Author Interview: THE BOY WHO STEALS HOUSES, C.G. Drews

by | 5 April 2019 | Books | 8 comments

Hold your hats, ladies and gents, a new book has come to town and it’s set to blast you out of the water! 😍


The new(ish), and absolutely amazing C.G. Drews, author of A Thousand Perfect Notes, has just released her second book! Not to be confused with To Best the Boys (the amount of times I’ve accidentally said or typed these two titles the wrong way around is ridiculous), The Boy Who Steals Houses is taking the spotlight today!


I’m absolutely looking forward to reading this novel because GUYS, IT SOUNDS SO GOOD. I looove A Thousand Perfect Notes and I’ve pre-ordered The Boy Who Steals Houses, so don’t mind me now as I’m just avidly watching my mailbox. 😆

Don’t even get me started on the gorgeous cover and how aesthetic it is. Yellow and blue! All the keys! *happy bookworm sigh*


I’m so excited to have a little interview with Cait to share with you guys today! It was soo much fun, so I hope you enjoy it too. But first, a little bit about the star of the show.

Can two broken boys find their perfect home?

Sam is only fifteen but he and his autistic older brother, Avery, have been abandoned by every relative he’s ever known. Now Sam’s trying to build a new life for them. He survives by breaking into empty houses when their owners are away, until one day he’s caught out when a family returns home. To his amazement this large, chaotic family takes him under their wing – each teenager assuming Sam is a friend of another sibling. Sam finds himself inextricably caught up in their life, and falling for the beautiful Moxie.

But Sam has a secret, and his past is about to catch up with him.


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Hey Cait! Thank you so much for being here today. We’ll get to bookish topics soon but I have to know your answer for this question first, from one Aussie to another: do you like Vegemite?

Thanks so much for having me, Jane! And oh wow, I haven’t had vegemite in absolutely years…but I like it on toast! I’ve heard of vegemite chocolate and I’m not…so uh sold on that idea.


Whoever invented Vegemite chocolate went a little too far in the craze, to be honest. 😂

Keeping with the food theme, do you drink any sort of beverage while writing, and if you do, what is your go-to?

I tend to use food or a hot drink as my reward for finishing a chapter…and also because my laptop keyboard is getting real sick of my crumbs. But I am fond of chai and hot chocolates. Coffee smells great but the rest of it is a lie.


Chai buddies for life! I probably shouldn’t drink quite as much of it as I do…

Your second son, The Boy Who Steals Houses, is going out into the world, so I feel like this is a bit fitting. When Sam, Avery, and/or the De Laineys meet someone new, how would they introduce themselves? (e.g. ‘hi’, ‘hey’, ‘wait who are you’, ‘I’m Sam’)

The actual first words Sam ever says to Moxie De Lainey are: “I was just leaving.” I laugh looking back at this because not only do they never exchange those first “hellos” but, that line encaptures Sam’s entire soul. He is always just leaving…but he can’t quite make himself go.


Aww, I love that! Sam has already stolen my heart so be right back while I go stare at my mailbox for a few hours waiting for the book to arrive. 😛

If The Boy Who Steals Houses was a movie, who would you cast as Sam and Moxie, and what would the credits song be?

I’m terrible at fancasting! I blame it on the fact that I rarely watch movies (there are so many books to read), and if I do it’s like a Marvel movie or Game of Thrones. But I always felt the song ‘Brother’ by Kodaline captures my book perfectly.


I looooove that song so much!! Also, brother relationships may or may not be one of my FAVOURITE things in fiction. 😍

What was the strangest bit of research you did for The Boy Who Steals Houses?

I did research how to pick locks…which I’m sure is a useful life skill to have and not, um, at all a worry…


You never know when you might need to pick a lock, am I right? 😏

If your two books were seasons, which would they be?

The Boy Who Steals Houses is set over the summer holidays and A Thousand Perfect Notes is set at the cusp of autumn. They fit in a poetic way, since ATPN is a slow descent into darkness and TBWSH is like a stolen summer paradise. But also the secret truth is I set my stories in whatever season it is for me while I’m writing haha. (oops.)


Ahh, that’s the best! 😂 (I’ve totally done that too actually.)

If you had to take the place of one of your characters (from either of your published books), who would it be and why?

I think I could handle being a De Lainey! They’re a loud and messy family, their lives a tangle of activity and bickering banter, and I think (like Sam) I could slot quietly in there and watch the delightful chaos ensue.


I just have to say that the De Lainey family sounds amazing!! I can’t wait to meet them properly.

Now, last but not least, which do you think would be a better weapon to protect yourself from heartbroken fans: A Thousand Perfect Notes or The Boy Who Steals Houses?

I’m honestly curious to know which book readers find more heartbreaking. So far it’s been split opinions, with people yelling at me for the end of TBWSH but yelling at me just the entire time for ATPN. The general consensus is usually: “CAIT WHY.” Can I just, like, build a small fort of both my books and stay behind it? (I try to be nice, I do try!)


Once I read it, my reaction will also probably be “CAIT, WHY” so brace yourself for it now. 😂

Thank you so much for doing this, Cait! It was so fun to have you here and I CANNOT WAIT to read The Boy Who Steals Houses!


I hope you enjoyed that as much as I did! Go find Cait on her Instagram, Blog, or wherever else she can be found and give her some celebratory cake!


Have you read Cait’s books yet? What a book on your tbr which you’re particularly excited for? Let’s talk books!

Jane Maree

Jane Maree

Jane Maree is an Australian writer, adventurer at heart, beloved daughter of the King of Kings, and believer in at least six impossible things before breakfast. Raised on fairy tales, scraped knees, and makeshift swords, she has yet to outgrow any of them. In her day job, Jane teaches music and freelances as an editor, but by night she crafts daring stories of broken heroes overcoming extraordinary odds.


  1. S.F. Dekreel

    Well, I’m hooked. 😀

    Haven’t read her books before, but they sure sound fantastic. I’ll definitely check them out when I can.

  2. J.A.Penrose

    Agh. Jane. Stop flooding my TBR.

    And I loved it all! Agh. Sounds amaaazing. Again. xD

  3. Evelyn Kelly

    This was amazing. xD

    Aaaand I’ve been meaning to find a copy of both of her books.
    Thanks for the reminder. 😉

  4. Kendra Lynne @ The Wanderling

    Agh I HAVE to read this book!!! It sounds like a book that I would protect with my life and therefore a book I would love. I loved reading this interview! And wow chocolate vegemite sounds awful… as does vegemite itself… 😛

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  6. Sam Kowal

    I hesitate to ask this lest I betray my true ignorance and reveal that I’ve been in the dark all along…but what is Vegemite?

    All I know is that it is certainly not an American thing XD

  7. Amanda

    I have this book next to me right now and OH MY WORD I’M LOVING IT. the cover is also gorgeous, which I’m so glad about because I ADORED her last book but the cover didn’t do it justice. Can’t wait to get further into it.
    Amanda Brown | YOU ARE BELOVED

    • Jane Maree

      YESSSS!! Aahh, I love them both so much, and I’m honestly not sure if I liked ATPN or TBWSH better?? They’re both amazing.

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