I Wrote a Book Set in a Place I’d Never Been To, Then I Visited That Place. How’d I Do?

My last novel, The Otto Digmore Difference, was a road trip story about Russel Middlebrook and his friend Otto Digmore traveling from Los Angeles to New Orleans, so that Otto, an actor, can get to an all-important movie audition on time. Here’s a little secret that I shouldn’t be confessing: I’d never actually driven most […]

“Don’t Leave the Mirkword Trail!” A Master Class in Good Writing

Warning: This post contains spoilers for The Hobbit book and movie. When I read The Hobbit as a kid, the sequence in Mirkwood Forest really stuck with me. Bilbo and the company of dwarves are desperate to get to Lonely Mountain, in order reclaim a great treasure. But to get there on time, they must […]

I Love Fantasy, but I Truly Hate a Lot of Fantasy Tropes

So I’ve been working on a couple of different fantasy books — it’s a genre I absolutely adore. But like any genre, there are a zillion tired tropes. For example, I can’t STAND the whole idea of the “Chosen One” — someone who, usually by virtue of their family background, is destined for greatness. The […]

THREE TRUTHS AND A LIE is Out in Paperback (with a Cool New Cover)!

So my book, Three Truths and a Lie, is out today in paperback! And it has what I think is a GREAT new cover. Check it out:  

How Many Times was GEOGRAPHY CLUB Rejected Before it was Published? It’s Complicated

A reader just asked me if minded telling how many publishers rejected Geography Club before it was finally published. I don’t mind answering at all, but it’s a bit complicated, so when I give presentations, I usually just say, “38 publishers!” Here’s the full story, which I’ve never before told in public, precisely because it […]

What Happened at the Edgar Awards? Plus, the GEOGRAPHY CLUB TV Series

What’s going on with my career lately? In my latest Media Carnivores podcast, we discuss my recent trip to New York for the Edgar Awards (where I was nominated for my book Three Truths and a Lie, but did not win), as well as the upcoming pilot for the Geography Club TV series, and several […]

I’m Off to New York for the Edgar Awards! (I’m Nominated by my Novel THREE TRUTHS AND A LIE.) Come Meet Me

My gay teen thriller Three Truths and a Lie is nominated for an Edgar Award, and I’m off to New York to the ceremony, where I’ll see if I won. In New York this week? I’ll be making two public appearances: Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 1-2 PM: Edgar Week Symposium, Nursery Noir Panel,¬†Grand Hyatt Hotel […]

MY SCREENPLAY DIARY: How One Screenplay Became Two!

Regular readers know that I recently decided to document the writing of my latest screenplay project. As I said in that first post, I was torn between writing two different kinds of movies, both of which could be produced cheaply — under three million bucks: (1) A timely and provocative story that was also commercial […]

Reminder: I Wrote (and Sang) a Song for One of my Books!

A reminder for those who might be new to my work. Last year, I wrote and recorded a song for my 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 […]

What Predicts Whether I Like a Book? The Answer Surprised Me

I was recently given ten books to read, basically randomly selected, and it’s allowed me to conduct an interesting personal experiment. I didn’t CHOOSE any of these books. But before reading each, I looked at the cover, read the jacket blurb, scanned the industry reviews, glanced at the user ratings, and then read the book […]