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I’m starting The Boy Who Steals Houses by @paperfury and I’m ready for it to destroy me like A Thousand Perfect Notes did

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The Boy Who Steals Houses

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.

Q&A with Paper Fury

YA Book Reviewer and Author

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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 empty.

You’re an 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 your books?

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 not perform.

What 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!

If you 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 spoiling anything).

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.

 What are you most excited for about people finally getting their hands on The Boy Who Steals Houses?

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.

What have 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 Adam Silvera!

What should 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.

What are 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 shenanigans.

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.

And 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.

Thank you 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.


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Thanks so much for having me on your tumblr @mcfrankauthor!

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