Today on the FlipSide is an interview with Brian Katcher. If you’ve yet to run across Brian yet, let’s take a moment to get everyone acquainted…
Brian Katcher is the author of Almost Perfect, winner of the 2011 Stonewall Young Adult Book Award (given for LGBT books), as well as Playing With Matches, winner of the 2010-2011 North Carolina Young Adult Book Award. His new book, Everyone Dies in the End, will come out in March. In his spare time, he works as an elementary school librarian.
Welcome Brian. Now let’s get to the questions… Using ten words or less, tell me about your book.
High school nerd uncovers plot against humanity and gets laid.
Interesting! What song would you want to play during the opening credits of your book were it made into a movie? Why?
Some darkly ominous classical piece, to let the audience know bad things are brewing. The book starts with the kid going off to a summer scholars’ camp, after all.
Who would you want to direct the story of your life? Is there anyone specific you’d like to play you?
Some 80s sitcom director. My life has been a series of comical misadventures and very special episodes. I’d like Steve Buscemi to play me, though I’m not nearly that handsome.
What is your writing process? Are you a planner or a pantser? Do you prefer to hand write your works or type them directly into your word processor?
I come up with a beginning and an ending and let the characters go to work. It often amazes me where they end up. Of course, the chaos theory of writing means I have to resign myself to an extra round of editing. And what do you mean by the phrase ‘hand write’?
What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself: something you wish you knew then that you know now?
So there’s this new invention called Facebook. It let’s all those girls you were too much of a wimp to talk to in high school reconnect and mention how they had a thing for you twenty years ago. Or you could grow a pair and just ask someone out while you’re still in high school, you big geek.
What are the three books that really inspired you to become a writer?
Catch-22, anything by H. P. Lovecraft, and The Sweet Valley High series (I realized someone was making money off that, and I wanted a piece of the action)
Now it’s time for the Rapid. Fire. Questions.
- Coffee or tea? Coffee
- Cats or dogs? I’ve had a cat for years. So…dogs.
- Snow or sun? Yesterday, we went out and watched soap bubbles flash freeze. Sun.
- Print books or eReader? I’m a librarian. Print books are less of a pain.
- Nachos or potato chips? Nachos
- Baked or fried? Fried
- Candy or chocolate? Chocolate
- Comedy, Romance, or Horror? Horror, though everything I write turns into comedy
- Action, Science Fiction, or Animated? SF
- Classics or Modern? Classics
- Old World or New World? New World
- Sweet or spicy? Spicy
- Comfort or Speed? Comfort
Thank you Brian for taking the time to answer my questions!
Now let’s take a look at Everyone Dies At The End…
At seventeen, Sherman Andrews has been accepted in the Missouri Scholars’ Academy. Sherman has had a ten-year plan since he was eight, and he is determined to become an award-winning investigative journalist. He is going places, unlike his low-brow plumber father or his absent mother.
While researching his first project, a chance discovery of a mysterious photograph of four men, dated 1935, leads to Sherman uncovering records of deaths, disappearances, and cover-ups on an almost unbelievable scale. Too late, Sherman realizes the organization responsible is still around, and they’re prepared to take drastic measures to keep him quiet.
Sherman must decide if he wants to flee for his life, or risk everything to become the reporter he’s always wanted to be. There are only two people he can trust to help him. One is Charlie, the cute, chubby student librarian at the historical society. The other is Denton, who claims that the organization is led by a shadowy man who died in 1966…and 1935…and 1864. The fact that Denton has been forcibly committed to a mental hospital is just an unfortunate misunderstanding.
Something evil is about to reappear. And Sherman, with his Dictaphone, his ironed socks, and his ten-page resume, may be the only one who can prevent a tragedy.
Interspersed with flashbacks to the original 1935 adventurers, Everyone Dies is a lighthearted coming of age story about love, growing up, and what it’s like to be buried alive.