Friday, August 9, 2013

Author Spotlight on...Cat Patrick

This is the first post in a new feature I'm calling "Author Spotlight on..." Many times I find favorite authors who have written multiple books I love and recommend all the time, and I want to feature those authors with all of their titles so you know about them and what books to look for, especially if it's an author you might not be familiar with. Rather than focusing on just one book, this will focus on the author's body of work.
one of my favorite contemporary writers with a sci-fi twist

What do I love about Cat?
-She writes standalones.
-She writes books that read as contemporary realistic fiction, but have a sci-fi twist.
-She writes smart books.
-She writes the most genuinely nice guys in YA.
-She has the best first date scenes.
-She writes books that I don't want to stop reading.
Cat on Facebook

I asked Cat the same question I'll ask each Spotlight author:
What do you hope readers take away from your books?
The desire to eat sweet potato French fries. 

Okay, maybe not literally, but symbolically at least. I’ve eaten my weight in sweet potato fries recently—most notably during amazing writing weekends with a dear author friend. That in mind, here’s what sweet potato fries mean to me: 

Inspiration. I want people to set down my books and think, “If she can do it, so can I.” (And that doesn’t have to be about writing: The “can do” can be about anything from playing the tuba to learning to juggle.

Adventurousness. I try to make my main characters a little bit adventurous, in a positive way that I hope is catching. Why have regular fries when you can eat the sweet potato kind? 

Kindness. It’s easy to be hard on the person in the mirror: To blame him or her for not acting or looking a certain way—or for something as simple as eating too much fried deliciousness. I hope that my books leave people with an inclination to be kind, not only to others, but to themselves, too.

I absolutely recommend that you get your hands on Cat Patrick's books if you haven't yet.
I'd love to hear what you think! 
FORGOTTEN (her debut novel)
Release Date: June 7, 2011
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Number of Pages: 304
Each night at precisely 4:33 am, while sixteen-year-old London Lane is asleep, her memory of that day is erased. In the morning, all she can "remember" are events from her future. London is used to relying on reminder notes and a trusted friend to get through the day, but things get complicated when a new boy at school enters the picture. Luke Henry is not someone you'd easily forget, yet try as she might, London can't find him in her memories of things to come.

When London starts experiencing disturbing flashbacks, or flash-forwards, as the case may be, she realizes it's time to learn about the past she keeps forgetting-before it destroys her future.

Release Date: May 8, 2012
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Number of Pages: 352
It started with a bus crash.

Daisy Appleby was a little girl when it happened, and she barely remembers the accident or being brought back to life. At that moment, though, she became one of the first subjects in a covert government program that tests a drug called Revive.

Now fifteen, Daisy has died and been Revived five times. Each death means a new name, a new city, a new identity. The only constant in Daisy's life is constant change.

Then Daisy meets Matt and Audrey McKean, charismatic siblings who quickly become her first real friends. But if she's ever to have a normal life, Daisy must escape from an experiment that's much larger--and more sinister--than she ever imagined.

From its striking first chapter to its emotionally charged ending, Cat Patrick's Revived is a riveting story about what happens when life and death collide.

Release Date: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Number of Pages: 304
A riveting new story from Cat Patrick, author of Forgotten and Revived.

17-year-olds Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey Best grew up as identical triplets... until they discovered a shocking family secret. They're actually closer than sisters, they're clones. Hiding from a government agency that would expose them, the Best family appears to consist of a single mother with one daughter named Elizabeth. Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey take turns going to school, attending social engagements, and a group mindset has always been a de facto part of life...

Then Lizzie meets Sean Kelly, a guy who seems to see into her very soul. As their relationship develops, Lizzie realizes that she's not a carbon copy of her sisters; she's an individual with unique dreams and desires, and digging deeper into her background, Lizzie begins to dismantle the delicate balance of an unusual family that only science could have created.

JUST LIKE FATE (co-written with Suzanne Young)
Release Date: August 27, 2013
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Number of Pages: 304
Caroline is at a crossroads. Her grandmother is sick, maybe dying. Like the rest of her family, Caroline's been at Gram's bedside since her stroke. With the pressure building, all Caroline wants to do is escape--both her family and the reality of Gram's failing health. So when Caroline's best friend offers to take her to a party one fateful Friday night, she must choose: stay by Gram's side, or go to the party and live her life.

The consequence of this one decision will split Caroline's fate into two separate paths--and she's about to live them both.

Friendships are tested and family drama hits an all-new high as Caroline attempts to rebuild old relationships, and even make a few new ones. If she stays, her longtime crush, Joel, might finally notice her, but if she goes, Chris, the charming college boy, might prove to be everything she's ever wanted.

Though there are two distinct ways for her fate to unfold, there is only one happy ending...

For more fabulous authors, check out Sarah's Author Love feature at her blog, YA Love.

1 comment:

  1. I finished reading Just Like Fate this weekend and really enjoyed the concept. I'm also curious to check out The Originals.