A few months ago, I had an idea for something new to do for Follow Friday. Follow Friday (or #FF) is a hashtag I and many other authors are using on Twitter to showcase who we follow and help other authors make new connections. Basically it’s a shout-out to those we follow and those who follow us. The thought I had was to do a bigger and better shout-out than simply listing someone’s name every week. So what I came up with was asking my author friends a few questions about themselves and their work, answering some questions myself about why these people stand out to me, and featuring them on my blog. I plan to do this with one author a month to get started, possibly doing two in the future. This will be my way of participating in Follow Friday, plus giving you all an extra blog post!
The first author I approached with my plan is C.G. Drews, author of A Thousand Perfect Notes. C.G. is one of the first authors I connected with on Twitter, so she was an obvious first choice for me.
My hope is that this project helps these authors connect with even more writers and readers and helps to strengthen the writing community.
Questions for C.G. Drews:
Hello! My name is CG Drews and I’m a fiercely passionate bookworm and author! I live in Australia with my small dog (who thinks my sole purpose in life is to pet him) and believe in cake for breakfast.
Tell us about your work, either published or in progress. What is it about and what do you think makes it unique?
My debut novel, A Thousand Perfect Notes, just came out this year with Hachette UK. It’s incredible to have a book on the shelves now and I’m still softly flailing about it at all times. It’s the story of a boy who’s forced to play the piano to fulfill his mother’s failed legacy and any hint of rebellion ends in violence. It has a lot of sibling love, friendships, and whispers messages of bittersweet hope amongst the darkness. I’d like to think it’s unique because of my musical and sensory writing style and voice.
What keeps you working on it? Why are you so inspired to create this?
I’ve always dreamed of being a storyteller. I grew up devouring endless amounts of books and eventually it made me want to create my own. My motivation honestly comes from wanting to have finished projects, to see my book on shelves in actual bookstores (Seriously! Massive dream come true there), and to know my stories made a difference to someone. A Thousand Perfect Notes was partially inspired by my own love of music and also wanting to retell a bit of a famous classical composer’s life.
What does your social circle mean to you or what do your social media connections mean to you?
I really love the book community that I’m involved with through blogging, Instagram and Twitter! They’re incredibly supportive and we all cheer each other’s accomplishments. It’s so motivating and encouraging knowing you have supportive friends.
What do you hope to give back to your supporters and fellow creatives?
Definitely my work! I’ve been a blogger for a long, long time and only am now finally able to share the secrets I’ve been working on. (Hello to my book!) I also like to give back by being engaged: supporting other artists’ content (even if it’s just a comment or a share) and being friendly and giving advice if asked.
Is there anything else about yourself or your work that you’d like to share?
Probably just a huge thank you to everyone who’s been excited for my work! SO encouraging.
Why do I follow this author?
I started following C.G. about a year ago, when I really started getting the hang of Twitter. I LOVE her tweets! She’s a fun person to follow, she talks about cake and dragons a lot (because what book-ish person doesn’t love cake and dragons) and she is so friendly and approachable!
What do I like about her work in particular?
At this point, I have not yet read her novel. I’m sure it’s awesome, but it’s sitting patiently on my TBR list until I secure a new job. But from I’ve seen of the synopsis and bits and pieces she has shared, I can’t wait to read it! I’m also a big fan of her Instagram photos — some of the most beautiful and colorful book photos I’ve seen!
What makes her stand out to me? Why should you follow her?
As I said, C.G. is a fun, friendly person. That might sound really simple to you, but as someone who has been connecting with fellow creatives for over a year now, I can assure you, those traits are not as common as they should be. I deeply appreciate her attitude toward other people and I appreciate that while she is proud of her work (with good reason) she is still thankful for every person who talks to her, follows her, buys her book, or just asks her a question. That is something I really admire and respect in any person. Plus her tweets about dragons and cake; don’t forget those!
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.
A huge thank you to C.G. Drews for agreeing to this project!!! I’m honored to say that you are the first author to be featured in my new Author Spotlight section! And I hope there are many more authors to come!
If you haven’t already, you should definitely connect with this amazing author and check out her book! Happy Follow Friday!