Hi fellow book nerds! I have something special for you today: my very first author interview! 😀
I’m SO excited that it’s Cait @ Paper Fury, aka C.G. Drews! Her blog was the very first one I followed when I first started a couple of years ago, and I’m so proud that she now has TWO books out! 😀 I really loved her debut, A Thousand Perfect Notes, and since her next book, The Boy Who Steals Houses is coming out on April 4th, I asked if I could interview her, and she replied pretty much right away with a yes! ❤
This was so fun so I hope you enjoy it. 🙂 Now on to the interview!
1. How did you come up with the idea for a contemporary Goldilocks retelling?
I absolutely love retellings and I’ve always wanted to do a Goldilocks one since it’s not a tale I see reimagined often! I came up with the idea of making it contemporary because I go on long walks and inevitably imagine things about the empty houses I pass. Which lead to me thinking about a teenage burglar who maybe was there to steal the house instead of the things inside it.
2. What’s the funniest typo you remember making? 😛
I make so many typos, you can pretty much title me The Typo Queen haha. I can’t remember a specific funny one but I assure you that there were many!
3. Was TBWSH easier or harder to write than ATPN?
A Thousand Perfect Notes was hard to write because it was my first attempt at YA contemporary, so for The Boy Who Steals Houses, I knew what I was doing a bit more. However TBWSH went through major book-surgery and rewrites and was overall my problem child…right up to the very last minute before the ARCs were printed.
4. Did your writing process change much from writing ATPN to writing this one?
Definitely! I wrote The Boy Who Steals Houses in just 3 days over NaNoWriMo and it was the fastest I’d ever written a book. I also had a really detailed outline, whereas ATPN’s planning was a lot more loose.
5. If you had the chance to travel anywhere in the world while writing a book in the same setting, and anything like finances, mental or physical health, and transportation wasn’t stopping you, where would you go? 🙂
Ohhhh this is such an amazing wish!! I’m currently obsessed with Scotland so I’d probably pick there.
6. What was something that surprised you about the publishing process?
Probably the amount of waiting you do. Everyone says, “oh publishing is a slow process” but ohhhh wow it goes so so very slow sometimes! I often find myself refreshing my inbox an interminable amount of times wishing for updates haha.
7. If you could tell pre-published Cait anything, what would it be?
I would just tell her that she WOULD be published! I doubted and panicked that I wasn’t good enough all the time leading up to signing my first book deal. I should’ve just put that energy into writing more.
8. What non-spoilery things are you most excited for readers to see in TBWSH?
I definitely can’t wait to see (a) what scenes readers find funny, and (b) how everyone reacts to the ending!
9. What’s next for you? Do you still want to publish any fantasies? And what happens now after your second book is out?
Nothing is coming up yet! This is the part where I hope hard that people buy and support my books so that publishers want more from me! I’m always working on a motley of different projects but, eep, I can’t give details yet.
10. Since April Camp Nanowrimo is coming up soon, any writing advice you can leave us with? 😉
Your messy drafts CAN succeed! When I drafted The Boy Who Steals Houses in NaNo in 2016, it was a hot bucket of a mess. I actually put it in a drawer and despaired that I’d ever look at it again. But now it is a pretty paperback in my hands and my heart beats ever so wildly thinking of how far it’s come. So yes. You’ve got this too.
Thank you SO MUCH Cait for gracing my blog with your presence! It was so amazing to have you as my first author interview. 😀
The Boy Who Steals Houses is out April 4th! Since it’s only being published outside the US, unfortunately if you are in the US you probably won’t see it in a bookstore, but you can order it and her debut, A Thousand Perfect Notes, on Amazon or Book Depository! 🙂
C.G. Drews lives in Australia with her piano and the goal of reading every book in existence. Consequently, her brain has overflowed with words and she spends her days writing novels to make you laugh or cry (or both). She never sleeps and believes in cake for breakfast.
She blogs at paperfury.com.
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