Is Ben Bisexual?

Here’s a very cool interview from the examiner.com’s national bisexual writer, Sheela Lambert. When she sent it to me, I had an interesting reaction. The reason she wrote about the book is Ben’s “Bisexuality.” I thought: Wait. Is he bisexual? And who gets to decide? This isn’t a criticism. It’s simply a question about labels… Read more »

Not Normal, or, The Broken Rib

Writing is not a normal job. In most normal jobs, you don’t find yourself writhing around in bed at 2:00 in the morning because a phrase came to you that began to illuminate a character that’s been in your head, on and off, for a year. Similarly, you don’t get out of bed and write for… Read more »

The ABSOLUTE genesis of Openly Straight

I found it! The first-ever words written for the book that became Openly Straight. They were written in February of 2009, when I was living in New York. I was working on a manuscript that I was going to call “Yam Boy,” and apparently I took a side-step into something else. The document is called… Read more »

Faith and Writing

I’m starting a new novel. I’m at the point where my mind is hard at work, figuring out who is who and what is what. There’s been a bit of freewriting and outlining, but nothing substantial on the page yet. It’s only been about a week. It can feel overwhelming to start a new project…. Read more »


In the novel I just completed, The Porcupine of Truth, my characters come up with what I like to call the “theory of the dog park.” They take a friend’s dog to the dog park, and they see the way the dogs interact, how they’re excited to see who is coming in to the park,… Read more »

Texting while

Chandler Gerber texted his wife “I love you” while driving along a rural road near his hometown of Bluffton, Indiana. She texted him back, and he lowered his head to quickly read her message. The next thing he knew, there was a body smashing off the roof of his van. It was one of three… Read more »

Openly Straight – The Playlist

So a fan of Openly Straight made me this playlist. It’s really, as he describes, a soundtrack for Ben and Rafe’s relationship. So with a huge thank you to Ethan Letter, here is that soundtrack. Enjoy! “Untouchable” — Luna Halo [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vmVhaFDe4A&w=420&h=315] “Goodnight and Go” — Imogen Heap [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqjWodek8ZM&w=560&h=315]   “Things I’ll Never Say” — Avril… Read more »

Two Truths and a Lie, Take 2

1. When I was in my freshman year at Oberlin College, I almost got beat up by a football player. I was hanging out with a close female friend whom I’d known from Oberlin Theater Institute, which we’d both attended the summer before. She introduced me to the guy she had gone out with the… Read more »

Homophobic Gays

I read reviews. Once in a while, I Google myself (I know God says it’s wrong, but I’m human!), and I read blog reviews of Openly Straight. And I will occasionally (read: fifteen times a day) peruse the reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. I know there are authors who say this is wrong and a… Read more »