Today, I’m thrilled to be a part of the blog tour for They All Fall Down, written by Cat Hogan. In the interest of full disclosure, I haven’t read They All Fall Down, YET!!! It’s on my shelves ready and waiting though! 🙂
About the author:
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.
Find Cat on Twitter: @Kittycathogan
And on Facebook: Catherina Hogan Wordsmith
About the book:
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.
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And without further ado, onto the questions 🙂
Bookish ones first:
Can you tell me a little about your journey to publication?
It was a quick one! Within a year of the first draft, They All Fall Down was on the shelves. It has been such a whirlwind really; I’ve barely had time to catch my breath. I love every minute of it all so far and I have met an amazing bunch of people.
What made you choose to write a psychological thriller?
Funnily enough- that happened by accident. I thought I would be lighter than that and funny – but no, my subconscious took over very early and the story started. It was dark. I think I censored myself a bit- it could have been a lot more twisted. In effect, the genre chose me. The next couple of books are darker. I think I have found my voice.
How would you describe They All Fall Down to readers who have yet to pick it up?
They All Fall Down is set in Ireland and tells the story of six people. Eoin Colfer has described it as ‘an intoxicating cocktail of psychological thriller and emotional roller coaster’. It explores the depths of flawed human nature, the thin line between love and obsession and the destructive nature of addiction. It doesn’t fit neatly into any genre per se- but it’s a great story.
What’s your most favourite thing about being an author?
I’m a bookworm- always have been and books always came before the writing. I LOVE getting so engrossed in a book you lose hours and before you know it, it’s three in the morning. You just have to read one more chapter.
My favourite thing about being an author is getting messages to that effect from people. Readers have skipped dinner, ignored the kids and stayed up half the night- just because they couldn’t put my book down. That to me is magic.
What’s your least favourite thing about being an author?
The crippling self-doubt! It was all fine and dandy when I was sitting at my kitchen table in the small hours, writing the book and dreaming about getting a book deal and hitting the best seller list. Then it happened and the book is out there for all to see, and all to have an opinion about!!!
So far, the reviews have been really great and readers are excited to see what comes next. That’s pressure- now people have an expectation and the next book has to be better. I’m nervous about that. I know I can do it, but it still keeps me awake at night.
Where do you see your writing career 5 years from now?
Book ten will be completed and I’ll still have a head full of ideas. There will be a movie- of that I am sure. It’s on the vision board- it will happen! Graham Norton’s couch will be visited!! Would love to have a couple of plays doing the circuit as well. Book signings all over the globe- and of course, a house in the sticks.
If you are going to dream- dream big! And then just GSD ( get sh*t done- my catchphrase, along with HFS, holy flying sh*tballs- if you hear me saying that, you know big news is coming! )
What’s next for you?
Next on the cards for me is a tour of the Great Lighthouses of Ireland. As a nod to my late father, who worked for Irish Lights until his sudden death in 2001, all I wanted on the cover of the book was a lighthouse- hence the location of They All Fall Down. You can imagine my surprise when the first publisher to come back to me was Poolbeg- I had my lighthouse after all. I have been in touch with CIL and I am going to use the lighthouses of Ireland as a writers retreat over the winter. I’ve gone from visualising a lighthouse on the cover of my book to writing a book in one. I think Dad would be proud, he spent his life maintaining the lighthouses and bouys around our coast, keeping all seafarers safe, and now I will sit in those same lighthouses, writing the next best seller.
Less bookish questions:
I saw somewhere recently that you describe yourself as a bibliophile (high five for that!), so can you tell me your all time favourite book, or if you have to, your top 5?
Kate- that is a really cruel question. How can you expect me to choose? There are too many to choose from and so many I have yet to read. I’m going to play the game here and list 5 books I couldn’t live without.
- Stephen King, ‘On Writing’- this book saved my sanity. Since I was a teenager, I have loved SK. He’s a genius. This book- a combination of his memoirs and writing advice is gold.
- Wally Lamb, ‘I Know This Much is True.’ If you haven’t read his work, you are missing out. A gifted writer and the characters stay in your head for a long time.
- Anthony Bourdain, ‘Kitchen Confidential’ – My background is in hospitality. I trained in hotel management and spent years in hotels, restaurants and bars. This book is hilarious and anyone who has worked in the industry can certainly identify.
- Edgar Allen Poe- any of his work/ all of his work. I started reading him as a young teen. He’s dark and a bit twisted. Just how I like it.
- Craig Shrives, ‘Writing with Military Precision’, the only grammar guide ever to make me laugh out loud.
Now that I have started, I could talk all day. I love books in all different genres. Not a huge fan of the classics. I DETEST ‘Emma’ by Jane Austen- I think that might be PTSD from school though. One of these days, I’ll give it another go.
Has there been any books you’ve read that you wish you had written?
Maybe the Bible? Best selling book of all time.
When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
It’s a mad house here most of the time. I have two small boys: Joey (11) and Baby Arthur (3). When I’m not doing school runs, or washing, or cleaning or trying to catch up with friends over coffee, I love to cook. It’s my therapy. As I mentioned, I spent years in catering including training in kitchens. I love food and everything about it from growing to cooking. I’m at my happiest when I have a few friends over for dinner and a good bottle of red.
My partner is a musician so the other big love in this house is music. A lot of his friends stay with us when they are passing through on tour. At the moment, there are four guitars, a base, a cahone and a banjo resting against the wall in the sitting room.
Have you any hobbies that aren’t book-related?
See above ☺
What’s your favourite holiday destination?
I went to Madrid last year with my friend for 5 days. We stayed in a little apartment right in the city centre and I fell in love with the place. Everything about it. Everything.
In my head at the moment, I am in Marakesh. A trip might be on the cards sooner rather than later- research 😉
It would be easier to tell you the foods I hate. Sardines and chicken liver pate- Yeugh. On principle I will not eat foie gras, veal or eggs other than free range. I struggle with lamb as well.
If I had to pick one food to eat right now, it would be my mam’s roast beef lunch.
Tea, tea, tea and more tea. I could not survive without it. I do like a really good red wine with a meal as well. I don’t drink as much water as I should- it’s just boring. Give me a cup of really strong tea with a little bit of sugar and a splash of milk, I’ll be your friend!!
Huge thanks to the lovely Cat Hogan for joining me today. It’s been fun! if you want to catch up on the blog tour here’s the poster! 😉