What is it About Plot That Makes Us So Picky?

I’ve been watching the AMC mini-series The Night Manager, and for the most part, I’m loving it. Great characters, an interesting set-up, terrific acting (especially by Hugh Laurie!). But with all the plot-twists, my husband Michael and I keep looking at each other, saying, “Well, that was convenient, wasn’t it?” Even though we love it, […]

Sex and Violence in the Video for THREE TRUTHS AND A LIE

Some friends and I are in the process of putting together a little preview video for my upcoming book Three Truths and a Lie (a YA psychological thriller due in August). Check out these photos from the set! (Needless to say, I’ve taken to heart the old adage that “sex and violence sells!” But it’s […]

My Song, “This Time and Place,” is Now For Sale!

So I previously mentioned how I had written and recorded a song to go along with the release of my latest book, The Road to Amazing. Now that song is for sale — on iTunes, Amazon, or wherever you normally buy music! Once again, here’s the story behind the song, “This Time and Place.” And […]

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, […]