Duncan MacLeod


Duncan MacLeod is a native Californian who was transplanted to the East Coast for boarding school and a failed semester at an Ivy League school. He returned to California to finish his education at San Francisco State University, where he majored in Film and Italian. He directed a feature documentary about Mexican wrestling called "La Lucha/The Struggle," performed lead autoharp in the band "The Acres," and is author of the semi-autobiographical novels "5150" and "Half." Currently, he lives in greater Los Angeles with his husband Rafael and his dog Patsy. He just finished and published the third book in the series, "M3X1(0", which picks up where Half left off. It transports the reader through Mexico during an economic crisis in 1988.

Duncan wrote 5150 to help the friends and loved ones of a mental patient better understand how the world might look through their eyes during an episode. It is his sincere hope that this novel will comfort them and offer them hope.

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

Where to buy in print


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


Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 68,960. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Gay & Lesbian
Ethan escapes the confines of the Mental Health system on his 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. Each encounter changes the picaresque Ethan as he winds his way deep into the heart of this magical nation.
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 45,290. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Coming of age
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.
Stalag 34R7H
Price: Free! Words: 2,060. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
What if you discovered you were banished to a prison disguised as a beautiful planet? The residents of Stalag 34R7H accidentally uncover this knowledge, and the illusion falls away. The prisoners are plunged into a time of deep sorrow and persistent grief. Only dreams connect them with the world from which they came.
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)
A tale told by a young madman, 5150 is a firsthand account of a descent into madness, institutionalization, escape, recapture, and eventual release. The young protagonist haunts the gritty 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!!