Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Interview with author Cat Patrick

Last week I got to interview lovely author Cat Patrick, debut writer of Forgotten.  Want to know more about her and her book? Read on...

Where did you get your inspiration for Forgotten?
I got the idea for Forgotten when my twins were about five months old. I was very tired as they weren't sleeping through the night, and one morning, I forgot what I was doing mid-activity. As I was trying to remember, I considered how awful it would be to have amnesia. But then I thought: But what if you could remember forward instead? Forgotten was born.

And, for people who haven't read the book, could you tell us more about it?
Forgotten is the story of a teen girl named London Lane who remembers the future instead of the past. She gets by with the help of reminder notes, her cell phone, her mom and her best friend, until she meets a guy who she wants to date...but who she doesn't remember. The book is about London's quest to navigate life with her condition, date a guy who shouldn't be in her future, and ultimately, solve the mystery of her past so that she can move forward with her life.

What was your journey to publication like?
I was very fortunate on my path to publication. It took me two and a half months to write the first draft of Forgotten. When I was nearly finished, I sent out one pitch letter to my dream agent and he wrote back in seven minutes, requesting the entire novel. Less than six months later, the book sold at auction in the US, and was subsequently purchased in 16 countries worldwide. I know that's rare, and I truly believe that I was lucky enough to have the right idea at the right time.

If you weren't an author, what do you think you would be doing instead?
I can't imagine not being an author! But if pressed, I'd probably take some classes and become an interior designer. I love looking for new items for my home on furniture sites and Etsy.

If you had to become one of your characters, who would you choose?
London! She's the type of strong, independent, mature teen I would have liked to have been.

If you could have a famous grandma (dead or alive) who would it be?
I was very close to both of my grandmothers: They were famous in my eyes. But if required to add to my family tree, I'd choose Betty White. She's smart as a whip and hilarious, and funniness is the best way to my heart.

What kind of snacks/drinks to you like to eat/drink when you're writing? 
I eat crunchy snacks like dry cereal a lot because they tend to keep me more alert. I'm always cold, so I usually have tea next to me, too.

Your favourite song?
Oh wow, that's tough. I love "Use Somebody" by Kings of Leon, as it will always remind me of London and Luke (it played a lot on the radio while I was writing). "Intervention" by Arcade Fire is another fave (or really anything by that band). I also love “Everlong” by Foo Fighters and “Romeo and Juliet” by Dire Straits.

Out of all the different covers that Forgotten has (UK, USA, Australian etc) which is your favourite?
That's like choosing which of my children I like best: I can't do it! I love them all for different reasons: the US version for its boldness (and the model's name is Cat, too!); the Australia version for its loveliness; the French version for being PURPLE! What I love about the UK version is the vibrant hair and the background, and the fact that the photographer is also the model.

Thanks, Cat!

Thank you Amber for interviewing me

1 comment :

  1. that must have been really cool to get to talk to the author and ask questions. not many of us are that lucky. she did an amazing job at taking this common thing that happens to most people and making it relatable to an younger audience as well to the adult audience. i love the way the book ended but it definitely left me wanting more. i seriously can't wait for the film version to come out, hope it is as good as the book itself :)