Want escape? You're in the right place.
(WANT ESCAPE is an anagram of PW CATANESE. See what I did there?)
Hello readers and curious visitors. Thanks for stopping by to learn more about me and my stories. Starting with The Thief and the Beanstalk, I wrote five novels inspired by classic Grimm's fairy tales, with an unusual twist: They are sequels to those original stories, taking place 40, 50, even 100 years later. After those five novels I moved on to a trilogy called The Books of Umber. So, eight novels altogether so far, all published by Simon and Schuster/Aladdin. Critics love them. Young readers love them. Adult readers love them. I know you'll enjoy them too. Check out all the titles by using the links at the left or click on the covers above. If you want to know the latest from me, check in here, "like" me on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter.
Where can you buy them?
Ask your local bookstore (especially your local independent bookstore). Or here's a full list of sites like Amazon where you can get the books, eBooks and audio books.
Some time has passed now since the final book in The Books of Umber series was published. I still feel the ache of leaving those characters behind, and I know from your messages that many of you miss them too.
So, what have I been up to since then? First, I took a little time off to let my batteries recharge after completing that series. And then it took a while to figure out what I was going to do next – a journey that included a detour into a premise that did not work out. But for those of you who are waiting to read the next thing I’ve written, hang in there. I have indeed been busy. But these things take time unfortunately, and the delay isn’t always caused by the lazy author. I promise this: If you like what I’ve written before, you’ll like the next thing very much. It’s exciting, funny and occasionally scary, with an element you haven’t seen in my stories until now.
In the meantime, I want to extend my sincere affection and gratitude to:
Thank you readers and friends. If you like my work, tell a friend – it’s the nicest thing a reader can do for an author apart from actually purchasing a book.
Welcome to readers from Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Florida, Montana, Washington, Texas, New Hampshire, Missouri and Hawaii!
Happenstance Found has been nominated for book awards in your area. Thanks for the readership, and feel free to email the author to say hello and ask questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watch the video book trailer for
The End of Time. And get an introduction to all the books.
Nice words for Umber.
School Library Journal calls The End of Time (The Books of Umber 3) the “fantastic conclusion to P.W. Catanese’s riveting fantasy trilogy.”
School Library Journal on Dragon Games (The Books of Umber 2): “a true roller coaster of a book...with new wonders around every corner...”
Publishers Weekly on Happenstance Found (The Books of Umber 1): “Catanese dazzles in the first of the Books of Umber… An auspicious start to the series.” (starred review)
The German covers are amazing.
Here's what the German translations look like. Fans of Nima, Boroon and the Silkship will really enjoy these illustrations by wonderful German artist Helge Vogt. See them larger here (scroll to the bottom). They look even better when bigger!
Who are "Casualidad" and "Tesadüf"?
That's what Happenstance will be called in the Spanish and Turkish translations of Happenstance Found. The Books of Umber series is also getting foreign translations in Catalan, German and Thai.
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An interview on audio.