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Brent Hartinger

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I am Brent Hartinger, and I live to write.

For the last twenty years, I have made my living writing just about everything that involves words.

My latest project is a trilogy of "new adult" novels called Russel Middlebrook: The Futon Years. They're about a gay guy in his twenties, Russel Middlebrook, trying to make sense out of love and life.

The books in Russel Middlebrook: The Futon Years are:

* The Thing I Didn't Know I Didn't Know (book #1)
* Barefoot in the City of Broken Dreams (book #2)
* The Road to Amazing (book #3)

I wrote previously about this character in a young adult series called the Russel Middlebrook Series. The first book in that series, my 2003 gay teen novel Geography Club, was adapted as a feature film in 2013, starring Scott B
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Brent Hartinger This is a great question. Book #2 in the series (BAREFOOT IN THE CITY OF BROKEN DREAMS, out in August) is set in Los Angeles, and Gunnar doesn't…moreThis is a great question. Book #2 in the series (BAREFOOT IN THE CITY OF BROKEN DREAMS, out in August) is set in Los Angeles, and Gunnar doesn't appear. But he's definitely in book #3 again, and we will definitely see exactly who he has ended up with (but that book hasn't been written yet). It'll be out in March 2016, so I need to get cracking!(less)
Brent Hartinger I used to. But the more I write him, the less like me he seems. We definitely have a lot in common: we're self-conscious, generally optimistic, and…moreI used to. But the more I write him, the less like me he seems. We definitely have a lot in common: we're self-conscious, generally optimistic, and too neurotic. But he's funnier than I am, probably more of a risk-taker, probably less neurotic (!!), but maybe more self-absorbed.

In terms of looks, he's a little taller, and isn't losing his hair (as I was at age fricking 21!).

One way I've put it in the past: he's not me, now or when I was his age. But he might be like me if I was his age in 2015.

Either way, I don't think of him at me at all. He's definitely his own person, with his own life and his own friends and travails.

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TRTA307491After 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.)


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“Why can’t there be just one place for gay kids, where we don’t have to hide who we are? Hell, straight people have the whole rest of the world! They go around holding hands and kissing and talking about ‘my-girlfriend-this’ and ‘my-boyfriend-that.’ And they say we shove our lifestyle in their faces? That’s a laugh!”
Brent Hartinger, Geography Club

“Are you?" I said. "Gay, I mean?"

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I hoped he wasn't offended by my asking, but after everything that had happened, I really wanted to know.

"No," he said. "I thought I was for about a w-w-week once. But now I know I'm not."

If there was ever an answer that sounded like the truth, that was it.”
Brent Hartinger, Geography Club

“I know that opposites attract, but who the hell wants to spend time with an opposite?”
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Brent Hartinger Rick wrote: "Brent, I love your books. Reading them has given me insight into the young gay life that I was never able to experience. As a bonus, Seattle holds a special place in my heart."
Fantastic! Thanks for letting me know. And yeah, I think I *write* the books to relive a life I wasn't quite able to experience myself.

P.S. I loved writing about Seattle. It's a great city (even if it's getting, uh, crowded and expensive!)


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Rick Brent, I love your books. Reading them has given me insight into the young gay life that I was never able to experience. As a bonus, Seattle holds a special place in my heart.


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Brent Hartinger Eric wrote: "Hey there, Brent! Good to see you here."Hey Eric! You get around. ;-)


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Eric Arvin Hey there, Brent! Good to see you here.


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