Friday, June 26, 2020

My Post-Radiation Celebratory Swag Giveaway!

On February 11 I was unexpectedly diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer. On March 18 I underwent surgery to remove the tumor just as the U.S. was shutting down in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. From May 27 through June 23 I spent every weekday morning at the hospital undergoing radiation.

It's been a lot to cope with, but I know we've all been dealing with insurmountable stress and hardships this year. I'm certainly relieved to be done with these stages of my treatment.

To celebrate the end of radiation, I'm running a book swag giveaway!

Five random winners will receive a stash of bookmarks, postcards, and stickers.


To enter, simply fill out the following form by 11:59 pm Pacific on Wednesday, July 1. You must be at least 13 years old or have the permission of a parent or guardian. I'll email five random winners on July 2. Good luck!

Friday, April 10, 2020

New Video: "Cat Winters Discusses the 1918 Pandemic"

Because of the research I conducted when I wrote In the Shadow of Blackbirds and The Uninvited, numerous people have been asking me about the 1918 influenza and how it ended.

I decided to answer several of those questions in a video.



Teachers and parents: Feel free to share my video with students.

For more information about the 1918 pandemic, I recommend exploring the CDC website 1918 Pandemic (H1N1 Virus).

I've also been hearing from many new and second-time readers of In the Shadow of Blackbirds. If you're looking for a copy of the novel, I encourage you to help independent bookstores by ordering through Bookshop.org.

Friday, March 13, 2020

A Virtual Author Reading

Because all my remaining March events got cancelled, I decided to create a virtual author reading. Since I didn't feel like reading from any of my dark historical novels at the moment, I chose instead to share some of the poems I wrote from the ages of 7 to 9. I hope it lightens the darkness a little.


Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Event Updates

Like many authors right now, I've reached the point where I've canceled all my late-winter/spring appearances, or the events were cancelled for me. It's heartbreaking not being able to travel right now, especially when my Tucson Festival of Books appearance was also going to involve a visit with my daughter at the University of Arizona. I'm going through a separate health issue right now and want to stay safe, plus I want to keep others safe by not traveling from state-to-state and potentially picking up the virus. So, I'm staying close to home for a while.

As someone who's written not one but TWO novels about the 1918 influenza pandemic, I'm definitely more than a little nervous about what could happen if COVID-19 spreads rapidly through the United States and elsewhere. My heart breaks for countries like China and Italy, where the virus has already overwhelmed healthcare systems.

Please take care of yourselves out there. Take care of the people around you. I know it's disappointing to cancel vacations and stick closer to home, but if we can all just stay put for a little while, it would help so much to keep the situation under control.

If you're curious about the 1918 flu pandemic and how it compared and differed from what's happening right now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has an excellent page with information and additional resources.

In case it's of any help, I'll close with this excerpt from my novel In the Shadow of Blackbirds. My protagonist's father sent her this letter in the middle of the 1918 flu pandemic, and now I'm sending it to all of you.

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