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Quick Q&A With C.G. Drews, AKA Cait @ Paperfury! Are you excited??

So I have been promising you some MOAR @Paperfury content since posting my review of A Thousand Perfect Notes. Since me and Cait are SUCH GOOD FRIENDSblogger buddies … OKAY since Cait is so cool she’s gonna answer a few questions on my blog today!

So the idea was a quickfire Q&A, but honestly? If you know me… The word ‘quickly’ just doesn’t really work with me. I even have a little story for you to illustrate it. I don’t play games much, but sometimes I try. And so, I was trying to play one of the favorite games of me and my boyfriend, Dishonored, and everything was going fine, I was actually doing well, and then… There was a timed mission. Now this is roughly how timed missions work with me:

But I wasn’t really consciously aware of that as I was going, and everything was actually proceeding just fine. And then my boyfriend made a crucial mistake.

He said, and now do this really simple thing QUICKLY.

At which point, I dropped the unconscious NPC I was holding, jumped and fell off a table, jumped onto the ceiling ledge several times and fell off, all the while shouting something along the lines of “OH NO NO NO NO NO!”

So that’s how ‘quick’ things go down with me. Which is why! I might be taking this Q&A slightly more slowly than you’d expect ;D

But there’s one thing I can promise. It’s definitely going to be RANDOM.

So let’s start! I’ve got Cait here with me, and let’s give her a round of applause for joining us today!

Okay, so, Cait – your book is about music. And it goes in depth! Without a lot of effort, one can come to the conclusion that you have been taught music in your life. So my question is, what was your most hated thing to learn/do when you were being taught an instrument?

Yes! I am in fact a pianist although I swear I had a lovely time learning in highschool unlike my character, Beck. (SORRY, BECK.) I was mostly self taught, so it was only when I started taking actual lessons that I discovered that I absolutely HATED doing scales. (I mean, who does like scales. Seriously.) I also had horrible stage-fright and any time someone said, “So we’re having a performance,” I would be 98 kilometers out the door before they finished speaking.

Okay, and now let’s change the subject. Cait, why, why, WHY does August not wear any shoes? Do you have sadistic tendencies? What if she steps on glass! Or a needle! The kid lives in a bad neighbourhood!! I was incredibly worried about her throughout the whole book 😀 (and while your at it telling us WHY, can you also tell us HOW you came up with that?)

I think this is a cultural thing for Australians. Not saying ALL Australians don’t wear shoes (obviously!) but it’s a huge thing. There will even be signs in some business or shopping centres that say “must wear shoes!” because we often don’t. August’s family is very free-spirited and hippy so it’s her culture. (I also lived in a town that is 100% August’s vibe and that’s why I wrote her like I did.)

(Evelina is going OMG this is so cool and I absolutely didn’t know that!!)
But seriously. HOW do you manage not step on something evil tho..?

This is going to be random, but have you ever had a sworn enemy in life? It can be anything – a person, your local postman, a koala outside your window or even broccoli.

Ohhh yes haha! I actually can hold a grudge for a long loooog time. If someone crossed me 11 years ago, you better believe the rage fires still burn STRONG.

If there’s any chance you remember… can you tell us about what sparked your dream to become a writer and when it started? I say ‘if’ because I know some people have been dreaming of something all their lives! Either way, tell us more.

I have a super humble origin story haha! My little sister started writing stories and was getting way too much attention for it, so I joined in. I was about 12! It took off after that because I couldn’t get enough. I’ve always been hopelessly in love with books (the ultimate book monster who was always hungry for more) and making my own stories was a special sort of magic! I got serious about it at 15 and decided this was going to be MY THING.

Cait, you definitely know that A LOT of wee bloggers look up to you, like, A LOT. I also did when I started out (squee, and now you’re on my blog!!) I feel I must ask this question, even though it’s been asked before, probably – but my blog is a place where a lot of #NewBloggers come for advice, so I feel that it’s relevant. What is something you would recommend to a new blogger, just starting out? How can they easier find themselves and their place in the vast blogosphere?

