Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Picture Book Cover Reveal!

I'm so excited to share the cover of my debut picture book biography, Cut!: How Lotte Reiniger and a Pair of Scissors Revolutionized Animation, written as C.E. Winters, illustrated by the highly talented Matt Schu.

Cut! is scheduled to release January 24, 2023, from Greenwillow Books. Pre-order options are now available.

For more information, please visit my picture book website, cewinters.com.

Thursday, February 24, 2022

I Have a Picture Book Coming in 2023!

I'm so excited to announce that I'm now the author of a picture book biography! Cut!: How Lotte Reinger and a Pair of Scissors Revolutionized Animation, illustrated by the talented Matt Schu, will release from Greenwillow Books in Winter 2023. Thanks to my Greenwillow editor, Martha Mihalick, for acquiring the book back in the darkness and chaos of early 2020, and to my agent, Barbara Poelle, for helping me embark on this new adventure.  

Here's the official announcement from Publishers Weekly Children's Bookshelf:

Martha Mihalick at Greenwillow Books has acquired world rights to Morris Award finalist C.E. Winters's (l.) debut picture book, Cut!: How Lotte Reiniger and a Pair of Scissors Revolutionized Animation, illustrated by Matt Schu. It tells the true story of the career of Lotte Reiniger, the animator and inventor who designed and directed the oldest surviving full-length animated film. Publication is scheduled for winter 2023. Barbara Poelle at Irene Goodman Literary represented the author, and Chad W. Beckerman at the CAT Agency represented the illustrator.

I've written the book under the name C.E. Winters to separate my picture books from my novels for teens and adults. I've also launched a new website, cewinters.com, and set up new Twitter and Instagram accounts that will primarily focus on my books for younger kids. 

Who was Lotte Reiniger? She was the creator of the oldest surviving full-length animated film, the inventor of an early multiplane camera, and a revolutionary silhouette artist whose influence can still be seen in the works of artists and filmmakers to this day.  

Here's a snippet of Reiniger's short film Cinderella, from 1922:

While you're waiting for Cut!, I recommend watching these short documentaries:

I'll share more news about the book as soon as I can! 

Monday, October 25, 2021

Fall 2021 Updates

Hello, dear readers!

It's been a while since I've posted any news here, mainly because the book news I'm sitting on can't be shared publicly just yet. I'm shrouded in secrecry right now! All I can say is that I sold a book last year and hope to be able to announce it publicly next year. 

I'm also working on a secret new project, and I have another book out on submission . . . so, again, all the things I could possibly talk about are projects I can't actually talk about.

Please keep an eye on this website for announcements or follow me on social media.


Warmest wishes,
Cat Winters 

Monday, April 5, 2021


April 2 marked the eighth anniversary of the publication of my debut novel, In the Shadow of Blackbirds. This past year I've often felt like I've become trapped inside the book's 1918 setting, when another pandemic threatened lives, shut down cities, and turned masks into a means of keeping everyone safe. It's been surreal, to say the least. 

To everyone who's read In the Shadow of Blackbirds over the past eight years, thank you for discovering and recommending my tale of a rational, science-minded girl who's forced into a world of spiritualism and suspense during WWI and the 1918 flu. 

Below you'll find a few bonus features for the book that I've posted throughout the years, as well as purchase links and library links for the various editions.

★ “Winters’s masterful debut novel is an impressively researched marriage of the tragedies of wartime, the 1918 flu epidemic, the contemporaneous Spiritualism craze, and a chilling love story and mystery . . . Deliciously creepy.
Publishers Weekly, starred review

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• 2014 Morris Award Finalist
• A School Library Journal Best Book of 2013
• YALSA's 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults
 • 2013 Bram Stoker Award Nominee for Superior Achievement in Young Adult Fiction
YALSA's 2014 Teens' Top Ten Nominee
2013 Oregon Spirit Book Award Winner
• SCBWI 2014 Crystal Kite Member Choice Awards Finalist 
Booklist's 2013 Top 10 Horror Fiction for Youth
Booklist's 2013 Top 10 First Novels for Youth
• Starred reviews, Publishers Weekly, Booklist,
School Library Journal

• Highlighted review, VOYA Magazine
• Editors' Choice, Historical Novels Review
• 2014 TAYSHAS Reading List
2014 Westchester Fiction Award Winner  
• 2014-2015 Georgia Peach Book Award Nominee
• 2014 Maine Regional Library System Cream of the Crop List
TriState Young Adult Book Review’s 2014 Book of Note List
2014-2015 Florida Teen Reads Award Finalist 
• Oregon Young Adult Network Book Rave 2014 List
2015-2016 Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award Nominee
• Nominated for the ACL of Northern California's
2013 Distinguished Book List

2015-2016 MASL Gateway Readers Award Nominee
• Shortlisted for the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board Teen Reader’s Choice Award, Canada
2016 Rhode Island Teen Book Award Nominee 
2015-2016 South Carolina Young Adult Book Award Nominee 
October 2015 Big Library Read Selection 
2015 ALA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults (Mysteries: Murder, Mayhem, and Other Adventures)