Yesterday, you (hopefully) read my review of Revived, a book that is currently the frontrunner for “Best Book I’ve Read This Year.” I hope it convinced you to hurry up and read it. :) Its author, Cat Patrick, was kind enough to agree to a blog interview!
I completely loved Revived, with its unique story and unforgettable characters. Unfortunately, I’m not likely to see them again.
“As a reader, I love sequels as much as the next person, but as a writer, I prefer to complete the story in just one book. My ideal ending is one that gives the reader enough information to feel satisfied while still leaving room for imagination. I think that both Forgotten and Revived have that type of ending, so to me, neither book demands a sequel. All that said, I’m not opposed to character cameos in other books down the line,” Patrick said.
Revived centers around a miracle drug that can bring people back to life, within certain parameters. It certainly seems plausible the way that it’s described. The inspiration came from a news story and an event in Patrick’s own life.
“I really want my books to feel like something you could read on the “weird news” section of CNN.com. The drug itself was actually inspired by a news story about an experimental drug that could essentially jolt stroke victims’ systems to minimize damage. Around the same time that I read the story, a family friend died from cancer. Those two things together prompted the big “what if” in Revived…What if a drug could bring someone back from the dead?” she said.
So far, she has only written standalone novels. That’s not likely to change (also unfortunately).
“I’m working on my fifth book and yes so far they’re all standalones. I don’t see anything wrong with series; I just haven’t had an idea that I felt needed several books to explore. That puts me in the minority, which has its positives and negatives.”
One of the most interesting things about her books is that the heroines are these normal girls with these completely abnormal situations…but they have to act like nothing is different or weird. Daisy has died and been brought back to life multiple times; her other character, London (from the awesome book Forgotten) can only “remember” the future. She has no recollection of past or present events. Given the choice, Patrick would rather be Daisy.
“I think I’d have to choose Daisy’s life. I love how London rolls with her situation but I believe that memories are a big part of who we are. It would be very hard not to feel lost in London’s life.”
In 2013, her next book (The Originals) will be released. It sounds like another must-read and I look forward to pre-ordering it the very second I can.
“The Originals is about three clones living as one person in order to hide from their past. They each take one third of the day: One goes to school in the morning; one attends classes and cheerleading practice in the afternoon and one goes to night class and handles the girls’ afterschool job. Something happens and they start questioning their system, and the book is really about striving for independence and individuality as part of a very unusual family. It’s due out from LBYR May 2013.”
I am very sad that it’s an entire year away!
Her mandatory reads are “The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak and Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher each have something meaningful to teach all readers, not just teens. Both break your heart while still managing to make you smile once in a while, and leave you hopeful despite their depressing themes.”
Her recommended books and authors? “I read most of Michael Connelly’s library when I was pregnant with my twin daughters and on partial bed rest: I think he’s a great storyteller. I’ve loved every book I’ve read written by John Green and Neil Gaiman. And the two books that I can’t stop recommending to people right now are The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater and World War Z by Max Brooks. They could not be more different, and yet, I love them equally.”