Awesome Kirkus Review of ANA AND ZAK

Posted on Monday, 16th February, 2015

Two teens discover that their improbable chemistry is just what it takes for a probable relationship. Still adjusting to a new stepdad, slacker Zak has anxiously been awaiting Washingcon, a science fiction, fantasy, and comic book convention in Seattle. But when his health teacher (and quiz bowl sponsor) notices that he plagiarized his health paper, she offers him two options: fail health and not graduate or serve as an alternate on the quiz bowl team for their big tournament. Who really fails health? So he begrudgingly chooses the latter, despite it being the same weekend as his con. Hyperfocused Ana, who must be perfect to show her parents she’s not like her older sister who dropped out of high school to have a baby, has her doubts about Zak. After Ana’s younger brother and fellow quiz bowl member, Clayton, sneaks out to attend Washingcon, Zak and Ana begin a humorously whirlwind night searching for him. Their alternating viewpoints narrate how they dodge and outwit parents, felons, and other outlandish con characters. While Clayton constantly eludes them, Zak and Ana do find a connection through mutual loss, courage to stand up for themselves, and first love. There’s even fun at a “mixed” [my quotes] marriage (between a Star Wars and a Star Trek enthusiast)! Fans of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist will find con-tentment here. (Fiction. 14 & up)

Book Signing, February 28

Posted on Tuesday, 3rd February, 2015

Come visit me at  The Book Warehouse of St. Louis, 17017 N Outer RD 40 Suite 151, Chesterfield, Missouri. February 28th, 1-3 PM. Can’t wait to see you!

ANA AND ZAK goes international

Posted on Friday, 12th December, 2014


Thanks to my wonderful editors, THE IMPROBABLE THEORY OF ANA AND ZAK will also be released in Spanish (Spain and Latin America), Portuguese (Brazil), German and Turkish! Wow!

Very Nice Review of My Works

Posted on Monday, 1st December, 2014

By fellow librarian John Clark. Read it here.

So sad…

Posted on Monday, 24th November, 2014

My thoughts are with the family of Michael Brown tonight. I can’t imagine what you’re going through.

Cover Reveal!

Posted on Friday, 17th October, 2014


The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak, Katherine Tegen Books, May 2015!


Posted on Thursday, 9th October, 2014

Just got the ARCS for my new book, The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak, and they look great! Big thanks to Claudia Gabel and Melissa Miller for all their work on this. Here’s the back cover blurb:

when Ana Watson’s brother ditches a high school trip to run wild at Washingcon, type-A Ana knows that she must find him or risk her last shot at freedom from her extra-controlling parents.

In her desperation, she’s forced to enlist the last person she’d ever want to spend time with–slacker Zak Duquette–to help locate her brother before morning comes.

But over the course of the night, while being chased by hordes of costumed Vikings and zombies, Ana and Zak begin to open up to each other. Soon, what began as the most insane nerdfighter manhunt transforms into so much more…

The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak is Brian Katcher’s hilarious he said/she said romance about two teens discovering themselves on an out-of-this-world accidental first date.


Marriage Equality

Posted on Monday, 6th October, 2014


Marriage equality came to five more states, but more likely eleven today. Congrats to everyone in Indiana, Wisconsin, Virginia, Utah, and Oklahoma, and keeping my fingers crossed for the Carolinas, West Virginia, Colorado, Wyoming, and Kansas.

Me and the Ice Bucket Challenge

Posted on Sunday, 24th August, 2014

Here I am, taking the ice bucket challenge. I have challenged Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong Un, and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Great Review of EVERYONE DIES, from the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Posted on Wednesday, 20th August, 2014


From the September, 2014 issue:

When the journalism assignment for his summer academic program at the Univer- sity of Missouri proves to be nothing more than a few fluff pieces, seventeen-year- old Sherman decides to do some snooping of his own in the library and discovers what appears to be a minor scandal and unsolved death from 1935 involving a now-disappeared minister. Sherman’s search for more information draws attention from a mysterious society, and he suddenly finds himself at knifepoint—twice—and being shot at. Determined to figure out who’s trying to kill him, Sherman finds a wrongfully institutionalized psychiatric patient who helps him decipher the links between a number of killings spanning from the 1830s through the 1970s that all center on one name—P. Saberhagen—and an enigmatic insignia. Aided by the student librarian Christine, nicknamed Charlie (who Sherman finds seriously cute), Sherman discovers that Saberhagen made a deal that grants his immortality, for a price . . . and he wants Sherman in on it, one way or another. Katcher, author of Almost Perfect (BCCB 1/10), captures the flawed but honest voice of a guy who’s driven to succeed in his career—and with a girl—and finds himself in over his head; plenty of pop culture references, hubris, and hormones add authenticity. The breathtaking pace is balanced with flashbacks to the minister and his posse’s parallel investigation of Saberhagen, and though the shift to supernatural (and even Christian mystic) elements in the thriller is a little abrupt, it’s not unpleasant. Romance? Check. Comedy? Sure. Overall, though, this is a grittier (and slimmer) contemporary version of Bray’s The Diviners (BCCB 10/12), giving it reluctant reader appeal for the Stephen King crowd.