Friends! I am so excited to share this post with you today! In just two days, on April 4th, The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G. Drews (aka @paperfury) will be out in the world! You can get your copy from Book Depository (free shipping!) I can’t wait for mine to arrive! I loved Cait’s first book, A Thousand Perfect Notes and I’m so excited that I got to interview Cait before her second book hits the shelves!
When did you first decide you wanted to be a writer?
I remember scrawling down my own versions of fairy tales (illustrated and very firmly stapled on coloured paper) as a little kid and announcing that I’d imagined them myself. Uhh…yeah. Dubious origin story haha. But at about 15, I decided I really wanted to be a professional author. I wanted to walk into a bookstore and see my book on a shelf! I started writing intensely and seriously and ended up signing with my agent at 19.
What was your writing process like for The Boy Who Steals Houses? Was it different than your process for ATPN?
Basically, my process for writing any book is to work on outlining and plotting it for several months and then sprint-write it in a few days. It took me 10 days to write ATPN, but only 3 days to write TBWSH! Editing, however, takes a looooong long time.
Do you have a writing schedule? If so, what does it look like?
I don’t write every day, so I don’t particularly have a schedule. If I’m in the process of drafting, I’ll literally just write every second I’m awake (ok well, with breaks for snacks and to go on walks to recharge).
Where did you get the idea for TBWSH?
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!
Who is your favourite character in TBWSH? If you can pick one!
Aww I can’t pick between my kids! Two of the most important characters in the book are Sam (my narrator) and his older brother Avery. My heart definitely belongs to both these disaster boys. They are the softest thieves you’ll ever meet. But Moxie (Sam’s love interest) is also a fearsome force to be reckoned with and her love for caramel brownies is legendary.
Anything else we need to know about TBWSH before we read it?
Be prepared to laugh and also cry!
Who is an author that gives you inspiration for your own writing?
I have so so many authors I absolutely adore and look up to. My top ones are definitely Maggie Stiefvater (for her complex characters and brilliant prose), Laini Taylor and Tahereh Mafi (for their whimsical and lavishly delicious writing) and Adam Silvera (for his heartbreak and emotional characters) and Cassandra Clare (for all the sass!)
What’s one thing you love about writing books?
I love creating worlds and people and having limitless possibilities of where to take them. There’s few things as satisfying as finishing a draft and getting that pure rush from creation.
Any advice for someone who wants to be a writer/author someday?
Definitely to write as much as you can! You improve by writing copious amounts…look they say “practise makes perfect” for a reason okay?! And never give up. Even if a project turns out not to be right for this time — start something new. You have so many stories to tell, so don’t be afraid to explore them!
What is one book (or two or three) that you’re loving right now?
I just finished rereading The Graces by Laure Eve which I adore. And I also read all the Grisha books by Leigh Bardugo this month! Magical masterpieces oh wow. And coming up on my TBR pile, I have Finale by Stephanie Garber, so you better believe I’m super excited for that eep.
About The Boy Who Steals Houses
Can two broken boys find their perfect home?
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.
About A Thousand Perfect Notes
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?