Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Cat Clarke Blog Tour

Today, Cat Clarke is stopping off at The Mile Long Bookshelf for part of her blog tour :) We have a  video, an extract of her book Entangled and even an interview with her! Hmmm. I think I'll start with the awesome trailer...

I love the song that goes with it too - somehow it manages to sum up the whole book without using words. :) If you want to know more detail about the book though, here's the extract!

The same questions whirl round and round in my head:
What does he want from me?
How could I have let this happen?

17-year-old Grace wakes up in a white room, with table, pens and paper - and no clue how she got there.

As Grace pours her tangled life onto the page, she is forced to remember everything she's tried to forget. There's falling hopelessly in love with the gorgeous Nat, and the unravelling of her relationship with her best friend Sal. But there's something missing. As hard as she's trying to remember, is there something she just can't see?

It is a must-read, seriously!  A.M.A.Z.I.N.G And so is the author, Cat Clarke! She's really nice, as you can tell from her interview.

What actually inspired you to write Entangled, and how did you come up with the title?

I got the idea for Entangled in an English Language A-level exam, but I didn’t get around to writing the book for YEARS. The book’s turned out very different from that initial idea though – you wouldn’t even recognize it! As for the title, my lovely editor came up with it. I take no credit whatsoever.

What do you think the best song would be to accompany Entangled?

My number one Entangled song is Thnks fr th mmrs by Fall Out Boy. The lyrics don’t have anything to do with the book, but the atmosphere is perfect. Whenever I listen to it I get a real sense of impending doom, which is exactly the feeling I get from the story. The video for the song is all wrong though. It has monkeys in it.

What music do you like to listen to while writing?

I HAVE to listen to music while I write – often the same album on repeat for days and days (my poor neighbours!). My favourites for Entangled were The All-American Rejects, Fall Out Boy, Jack’s Mannequin, Elliot Minor and Cute is What We Aim For.

Random question - if you could have a famous grandma, who would it be? Dead or alive. :)

That IS a random question. I think I’d go for Maya Angelou. She would have some great stories to tell in front of a roaring fire.

Tell us one random fact about you.

I’m completely obsessed with sharks.

What is the best book you have ever read? (Except your own.)

Now that’s a tough one. Can I have two? To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee) and A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving). The second one is a recent read for me, but I’ve never felt such awe whilst reading a book.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be.

New York City! My favourite place in the world. I think it must be a great place to be a writer – all those coffee shops, interesting people, culture... and I could eat Korean food to my heart’s content. And Mexican food. And mac and cheese.

Did anyone in particular inspire you to start writing?

Christopher Pike. I started reading his books when I was about 12 – I LOVED them. I decided I wanted to write Christopher Pike books, but then I realized this wouldn’t be possible since I wasn’t actually, y’know, Christopher Pike.

How old were you when you discovered you wanted to be an author?

When I was about 13 – after I’d read a fair few Christopher Pike books. I realized I wanted to write, but I couldn’t be bothered to write anything. It was a couple of years before I put pen to paper and wrote a couple of pages of terrible faux Pike fiction.

Have you got any tips for aspiring writers?

I’d recommend writing. That always helps. It’s much easier talking about it than actually doing it. And I’d recommend you write as often as you can – which is something I’m still working on. Also, you should read lots and lots of books. You’ll learn just as much from the bad ones as you will from the good ones.

Fruit or Vegetables:
Vegetables (especially aubergine).

Tea or Coffee:
Tea – and lots of it.

Reading or Writing:
WHAT?! Impossible. They go hand in hand, like Posh and Becks.

Facebook or Twitter:
Twitter. Words cannot express how much I love Twitter.

Pink or Yellow:
Thanks for having me on your blog, Amber!

Read my review of  Entangled HERE, or buy a copy (you should) HERE.

Entangled will be published on the 6th January which is 4 weeks exactly today!


  1. This book looks really awesome. I love the cover!

  2. This is all wonderful! Especially the parts about Fall Out Boy. :)
    Thanks, Amber and Cat - I loved reading this!


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