The Otto Digmore Series

The Otto Digmore Difference
The Otto Digmore Series Book 1
by Brent Hartinger
Genre: New Adult Humorous M/M Romance
“Road trip!”
Otto Digmore is a 26-year-old gay guy with dreams of being a successful actor, and he’s finally getting some attention as a result of his supporting role on a struggling sitcom. But he’s also a burn survivor with scars on half his face, and all indications are that he’s just too different to ever find real Hollywood success.
Now he’s up for an amazing new role that could change everything. Problem is, he and his best friend Russel Middlebrook have to drive all the way across the country in order to get to the audition on time.
It’s hard to say which is worse: the fact that so many things go wrong, or that Russel, an aspiring screenwriter, keeps comparing their experiences to some kind of road trip movie.
There’s also the fact that Otto and Russel were once boyfriends, and Otto is starting to realize that he might still have romantic feelings for his best friend.
Just how far will Otto go to get the role, and maybe the guy, of his dreams?
Author Brent Hartinger first introduced the character of Otto Digmore in 2005, in his Lambda Award-winning books about Russel Middlebrook. Back then, Otto was something pretty unusual for YA literature: a disabled gay character.
Now, more than a decade later, Otto is grown up and finally stepping into the spotlight on his own. The Otto Digmore Difference, the first book in a new stand-alone series for adults, is about much more than the challenges of being “different.” It’s also about the unexpected nature of all of life’s journeys, and the heavy price that must be paid for Hollywood fame.
But more than anything, it’s a different kind of love story, about the frustrating and fantastic power of the love between two friends.
The Otto Digmore Decision
The Otto Digmore Series Book 2
“If we get caught, they’ll throw us in jail. On the other hand, we’ll have been involved in one of the craziest Hollywood stories I’ve ever heard, and maybe someone will want to turn *that* into a movie!”
Otto Digmore is back, still trying to make it as an actor in Hollywood (despite his facial scars), but frustrated by all the schemers who’ll stab you in the back to get ahead. But then Otto’s good friend Russel Middlebrook sells a screenplay, a heist movie set in the Middle Ages — and Otto has been cast in an important supporting role! For twelve weeks, Otto and Russel will be on location together in England and Malta.
Problem is, once production is underway, it quickly becomes clear that the director is ruining Russel’s script. If the movie ends up being the bomb that both Otto and Russel expect it to be, it could destroy both their Hollywood careers forever.
But Otto and Russel aren’t willing to take that chance. Together, they hatch a crazy plan to make a good movie behind the director’s back! But how far are they willing to go to save their careers? Are they willing to become exactly the kind of scheming backstabbers they always said they hated?
The Otto Digmore Decision is partly a caper story, partly a humorous Hollywood satire. It’s also an inside look at the struggles of anyone “different,” and it’s even something of a love story, except it’s one between two friends.
More than anything, The Otto Digmore Decision proves the old adage about creative pursuits: the most interesting drama always happens behind the scenes!
I am Brent Hartinger, a novelist and screenwriter. I’ve published fourteen novels, had nine screenplays optioned, and had two of my projects turned into feature films.
My first novel, GEOGRAPHY CLUB (2003), is the story of a gay teen named Russel Middlebrook. It was one of the first in a new wave of break-out LGBTQ young adult fiction, and it was adapted as a feature film in 2013. I subsequently wrote three more books about Russel, calling them The Russel Middlebrook Series. I tried to give these books a lot of humor and heart.
In 2013, I continued Russel’s story as he grew up, into his twenties, in a new, stand-alone series called Russel Middlebook: The Futon Years. These books are “new adult” (making Russel one of very few literary characters to “jump” genres in projects created by the same author).
In 2017, I released a new, stand-alone series starring Russel’s gay disabled friend Otto Digmore, called The Otto Digmore Series.
I love mysteries and thrillers. My 2016 gay teen puzzle box thriller THREE TRUTHS AND A LIE was nominated for an Edgar Award (this, and my 2005 novel GRAND & HUMBLE, are real mind-benders, trust me). My 2007 YA mystery, PROJECT PAY DAY, is much lighter, and has also been adapted as feature film (which I wrote), to be released in 2020.
Here are all my books:
* The Otto Digmore Difference (book 1)
* The Otto Digmore Decision (book 2)
* 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)
* Geography Club (book #1)
* The Order of the Poison Oak (book #2)
* Double Feature: Attack of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies/Bride of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies (book #3)
* The Elephant of Surprise (book #4)
* Two Thousand Pounds Per Square Inch (a free short story)
* Project Pay Day
* Three Truths and a Lie
* Grand & Humble
* Shadow Walkers
I also love to travel. In fact, I no longer have a home. Instead, I travel the world indefinitely with my husband, writer Michael Jensen, moving to a new country every few months. You can follow our “digital nomad” journey at
I try hard to write books that are page-turners, and movies that are fast-paced and accessible. If I had to describe my own writing projects, I would say, “Strong central concept, strong plot, strong character and voice.”
Basically, I see myself as a storyteller. But I think “story” is a lot more than “beautiful language” or complicated camera angles, which I often find self-indulgent and distracting. In most cases, I think the important thing for a writer or filmmaker is to get out of the way and just tell the damn story.
I answer all questions, so feel free to contact me on social media, or through my website:
Brent Hartinger
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Brittany Cournoyer

