Since her publishing debut with IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS in 2013, Cat Winters has gone on to sell five other books, two of them adult, and contributed to an anthology, making her perhaps the most prolific Lucky 13 debut author. Her published works have garnered multiple starred reviews, made dozens of best book lists, and won numerous SteepAndThornyWay_CVawards.


Cat’s newest Young Adult book, THE STEEP AND THORNY WAY, which will be released in just over a week, has already received starred reviews on Booklist, School Library Journal and Kirkus! This is definitely a book you don’t want to miss!


But publishing, even for a renowned and prolific writer, brings its own challenges as Cat confirms in her interview:


Three years on from the…


Author, speaker and teacher Nicole McInnes joins us today to answer three questions on her publishing journey. Since her strong debut in 2013 with BRIANA ON THE BRINK, Nicole has been hard at work on a new book which will be released in August 2016 but is available NOW for pre-order!



100 DAYS (Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Macmillan, 2016) is the story of three teenagers struggling to maintain their friendship under the strain of their own personal burdens. Each character is uniquely compelling. One, who gives the title to the book, suffers a rare genetic disorder which has left her with only 100 days to live. An early reviewer had this to say of 100 DAYS:

McInnes writes with steady ease, and she brings great wit, humor, and warmth to supplement the hardships of her teens as they persevere to find themselves and understand each other.”


So I asked Nicole:

If you…


Three years ago this month my first YA novel, AN INFIDEL IN PARADISE,AnInfidelCover
was released into the world. It was an exciting and terrifying time, not unlike the first time I rode on Space Mountain at Disney World. Back then my dad decided I was big enough to sit in the front of the rocket-shaped car all alone. He sat in the back holding onto my brother.


I just want to take a moment to reflect on this. My dad was a psychiatrist. I was a puny ten-year old. We were going on the most terrifying ride in Disneyworld, perhaps in the entire world – a roller coaster, in the dark. Don’t get me wrong, in most circumstances I couldn’t have asked for a better dad but hWDW_SpaceMountain_Train2009-2e was a…