Monday, August 24, 2015


I'm excited beyond belief to reveal the cover and official synopsis for my next YA novel, a book I hold near and dear to my heart. Without further ado, I present to you The Steep and Thorny Way . . .

Coming March 8, 2016
Amulet Books, Hardcover, ISBN 9781419719158

A thrilling reimagining of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, The Steep and Thorny Way tells the story of a murder most foul and the mighty power of love and acceptance in a state gone terribly rotten.

1920s Oregon is not a welcoming place for Hanalee Denney, the daughter of a white woman and an African-American man. She has almost no rights by law, and the Ku Klux Klan breeds fear and hatred in even Hanalee’s oldest friendships. Plus, her father, Hank Denney, died a year ago, hit by a drunk-driving teenager. Now her father’s killer is out of jail and back in town, and he claims that Hanalee’s father wasn’t killed by the accident at all but, instead, was poisoned by the doctor who looked after him—who happens to be Hanalee’s new stepfather.

The only way for Hanalee to get the answers she needs is to ask Hank himself, a “haint” wandering the roads at night.

Some notes about the cover: 

This captivating design was created by Maria T. Middleton at Abrams, the brilliant talent behind all of my young adult covers, as well as the creator of those gorgeous interior designs. The photographer is Symon Chow, who also photographed the cover of In the Shadow of Blackbirds. I love the cover so much and feel it's absolutely perfect for The Steep and Thorny Way. Everything on the cover is significant to the story.

Yes, this novel will include historical photographs, just like In the Shadow of Blackbirds and The Cure for Dreaming. Yes, it's inspired by Hamlet, but you don't need to be familiar with the play to understand the novel. If you are a Hamlet aficionado, however, you will find nods to the plot and the characters throughout, including a ghost.

The Steep and Thorny Way features both biracial and LGBTQ characters from the past and tackles some of the darkness faced by those who didn't fit into the 1920s mold of "perfection." I think it might be my most controversial novel yet, but I also feel it's my strongest, and I can't wait to share it with everyone in March 2016.    

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

My Two August Releases Are Now Available

Back in 2013, I sold my adult novel The Uninvited to HarperCollins, and my short story "Emmeline" sold to Penguin as part of the YA horror anthology Slasher Girls & Monster Boys. Back then I learned that The Uninvited would be published in Summer 2015 and Slasher Girls & Monster Boys would release in Fall 2015. I imagined celebrating their publications about three months apart from each other.

Well, it turned out that Summer 2015 for HarperCollins and Fall 2015 for Penguin fell so close together that these two books ended up publishing only a week apart. They're both available as of today, and I'm so thankful that both publishers allowed them to head out into the world.

Here's more info about both books.

ISBN 9780062347336

. . . exquisite and magical. This story is a gem with so many facets that uphold the tenets of the Gothic genre, the sensibilities of a romance, and the illuminative window to the past of a historical piece.
USA Today’s Happy Ever After

“Dark and romantic . . . at once horrifying and tender.”
Publishers Weekly

“. . . a haunting paranormal tale.
(4 stars)
Romantic Times

“Winters is a talented writer who takes her readers on an audacious ride with this book, her first novel written for an adult audience. The plotting is near perfect.”
Historical Novels Review


Available from Dial/Penguin
ISBN 9780803741737

“Cat Winters’s ‘Emmeline’ is a haunting story of love and loss in wartime . . . This is satisfying, disturbing horror for the modern YA audience.”
Publishers Weekly 

Gross, creepy fun.”
Kirkus Reviews

“These chilling tales are full of suspense and dread that will haunt readers long after the last page has been turned.”
School Library Journal


Please visit my Events page to find out where I'll be appearing to promote both books.

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