Duncan MacLeod


I write adventure, magical realism, humor, LGBTQ and medical fiction to comfort the broken-hearted and help them laugh in the face of adversity.

I’m the author of the Psychotic Break Series and the Agnes Series. I live in Southern California with my husband and our dog, Pepper.

Look for my upcoming de-fictionalized memoir “When Everything Cracks” and the self-help book “The Mental Health First Aid Kit: Top Psychologists’ Guidebook for Overcoming the Shame and Stigma of Mental Illness”.

Smashwords Interview

How do I get a free copy of your book?
5150: A Transfer is free when you sign up for my bi-monthly newsletter on my website. At the risk of a possible violation of the Smashwords terms of service, the URL is www.duncanwritesbooks.com
What do you say to your critics?
I cherish my one-star reviews. They show me I’ve created something truly unique. Most people are repulsed by the unfamiliar. When they read my stories, they read about topics they’ve been taught to shun. I’ve been called disgusting, perverted, filthy, and satanic. Yep! That’s me. If you’re ready to descend into a world of slop and sleaze, my books are waiting. If the roller-coaster ride was too much for your weak heart, please warn others. Keep reviewing!
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Where to find Duncan MacLeod online


MIchael G. Page's Laundry
Michael G. Page is featured heavily in "1/2" the sequel to 5150, coming out later this year.


Agnes in the Fifth Bardo
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 46,860. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal
"Drat! I'm Dead!" With these words, Agnes begins her journey through the afterlife. Along the way she joins forces with Jerry, a jock upon whom she had a secret crush and Patsy, a cute little dog from her street. Together, the trio take on angels, demons, and even Hell itself.
A Quarter
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 60,970. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2019. Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Young adult or teen » LGBTQ+
The only thing worse than being mentally ill is being mentally ill and strung out on dope. This fourth and final installment in the Psychotic Break Series sees Ethan regain his sanity only to lose it to drugs. Drifting from job to job, home to home, he paints a portrait of a San Francisco that vanished many years ago. Newly Edited by Maya Nayak.
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 68,960. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » LGBTQ+
During the 1988 financial crisis in Mexico, even a mentally ill homeless American kid could live like a king. Ethan escapes the Mental Health system on a journey to Mexico. Along the way, he encounters shaman, witches, martial artists and one dashingly handsome psychic rich kid with a penchant for causing trouble. Follow Ethan as he winds his way deep into the heart of this magical nation.
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 45,290. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Coming of age
A halfway house is a lousy place to fall in love. Book 2 in the Psychotic Break Series, Half begins where “5150” left off. Ethan moves to a halfway house where he befriends an eclectic assortment of recovering mental patients. He falls hard for one, and together they plot a romantic escape from the mental health system.
5150: A Transfer
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 46,980. Language: American English. Published: October 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Literature » Literary
(5.00 from 1 review)
Psychosis is not for the faint of heart. A tale told by a young madman, 5150 is a firsthand account of a descent into madness, institutionalization, escape, recapture, and eventual release. Young Ethan haunts the gay underbelly of the San Francisco Tenderloin in the 1980's. Psychosis and cigarette smoke intertwine in a coffee-ringed world of hairspray, dyed black hair, hobos, and hospital gowns.

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Smashwords book reviews by Duncan MacLeod

  • BOL - The Business Of Life on Oct. 26, 2013

    I spent three years in business school learning all the strategies for making a company do well, turn around, increase sales...I never once realized that this same set of principles could be applied to my own life! Instead of acquiring capital, our goal is to increase happiness. Thank you, Maarten for pointing me in the right direction!!
  • The Butt Baby on Nov. 24, 2018

    This book made me laugh out loud and gag in the same sentence. It was a deliciously perverse tale of the unexpected. Men, If you need a cheering up, I say read this book. Ladies, I can’t predict how you will react to the old-fashioned gay male exclusivity, but the humor is universal. The story is like a gay Philip Roth novella, if ever he were to have written one. It reminds me of “The Breast.”