can do is to leave a nice review and/or rating at Amazon.com and Goodreads.com (assuming you like the book!). Book sales […]

Should Books Be Turned into Movies?

In my latest Media Carnivores podcast with Erik Hanberg, we discuss … movie adaptations of books! Why does Hollywood do it? When it works, why does it work? Why does it not work? What has been my own experience with book-to-movie adaptations? A good discussion. Check it out here.

THE ROAD TO AMAZING (My Latest Book) Is Now Available as an Audio Book!

After a brief delay, I’m pleased to announce that my latest book, The Road to Amazing (book #3 in Russel Middlebrook: the Futon Years), is now available as an audio book! Once again, the great Josh Hurley narrates. (If you’re a book reviewer, contact me for a review copy.)

Should You Self-Publish?

In our latest Media Carnivores podcast, Erik and I return to the age-old question: Should You Self-Publish? What are the new challenges for indie publishers? What the biggest mistakes to avoid? Plus, Erik and I both reveal how much money we’ve both made self-publishing.

Movie News: DECKED (My Original Screenplay) Has Been Optioned for Development as an Animated Film

My original screenplay, Decked, has been optioned by the Chinese animation companies Dream Factory and Popoko Studios, for development as a movie for the Chinese and international markets. I couldn’t be happier! Here’s the logline: Decked (Family/Animation): In the four kingdoms of Spades, Hearts, Clubs, and Diamonds, where people are ranked by numbers, a group […]

Brent Hartinger Sings! Listen to “This Time and Place” (The Song From THE ROAD TO AMAZING)

Get this! I wrote and recorded a song for my latest book, The Road to Amazing. Here it is, set to some footage of Russel and Kevin from the old Geography Club feature film: You can even buy it on iTunes (or wherever you purchase music). What’s the story behind the song? Back in 2003, […]

Movie News: PROJECT SWEET LIFE (My 2008 Novel) Has Been Optioned for Film!

My 2008 novel, Project Sweet Life, has officially been optioned for the movies! Better still, I’m personally writing the screenplay. In fact, when the producers decided they wanted to develop the movie project, they had only read my screenplay — they didn’t even know it had originally been a book! What’s the book and screenplay […]

THE ROAD TO AMAZING (My New Books) is Out Now!

The Road to Amazing, the third book the Futon Years series (and the seventh Russel Middlebrook book in all), is officially released! Buy the book here! (A reminder that if you like the book, please don’t forget to review it on Amazon and/or Goodreads.com. It’s the single most important thing you can do to support […]

Hey, I Recorded my First Potential Top-40 Hit Tonight!

When I was a kid, I was certain of three things: (1) I would have my own annual Christmas special, (2) I would win an Oscar for both my acting and screenwriting (and be nominated for producing and directing), and (3) I would record and release a top-40 hit.* See how realistic I was being? […]