New York Comic Con

Posted on Sunday, 10th September, 2017

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Archon 41

Posted on Monday, 4th September, 2017

For those of you attending Archon 41 in Collinsville, I’ll be on several panels. Check ‘em out!

What If?: Superpowers

Friday 19:00 - 19:50, Salon 4 (Gateway Center)

Come prepared to answer the following question: if you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?

With Paul Hahn, Dev Hanke, and Matthew Edward Munro Wagenblas

Autographs with Sarah Jude and Brian Katcher

Saturday 12:00 - 12:30, Signing Table (Gateway Center)

The Mystery of H.P. Lovecraft

Saturday 15:00 - 15:50, Marquette B (Gateway Center)

Why do so many fans read and enjoy H. P. Lovecraft while others find faults in his writing?

I’m moderating this one!

With Benjamin C. Kinney, John Jacobs, and Shawntelle Madison

Sex and Controversy in Young Adult Literature

Saturday 18:00 - 18:50, Marquette B (Gateway Center)

A discussion of how YA uses sex and controversy to meet the needs of teens. What are the limits? Should there be limits?

With Cole Gibson, Rachel Neumeier, David VonAllmen, and Tom Carpenter

Editing: Behind the Scenes

Sunday 13:00 - 13:50, Marquette A (Gateway Center)

A chance for new authors to understand what happens to stories after they’re submitted.

With Benjamin C. Kinney, Adrian Matthews, Rich Horton

Transgender solidarity forver

Posted on Thursday, 27th July, 2017

I’m utterly disgusted by the actions of our so-called president. A man who avoided Vietnam service due to bone spurs (which didn’t stop him from playing tennis or golf) is now telling brave volunteers that they are not wanted. I’m so through with this administration.

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Agented!

Posted on Monday, 24th July, 2017

I am so incredibly excited and humbled to announce that I now have a literary agent. Mandy Hubbard, of Emerald City Literary Agency, has taken me on as a client! I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to be working with such a talented agent (and writer!).

Publishers Weekly review of DEACON LOCKE

Posted on Thursday, 18th May, 2017

Title aside, Katcher’s multifaceted novel is about more than a school dance, delving into discrimination, dementia, and the perils of online fame. Deacon Locke, who has never gone on a date or been kissed, waits too long to ask out potential prom dates, so he opts to take Jean, his grandmother and primary parental figure, since she missed her own prom decades ago. Deacon’s classmates find his decision adorable, and video clips of him and Jean dancing at prom go viral. Meanwhile, Deacon summons the courage to ask out Soraya, a Muslim dance instructor he meets while taking lessons with Jean, and soon has his first girlfriend. Amid the level of small-time celebrity Deacon achieves because of the video (including agreeing to participate in a Dancing with the Stars–type show after graduation), Katcher (The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak) explores the pitfalls of Internet notoriety and the vicious, sometimes racist commentary that can come with it—with Soraya caught in the crossfire. Although the story looks directly at some of humanity’s uglier tendencies, Deacon’s entertaining commentary keeps the overall tone thoughtful, upbeat and hopeful. Ages 13–up.

Deacon Locke release day!

Posted on Monday, 8th May, 2017

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Hope you remembered to ask for the day off!

VOYA review of DEACON LOCKE

Posted on Sunday, 16th April, 2017

Deacon Locke is a sweet, very tall, socially awkward, eighteen-year-old who lives with his technophobe grandmother after years of constantly moving as his dad fled from one shady deal to another. In a last-ditch attempt to experience a normal high school rite of passage, Deacon takes his best friend to prom—that she is also his grandmother seems almost beside the point, at least until videos of them together at the prom go viral. Deacon suddenly finds himself having to navigate instant fame while simultaneously juggling first love and his worries about his grandmother’s increasing forgetfulness.
Deacon is a likeable narrator, full of self-deprecating humor. Pre-prom, Deacon is improbably old-fashioned with his lack of a cell phone, social media accounts, and Internet access. He believes (erroneously) that he has no friends outside of his grandmother. He is endearingly awkward as he takes ballroom dance classes at the YMCA with his grandmother and falls for the Lebanese instructor, Soraya, whom he begins to date. Post-prom, Deacon becomes a social media and reality TV star. At first he enjoys the attention, but he soon discovers the dark side of instant celebrity, especially as he learns of his grandmother’s dementia and the social media backlash directed at Soraya. This initially humorous coming-of-age story has a guy-friendly romance but deals with some serious issues in the second half, which darkens the tone somewhat.—Elizabeth Matson.

Great DEACON LOCKE review from Booklist

Posted on Monday, 10th April, 2017
Deacon Locke Went to Prom
Almost seven feet tall and terminally awkward, Deacon has never been to a school dance. But the senior prom is coming up, and he reluctantly decides to go. Unfortunately, the girl he wants to ask is already taken. Bummer. But then he has a brainstorm: he’ll invite his best friend—wait for it—his grandmother Jean! Happily, she says yes, and Deacon agrees to take dance lessons, where he meets the beautiful Soraya, whom he begins to date. But first Deacon and Jean go to the prom, and videos are taken of them dancing and posted on the Internet. The clips go viral, and suddenly Deacon and Jean are famous. Deacon is even invited to become a contestant on TV’s Celebrity Dance-Off. Happy days? Maybe. Yes, Deacon and Soraya are dating, but Jean seems to be losing her memory. And fame has a dark side. How will Deacon handle all of this? Readers will care about the answer because Deacon is an appealing, empathetic character, and Katcher’s story is always compelling. Shall we dance?
— Michael Cart

Ana and Zak German release today

Posted on Friday, 7th April, 2017

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Check out this great video review and interview with me (in German).

A real life Deacon Locke?

Posted on Thursday, 30th March, 2017

Catherine Maine had already bought a dress when her grandson was told he could not take her to prom.

Just like in DEACON LOCKE WENT TO PROM, this high school senior invited his grandmother to prom. But unlike in the book, school officials are refusing to allow her to attend, as she’s over twenty.

I find this ridiculous, and I urge you to e-mail principal Steve Hawkins and ask to him to reverse this decision: shawkins@ecs.k12.al.us

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