Today I have the most exciting post ever. I get to share my part of the Words in Deep Blue blog tour! So, I got the chance to interview the legendary Cath Crowley about her newest book, and here’s what she had to say.
1. Is there a character or a story in Words In Deep Blue that came to you more easily than the others? And if so, can you tell us why?
Henry and George came more easily. In fact, all of the Jones’ were fun to write. I’m not sure why, except to say that Howling Books felt like a formed character long before the people in the book. I could see the bookstore, see Henry lying on the fiction couch, heartbroken, and George kicking him softly, telling him to wake up.
2. If you had to sum up Words In Deep Blue in three words what would they be?
Books. Love. Transmigration.
3. Did you have any specific rituals while you were writing Words In Deep Blue?
I’m not sure if it’s a ritual, but I went to the ocean a lot. At one stage, when I was lost and couldn’t write the book, I packed some clothes and my computer into the car and drove to Point Lonsdale, stopping on the way to rent a house. I stayed there for a month and finished the draft.
4. Do you have an ultimate dream book, and if so can you tell us what genre it is, what the characters are like and why it is your dream book?
My dream book to read is anything that’s taking a risk, or trying something that feels new. I love a book that makes me ache because of the ideas. I adored A Visit From the Goon Squad because of the way it played with narrative structure and character. I was undone by the sadness of people being pushed around by time.
5. What part of writing do you find the most difficult and why?
I find all of it difficult! But structure is the most difficult for me. I know the rules of a good plot but that doesn’t seem to help me. I’m forever shifting around scenes and trying to find the beginning and the midpoint. I can be lost in the plot forest for years.
6. Are there any new projects that you are working on that you can tell us about?
I’m working on a novel with Fiona Wood and Simmone Howell. There are three narrators. I’m Kate, a boarder who loves cello and Oliver. It’s a lot of fun. I’m working on a novel too – The main character is August Winter. She’s seventeen, and that’s about all I know about her so far. Like most of my characters, she’s taking her time.
There you are! I hope that you all enjoyed this interview with Cath. If you haven’t already, I highly recommend you check out Words of Deep Blue. Of course, you can find my own thoughts on it here. Thank you to the lovely people at Allen & Unwin for organising this blog tour, and to Cath for her lovely answers.