Can you describe The Lost and the Found in three words?
Disturbing, challenging, honest.
What’s the best thing about writing UKYA?
There are so many good things! When I was growing up, most of the books I read were set in the US. I loved reading about proms and cheerleaders and football players, which all seemed very glamorous and fascinating. But I would have liked to be able to read about something a bit closer to my own experiences. So now I feel extra lucky to be able to write about growing up in the UK. It may not be particularly glamorous, but hopefully it’s still interesting!
Another incredible thing is the amazing community of bloggers, readers and authors who are so passionate about the books. I HEART UKYA!
You can only read one UKYA book again for the rest of your life. Which book would it be and why?
This is possibly the meanest question I’ve ever been asked… Good work, Lucy! I’m going to go with LOOKING FOR JJ, by Anne Cassidy. It blew my mind when I read it around eight or nine years ago, and I still think about it often. A difficult subject, handled beautifully.
Other than writing, what’s your favourite thing about being a UKYA author?
That’s assuming that writing is my favourite thing about being an author… In the words of Dorothy Parker: ‘I hate writing, I love having written.’
There are lots of things I love about being an author: getting to hang out with my pets all day; being able to lounge around in the garden on the three days a year when the weather is decent in Scotland; meeting and talking to brilliant teenagers; having people ask if I’ve met JK Rowling and being able to say YES; that moment when an idea pops into your head that maybe, just maybe, might turn into a book one day.
Can you give us any clues about your next book?
My next book has evolved A LOT since I first came up with the idea, and it seems to still be evolving as we speak. I’m afraid all I can tell you at the moment is that the starting point was an idea I had years and years ago about something amazing happening at the same time as something terrible.
Thank you so much to Cat for answering all of my questions!
The Lost and the Found by Cat Clarke is out NOW from Quercus.
When six-year-old Laurel Logan was abducted, the only witness was her younger sister. Faith’s childhood was dominated by Laurel’s disappearance – from her parents’ broken marriage and the constant media attention to dealing with so-called friends who only ever wanted to talk about her sister.
Thirteen years later, a young woman is found in the garden of the Logans’ old house, disorientated and clutching the teddy bear Laurel was last seen with. Laurel is home at last, safe and sound. Faith always dreamed of getting her sister back, without ever truly believing it would happen. But a disturbing series of events leaves Faith increasingly isolated and paranoid, and before long she begins to wonder if everything that’s lost can be found again…