I am so excited to bring you my first ever author interview, I can only hope it is not the last.
On the blog today I’m talking to Cale Dietrich, author of The Love Interest and the upcoming Chaos Boys. We chat about the switch from The Tower to Chaos Boys, what fuels Cale’s writing and more!
First off thank you so much for doing this!
Omgosh, thank you so much for having me! I’m so happy to be here.
1. You’ve spoken a little about the change from The Tower being up next to Chaos Boys but for those who aren’t on Twitter or aware of it what prompted the change?
Ahh good question! So, the general rundown of it was that I sold The Tower on proposal – it’s been an idea I’ve had in my head for quite a while, and so I told my editor about it, and she loved the sound of it and gave me the go ahead to write it. But when I started working on it, something felt off – it’s a hard feeling to explain, but it didn’t feel right as my second book. Around this time, I had the idea for Chaos Boys, and I instantly fell in love with it. I wrote the first draft really quickly (in the exact same way that I did with TLI), and it just felt right as my second book, when The Tower wasn’t clicking. So I told my editor about the situation, and she was super on board with changing to the one I felt was the right move.
I hope this makes sense! It’s weird because writing is a mixture of art and business, and it’s so weird to explain it away with “it just didn’t feel like the thing I should be working on”, but that’s a huge part of it. Chaos Boys is undeniably the book that I should be working on right now, and I will forever be a little bit in love with my editor for letting me switch projects. I seriously couldn’t be happier that Chaos Boys is my second book, something about it just feels right.
2. In three words what can we expect in Chaos Boys? And will we still be seeing The Tower boys sometime in the future?
Ooh fun! Here it goes:
Running. Rooftops. Kissing.
As for the Tower boys – that’s totally possible! It’s still a project that I think could be so, so cool. I wouldn’t be surprised if it shows up again later in my career, but it’ll probably be a while.
3. Will Chaos Boys be a series or standalone? And if not do you ever think you’ll do a series one day?
I’m actually figuring that out at the moment! I would be so very down to making it a duology, but that totally depends on what my publisher thinks. CHAOS BOYS does wrap up and works as a standalone, but I have this idea to return to that world, because I love it so much. So we’ll see! So nothing is official at the moment because those conversations haven’t happened yet, but if Feiwel and Friends is excited about the idea, I’d love to do a sequel.
4. What’s been the best bit about seeing The Love Interest out in the world?
Oh my gosh, so many things come to mind! I think reader reactions have been my favourite thing so far. I freaking love talking about TLI, and it’s so awesome now that this thing that lived in my head and on my computer for a few years is now something I can talk to people about on Twitter / Instagram etc. It’s the best feeling when people send me reaction gifs to big plot moments, or tell me they identified with Caden etc.
5. What is the main thing you want readers to take away from your book(s)?
One of the biggest joys of being published has been seeing readers take different things from TLI, so I really like that everyone has different reactions / takes their own personal thing from it. But for the most part, I want people to feel empowered.
6. What does your writing space look like? Do you have a main drink/food that you reach for to fuel your writing?
Omg I freaking love this question! So I have a desk, with my mini TV and gaming consoles, then my laptop. Around it is a Glasshouse Candle and generally a coffee cup. And that kinda answers the food/drink question: because coffee. I drink soooo much coffee when writing! Chocolate also helps.
7. What have been your top 3 books of 2017?
Ahhhh there are so many I can’t even think where to start! I loved WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI, DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING, ONE OF US IS LYING, SPEAK OF ME AS I AM, DEAR MARTIN, THE HATE U GIVE, THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED, HISTORY IS ALL YOU LEFT ME, THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END, IF BIRDS FLY BACK, CARAVAL, GIRL WITH THE RED BALLOON, TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN, BOY ROBOT, AFTER THE FALL, GIRL OUT OF WATER and THE ART OF STARVING.
Also a 2018 book I loved is WHITE RABBIT! For non YA, I loved CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, FINAL GIRLS, THE SHADOW OF WHAT WAS LOST and THE VELVET RAGE.
(Sorry this is way more than three) xD
Thanks so much for such awesome questions! This was so much fun! 😀
About the Author
Cale Dietrich is a YA devotee, lifelong gamer, and tragic pop punk enthusiast. He was born in Perth, grew up on the Gold Coast, and now lives in Brisbane, Australia. The Love Interest is his first novel.
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