Wednesday, 28 January 2015

A chat with Catherine Doyle author of Vendetta

Today we're having a chat with new YA author Catherine Doyle about her debut novel Vendetta, the first in the Blood for Blood trilogy.

Vendetta is a contemporary Romeo and Juliet story set in present-day Chicago against the murky morality of the Mafia underworld. Gritty, real and totally compelling, it's the story of Sophia Gracewell who is faced with some very difficult choices when five brothers move into the abandoned mansion next door. Sophia is thrown into an unknown world of danger, love and revenge - can she decipher right from wrong and ultimate choose whether to follow her head or her heart? Or can she do both?



Catherine, thanks so much for taking time out of your hectic schedule to have a quick chat with us! First off, you're a huge fan of the YA genre, what are three books or series', that would you count amongst your favourites?

Assuming I can’t count Harry Potter (which is my all-time favourite book series EVER) since it’s technically not a YA, I would probably choose the following series:
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  • The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stievfater

These stories are exciting, magical and thoroughly engaging. And best of all, each book in the series is better than the one that preceded it!


Is there a character in the book that you identify particularly strongly with, or do you see parts of yourself in many of the characters?



I’m probably an amalgamation of Luca, Sophie and Valentino. I would say I identify most with Sophie because she’s just a normal girl who finds herself in a pretty extraordinary situation. Plus, we have the same sense of humour – a little bit sarcastic, a little bit silly.


One thing that stood out to us in the novel, was the sharp contrast between the light-hearted dalliances of the two young girls and a lingering suggestion of mystery, danger and menace - was this something that you worked hard to balance?

I think humour is such an important part of life. Instead of writing a book that was bogged down with heavy themes and dark settings, I decided to inject some lightness too, because I think it’s natural to see that dichotomy, and it makes the book, as a whole, a lot more accessible. The darkness was easy to instill because it comes with the boys and their background. Luckily, the lighter threads came out quite naturally in the friendship between Sophie and Millie, because it strongly resembles the kind of banter my friends and I have with each other, especially when one of us is feeling down.

We would absolutely love to see Vendetta being made into a movie. If the sky was the limit, have you given any thought to who you would see playing the parts of the main characters; Sophie, Nic and Luca?

Seeing Vendetta on the big screen would be a dream come true! I have definitely already done some fan-casting for it, because few things are as fun as googling hot actors in your spare time and imagining them in scenes from your book! I would love to see Sophie being played by someone like Chloe Grace Moretz (Kick-ass, If I stay). The boys are trickier, but I could see someone like Luke Pasqualino (Skins, The Musketeers) working quite well for Nic, and perhaps Torrance Coombs (Reign) or Francois Arnaud (The Borgias) for Luca.

As a new young, author it must be very exciting to have been signed up for a full trilogy. Have you finished all of the books and when might we expect to see them on bookshelves?

At the moment, Book Two is written and will be going through edits soon. It will be on the shelves in January 2016. Book Three will be out around the same time in 2017, and is currently simmering in my head!
Vendetta is available in all good book shops now, and you can find out more about Catherine on her website: www.catherinedoylebooks.com/  or follow her on twitter @doyle_cat

We hope you enjoyed reading! Who would you cast in the roles of Sophie, Nic and Luca? We're definitely in love with the idea of Torrance Coombs as Luca! 

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