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.

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
My desk is not where I would like it. It is in a bad position, feng shui-wise, and it's in my bedroom, since I don't yet have a backyard office tiny home. It has very few metal parts. The slide-out drawer is a combination of front legs with wooden wheels, and peg-in-groove sliders. I used to have a beautiful white mid-century modern desk, but it was too big to fit in the bedroom, so we donated it to a thrift store.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Bay Area (San Francisco) California. At the age of 15, I went away to boarding school, where I studied great works of literature. Although boarding school taught me about good content, it was Mrs. King and Mr. Hom, my junior high school English teachers, who gave me the tools I needed to write. They forced us to diagram sentences out of the classic text book "Warriner's English Grammar and Composition." Diagramming sentences taught you all the rules of grammar. It helped identify fragments and run-on sentences. I hope they are still teaching sentence diagrams. These days, they may be teaching emoticons instead.
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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 » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Gay & Lesbian
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 » Gay & Lesbian
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 » Gay & lesbian fiction » 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
You set the price! Words: 46,980. Language: American English. Published: October 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » 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.”