Today I have for you my first author interview, with the wonderful Cait aka C.G. Drews, also known as @paperfury, She has an amazing blog, totally relatable tweets and she takes the most gorgeous, colour filled photos on bookstagram. She is also the author of two books, A thousand perfect notes and her newly released novel, The boy who steals houses. (You can find my review for TBWSH here). This is a short interview about her book, writing and dessert.
- Firstly congratulations on your second release today, I just finished reading The boy who steals houses and I absolutely loved it, I’m looking forward to reading more novels by you. Ok sorry to the question, how did you come up with the idea for this story?
I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Always the best thing to hear as an author *heart eyes* So I always collect inspiration for my ideas from all over the place, and then I knit them together until they resemble a book. For this one, I wanted to write a genderbent Goldilocks retelling. I also love going for long walks and since I pass by a lot of seemingly empty houses, my author imagination started to work and ask, What if a teen broke in, not to steal, but just to live while the owners were away? It fit solidly with the Goldilocks tale so I meshed them together and The Boy Who Steals Houses slowly came into existence.
2. What are the biggest challenges of being an author?
For me, self-doubt is a big one. Wondering if your book is good…will people like it…will you sell another book? Etc. etc. All the unknowns gnaw at me. The good parts definitely still outweigh the worries though!
3. Are there any tips you could give aspiring writers like myself who are currently working of their first novel? Anything regarding developing their story, characters and etc.
My top advice is always: write as much as you can! Finish what you start. And learn how to edit and polish. Honestly we all get better the more we write, so keep going and never give in. And I do think our best teachers are other books, so make sure you’re reading and paying attention to how your favourite authors craft their characters and worlds.
4. What is your favourite writing fuel (snack)?
I actually don’t snack while writing! I tend to use snacks as a reward haha. But I do like hot chocolates and banana cake.
5. Place (s) you like to write?
I always write on my bed…or on the floor. Yeah, hm, someone needs to learn to sit at a desk.
6. What other authors have inspired your writing?
I’m always intensely inspired by the gorgeous prose of Maggie Stiefvater, Laini Taylor and Tahereh Mafi!
7. What are your top 5 YA contemporary books?
Ooh narrowing it down to five is always so hard. But let’s go with (1) The Wicker King by K. Ancrum, (2) History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera, (3) Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer, (4) Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi, and (5) Autoboyography by Christina Lauren.
8. Last but not least, Throughout TBWSH, you made me crave caramel brownies, basically brownies are heaven, if you could choose only one cake/dessert, what would it be?
Oh brownies are definitely amazing, but my heart truly belongs to cheesecake. It’s just the best thing in existence…and I also really rarely have it!? Which makes me crave it more haha.
That’s it guys, I hope you guys enjoyed that little interview, it was so fun! Thank you so much Cait for taking time out of your day to answer my questions.
About the author
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.