Sunday, January 1, 2012

My Interview with a Debut 2012 Author & a Query Critique Opportunity

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! It's 2012, which means we'll now get to enjoy the books of The Apocalypsies—a group of YA, MG, and children's book authors debuting this year. I had the pleasure of interviewing one of those writers: Kami Kinard, author of The Boy Project (Notes and Observations of Kara McAllister).

You can read my chat with Kami at

In other news, Gennifer Albin, author of the upcoming YA novel Crewel, is running an event called Januquery on her blog. She asked us members of the The Lucky 13s to help her critique query letters that people send in, and I'm going to help out. If you have a query letter you'd like to submit for feedback, go to

My kids are heading back to school on Tuesday, so I'll be wrapping up some goodies over at my Suburban Vampire blog and then diving back into my writing, which has been drastically ignored during the break. I'm also contemplating starting a group blog for debut YA historical novelists, but we'll see if I have time. It's also the start of Girl Scout Cookie season, and I'm the cookie mom, so things are going to get a little insane around here soon. If you hear the muffled cries of a stressed-out writer buried beneath boxes of Thin Mints, that'll be me.

Happy New Year!

P.S. 80% of the people who responded to my December poll said they've had a ghostly image show up in their photographs.


kami said...

Hi Cat, Thanks for the shout out about the interview and thanks for the interview. I've been so busy that this is my first visit to your blog. I absolutely love your header!!! Fabulous! And now that I understand what you write, isn't it ironic that you interviewed me about my happy-happy-joy-joy book! Well, I like what you write too, but I just can't write dark! Best of luck with your lucky 13 year!s

Cat Winters said...

You're welcome, Kami. I love the happy-happy-joy-joy books in addition to darker stories, mainly because my middle-school-aged daughter enjoys the happier, humorous tales.

Congratulations on your release day! Have fun at your upcoming celebrations!!

Ara Burklund said...

Happy new year! Cool stuff going on with the Lucky 13s! I'm the cookie mom again this year, too, so I'm feeling your pain.

Cat Winters said...

Good luck with the cookies, Ara!!! We're behind on getting the girls their new Cadette uniforms, so I have to use part of Thursday's work day to drive across town to the Girl Scout Store. I'm already feeling those cookie sales creeping into my life and taking over. ;-)

Melissa said...

Can't wait to read In the Shadow of Blackbirds, and I hope you start your YA Historical Fiction group. It's my favorite genre, and one I hope to publish in some lucky day. :)

Cat Winters said...

Thanks, Melissa!! I'm always happy to come across other fans of historical fiction. I'm already working on some behind-the-scenes aspects of the YA historical fiction blog and hope to have more info in the coming months.