So a lot of people have been asking me lately if I’m going to write a fifth Russel Middlebrook book. And the answer is … yes! It will be released in December of this year.
At this point, the plot details are top-secret (not really — it’s just that the book isn’t done yet, and I could end up changing things). But I can tell you that it jumps ahead in time, to Russel and the gang in college. It’s a “reboot,” I guess — which makes sense when you consider that all the other series storylines were wrapped up at the end of The Elephant of Surprise.
So what else have I been working on lately? Well, I have a couple of other novels forthcoming, some young adult, some adult — and these projects really are secret, mostly because the publication details haven’t been ironed out yet.
I’ve also been working my butt off on a film adaptation of my play The Starfish Scream (which is another gay teen story, but very different from the Russel Middlebrook books). It looks good that they may film later this year, but nothing is ever definite in movies until the cameras are actually rolling. (I have a couple of other movie projects in the works too, but none of these are this far along.)
For what it’s worth? A fifth Russel Middlebrook book wasn’t really part of my plans, at least not this soon. Those of you who’ve read The Elephant of Surprise know that it’s all about closure.
But the reaction to that last book (and the sales figures!) really changed my mind. I know that a lot of the attention comes from the release of the Geography Club movie late last year. But when an author receives a hundred emails from readers asking for something, he has to be absolute idiot not to listen (!).
Long story short? I’m just incredibly grateful that these books have touched so many people, and I’m thrilled when people take the time to tell me.
A new Russel Middlebrook book? Yup, and you guys are the reason why.
P.S. The other question I’ve been asked a lot is: will there be a movie based on The Order of the Poison Oak? Alas, I don’t have any answer to that.