Brittany Cournoyer and I met through social media and is another Midwestern author!

Author Bio

Brittany was born in a small town in Alabama and moved to Indiana when she was thirteen years old. She currently resides there and works as an operator at a local hospital. When she isn’t working, she loves to spend her free time writing stories, playing with her puppy, Delilah, watching television, and spending time with loved ones.

Tell us about yourself.

I currently reside in Indiana where I work part-time as a switchboard operator at a hospital. When I’m not working, I’m either writing, spending time with some of my favorite people, or spoiling my dog, Delilah. While at home, my television is usually on the ID channel or food network, which is ironic since I can’t even boil water. I love movies (the scarier, the batter), and music from the 70s and 80s. And that’s pretty much it 😊

When did you know you wanted to be an author?

I’ve always loved books. There are videos of me my mother has where I’m sitting on her lap at 7 years old reading a book out loud to her. The older I got, my love and passion for books increased until I decided to try and write my own.

What genres do you like to read?  Are these the same genres you write in?

Oh, I absolutely love to read second chance romances and the fake relationship. But, oddly enough, I’ve never written one.

Is your book for adults, young adults or children?

Definitely adults.

What is your current release or project?

I have a release coming at the end of October entitled Sinister Shadows.

Tell us about the key characters

Duncan awakens in a hospital with no memory whatsoever. He only has the word of his husband, Pierce, to go by. Only, Duncan doesn’t remember being married or who Pierce is…

What is your blurb or synopsis of the book?

Who is Duncan Reynolds? Pierce, the man claiming to be my husband says that’s me.

A racing heart and a need to breathe are my only memories when I wake in an unfamiliar room surrounded by strangers. With nothing else to go on, I have to trust the people around me to help me remember.

As days stretch into weeks, I know the reoccurring dreams of dark alleys and sinister shadows can’t be ignored, and the only person I have to help me is Pierce. With my memory slowly starting to return, I know things aren’t always as they seem. Will searching for the past lead me closer to my husband or toward the danger that’s lurking just out of sight?

Share an excerpt

Thump. Thump. Thump. Thump.

The sound of feet heavily pounding against the pavement mingled with the loud pants of air that burst from his lungs.

As sweat slickened his body, making the fabric of his T-shirt stick to his skin, his chest heaved from exertion as he ran down the alley. But he refused to stop and catch his breath. The pain in his side was minute compared to the feeling that spurred him on—fear.

Thump. Thump. Thump. Thump.

Putting one foot in front of another, he allowed the terror that coursed through his veins be the driving force behind his feet. Tears streamed down his face and his mouth as dry. His entire body was shaking from the run, and his feet were aching. But he couldn’t stop, wouldn’t stop. Stopping would be his undoing, and he had to keep going.

Shadows danced across the brick buildings on either side of him as he made his dash down the alleyway. Every little noise had him jumping, and every movement from the corner of his eye had him veering off his direct path a little. But he couldn’t be deterred. Not when he was so close to his destination.

A streetlamp illuminated the end of the alley, casting a tiny bit of light, a beacon for him to find his way out. All he had to do was make it a few more steps…

Do you have a favorite scene?

I do! It’s a pivotal point in the book where everything starts to come together, and I hope when people read it they ask themselves “What just happened?”

What advice would you give a beginner?

Don’t give up. Even when you think no one will ever give your work a chance, or that what you wrote isn’t good enough, keep going.

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