August Write Brain – Making Monsters Real

Aug 15, 2017 — 6:15 to 8:15

Location: 1175 Chapel Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920 (get directions)

What: Making Monsters Real!

Who: Matt Bille

When: August 15th, 6:15 – 8:15pm – Note: earlier start time

Where: Venue@21c (upper floor, to the right if coming in the upper entrance) of Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. Colorado Springs, CO 80920

More Information: What makes a monster scary? Giant sea reptiles are fun but doesn’t scare readers, while Jaws frightened people away from beaches, and the hive-mind wasps in Joseph Wallace’s Invasive Species are absolutely terrifying.  This presentation takes the view that the more believable a monster is, the scarier it is.  If your novel includes magic, that’s one thing, but if you set it in the real world, you’ll want a monster that will have readers looking at the forest or the ocean with apprehension.  Science writer and novelist Matt Bille will explore how to put as much science as possible into your make-believe monsters with the objective of making your readers think, “This could actually happen.”

About the Presenter: Matt Bille is a science writer, historian, and novelist living in Colorado Springs. He’s written two books on newly-discovered, maybe-extinct, and unconfirmed animals of the world. He also wrote a NASA-published history of the early Space Age, The First Space Race, and many articles and professional papers. His debut novel, 2014’s The Dolmen, drew nothing but 4- and 5-star Amazon reviews. His WIP, Apex Predator, explores the possible survival of a prehistoric predator. See his website at www.mattbille.com.

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