I am very excited to share an interview with author C.G. Drews with y’all today! If you follow her online, then you may know her as Paperfury! Of course, if you follow her you also know that she published a book last year!
If you don’t follow her, then allow me to introduce you! Cait is such an enthusiastic blogger and her book, A Thousand Perfect Notes is amazing. She is also one of the nicest people! I just reviewed her book a few weeks ago but in case you missed that post, I LOVED HER BOOK. It was my favorite book I read in January hands down. No competition. If you’re interested, you can read my review here.
Cait’s second book, The Boy Who Steals Houses, is coming out this April and I cannot wait to read it!
Sam is only fifteen but he and his autistic older brother, Avery, have been abandoned by every relative he’s ever known. Now Sam’s trying to build a new life for them. He survives by breaking into empty houses when their owners are away, until one day he’s caught out when a family returns home. To his amazement this large, chaotic family takes him under their wing – each teenager assuming Sam is a friend of another sibling. Sam finds himself inextricably caught up in their life, and falling for the beautiful Moxie.
But Sam has a secret, and his past is about to catch up with him.
1. So I’ve been following you online for a few years now and I have to know, Cait, how do you write SO fast!? What is your secret (besides cAkE)? How did you work up to being able to write a novel in 3 days? Seriously, I am super impressed.
There is actually method to my secret madness here! So here are the secrets (they’re not that impressive actually haha). What I do is: (1) I think about the story for months before I write, (2) I outline very intensely, often up to 20,000 words, so I know exactly what’s going to happen, (3) I clear my schedule so I have those three days to entirely devote to writing, and (4) I have the ability to hyper-focus, so I just go all in! I get totally lost in my world and I scrabble out a messy fast draft. Editing takes much much longer, don’t worry.
(Also I’m just assuming you know to eat cake throughout this whole process. Like what other food is there???)
2. Do you find that there is one specific author who is a constant inspiration to you? If so, who is it and why?
I am in awe of so many different authors. I can’t pick one! I adore Maggie Stiefvater for the way she writes characters who are messy and complex and deeply magical. I’m inspired by Laini Taylor and Tahereh Mafi’s prose. I thrive off Cassandra Clare’s dialogue and banter. And I want to write as emotionally and heartbreakingly as Adam Silvera and Sally Green.
3. So I must also know, how in the world do you read 200 books in a year? Do you skim them at all? (*whispers* tell me your secrets)
I just read fast! I also listen to audiobooks so I can multitask reading + boring everyday life things.
4. What is it like to go from blogger to published author? Any tips for the writers trying to query right now?
It’s exciting but also daunting, because I worry that I don’t fit amongst the bloggers like I used to! But I do love how blogging shaped my writing and expanded my view of the world. I’ve analysed books so long with reviewing that it helps me to be critical and passionate about diversity and to bring freshness to old tropes when I write.
And for querying: always keep writing. If your current project doesn’t catch any agents’ eye, then your second might. Or your third. And if you get 50+ rejections, that’s ok. It only takes one yes. I never got a single favourable squeak from an agent until the one who fell in love with my work and signed me. Keep going, you’ve got this.
5. Who has been your favorite character to write so far?
Heyyyy making me choose between my kids here! In The Boy Who Steals Houses, I really loved writing the bantery scenes for the De Lainey family. There are 7 kids there and the snark is going full throttle the whole time.
6. What are the chances of us seeing a fantasy novel from you?
I wish I knew! I would like to write fantasy someday, but a publisher has to want it from me…so we can vaguely hope haha.
7. What is one of the most helpful tools or techniques you use as a writer? Pinterest? Pen and paper? Scrivener? A crystal ball to see into the future?
I am very very fond of the witching woods…you know when you walk in at the dead of night and shapeshift into your true form of fog wraith? That’s very helpful. I also use Scrivener and swear by it for keeping my thoughts in order.
8. Now, tell us, Cait. What is the most important thing we should know about your upcoming book, The Boy Who Steals Houses, what would it be? (Besides the fact that it will gives us ALL THE FEELS.)
It has a little bit of so many things I love!! Like big messy families, whole scenes devoted to waffles, a Hufflepuff x Slytherin quiet romance, soft boys and sharp girls, it’s set near the ocean, there are burglaries and secrets and a very unfortunate incident with a lot of glitter. I seriously can’t wait for everyone to meet the Lou brothers, Sam and Avery, masters of disasters. They stole my heart and I hope they steal yours too.
Thank you so much for answering all of these questions, Cait! If y’all haven’t read her first book yet, here’s a synopsis for it here.
Beck hates his life. He hates his violent mother. He hates his home. Most of all, he hates the piano that his mother forces him to play hour after hour, day after day. He will never play as she did before illness ended her career and left her bitter and broken. But Beck is too scared to stand up to his mother, and tell her his true passion, which is composing his own music – because the least suggestion of rebellion on his part ends in violence.
When Beck meets August, a girl full of life, energy and laughter, love begins to awaken within him and he glimpses a way to escape his painful existence. But dare he reach for it?