Raised in a house that was struck by lightning–twice–Cat Patrick is the author of young adult books Forgotten, Revived, and The Originals, and the co-author of Just Like Fate.
As a child, Cat could be found making up stories like her first book, Dolly the Purple Spotted Dolphin; growing corn in the backyard; or performing with a traveling sign-language troupe. She earned a journalism degree from the University of Wyoming and a master’s degree from Boston University, and worked in public relations for fifteen years. She lives outside of Seattle with her husband and twin daughters, and is on Twitter @seecatwrite, or Facebook at authorcatpatrick.
Cat once…• Interrupted Warren Beatty’s lunch to snap a picture with him.
• Appeared on a game show, but not as a competitor.
• Climbed a 50 foot tower and rappelled back down. (At least she thinks it was 50 feet.)
• Met Muhammad Ali.
• Was on the high school golf team.
• Got a tattoo.
• Was pooped on by a dolphin.
• Performed a high kick routine to Personal Jesus.
• Interviewed Carmen Electra.
• Worked as a “concessionist” at a movie theater.
• Met the guy who created Sonic the Hedgehog.
Cat likes… Crunchy snacks, decaf nonfat lattes, mint chip ice cream, Alan Rickman, zombies from afar, traveling, reading, easy hikes, challenging plotlines, stargazing, silly hats, and boots.
Cat dislikes… Talking on the phone, socks with holes, zombies close up, the flu, mean people, touching ice, copyedits, flying, spiders, squeaky windshield wipers, black licorice, and salmon.
Hi. You look nice today. No.
In all seriousness, I’m beyond flattered that readers want more of my characters, but I have yet to write a book that I feel demands a sequel. I like to write endings that give enough but not everything—that leave something to the imagination. That’s what I hope readers take away from Forgotten, Revived, The Originals, and Just Like Fate.
When and where were you born?
I was born January 18 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. I’m a Capricorn. I also like presents.
Are your books available in other countries?
Yes! I’m so excited that readers in more than 20 countries can buy Forgotten. Revived is available in five countries so far. And both are available in audiobook format. The Originals will be available in English and Complex Chinese, and Just Like Fate will be available in the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, and Germany to start.
What is your superhero name?
Do you have movie deals for your books? If so, what is the status?
Forgotten was optioned for a movie by Paramount, with Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld attached to star as main character London Lane, Fake Empire’s Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage producing, and screenwriter Oren Uziel adapting the book for the screen. I will post movie news on the blog as it happens.
Will you put me in the movie?
Unfortunately, I have such little pull with casting that I couldn’t even put myself in the movie.
Will you sign my book?
Sure! Please mail it to me at the address below with a postage-paid return envelope:
7829 Center Blvd. SE #277
Snoqualmie, WA 98065
I’m a blogger. How can I get an ARC or review copy?
Bloggers are welcome to submit ARC and review copy requests for
Forgotten, Revived, and The Originals to firstname.lastname@example.org,
and for Just Like Fate to ChildrensPublicity@simonandschuster.com.
Who is your agent?
I’m represented by Dan Lazar at Writers House. www.writershouse.com
What was your inspiration for the books?
Inspiration really is everywhere. I got the idea for Forgotten when my twins were five months old. I was doing something in my kitchen, and forgot what I was doing mid-activity. I pondered amnesia, then the idea hit me: What if you could remember the future instead of the past?
Revived came to me when I read about a drug that could potentially jolt stroke patients back to normal around the time a family friend died from cancer. I wondered what if?, picturing a drug that could bring people back to life first, then creating the characters from there.
The Originals was born out of the idea that probably every busy person has had at one time or another: I need a clone! I wondered what it would be like to really have one … or two.
Just Like Fate was a collaboration between myself and Suzanne Young. Both of us had had similar ideas to create a book inspired by the movie Sliding Doors. We wanted to write about how our choices dictate our paths in life. We’d both been close to our grandparents growing up, so that’s why we centered the book around the death of a grandmother.
How long does it take to write a book?
It really depends on the book. I wrote the first draft of Forgotten in under two months, while others have taken a year or more.
How did you get published?
The stars aligned. I wrote a book, Forgotten, then queried my first choice agent, who wrote back quickly wanting to read it. With my agent’s help, it went to auction, and sold in a two-book deal. I was very lucky. But before you scowl at me, I’ll just add that my journey through the world of publishing since has definitely not been without its potholes. (Still, I’d never trade it!)
What’s the best part about being a writer?
The act of writing is the best part. I doubt I’m alone when I say that writing is like air or food: It’s a basic need. I start to feel twitchy when I don’t write anything. I love holing up in my office and diving deep into a character’s world, discovering him or her and sharing that discovery with others.
The second best part is the readers themselves. I had no idea how much joy it would give me to hear that I improved someone’s afternoon, week, or life with my words, but it’s a truly amazing feeling.
What’s the hardest part about being a writer?
Writing is a very personal thing. Done alone, hobbit style, you pretty much crack open your soul and try to describe it to strangers, and then hope they think it’s pretty. It’s a challenge to ward off doubt—to stay confident that someone WILL LIKE THIS BOOK. Related, it’s hard to hear negative reviews. But when you become a writer, they give you this salve to help you grow thick skin, so that helps.
When and where do you write?
My favorite place to write is in my office, which is light gray with white and red furniture and mustard yellow accents, and has a wall of built-in bookshelves. My favorite time of day to write is in the early morning, when everyone else is still asleep. I’m definitely not a night writer. Or Knight Rider. But I do like the band Night Ranger.
What is your favorite book?
Ah, the impossible question. Well…
In high school, I loved Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Lamb by Christopher Moore tickles my funny bone. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor makes me want to up my game. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater is lyrical and lovely. The Passage by Justin Cronin and World War Z by Max Brooks sucked me in, scared the crap out of me, and spit me back out. I was charmed by the geekery of Patrick Rothfuss’ Kingkiller Chronicles. I devoured Holly Black’s Curse Worker series, and was captivated by Neil Gaiman’s Stardust and Graveyard Book. Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why is something every teen should read.
I guess if I had to choose one, though, it’d be The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Narrated by Death, the story is about a young girl’s life in Nazi Germany. It’s beautiful and surprisingly hopeful despite the very heavy content. It’s my number one most recommended book.