I think being friendly is so so important!! My followers didn’t find me at first – I spent years finding them! I would spend (literally!) hours per day just commenting and commenting on hundreds of blogs. I was friendly! I was encouraging! And I put out content that made people feel good so they’d come back.

Thank you Cait for joining me today! Now just let me take off into the sunset to fangirl about having @Paperfury on my blog. You can also visit Cait’s blog here, follow her on Twitter or Instagram, and of course, of course! Add her book, A Thousand Perfect Notes, on Goodreads, or buy it on Book Depository, Amazon UK or Wordery. And if you haven’t already, don’t forget to read my review of A Thousand Perfect Notes!

What are some questions you would like to ask Cait? You can always ask in the comments! And I’ll just poke her till she comes back and responds! XD

I’m Evelina and I try to blog about books that matter, with a bit of fun there too! Disability and equality will be topics you see a lot, but there’s also a lot of scifi, fantasy and… GIFs. I’m also the proud founder of #ARCsAnonymous.

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Norrie
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Awwwwh, this was lovely!
Cait is so lovely <3

I wondered about the no shoe thing, and didn't even think of the evil things, only that it must be super hot there and how does she not burn her foot? 😀

(Danielle) Books, Vertigo and Tea
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This is such a thoughtful Q&A I particularly love the writing origins story and blogging answer. So heartfelt and sincere. And I am terrible grudge holder too haha.

Rachel
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Ahhhh, looking forward to reading this one now! Lovely interview ❤️

Nicoline
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Loved this interview!

Vera
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Such fun questions and lovely answers. I had so much fun reading this interview. Thank you both for that. ❤

I read Cai’s book and loved it. As someone, who loves walking barefoot (and who reluctantly puts xero shoes on when visiting a city), I totally get the no shoe vibe. Your skin on your feet gets hard after walking barefoot and it doesn’t hurt that much when you step on something a bit sharper … unless it’s of course a broken glass etc…

Vera
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That was meant to be Cait’s book of course. The whole bare foot walking got my so excited that I apparently forgot how to spell altogether…

Jacqueline @bluejaybook
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I see people not wearing shoes in Florida sometimes too . . . sounds like it’s much more common in Austrailia though. The last time I saw it my thoughts were along the lines of: “How are you walking through the swamp with no shoes on and not catching some deadly parasite?!” (As you may have guessed, this was in a nature preserve.)

Whatever makes them happy, I guess 🙂

Nice interview! 🙂

Chloe @ Book Dragons
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Aaaah love Cait, she’s great xD Her book is also amazing and the whole no shoes thing with August kinda makes sense now I guess….literally though you’d not see us Brits walking round without shoes on hahaha

Arvenig
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I love Paper Fury so much! Reading an interview on not on of her blog posts is so nice! I also loved the questions and obviously her answers!

Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy
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What a great interview! I HATE wearing shoes, I think I’ll move to Australia

Anne Clarence
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Ahahaha we have someone that holds a grudge against people (totally understandable btw)! Don’t piss her off or else your blogger reputation would be tarnished with her XD.

Great interview! It’s actually the first time I read one of your interviews, and I really love your interview style. Damn, even to this day, I still have to much to learn from you 😉

ShootingStarsMag
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I need her book! What a fun interview though. 🙂 Now I’ll understand the no-shoes thing. Though granted, I feel like a lot of people where I live don’t really like to wear shoes either LOL (I live in Kentucky).

-Lauren

Charvi Koul
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Wow I really loved this interview! I did not know that Aussies don’t wear shoes much and wow so many accidents could happen. I really cannot wait to get my hands on this book

Aj @ Read All The Things!
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This is a fun interview. I’m concerned about people who don’t wear shoes. Where I live, there are cactuses, and rattlesnakes, and random dog poops, and all sorts of things you don’t want to step on. Not having shoes would freak me out.

Mai
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This was great! I also had no idea that Australians walk around barefoot? That’s certainly too dangerous to do over here, haha.

JJ @ This Dark Material
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Love this interview you two! And congratulations again Cait, it’s so fun watching all the positivity for A Thousand Perfect Notes roll in 🙂

the orangutan librarian
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This was so awesome! I loved reading both your questions ‘s answers!

