On Saturday, I had the opportunity to attend the release party for Cat Winters’ new book “The Cure for Dreaming” at Powell’s Books. When the event schedule had first come out I brushed over her name, zeroing in on William Gibson (who, alas, I will not be able to see as I had originally planned). It took me a couple of weeks and a second go-over on the events page to connect the release party with the book I had been coveting on other blogs for weeks. I am glad I didn’t miss it, because it was great fun, complete with snacks, visual aids, costumes, and giveaways. I picked up the book on Saturday and am about halfway through and enjoying it immensely.
Here are a few takeaways from the reading and the Q&A Session:
- Cat Winters has a young adult novel, short story, and adult historical fiction novel in the works. We can expect a lot more from her!
- She is inspired by Victorian and Gothic literature. Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” plays a large role in “The Cure for Dreaming”.
- She has a soft spot for “Wuthering Heights”.
- “The Cure for Dreaming” was inspired by the music of Kristen Lawrence from Halloween Carols.
- The cover illustration is a colorized version of an actual hypnosis session done in the 1800s.
- She will probably stick with historical fiction for a while.
- “The Cure for Dreaming” opens on Halloween because it was the day before the presidential election in 1900.
- She spent hours researching and pouring over images for “The Cure for Dreaming”.
Now for the pictures! Please forgive the quality. It was a rainy, blustery day and I didn’t have a proper cover with me to tote my good camera from the car to the shop, so I was relying on my phone.