Today I am super excited to be on the blog tour for They All Fall Down by the lovely Cat Hogan. Cat approached me regarding taking part in her tour, and after seeing the lovely cover and reading the intriguing book description I knew I couldn’t say no. I was hoping to read They All Fall Down before the blog tour, but unfortunately I just havent been able to fit it in. Hopefully as you read this post I will have started reading it and I will be able to post my review shortly. In the meantime Cat very kindly answered some questions the book review café put to her, so here we are …….
Hi Cat thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Delighted to be here Lorraine! Thanks for having me.
I live in Ireland with my partner and my two little boys. My background was in Hospitality- for many years I worked in hotels and restaurants before becoming a full time writer. I write fiction by night and content for business during the day. It’s a busy house here in Wexford and there’s always something going on. Books came before writing for me. I am a true book worm and always have been.
For those readers who haven’t yet heard of you or your book They All Fall Down can you provide us with an introduction?
They All Fall Down is a face paced thriller exploring the depths of flawed human nature, the thin line between love and obsession and the destructive nature of addiction. The novel is set in Ireland. It looks at six characters, their effect on each other and the consequences of decisions. You also have Scott in the mix- an incredibly manipulative and intelligent character- He likes to play games.
Where did the idea for They All Fall Down come from?
When I started writing They All Fall Down, I had one character in mind. I knew where I wanted the story to be set. I thought the novel would be lighter but then Scott appeared and changed everything.
How do you research material for your book?
Most of my research came from reading- fiction and non-fiction. I researched personality disorders a lot but mostly online. I chatted to people- especially fishermen. I grew up near a fishing village but I’ve never actually been out at sea on a trawler. That’s the beauty of writing fiction- once you have the bones of your facts straight, you can let your imagination fly. I don’t have that same luxury in my day job- that writing is precise and structured. It’s a good work out for the brain having to use both sides like that.
Do you have any strange writing habits or rituals?
I like pen and paper. The laptop comes last. They All Fall Down started long hand in a note book. The character profiles were all done on paper. I like the feel of a pen rolling over paper- I find it therapeutic. I have several note books in my bag and can’t resist buying more- the prettier the better!
Most of They All Fall Down was drafted in coffee shops or on breaks in work. I hit a certain point in the book and I became obsessed. I couldn’t leave the characters in limbo and kept writing. Most of this was done at night, at my kitchen table after the boys went to bed.
Do you write an outline before you start writing?
For me, a book is all about characters. The plot is secondary to that. I wrote character profiles for all of them- right back to their childhoods, what they have in their fridge, their favourite colour. You name it- I knew it. As each character revealed themselves to me, I repeated the process. I knew them so well and they told the story for me. The book looks at issues we have all faced in one way or another. I simply turned up the heat on it.
How long did it take to get your first book published?
It all happened very quickly for me. I finished the book in June 2015. My heart lay with the traditional route to publishing rather than self publishing but I knew how hard it was and how long I would have to wait. The plan was to submit to agents and continue writing. If I hadn’t heard anything within 18 months, I would either consider self publishing or a change in career.
I didn’t have to wait long. Two months after I submitted my novel, I had an agent and three months after that I had a two book deal with Poolbeg press in Ireland. It was amazing and a dream come true but now the pressure is on to have the second book written to a deadline while promoting They All Fall Down. I’m a busy bee! The boys are on school holidays- it’s a real juggling act in the house at the moment.
What authors/books do you like to read in your spare time?
I love reading. For a short while (while I was in the middle of edits and preparation for publication day) the joy of reading left me. Every book I picked up I judged against mine, I studied how that author constructed sentences, how they used dialogue etc. It had to stop- my favourite pastime had turned into study. Now, I’m back to where I used to be. I read for pure pleasure and escapism.
I try my best to support fellow authors in Ireland and as soon as they launch a book I will buy it.
I do love Stephen King and Wally Lamb. I also love Harlan Coben. There are so many wonderful books and authors out there, it’s hard to choose.
What book are you reading now?
Right now, I have two on the go. ‘Red Dragon’ by Thomas Harris- not the first time I have read this one. I’m also reading ‘A Kiss Before Dying’ by Ira Levin. Edgar Allen Poe is on the TBR pile, as is Mike McCormack’s ‘Solar Bones.’
Are you able to tell me anything about your next book?
Well, at the moment I am sweating a little bit over book 2. It’s due back to my publisher in September ( yes- next month!!). I have been so busy with promo and the children, it’s hard to find the time to get down to writing.
What I can tell you is this- Book 2 will be darker, more twisty and more tense than They All Fall Down. Who knows… maybe our favourite characters might just reappear! Anything can happen.
About Cat Hogan
Cat Hogan was born into a home of bookworms and within spitting distance of the sea. Her father, Pat, a lightship man, instilled in her a love of the sea and the stars. Her mother, Mag, taught her how to read before she could walk. Writing, storytelling and a wild imagination is part of her DNA. The beautiful County Wexford, Ireland is home to Cat, her musician partner Dave, two beautiful sons Joey and Arthur, and her tomcat Jim Hawkins. There they live a life of storytelling, song and adventure. The other love of Cat’s life is food. A self-professed foodie, there is nothing she loves more than feeding a houseful of friends round her kitchen table. When she is not conjuring up imaginary friends, she can be found supporting local musicians and writers of which there is an abundance in her home town. One of her first endorsements for her novel is also her favourite and comes from fellow Wexfordian of Artemis Fowl fame. ’If the Gone Girl met the Girl on the Train, they would have come up with They All Fall Down’ -Eoin Colfer. They All Fall Down is Cat’s debut novel.
Links to Cat Hogan
Ring-a-ring o’ rosie . . .
… Someone wants to play.
… Who’s not playing the game?
… Now Someone must pay.
Jen Harper likes to play it safe. She is settling into life on the outskirts of a sleepy fishing village with her little boy, Danny. Life by the sea – just how she wanted it.
When she meets Andy, she feels the time has come to put her baggage and the scars of the past behind her. Then she is introduced to Scott, Andy’s best friend, and is stung by his obvious disdain for her. Why is Scott so protective of his best friend? What is the dark secret that threatens all of them?
In her attempt to find answers, Jen must confront her demons and push her relationships to their limits. By digging up the past, she puts Danny and herself in danger. Will she succeed in uncovering the truth before they all fall down?
Raw and energetic, They All Fall Down is a fast-paced and addictive novel exploring the depths of flawed human nature, the thin line between love and obsession and the destructive nature of addiction.
Print Length: 207 pages
Publisher: Poolbeg Press (1 July 2016)
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