MY SCREENPLAY DIARY: I’m Writing a New Screenplay. Want to Follow Along?

I’m writing a new screenplay, and this is a column where I’m going to document the process! A bit of background: In addition to writing novels, I write screenplays (I split my time about 50/50 between the two mediums). I’ve written about twenty screenplays in my career, and eight have been optioned by producers. Alas, […]

A Video Interview with ME

I was recently interviewed by Jeff Adams at the Big Gay Fiction Podcas.¬†We talk about a making movies, writing YA, and much more. Check it out! P.S. I was just starting to grow a beard. I’m not usually this scruffy! Send to Kindle

THREE TRUTHS AND A LIE Was Just Nominated for an Edgar Award!

What great news! My novel Three Truths and a Lie (a gay teen mystery/thriller) was just nominated for an Edgar Award! That’s the top award in the mystery genre, a little bit like the Oscar for mystery writers, so I couldn’t be happier. Here’s the book trailer:   Send to Kindle

Update: GEOGRAPHY CLUB (the Movie) is Back Up on iTunes, etc.

A lot of people have written to ask me about the availability of Geography Club, the 2013 feature film adaptation of my first novel. For a time, it wasn’t available for download. Well, it’s finally back up, on iTunes, Amazon, Amazon Prime, Full Screen, and other places! Send to Kindle

I Loved Netflix’s THE OA (Including the Ending). Here’s Why:

Spoiler alert! This post goes into detail about the entire plot of the Netflix series The OA, including the ending! Netflix recently debuted a very strange new TV series, The OA, and reaction to the show has been somewhat mixed, especially about the ending, which a lot of people find confusing or unsatisfying. I’ve heard […]

One Reader’s Take on the Russel Middlebrook Books…

A reader recently Tweeted his thoughts on all the Russel Middlebrook books so far. Authors are never supposed to say what a book “means” — we’re supposed to leave it up to the reader to decide. (But I still think he’s right on!) Click on each for a more legible size: Send to Kindle

GREMLINS: My Movie Review

Okay, this one’s probably going to get me into trouble, but I remember watching Gremlins as a young person back in 1984, and really hating it. It’s supposedly a “holiday” movie, so I watched it again this week. And…I still hated it. Why? Oh, where to begin… The Asian mystic is a racist trope. The […]

Would You Rather Be a Bestselling Hack or a Critical Darling?

So Erik Hanberg and I have been discussing some pretty interesting topics on our podcast lately. Here are some of my favorites: Would You Rather Be a Bestselling Hack or a Critical Darling? Is “One Great Thing” the Secret to Artistic Success? How Are Technology and Science Portrayed in Movies and TV? Check em out! […]

Yes, BAREFOOT IN THE CITY OF BROKEN DREAMS is an Homage to SUNSET BOULEVARD. Here’s How:

Sunset Boulevard is the most famous (and probably the best) movie about Hollywood ever made. So now it’s virtually impossible to write about Hollywood without at least being aware of the movie, either to pay homage or to avoid looking like you’re ripping it off. In the case of my 2015 book Barefoot in the […]

About the Ending of GRAND & HUMBLE…

So I recently released a revised edition of an older book of mine, Grand & Humble, which tells the story of the most popular teenager in a high school, and the least popular kid, and the mystery of how the two boys are linked. (It’s currently available for FREE in all e-platforms.) It’s one of […]