We're excited to welcome to the blog today author Brian Katcher. Brian's The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak has been described as a hilarious he said/she said romance about two teens recovering from heartbreak and discovering themselves on an out-of-this-world accidental first date! He's here to share with us what scares him about writing.
What Scares Me As A Writer
by Brian Katcher
Writing is similar to acting. You take on the persona of someone you are not, and have to make that persona believable. You work at it for months, even years, and in the end, you either nailed it or you didn't. There's very little middle ground.
As a YA author, the challenge is twofold. The hurdle I face with every book is how to realistically portray young characters. As I just turned forty, I constantly fear that I'm going to end up writing about how things were back in my day, rather than with the voice of a present-day seventeen year old. On the other hand, some things never change. While speaking to a high school once, I said "When I was your age, we used to hang out at the mall, watch MTV, and try to meet girls. I have no idea what you all do now." A boy responded "We hang out at the mall, watch MTV, and try to meet girls."
When writing for a YA audience, never mention these things: current slang, celebrities, or technology. They'll have all changed by the time the book comes out.
The harder aspect of this is when you write a character with a very different background than your own. For me, nerdy smart ass male characters come easily. But when I try to write from another perspective, say a girl (AND AND ZAK), or a popular guy (ALMOST PERFECT), or a transgender girl (ALMOST PERFECT) I have to tread very carefully. I do not want someone reading about a character like themselves and thinking 'He got that wrong.'
I've not always been successful, but I always do my research. While I can't claim complete success, I am proud to say that most of my negative reviews are about cliche plots, shallow characters, and dull plots. Makes me feel so much better.
About the Book:
In her desperation, she's forced to enlist the last person she'd ever want to spend time with—slacker Zak Duquette—to help find 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 starts as the most insane manhunt transforms into so much more. . . .
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