Monday, January 22, 2018

THE RAVEN'S TALE, My New Novel about Edgar Allan Poe's Teen Years

Last week on I announced my newest book: The Raven’s Tale, a dark and dreamlike novel about Edgar Allan Poe’s life when he was a troubled but promising teenage poet.

The events of The Raven’s Tale are pulled straight from Poe’s letters, biographies, and firsthand accounts from the people who knew him as a teen, and the book is populated by his real-life friends, foes, and family members . . . as well as his muse.

Yes, the mythical kind of muse.

The novel blends poetry with prose, realism with Poe-esque Gothic horror, and it portrays the obstacles that hindered young Edgar "Eddy" Poe's writing career and happiness.

Me at the site of Poe's home from ages 16 to 18.
This past October, I traveled to Poe’s teenage home of Richmond, Virginia, where I explored the fabulous Poe Museum and other Poe-related sites, such as the graveyards he visited and the church he attended that doubled as a tomb for seventy-two victims of an infamous 1811 theater fire. I also made a trip to his dorm room at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

Poe shrine at the Poe Museum.
So much of Poe’s life has been tainted by character assassins who published false biographies of him, starting with lies printed in an obituary written by one of his literary rivals, the nineteenth-century editor and writer Rufus Wilmot Griswold.

My goal as an author is to introduce the world to the real Edgar Allan Poe as best I can. I think readers will be surprised to learn that he was an athletic young man filled with energy and a love of the outdoors, in addition to an angsty teen haunted by his homelife and the early deaths of two beautiful women who loved him in his youth.

Amulet Books/Abrams will release The Raven’s Tale in Spring 2019. I can’t wait to share more about the novel in the coming year!

For a little glimpse at what Poe was like as a teen, head to my article at Bustle, 10 Facts About Edgar Allan Poe That Will Completely Change How You Feel About The Mystery Writer.

To hear the music that inspired me during the writing of the initial draft, head to my Poe Spotify playlist. You can also take a peek at my Pinterest board for The Raven's Tale.


Shockoe Hill Cemetery, Richmond, VA

Friday, January 19, 2018

New Novel Announcement

I'm so excited to be able to announce my newest book, The Raven's Tale, a novel about Edgar Allan Poe's teenage years! Head to Bustle for the official announcement, which includes more details about the book and 10 strange and startling Poe facts in celebration of the iconic author's 209th birthday today. I'll post more info about The Raven's Tale over here next week.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Looking Ahead to 2018

#SecretProject's manuscript
I recently delivered my newest young adult novel to my editor, Maggie Lehrman, at Amulet Books/Abrams! The book is currently slated for publication in Spring 2019. We haven't yet announced the title or said what the book is about (although I've left some clues on my social media pages). I'm working with my publisher to potentially introduce the book to everyone in the middle of January.

More info to come.

I don't have any new novels publishing in 2018! Between April 2013 and September 2017 I released six novels and a short story that was part of a YA horror anthology, and while all of those publication dates have been exciting beyond belief and utterly surreal, they've also been exhausting! Releasing all those novels in a relatively short amount of time meant I also wrote them fairly quickly, which has been a challenge with books entailing a great deal of historical research.

Not releasing a book in 2018 means I'll have more time to write!


I'll spend the first half of 2018 revising and editing #SecretProject with Maggie and other members of the editorial team at Abrams, and during the second half of  the year, I'll likely get to start promoting the book—which means cover reveals (always fun!), appearances, and advance reading copies. I also plan to embark upon a new writing project that I've been thinking about for a while, and throughout 2018 I'll be speaking at schools, libraries, and other events.

Thanks so much to everyone who read my books in 2017, whether you're one of my long-time readers or someone who just discovered my work. Odd & True was just named to Booklist Editors' Choice: Books for Youth, 2017, and it's a YALSA 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults nominee. I'm incredibly honored!


Warmest wishes,
Cat Winters

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