I had the amazing privilege of interviewing author C.G. Drews! Hope you enjoy this interview. 🙂
Hi Cait, thanks for joining me on the blog today!
C: Thanks for having me on your lovely blog, Savanna!
When did you first decide you wanted to write?
C: 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. I was a worry! But at about 15, I decided I wanted to actually pursue writing — seriously and professionally. My dream was to walk into a bookstore and see my book on a shelf. I signed with my agent at 19 and my debut (A Thousand Perfect Notes) came out when I was 24.
What was your first publishing experience like?
C: Exciting and nerve-wracking! It was unbelievably surreal to be working with industry professionals and end up holding a bound copy of my own book. Of course there were disappointments and moments of gnawing stress. But I got there!
A Thousand Perfect Notes was your debut novel, correct? Can you tell me about it?
C: Yes! It came out in June 2018 and it’s the story of a boy named Beck who’s forced to play the piano by his mother. Failure to find perfection ends in violence. So he’s trapped in this cycle until he makes friends with a girl named August, who is the very definition of sunshine, and he starts to dare to believe he could save himself.
The Boy Who Steals Houses released recently, which is super exciting! Can you tell me a little bit about it?
C: It’s 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.
What inspires you to write?
C: Inspiration comes from everywhere for me. Music! Films! Daydreaming! Pinterest! (Shh, I can call scrolling Pinterest work now, right?!)
Who are some authors that inspire you to become a better writer?
C: I look up to the glorious prose of Maggie Stiefvater, Laini Taylor and Tahereh Mafi. And I adore the gut-wrenching stories of Adam Silvera and K. Ancrum.
Do you have a favorite character you’ve enjoyed writing the most so far?
C: Aw, I love all my kids so much! Truly, it’s hard to choose haha. I adore writing the comedic side-characters. So in The Boy Who Steals Houses, Jack and Jeremy are wild drama queens in the background and I LOVE them. But Sam (my narrator) and Avery (his brother) definitely have stolen my entire heart.
What is the hardest part about writing for you?
C: I struggle with knowing if my ideas are good enough or if they seem to similar. And rejection, woooo, rejection sucks and doesn’t cease to suck even after you’ve published two books!
How would you describe your writing style?
C: I love to write in a slightly dry, sassy tone with a good layer of poetic description on top. Sensory writing is my favourite to read, so that’s what I love to write.
Do you have a favorite snack or drink you enjoy while writing?
C: When it’s really late and I’ve melted my brain writing hard all day…I like some chocolate for a reward.
Just because I’d like to include it for readers’ purposes, what would you say your target audience is for your books? Is there any content I should warn readers about?
C: My books are Young Adult and contain violence.
What is some advice you can give aspiring authors out there that you wish you had known when you began your writing and publishing journey?
C: Definitely to keep going! It’s easy to feel beaten down or like you’ll never get that “yes” that will change your life. But there are always more projects to write, more avenues to try, and you will get better the more you work.
Now that you have two great books out, how would you define your success? Do you feel like you’ve reached your idea of writing success or do you have other goals/aspirations for writing that you have yet to reach?
C: Ooh this is a hard one! It’s honestly so hard to define success. I definitely have reams of goals I haven’t attained yet and, as a relatively small author, I’d love to see my work go further. But I also feel so warmly satisfied when I read a heartfelt review or have someone messaged me that my book meant something to them.
A huge thank you, again, to C.G. Drews for letting me interview her! If you haven’t already, go check out her fantastic books! For more info about this sweet author, check out her bio and social media links below…
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.