Author Chat with Cat Winters (Odd & True), Plus Giveaway!

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Today we're excited to chat with Cat Winters, author of Odd & TrueRead on for more about Cat and her book, plus a giveaway!

 

Meet Cat Winters!

 
 
 

Cat Winters is the author of the critically acclaimed young adult novels The Steep and Thorny Way, The Cure for Dreaming, and In the Shadow of Blackbirds, the latter of which collected three starred reviews and was a William C. Morris Award YA Debut Award finalist. She lives in Portland, Oregon. Visit the author at catwinters.com. 

 

 
Meet Odd & True!
 
 
 Trudchen grew up hearing Odette’s stories of their monster-slaying mother and a magician’s curse. But now that Tru’s older, she’s starting to wonder if her older sister’s tales were just comforting lies, especially because there’s nothing fantastic about her own life—permanently disabled and in constant pain from childhood polio.
  • In 1909, after a two-year absence, Od reappears with a suitcase supposedly full of weapons and a promise to rescue Tru from the monsters on their way to attack her. But it’s Od who seems haunted by something. And when the sisters’ search for their mother leads them to a face-off with the Leeds Devil, a nightmarish beast that’s wreaking havoc in the Mid-Atlantic states, Tru discovers the peculiar possibility that she and her sister—despite their dark pasts and ordinary appearances—might, indeed, have magic after all. 

 
 
 
A Chat with Cat Winters:

1. What gave you the inspiration to write this book?

Odd & True was inspired by real-life sightings of a mythical creature called the Leeds Devil (aka the Jersey Devil) during one week in January 1909. People across New Jersey and Philadelphia claimed to have witnessed the monster flying, shrieking, and prowling around, and dozens of newspaper articles from that week described the mass hysteria that resulted. To create Odd & True, I took my curiosity about what really happened in 1909 and combined it with my desire to write an homage to my relationship with my sister, my love of historical family dramas, and my fascination with fairy tales and legends.

2. Which came first, the title or the novel?

The title and novel showed up in my head simultaneously. Like I said, I knew I wanted to write a novel about the 1909 Leeds Devil craze, but it took me a while to figure out how I wanted to write it. After a visit with my sister down in San Diego, California, I sat down on my couch in my living room one night, and both the plot and the title of Odd & True suddenly hit me in one spectacular moment of inspiration that I wish would happen every time I sit on that couch. I knew my main characters, a pair of sisters, should have names that could turn into the nicknames Od and Tru to match the title. Eventually, I decided to call them Odette and Trudchen.

3. What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?

Od’s last scene, which is both the beginning and ending of the book (that sentence will make sense when you read the novel). I read the book aloud to my then-eleven-year-old son when as I was writing it, and I realized this was a novel about the loss of childhood magic and the incredible power of stories. That scene epitomizes what I discovered I’d been saying throughout the entire book.

4. What do you like most about the cover of the book?

The Tim Burtonesque vibe combined with two badass girls.

5. What’s up next for you?

I’m hard at work on a new YA novel about the teenage years of a real-life historical figure. I haven’t yet officially announced the book, so I’m still keeping the main character a secret.

6. Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?

It would be a spoiler to say too much about the scene, but it’s a section toward the end of the book when Od is convinced she’s in a room with La Llorona, a spirit from a Mexican legend that I learned about when growing up in Southern California.

7. Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?

Revising, definitely! I feel like first drafts are basic pencil sketches, and revisions are the stage when a writer gets to add all the colors, the atmosphere, the depth, and the minute details.

8. What would you say is your superpower?
Organization. It’s the only way to survive in a chaotic world!

9. Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?

I’d like to give a shout-out to Literary Arts, a non-profit here in Portland, Oregon. Among other great contributions to the local community, Literary Arts serves teens in both public and alternative high schools by bringing authors into classrooms, publishing students’ work in literary anthologies, and offering assistance with college and scholarship applications. 

 
 

Odd & True

By: Cat Winters

Release Date: September 12, 2017

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Megan Coppadge on Saturday, 16 September 2017 15:20

Now I want to look up the Leeds Devil and find out more. I also love the Tim Burton feel of the cover!

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Now I want to look up the Leeds Devil and find out more. I also love the Tim Burton feel of the cover!
Anne on Saturday, 16 September 2017 20:04

I love the cover! Story sounds good. Would love to read it!

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I love the cover! Story sounds good. Would love to read it!
John on Saturday, 16 September 2017 20:05

The cover has too many axes. The plot sounds like it has some good monsters.

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The cover has too many axes. The plot sounds like it has some good monsters.
Julie on Sunday, 17 September 2017 01:23

I think the cover is just okay, but the story sounds really fun.

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I think the cover is just okay, but the story sounds really fun.
Stephanie Tullis on Tuesday, 19 September 2017 19:28

I love the cover and the contrast in colors. I've read a snippet of the book and cannot wait to read more.

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I love the cover and the contrast in colors. I've read a snippet of the book and cannot wait to read more.
Dianna G. on Wednesday, 20 September 2017 20:06

It sounds like an amazing book! Love the cover, it reminds me of Supernatural.

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It sounds like an amazing book! Love the cover, it reminds me of Supernatural.
Ainslee on Thursday, 21 September 2017 11:51

I absolutely love the cover, I pre-ordered the book because of the cover alone, but the synopsis sounds so fantastic I can't wait to read it!

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I absolutely love the cover, I pre-ordered the book because of the cover alone, but the synopsis sounds so fantastic I can't wait to read it!
Lily M. on Wednesday, 27 September 2017 21:39

Monster hunting sisters, I haven't anything likes this, seems like its going to be good

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Monster hunting sisters, I haven't anything likes this, seems like its going to be good :)
Candice Gigous on Tuesday, 03 October 2017 02:16

The cover has a spooky and eerie vibe. The synopsis is very interesting. Sounds like a great read.

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The cover has a spooky and eerie vibe. The synopsis is very interesting. Sounds like a great read.
Hannah on Wednesday, 04 October 2017 00:56

The synopsis sounds great!

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The synopsis sounds great!

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