Who Are Brent and Michael?


Hello, We're Brent and MIchael

We're a longtime gay couple who decided in 2017 to sell our house in Seattle and spend at least a few years traveling the world! 

But this is no holiday. As we travel, we're continuing our careers as writers of fiction.

So far, our "digital nomad" experience has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, and in Forbes and the New York Times.

BRENT HARTINGER is an author and screenwriter. He's published fourteen novels, including Three Truths and a Lie (2016), a dark psychological thriller that was nominated for an Edgar Award; and Geography Club (2003), a landmark gay teen novel that was adapted as a feature film in 2013 (co-starring Scott Bakula), and is now being developed as a television series. Brent is also a screenwriter; nine of his screenplays have been optioned for film, and four are currently in various stages of development. 

MICHAEL JENSEN is an author and editor. His novels include Man & Beast and Man & Monster, part of The Savage Land, a series of historical fiction that combines gay romance, supernatural, and horror. For eight years, Michael was the editor of the entertainment website AfterElton.com, which he co-founded with Brent. The site, devoted to covering gay and bisexual men in popular culture, eventually grew to more than a million unique visitors a month, won several GLAAD Media Awards, and was later sold to Viacom/MTV. 

How did all Brent And Michael Are Going Places come about?

Like a lot of married couples, over the years we've mused: What would it be like if we just up and sold everything and traveled the world?

But in our case, things were a bit different. For one thing, Michael spent three years in his twenties traveling (mostly in New Zealand and Australia). And since we lived in Seattle, and we're both novelists, Brent often lamented, "Our writing incomes are the same no matter where we live, but we've chosen to live in one of the most expensive cities in the world! We could move anywhere!"

Plus, we don't have kids, and never wanted them.

In other words, while a lot of people dream of traveling the world for an extended period of time, we were pretty sure that we would do it. Eventually, anyway.

Then came the election of Donald Trump. Like many people, we saw the election of this corrupt and ignorant demagogue as a sign that something has gone seriously wrong in America (and in the media that enabled him).

We also saw it as an opportunity.

We'd been planning to travel the world "eventually," but Trump's election proved to be the excuse we needed to do it sooner rather than later.

We're not abandoning our country, or giving up on the fight against bigotry and tyranny, but we knew we needed some perspective. If nothing else, international travel gave us a feeling of control at a time when the country and world seemed decidedly out of control.

We spent 2017 selling our house, downsizing our belongings, and moving our lives into the cloud. Then we started making plans for all the places we wanted to see.

On January 2nd, we left Seattle to start our adventure. Our plans for 2018 include multi-month stays in Miami, Malta, Italy, and Bulgaria. In 2019, we'll be in Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, and Japan!

But this is no holiday. As we travel, we're continuing our careers as writers of fiction. In short, we've become "digital nomads" -- a buzzy term you'll hear a lot about in the years ahead, trust us.

And let's face it: the careers of artists like us can be pretty crazy too, at least as much of an adventure as anything that happens to international travelers. The stories we could tell!

We will tell them.

We'll be chronicling both journeys: our physical journeys around the globe, and also our artistic journeys as we try to bring our various novels and screenplays into the world.

We hope you'll join us! Follow along on this website, or on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

And if we're in your area, maybe we can meet you in person!

Safe travels,

Brent & Michael

Photos: @ajstetson