Today I have for you an interview with the ever amazing, most wonderful Cait, whom most of you know as the fabulous blogger at Paper Fury. Yesterday, her excellent debut came out into the world (my review of which you can read here). So I sat down with her for a short interview about her book, writing, and – of course – cake. First, here’s some more info about this fantastic book.A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews
Published by Orchard Books on June 7th 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
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An emotionally charged story of music, abuse and, ultimately, hope.
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?
Hey Cait! Of course soon everyone will know you as the magnificent author of A Thousand Perfect Notes, but for now you’re mostly known as the fabulous blogger at Paper Fury. How was your blog born?
Aw, you make me blush! Thank you! I confess I have an uninspiring blogger origin story that mostly began with my older sister saying, “You should start a blog!” And me responding: “Yes! What’s…a blog.” So it took me a year or so to actually understand what I was doing (oops) and then I found the book blogging community and fell in love with the marvellousness that is the blogging life.
Have books always been a big thing in your life? Do you come from a bookish family or absolutely not?
Absolutely! I grew up in a house of books and when I ate through them too fast, my parents pointed to the library. I have been a book monster since time began. There was really no hope for me not to turn into a writer.
Let’s talk about your book for a bit now! How was this story born? How did Beck come into your life?
A Thousand Perfect Notes began tumbling together when I decided to write a lowkey retelling of a famous classical musician’s life (can’t say the name for spoilers; but you’ll know when you read it!) mixed with a bit of a genderbent Cinderella, and the difference between passion and obsession. I also wanted to talk about things like self-worth, the affects of violence, and how friendship can make such a sweet and wholesome difference in your life.
How much research went into this project?
Since I’m a pianist, I was all set for the musical aspect! It was fun getting to geek out about music the whole time. And my book also features characters who speak (and yell!) a lot of German. I had some amazing German friends help me with those translations.
If I remember correctly, this isn’t the book that got you an agent. Do you have any plans with that book in the future?
Yes! This is the second book I pursued publishing with. Which is honestly really encouraging, I think, because you don’t just have “one shot” when it comes to getting a book deal. You have chances to try again. That original book that I signed my agent for is now put aside, but I have plenty of other ideas to move onto.
Your second book is also a contemporary, which I had to honor of beta reading last year. Can you tell us a bit more about that?
And it was such a pleasure getting your feedback! My 2019 book is called The Boy Who Steals Houses and is basically about a homeless boy who sneaks into houses while their occupants are away…until one day he steals a house that isn’t so empty and gets tangled in the lives of a big, messy family. It features a lot of bad decisions, Hufflepuff boys, and the serious potential to make you cry.
Do you have any plans to try and get other projects that aren’t contemporary published? I know some people are eagerly waiting for a Fantasy book from you.
It would be nice! I really love writing contemporary though, so we’ll see what happens in the future!
Now, the most important question. What is your favorite cake and how much cake is there in your books?
I have a weakness for chocolate brownie cheesecake…although, ashamedly, it does not feature in ATPN! However there is a terrific amount of other cakes in here because would it be a book written by me if there was no cake?!
Thank you so much for visiting my humble blog, Cait. I wish you all the luck with your books and I’m so proud of you and honored to call you my friend. Any last words of advice for other writers?
Thank you for having me, Bee! You’re so incredibly supportive and it means the world of difference for a newbie author like me just starting out! And I always say to other writers: keep writing. It sounds like cliche advice, but it’s so much of the reason I am here today with my own book sitting on the shelves. Write dozens of books and millions of words. It doesn’t matter if they’re not all “perfect”…it matters that you get better the more you write.