Author Interview: Cat Patrick & Giveaway
What if every day when you woke up, you had no recollection of the days before?
Each night at precisely 4:33 am, while sixteen-year-old London Lane is asleep, her memory of that day is erased. In the morning, all she can “remember” are events from her future. London is used to relying on reminder notes and a trusted friend to get through the day, but things get
complicated when a new boy at school enters the picture. Luke Henry is not someone you’d easily forget, but try as she might, London can’t find him in her memories of things to come.
I was thrilled to be invited to participate in a webinar featuring Forgotten author, Cat Patrick! Along with some of my fellow book bloggers; Michelle at Galleysmith, Stacey at Pageturners & Sara at Novel Novice. We had the oportunity to talk to Cat on the phone and ask her some questions. Below I have the transcription of my questions with Cat, be sure to stop by the other blogs to check their questions… which were a lot more thought provoking than mine! And I’ve realized how absolutely ridiculous I must have sounded durning this phone conversation! Ah well….
Kristi: My question is not near as thought provoking as everyone else.
Cat Patrick: That’s okay.
Kristi: Well, okay, so Forgotten has like a million covers.
Cat Patrick: Oh, yeah.
Kristi: The French one, the Australian one – which one is your favorite?
Cat Patrick: Oh, I can’t pick a favorite.
Kristi: I like them all.
Cat Patrick: I really do like them all. I like the US one for its boldness. I think it just jumps off the shelves. When I go into a bookstore and I look for it and I’m not quite sure where it’s supposed to be, I can find it in five seconds, which is great.
And I also really like–I don’t know if everyone’s taken off the dust jacket, but the case of the book itself has a nice alternate treatment printed on it, and it was just one that they were considering, and it was sort of their second choice. And so, instead of just trashing it all together, they put it on the case, which I really love.
And the UK version, I love so much, and I think it’s really cool that the cover model is actually the photographer. And so, it’s a self portrait, which I think is really neat. And it also has that kind of windy and sort of barren looking landscape that reminds me of the setting of Forgotten, so I really like that about it.
And I think the Australian one is just lovely and dreamy and I’m a little obsessed with it. And then, the French one, I’m loving that they did the purple because I’ve really been into purple with this book, so. My fingernails are painted purple right now for a little event that I had. They matched the cover.
Kristi: –Now, our–the advanced reader copy cover, now that’s the same girl that’s on the US cover, right? But just kind of different version of the picture?
Cat Patrick: Yes, they used the same girl. And her name is actually Cat, too.
Kristi: Oh, really?
Cat Patrick: Yes, I know all this random stuff about the cover models, apparently. So, that’s fun.
Kristi: So, that’s my question for now.
Cat Patrick: Okay. That’s a great question. I love talking about covers. I can’t wait to see the rest of them. I think it’s going to be in 17 countries.
Kristi: Oh, wow, that’s awesome.
Cat Patrick: And so, I keep seeing the covers, because they’re not all published at the same time. And so, they keep coming through.
Kristi: That’s fantastic.
Cat Patrick: And it’s so exciting to see the new ones.
Kristi: That’s exciting then for your debut, too.
Cat Patrick: Yes, it is. I love it.
Kristi: Okay. All right. This is kind of a silly question, but the first date between the Luke and London–Go into the van, and he has the pizza back there, which was super cute, okay, was–did you just make that up, or was that like based on a date you had, or–?
Cat Patrick: –No, no guys that I knew in high school were that cool. No, I made it up.
Kristi: Dang it.
Cat Patrick: Yeah, I know. It would be great if it was a real first date, but unfortunately, it wasn’t. I do drive a minivan. I’m somewhat hiding under my desk in embarrassment to tell you that but it’s easier to cart around the twins. And I bought it just before I was writing the book, and I thought the little pop down DVD was so cute and that it would be fun to watch a movie in the van. And I just kind of went with it when I was driving the minivan around.
Kristi: I loved that part.
Cat Patrick: I like it, too. I thought it would have been such a romantic, wonderful date. I wish it really happened.
Kristi: I loved Luke after that, so–.
Cat Patrick: –Oh, thank you. I’m glad you did.
Kristi: I want to know what books are in your summer reading pile, if you even have time to read with twins.
Cat Patrick: That’s a really good question. I have a huge summer reading pile.
Right now, I’m in the midst of Divergent, which I love so much.
Kristi: Oh, I loved it, too.
Cat Patrick: Oh, my gosh. I just want to go read it right now. I read it on the elliptical today and I’m not that coordinated. And yet, I did it.
And then A Need so Beautiful is next up.
And I haven’t read Beauty Queens yet, and I am so excited to read it. And then Lanie Taylor is also a Little Brown author, and so I have an ARC of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, which I can’t wait to read.
Kristi: Heard good things about that one.
Cat Patrick: Yes.
Kristi: Cool. Thank you.
On a rainy November morning, new baby sleep deprived, Cat Patrick forgot what she was doing. She retraced her steps but instead of remembering, the idea for Forgotten was born.
Cat lives near Seattle with her husband and twin daughters who now, thankfully, sleep through the night. Forgotten is her debut novel.
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