So excited to be a guest mentor at the First Five Pages Workshop this year.
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Join me on October 9th in my home town of St. Peters for an evening of discussion, reading, and no rules boxing. Just follow this link.
Hey, the Archon panels I’m on have been announced!
Fueling Motivation in an Industry Thriving on Rejection
12 Oct 2018, Friday 15:00 - 16:00
Autograph Session with Rich Horton, R.L. Naquin, and Brian Katcher
13 Oct 2018, Saturday 13:00 - 14:00, Signing Table (Gateway Center)
What To Do About H.P. Lovecraft?
13 Oct 2018, Saturday 14:00 - 15:00, St. Clair A & B (DoubleTree - Collinsville)
13 Oct 2018, Saturday 19:00 - 20:00, Marquette A (Gateway Center)
Someone will always be a better writer or more successful. How to keep negative thoughts like this at bay and keep your writing enjoyable to do.
Writing About Race, Gender, and Sexuality in a Sensitive Manner
14 Oct 2018, Sunday 10:00 - 11:00, Salon 6 (Gateway Center)
Just a reminder that I’ll be at Archon St. Louis again, October 12-14. Stop by and say hi!
That’s ‘Me, Jean, and the night of my life.’
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
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!).
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.