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Brian Katcher Hello, and thanks for asking! My newest book, THE IMPROBABLE THEORY OF ANA AND ZAK will be available on May 19th, 2015 from Katherine Tegen Books.…moreHello, and thanks for asking! My newest book, THE IMPROBABLE THEORY OF ANA AND ZAK will be available on May 19th, 2015 from Katherine Tegen Books. Here's a blurb:

Zak 'Duke' Duquette wants nothing more out of life than to play video games, hang with his friends, and attend Washingcon, the largest comic book convention in Seattle. This is especially true this year, now that his widowed mother has remarried and his stepfather insists on living with them.

Unfortunately, Zak has blown off a major assignment for a class and is in danger of failing...and by failing, not graduating. The only way he can make up the credit is to 'volunteer' as an alternate at a quiz bowl tournament...the weekend of Washingcon.

Ana Watson, captain of the quiz bowl team, is not thrilled with having Zak on the team, considering him a slacker and a loser. But she has more important things on her mind: the team, her grades, and her younger brother, Clayton, who's also on the team. Sure, Ana would like to take some time off, maybe not study or bend the rules a bit...

Ana used to have an older sister, Nicole. Nicole bent the rules. Ana doesn't have a sister anymore.

At the Friday tournament, Zak gripes nonstop about the convention he is missing: the wild parties, the crazy costuming, the nonstop fun. Clayton is intrigued. So intrigued, in fact, that under the cover of the Seattle rain, he sneaks out of the hotel to see this event for himself.

Ana and Zak have to drag Clayton back to the hotel before the sponsor realizes he's gone. Zak knows the con like Han knows the Kessel Run. He can flush Clayton out, no problem (and maybe score points with Ana). Ana, on the other hand, knows her brother can be very devious when he wants to, and realizes what will happen if her parents find out he ran off.

Together, Ana and Zak descend into a world of Klingons, furries, bronies, cosplayers, filkers, Wookies, drunks, geeks, and party animals. They run afoul of a angry girl with a longbow, a seven-foot-tall viking, a pack of zombies, and several of Zak's ex girlfriends. As the night wears on, they start to realize the only ones they can depend on are each other. And maybe that's not such a bad thing.
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Brian Katcher Thank you! Well, I wanted to write a boy-meets-girl story that hadn't been done a million times. I eventually hit upon the idea of a heterosexual guy…moreThank you! Well, I wanted to write a boy-meets-girl story that hadn't been done a million times. I eventually hit upon the idea of a heterosexual guy who falls for a girl who had to work to achieve her female identity. Could such a relationship work? I tried it as a short story, but my writers' group told me that I couldn't pull that plot off in 80 pages. Do it as a novel or don't do it. It took a lot of research, and the more I talked to real life Sages, the more I realized that this was a story that needed to be told.

As to publishing hesitation, not really. In fact, Almost Perfect was probably the easiest of all my books to have published. I was lucky to have an editor who was willing to take a chance on the topic.

Thanks for reading!(less)
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“Everyone thinks they're the only one who's ever been hurt.”
Brian Katcher, The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak

“Everyone has that one line they swear they'll never cross, the one thing they say they'll never do. Not something serious like I'll never kill anyone or I'll never invade Russia in the winter. Usually, it's something less earth-shattering.
I'll never cheat on her.
I'll never work at a job I hate.
I'll never give up on my dreams.
We draw the line. Maybe we even believe it. That's why it's so hard when we break that promise we make to ourselves.
Sage Hendricks was my line.”
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“Because that's the way the world works, isn't it? You can work hard and be miserable, or do nothing and be happy.”
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message 4: by Edina

Edina Rose Hi Brian! Thanks for the friendvite! I really liked your short story. Well done!


Hillary That's great news!


message 2: by Brian

Brian Wow, my cats don't even have middle names. I'm glad that my book touched you so much. My next book should be out in summer of 2012. Thanks for the pick me up!


Hillary I've been wanting to tell you that my cat's middle name is Sage, after your character. :) Please keep writing--your characters are so intriguing to me!


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