Watch a Historical Novelist in Action!

Cat Winters. Photo by Krysta Maksim / OPB.

Cat Winters (Photo by Krysta Maksim / OPB)

One of Oregon’s PBS TV series, Oregon Art Beat, kindly spotlighted me in their October 30 episode. The show’s producer, Katrina Sarson, was intrigued by my historical research process, so she and her crew filmed me poring over historical photographs and documents in the Oregon Historical Society‘s research archives, wandering the historical sites that appear in The Cure for Dreaming, and surrounding myself in research books. They also included a teen actress reading scenes from my latest release.

Many readers ask historical novelists, “How much research do you need to conduct for your books?” I hope this nine-minute glimpse into my working life answers some of those questions about what it takes to write historical fiction.

Watch the video here:

http://video.pbs.org/viralplayer/2365357439

Photos from the two days of filming in July:

A shot of my weekly coffee/writing session with fellow writers. (From left) Me, Teri Brown, Kelley Garrett, videographer Todd Sonflieth, and Miriam Forster.

Filming at my weekly coffee/writing session with fellow Oregon YA authors. (From left) Me, Teri Brown, Kelly Garrett, videographer Todd Sonflieth, and Miriam Forster.

Producer Katrina Sarson setting up for an interview of me at Portland's White House.

Producer Katrina Sarson setting up for an interview of me at Portland’s White House.

The exterior of Portland's White House, which filled in for my far-less-grand house during the interview.

The exterior of Portland’s White House, which filled in for my far-less-grand house during the interview.

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About Cat Winters

Cat Winters’s critically acclaimed debut novel, IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS, was named a 2014 Morris Award Finalist, a 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults pick, a 2013 Bram Stoker Award Nominee, and a School Library Journal Best Book of 2013. Her second novel, THE CURE FOR DREAMING, is a 2015 Amelia Bloomer Project Nominee and a 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults Nominee. Her upcoming books include THE UNINVITED (William Morrow/2015) and THE STEEP AND THORNY WAY (Amulet Books/2016), and she’s a contributor to the 2015 YA horror anthology SLASHER GIRLS & MONSTER BOYS. Cat lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two kids. Visit her online at http://www.catwinters.com.

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