Tag Archive - The Russel Middlebrook Series

THE ELEPHANT OF SURPRISE: The First Three Chapters!

Not quite sure whether you’re interested in The Elephant of Surprise (book #4 in the Russel Middlebrook Series)? Here are the first three chapters! CHAPTER ONE I was deep in the thick of the jungle, wild animals glaring at me from all around. I stood frozen, certain that if I made even the slightest move, […]

Why Are So Many Gay Teen Stories About a Geek in Love with a Closeted Jock?

So it’s worth asking: why are so many gay teen stories about a geek-ish guy (usually the main character) in love with a popular jock (who happens to be very closeted)? From Beautiful Thing to Get Real to Dreamboy to The Perks of Being a Wallflower to many other books, movies, and TV shows, this has […]

How Russel Middlebrook Was Almost a Burn Survivor

So I was just rereading an interview I did back in 2007, and I learned something about myself that I had totally forgotten! Russel (the fictional character from my Russel Middlebrook Series) was every close to being seriously injured in a fire. Here’s the story: Interviewer: Is the obvious correlation with your books that you […]

“A Matter-of-Fact Approach to Diversity” in THE ELEPHANT OF SURPRISE?

I was especially pleased to read the review of my latest book The Elephant of Surprise over at AfterElton.com, because it’s been the first piece to touch on the issue of race and diversity in the book. One of the main characters in the book — the love interest — is African American. Here’s what […]


So this is kinda cool. Geography Club, my first novel, has been in print in paperback ever since it was first published. But the two existing sequels in the Russel Middlebrook Series, The Order of the Poison Oak (book #2) and Double Feature: Attack of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies/Bride of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies (book […]

Min’s Favorite Monster Movies!

First, in honor of Halloween, Double Feature: Attack of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies/Bride of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies (book 3 in the Russel Middlebrook Series and a Lambda Award winner!) is on sale for $2.99! And since it is the Halloween season, and since Min Wei (a character of mine from the Russel Middlebrook Series) […]

What’s with all the Annoying Gay Characters?

Do the main characters in a book or movie or TV show need to be sympathetic? Of course not. But I think it is important that all your characters be interesting. The main characters on Breaking Bad or Girls or Game of Thrones aren’t necessarily sympathetic — they’re mostly all horrible to each other — […]

Ask the Brain: Update on THE ELEPHANT OF SURPRISE. Plus, Should I Change My Name?

Ask the Brain is a semi-regular column where readers can ask me advice about love, life, writing, and, well, just about anything. My massive, all-powerful brain will deign to grant an answer. Either that, or I’ll just make some s**t up. Speaking of which, do you have a question for the brain? Ask it here! […]

There Is No Such Thing as a “Voice” of a Generation

With the debut of the new HBO series Girls, I’m hearing a lot of talk about how Lena Dunham is supposedly the “voice” of her gender or her generation (she even jokes about it ironically in the series). It’s funny: I’ve been hearing this all my life, how this writer or that is the “voice” […]

Russel Visits a Priest for a Lecture on Being Gay (Excerpt From DOUBLE FEATURE)

I recently re-read the third book in the Russel Middlebrook series, Double Feature: Attack of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies/Bride of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies (previously published in print with the overall title, Split Screen), and this scene jumped out at me. It got a fair bit of attention when it was first published, and I […]