Kaleena @ Reader Voracious
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“Ohhh yes haha! I actually can hold a grudge for a long loooog time. If someone crossed me 11 years ago, you better believe the rage fires still burn STRONG.”

AHAHAHAAH I can relate to this so much!

Great interview, Evelina! And thanks Cait for sharing!

Brooke Lorren
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Great interview! I had the chance to go to Australia a long time ago and I loved it. I was there for five weeks. I think I remember people wearing shoes though. Maybe people don’t wear shoes in a different part of Australia.

Looks like this one might have to end up on my TBR list. I love music, so…

Stephanie Jane
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This is such a lovely interview, Avalinah and Cait, thank you for sharing it 🙂 I’m so wanting to read A Thousand Perfect Notes now!

Sim @ Flipping Through the Pages
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Lovely interview Evelina and Cait 🙂 Cait is so awesome and lovely. She is always helpful and I love her for that. I seriously can’t wait to read her book.
I can understand that whole shoe thing. In my country too, most of the people don’t wear shoes while in home, not outside though 😛

Yvo @ It's All About Books
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Such a lovely interview! xx

Sam @ Sharing Inspired Kreations
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Love this short and sweet Q&A. I can’t wait to read Cait’s book!

Jenn @ Bound to Writing
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Great interview!! <3

I had no idea about the no shoe thing which is an awesome tidbit to know! 🙂

Laura Thomas
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Thanks, ladies! This was such a fun interview. Congratulations on your book, Cait, And Evelina, you always have so much enthusiasm!

Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction
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I got this book in the mail while I was at my conference and I NEED to read it now!!

Tizzy
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Great interview! I liked the ‘sworn enemy’ question in particular. I couldn’t go without shoes, I’m the clumsiest person so I would just be stubbing my toe in stepping in dog mess all the time, ha ha!

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Lucy
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I am so happy for Cait, lovely Q&A 🙂

Lucy~ lucyturnspages.co.uk

lauren
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this was such alovely post and i loved her advice to new bloggers, its so true.
i definitely wish i had donemore when i first starte dout

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!
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What a lovely interview!! I haven’t read Cait’s book yet, but I keep hearing wonderful things. I remember seeing Cait’s review all over goodreads before I even started my own blog, and then it took me a little bit to connect the dots that the blogger and goodreads user were the same person, haha!

Gayathri
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I love Cait and her blog. I am definitely ordering the book right away. I love your questions and her replies.

Whaaat, you changed the commenting theme? What else have you done without me knowing about, woman? Did you straighten your hair? Moved to Alaska? What else..

PS Yes I am back from my hiatus. I miss talking to you and especially commenting on your blog.

Lyse
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Yayayayay I’m so glad you interviewed Cait!! I read ATPN just a few weeks ago and it was soooo good 😀 You asked great questions, too!

Also: maybe the shoe thing is about the climate? I’m in Florida in the US, and I know a girl who basically never wears shoes if she doesn’t have to (a lot of shops make you).

Aimee (Aimee, Always)
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TOTALLY didn’t know about Australians not wearing shoes! I think that’s cool, and totally liberating–but also really scary because YES GLASS and possibly animal droppings.. ick! D:

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Jackie B.
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Beautiful interview, Evelina! You asked some really thought-provoking questions. The shoes! Oh man. I’m so glad I know that or I’d be skeeved out the whole book. O_o

Cait– the only missing question I can think of: What is your favorite flavor of cake?

Wendy @ Falconer's Library
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Such a fun interview. I love that she started writing because her sister was getting attention for it. Also her comment that “My followers didn’t find me at first – I spent years finding them!” is great for us all to remember. Thanks Evalina for the interview, and Cait for answering!

Caro @ bookcheshirecat
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I was so excited for this Q&A, as it’s amazing that Cait now has a book out! 🙂 ♥ I’ve heard from a few people that one character doesn’t wear shoes and I’m glad that you asked her why, as I had no idea this was a thing in Australia 😀