“A refreshing, incisive talent with a unique perspective.” Booklist


Photo by Tara Kelly
Cat Winters was born and raised in Southern California, near Disneyland, which may explain her love of haunted mansions, bygone eras, and fantasylands. She received degrees in drama and English from the University of California, Irvine, and formerly worked in publishing.

Her critically acclaimed debut novel, In the Shadow of Blackbirds, was named a 2014 Morris Award Finalist, a School Library Journal Best Book of 2013, a 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults pick, and a 2013 Bram Stoker Award Nominee. Her second novel, The Cure for Dreaming, has been nominated for YALSA's 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults and the American Library Association's 2015 Amelia Bloomer Project. Her upcoming books include The Uninvited (William Morrow/Summer 2015) and The Steep and Thorny Way (Amulet Books/Spring 2016), and she's a contributor to the 2015 YA horror anthology Slasher Girls & Monster Boys.

Cat lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two kids.

Awards & Recognitions:

Nominated for YALSA's 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults

Nominated for the 2015 Amelia Bloomer Project, Recommended Feminist Literature

2014 William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalist

School Library Journal Best Books of 2013

YALSA's 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults

2013 Oregon Spirit Book Award Winner 

2013 Bram Stoker Award Nominee for Superior Achievement in Young Adult Fiction

Nominated for YALSA's 2014 Teens' Top Ten

2014 SCBWI Crystal Kite Member Choice Awards Finalist

Booklist's 2013 Top Ten Horror Fiction for Youth

Booklist's 2013 Top Ten First Novels for Youth

Starred reviews, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, School Library Journal

Highlighted review, VOYA Magazine

2014 TAYSHAS Reading List

2014 Westchester Fiction Award Winner  

2014-2015 Georgia Peach Book Award Nominee

TriState Young Adult Book Review’s 2014 Book of Note List

2014-2015 Florida Teen Reads Award Finalist

2015-2016 Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award Nominee

Oregon Young Adult Network Book Rave 2014 List

Nominated for the ACL of Northern California's 2013 Distinguished Book List

Award winner in the Juvenile Fiction by Adults category of the Kay Snow Writing Awards, hosted by Willamette Writers

Award winner in the Young Adult category of The Write Stuff Contest, hosted by Connecticut Romance Writers of America

Literary Representation:
Barbara Poelle, Irene Goodman Literary Agency
Heather Baror-Shapiro, Baror International  (foreign rights)
Steven Fisher, APA (film rights)

Cat belongs to...
The Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators
Corsets, Cutlasses, & Candlesticks
The Lucky 13s

A Sampling of Interviews:

Abrams Books Podcast (11/18/14)
Maximum Pop! (10/31/14)
Oregon Art Beat (TV interview) (10/30/14)
First Draft Podcast (9/14)
Women Make Waves (9/5/14)
YALSA's The Hub (1/2/14)
CNN.com (11/25/13)
Between the Lines (UC Irvine School of Humanities) (6/13)
Ink & Angst (5/30/13)
The Secret Life of Writers (5/23/13)
My Friends Are Fiction (5/13/13)
WovenMyst (4/9/13)
Abrams Books (4/2/13)
Nova Ren Suma's Anticipated YA Debuts (4/2/13)
One Four KidLit (4/2/13)
Realm of Fiction (2/22/13)
25 Things You Might Not Know about Me and My Book (1/3/13)
Writer, Writer, Pants on Fire (10/30/12)
IceyBooks (10/29/12)
Presenting Lenore (8/29/12)
Dear Teen Me (5/9/12)
ADR3NALIN3 (1/25/12)
Writer, Writer, Pants on Fire (1/10/12)

Winifred, Cat's mascot.
(No, it's not a real bird.)

Search This Site