And, welcome to day 2 of YA/MG Month.
Today, I have the lovely C.G. Drews on my blog. C.G. debut book A Thousand Perfect Notes came out earlier this year and it is absolutely beautiful and I cannot wait for her next book which, will be out next year!
1. Can you tell me about A Thousand Perfect Notes. How did the story come to be?
My debut, A Thousand Perfect Notes, is the story of a boy forced to play piano to live up to his mother's legacy. But his failure to find perfect ends in violence. He's trapped in this hopeless cycle until he befriends August (who is totally the definition of puppies and rainbows) and starts to believe he's worth fighting for. It has sibling love, cake, an unlikely friendship, and will hopefully make you laugh or cry...or both! I first got the idea from wondering what it would be like to retell a classical musician's life (I won't say who, but you'll know if you've read ATPN!) and from there I added in my love for the piano, a few Cinderella retelling crumbs, and some thoughts and questions about self-worth.
2. What was it like when you found out you were getting published? (Congrats by the way!)
I was absolutely out of my mind with happiness! It's no quick journey towards a publishing deal and I'd been working and dreaming about this for seven years, with dozens of rejections behind me. So I couldn't even believe I'd been offered a 2-book deal from Hachette Children's UK! And honestly, I'm still flailing. Will most definitely never stop!
3. Do you play any musical instruments yourself?
I'm a pianist, but mostly self taught, and I promise I had a much nicer experience learning than Beck did (I'm sorry Beck!). I also play violin and cello!
4. I am very excited about your next book. Can you tell readers about The Boy Who Steals Houses?
I'm so so excited too! Thank you! The Boy Who Steals Houses isn't a sequel to ATPN, but it is set in the same world (yes there will totally be cameos) and it's about two homeless brothers who break into people's houses while they're on holidays. Until one day they break into a house that isn't empty...and get caught up with a big loud family, a lemony girl, and some very bad decisions. I fiercely love this story and can't wait to share it with everyone next April.
Thank you C.G. for being on my blog today!
About the author
C.G. Drews lives in Australia with her dog, a piano, and the goal of reading every book in existence. Consequently, her brain has overflowed with words and she spends her days writing novel after novel. She blogs at paperfury.com, never sleeps, and believes in cake for breakfast.
An emotionally charged story about the power of dreams, and how passion can turn to obsession.
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?
Thrilling and powerfully written, this is an explosive debut for YA readers which tackles the dark topic of domestic abuse in an ultimately hopeful tale.
Can two broken boys find their perfect home? By turns heartbreaking and heartwarming, this is a gorgeously told, powerful story.
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.