Author Interview & General Fangirling - all pics by @paperfury
Happy pub day and all the cake to this gorgeous new book by @paperfury
So here is the thing. In case you didn’t know, C. G. Drews (or Cait) is @paperfury aka the person who inspired me to start taking book photos and ultimately join instagram (which changed my life.) But because being awesome was apparently not enough, she is an author too. Can you imagine being so perfect and creative and also writing actual books.
I hear that these books she writes ruin people’s lives, so of course I want them all. I have ordered both, and her new release, The Boy Who Steals Houses is out in bookstores today!
Here is why you should order this extraordinary book asap:
And here is an interview I had the absolute pleasure and honor to be given by C. G. Drews herself. Even her answers make me addicted to her writing. What even is her talent.
Hi, Cait! I
am so excited to have you on my blog, as your photos have been a huge
inspiration for me since I joined tumblr. Can you tell us what your two books
are about in one-liners?
Thanks so much for having me on your wonderful tumblr!
I’m also very pleased you like my photos! So to sum up my books…
A Thousand Perfect Notes is the story of Beck, a boy
forced to play piano to fulfil his mother’s failed career, but any failure to
reach perfection ends in violence.
The Boy Who Steals Houses is about Sam who breaks into
houses while the owners are on holidays, not to steal, but to live while he
outruns his dark secrets, until he accidentally ‘steals’ a house that isn’t
Aussie, right? I love Australia. I remember it as one of the most beautiful
places I’ve been to, with mouth-watering parks, the most beautiful rows of
houses, and sunny, laid-back people. Does living there influence your stories
and characters, in your opinion? Do you put anything strictly Australian in
Of course an author’s country would influence their
writing! That’s your culture and your history, and that would go for any author
from any place. So lots of Australianisms are in my books!
Do you play
the piano or any musical instruments? How close do you feel to Beck from A
Thousand Perfect Notes, musically speaking?
I play piano like Beck but…not…very…well. Haha. I’m
mostly self-taught, but when I finally took up lessons and got caught up in
doing concerts and performances (though on a very small scale) I realized I
absolutely hated it. Music, for me, was something you could do solely for your
own enjoyment. I think that crept into Beck’s story too, as he wants to compose
inspired you to write your newest novel, The Boy Who Steals Houses?
I really 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 so solidly with the Goldilocks tale, that the two meshed into my mind
and I wrote a retelling!
could compare either (or both) of your novels to films or TV series, which
would you pick? They needn’t match the plotlines, it’s the FEELS I’m interested
in. Or rather, the FEELS level, if you know what I mean.
There’s an Australian movie called Shine about a
tortured pianist, so that could fit well with A Thousand Perfect Notes! But for
The Boy Who Steals Houses…oof I don’t have anything! Confession: I don’t watch
a lot of movies because I’m trying to read absolutely all of the books.
Tell us one
of your favorite lines in The Boy Who Steals Houses (if that’s possible without
This one hits my feels all the time because what Sam
wants most is to belong, to have a family.
His fingers stray to his neck, to the key
on a string, pressed warm against his chest. He imagines if he gets lost all he
needs to do is pull out the key and say, Proof
I belong to the De Laineys. Take me home.
you most excited for about people finally getting their hands on The Boy Who
I’m always keen to see which lines resonate with
readers! Seeing what they quote and which scenes give them all the emotions
makes my day.
been the biggest influences in your writing?
I grew up absolutely surrounded by books and I truly
don’t think I’d have started writing if I hadn’t had a childhood of amazing
literature. I also look up to authors like Maggie Stiefvater, Laini Taylor, and
readers expect from The Boy Who Steals Houses? What do you want them to feel
while reading it?
It’s a story about searching, about finding a family
and people who will hold you close and fight for you. There are always people
in the world who need to hear the words ‘you deserve a place where you are
loved’ so I hope they find my book.
your favorite parts of The Boy Who Steals Houses?
The banter! When Sam gets entangled in the lives of
the big, chaotic De Lainey family, I got to write soooo much sibling banter and
Will you ever write in any other genres? Are
you cooking up another set of characters that will steal our hearts? And can
you tell us anything about them?
Ooh secrets here haha. I’d love to write fantasy
someday, but for now, contemporary YA is where I’m at, and I very desperately
want to be able to write more books in the future!
If you were
in Sammy’s shoes, what would you steal and why?
I’d probably skip breaking into houses and go straight
to living in bookstores (shhhh, we all have our priorities).
How do you
come up with all those genius lists on twitter? (I mean, for real, I keep
scrolling down like an addict and have to physically restrain myself from
retweetting them all. They put the ‘wit’
in twitter –haha that was pathetic, sorry!)
Aw that’s such a huge compliment! Thank you! I just
tweet my own agonies about writing in ridiculous ways and so many people
relate…I think we’re all a mess haha.
finally, what do you love and what do you hate about writing?
I love telling stories, of writing things that are
close to my heart, and I love scheming up new ideas. But rejections, are
arguably, my least favourite thing in the world. Also self-doubt! I would like
to unsubscribe to all low confidence feelings thanks.
so much for answering all these questions, it’s been an honor to interview you!
I appreciate this so much, thank you!
Now excuse me while I fangirl over this character art and this swoony quote. I’m literally watching the door for my preorder to arrive! In the meanwhile, here is some more cake for Cait, who is such a talented and wonderful person we don’t deserve her.
This was a really softly sweet (slightly fictionalised) autobiography from the author! It had a nod to The Family with Two Front Doors too! It’s set in the 1960s, Australia, and kind of a tumbling up story of three little sisters and their everyday life, including how they celebrate their Jewish heritage and buy ice creams for half a penny. Anna is really obsessed with collecting her own antique doll after she fell in love with the book Hitty (I remember that book!). The whole book reminded me a lot Little House on the Prairie…I could see my 6yo niece being in love with this book.
That rainbow shelf is amazing... could you recommend 5 books for each color (LGBT or (at least a hint of) fantasy would be especially welcome)?
hi! i can try and rec a few for the colours! These aren’t all fantasy, but they’re all lgbtqia+
BLUE = History Is All You Left Me, This Is Kind of An Epic Love Story, Picture Us In the Light, Jack Of Hearts And Other Parts, Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secrets Of the Universe, Runebinder, Release by Patrick Ness, What If It’s Us, Anger Is A Gift,
PURPLE = Autoboyography, Sometime After Midnight, Girls Of Paper And Fire, Chainbreaker, The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, When The Moon Was ours,
PINK = Queens of Geek, Let’s Talk About Love, Tiger’s Watch, Reign Of The Fallen,
ORANGE = I Was Born For This, The Foxhole Court
RED = Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda, The Dream Thieves, Half Bad,
YELLOW = More Happy Than Not, Running With Lions, The Wicker King, Highly Illogical Behaviour
GREEN = Wild Beauty, Little & Lion, Gilded Wolves, Leah On the Offbeat,
BROWN = Timekeeper by Tara Sim, Boomerang by Helene Dunbar, And I Darken, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue,