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About E. Katherine Kottaras

E. Katherine Kottaras published her debut YA contemporary novel, How To Be Brave, with St. Martin’s Press/Griffin Teen in November 2015. Her second novel, The Best Possible Answer, also a YA contemporary, is forthcoming from St. Martin’s Press/Griffin Teen in the fall of 2016.

Kirkus Reviews said of How To Be Brave: “Georgia’s realistically profane voice aptly captures her personality, carrying the novel; her traverse through grief and experimentation make for a believable and satisfying character arc. A thoughtful exploration of grief and life.”

Publishers Weekly said, “Kottaras’s debut traces Georgia’s struggles and triumphs as she reluctantly sets out to fulfill her mother’s final wish for her to try new things and be fearless. Georgia’s Greek-American heritage offers a distinctive backdrop for the novel’s themes of emotional healing and self-discovery, while Georgia herself emerges as a realistically flawed and genuine protagonist.”

Kottaras has worked as a writing teacher for more than 14 years, where her goal has been to enable other writers in the active and personal pursuit of creative expression and fulfillment. She currently teaches creative writing, composition and children’s literature (picture books through YA) at Pasadena City College, and received the Music Center’s Bravo Award for creativity and innovation in teaching in 2004. She attended her first SCBWI conference in 2012, which propelled her forward in writing for children. Through mentoring, she hopes to express her deep gratitude to the organization that gave her insight into the craft and industry, and to experience the joy of working with another writer.


“I am prepared to help my mentee with many different techniques – whether it be exercises to help combat writer’s block, strategies for revision, or insights and recommendations for submitting work for publication. With revision, we might discuss larger structural concerns, plotting, pacing, beats, etc. I also love to work with language and diction – finding ways to imbue exposition with poetry. My toolbox is large, and I’m excited to work with someone closely.”

— E. Katherine Kottaras

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