Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Celebrating IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS with a Vlog

My debut YA novel, In the Shadow of Blackbirds, entered the world yesterday! Here's how reviewers are describing the book:

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

Winters strikes just the right balance between history and ghost story, neatly capturing the tenor of the times, as growing scientific inquiry collided with heightened spiritualist curiosity.
Kirkus Reviews

“This engrossing combination of historical fiction, ghost story, psychological thriller, and straight-up whodunit moves between genres with stunning ease, maximizing the tropes of each to satisfying effect.”
The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Mary Shelley is a likable, sympathetic heroine, and through her story, teen readers 
will get a glimpse of a fascinating time period, made all the more real by the haunting historic photographs that pepper the novel.

To celebrate the novel and its dark and surreal time period, here I am, chatting about the book while wearing an ugly, uncomfortable item my characters are forced to wear: a flu mask.

And here's the In the Shadow of Blackbirds book trailer:

Purchase your copy of In the Shadow of Blackbirds:

Official Website:

Cat Winters was born and raised near Disneyland in Southern California, which may explain her love of haunted mansions, bygone eras, and fantasylands. Her debut novel, In the Shadow of Blackbirds—a YA tale set in 1918 that's part love story, part ghost story, and part dark mystery—is now available from Amulet Books/Abrams. She lives outside of Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two kids.

Cat's haunts:, Twitter, and Facebook. Add In the Shadow of Blackbirds at Goodreads.


  1. Cat, your research must have been so interesting! I'd never thought about having to describe characters whose faces were half covered. Great vlog, and of course, your trailer is one of my favorites. Just bought my copy yesterday, and I'm so psyched!

    1. Thanks so much, Claire! I loved your excerpt you shared yesterday! I hope you're enjoying release week.

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  3. Congratulations again on your release, Cat! Will try to get a picture of it in the wild for you today.