C. G. Drews, aka Cait from Paper Fury has gotten her new book – The Boy Who Steals Houses – published, and it sounds SO interesting! I can’t wait to read it!
In the meanwhile, I get to interview her. Let me just say, I LOVE her blog and her bookstagram pictures, and it is an absolute honour to have her here today (virtually, of course). Yay!
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.
She has written 2 brilliant books: A Thousand Perfect Notes and The Boy Who Steals Houses.
- Your new book, The Boy Who Steals Houses, has released recently and has already generated quite a buzz. What’s it about?
My book is about a homeless teen named Sam, who breaks into houses when the owners are away on holidays — not to steal, but just to live. He and his autistic brother Avery are actual disasters who make terrible decisions, but they love each other fiercely and Sam protects his brother like nothing else. Then Sam messes up and steals a house that isn’t truly empty and ends up entangled in the lives of a big messy family. He craves this life, but if they find out why he’s homeless and what he’s running from…he’ll lose it all.
- Since when have you known that you wanted to be a writer?
I started getting serious about writing when I was 15…my dream was to walk into a bookstore and see my work on a shelf. That didn’t happen until I was 24, but it was so worth the hard work!
- How much time do you devote to writing everyday?
I actually don’t write every day! I’m a marathon writer – so I’ll set aside several days and write in intense amounts, then take a few weeks completely off to refill the creative well.
- Where do you get inspiration from for your books?
It feels cliché to say but…inspiration is truly everywhere! I day dream a lot, I listen to music, I run through ideas like movies in my head. I also read so so much and that inspires me to work on my own ideas.
- What are your hobbies, other than reading and writing?
There’s a life outside of books?! [Cue SHOCK!] Haha, just kidding. 😉 Although truly I am very book-centric with everything I do. However, I like to go running!
6. What makes a good story in your opinion?
For me, it’s one that I can emotionally connect to. I like stories that make me think, that shake me up or inspire me. A good book, I feel, pulls you into its world and fills your pockets with magic until you think it was made for you alone.
- Were there any unexpected problems you faced when writing and publishing your book?
Oh there’s always something that goes wrong or an unexpected worry to face! I definitely have had my fair share. One thing that always gnaws at me is rejection, especially if you’re so close to a book deal (which I had been before finally landing one)!
- What is your one funny writing quirk?
I legitimately suck at grammar! And where do commas go?! Seriously. Commas. Little devils.
- What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Keep going! It seems like an obvious thing, but it’s so important…finish your drafts and learn how to edit and rewrite. It’s common to get partway through a draft and feel like it’ll never be good enough. But you don’t have to get it perfect the first time. Write it. Polish it later. You’ve got this.
10. How would you like to respond to the overwhelming reaction of your readers?
I mostly am just here doing a happy shimmy all over my house! I’m SO grateful for everyone and anyone’s support of my work…and I hope it means something to a lot of people’s hearts.
- What would you like your readers to take away from The Boy Who Steals Houses?
It’s truly 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.