We love Cat Doyle, whose Blood For Blood books have taken readers by storm! We’re delighted to have Cat taking part in today’s 5-4-3-2-1 to celebrate the January release of book 2 in the series, Inferno.
Five relationships you love reading about:
1. Sophie and her guardian, Charles Maxim, in Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell: There’s something so magical about the bond between eccentric scholar Charles Maxim and the little girl, Sophie, who he rescues from a deadly shipwreck that claims the life of her mother. The adoptive relationship is sweet and pure, and utterly heart-warming.
2. Blue and the four Raven Boys in The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stievfater. It’s really refreshing to read about a boy-girl dynamic (or in this case a girl-boy-boy-boy-boy dynamic) that doesn’t solely revolve around sexual tension. Each of Blue’s relationships with the boys is witty and warm. They are all uniquely different from one another and expertly fleshed out.
3. Love and Death in The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough. The relationship between the titular characters, Love and Death, is fascinating. Both appoint a player in a relationship, and watch over the blossoming romance from afar, subtly adjusting the hands of fate to turn the outcome in their favour. Their meetings and interactions along the way make the book a compelling read.
4. Khalid and Shahrzad in The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Adhieh. Inspired by A Thousand and One Nights, this is romance at its absolute best. I’m talking major swoons. The relationship between the two main protagonists has made it one of my favourite books of all time.
5. Seventeen-year-old Maggie Sanders and 10-year-old Ben in The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis. When sarcastic Maggie Sanders meets an abnormally intelligent and hilarious 10-year-old boy called Ben, her whole life starts to change. Together they embark on a friendship that is among the most entertaining and heart-warming relationships I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.
Four songs that sum up the last novel you wrote perfectly:
Eden by Hozier
Sirens by Cher Lloyd
Elastic Heart by Sia
Scars by James Bay
Three TV shows you can watch all day long (when not busy writing):
Downton Abbey: The Dowager Countess’ witty one-liners alone would keep this show afloat. She is one of the best characters on TV right now.
Peaky Blinders: Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy. Need I say more? We’re talking criminal gangs, corruption, family, secrets, romance, thrilling twists, and mile-a-minute pacing. This is the best thing I’ve ever seen on TV, EVER. And, as a side note, the cinematography is incredible.
Bojack Horseman: It’s a cartoon about a horse struggling with his declining fame, and it is possibly the weirdest and funniest show I’ve ever seen. It’s laugh-out-loud hilarious one minute, and punch-you-in-the-heart sad the next, and I love it.
Two pieces of advice you’d give yourself if you could travel back in time to before you became a published author:
1. Don’t be afraid to share your work with others. Find a critique group or a critique partner willing to give you honest feedback. Surround yourself with people who will firstly, help you believe in your work, and secondly, help you better your work.
2. To quote Take That, ‘Have a little paaatience.’ Take your time. Re-read, re-draft. Wait until the MS is as perfect as it can be. Don’t pull your hair out waiting to hear back from agents. Don’t lose sleep. Keep working, keep writing. Enjoy the quiet moments, and use them to your advantage.
One author you’d want with you if you were stranded on a desert island:
J.K. Rowling. She’d have no choice but to become my best friend! I bet she’d tell the best bedtime stories too.
INFERNO (BLOOD FOR BLOOD: Book 2) by Catherine Doyle is out now in paperback (£7.99, Chicken House)
Find out more at www.catherinedoylebooks.com