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June 2, 2011

Cat Patrick: Most Vivid Memories

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Cat Patrick, author of FORGOTTEN, chats with Teenreads.com today about a few of her most vivid memories. FORGOTTEN is about 16 year-old London Lane, who goes to sleep, and her whole world disappears. In the morning, all that's left is a note telling her about a day she can't remember. Read on for Cat's clearest memories!

 

My novel, FORGOTTEN, is all about memory, so I thought I’d share a few of my most vivid memories. Some aren’t necessarily great, but I believe that all memories are worthy for one reason: they are part of who we are. We learn and grow from the bad ones just as much as we cherish the good.

That in mind, here’s my list:
 
Best Memory of All Time: The day my twin daughters were born. They arrived one minute apart and I’ll never forget the way they looked when they entered the world. My C was quietly serene—I say smiling—laid back and happy. My L was furious, fists balled, screaming, screaming, screaming. It was the best day of my life.
 
Saddest Memory: As an adult, my saddest memory was saying goodbye to my Grandma Lora before she died. As a kid, my saddest memory was sitting alone at the lunch table in third grade because I had no friends in my class (we had to eat with our class). Thankfully, I transferred the next year.
 
Most Memorable Breakup: There have been a lot of memorable breakups in my life but the one that stands out is being dumped via a typed letter when I was working 2,000 miles away from home—and was already incredibly homesick—one summer. I will never forget the killer line: “I don’t want to be your boyfriend.” Ouch. I’m happy to report that greener romantic pastures were ahead.  
 
Scariest Memory: When I was very young, I was at a friend’s grandma’s house that just happened to be across the street from the town cemetery. My friend’s much older siblings were watching one of the scariest movies of all time—Salem’s Lot—and after the movie, they had this genius idea to explore the graveyard at night. I followed along at first but my terror sent me running back to the house quickly. That said, I always picture the cemetery scene in FORGOTTEN in the stretch of the graveyard we visited that night. 
 
Sidebar: I just Googled “Salem’s Lot” to make sure it was the right movie…I’m going to have nightmares tonight!
 
Most Memorable Part of the Publishing Process: It’s all been amazing, but the most memorable moment was the day FORGOTTEN was sold. Several publishers bid on the novel, and I spent the waking hours a little dumbstruck about what was happening—that people actually wanted to buy my book—while also juggling the demands of drooling, giggling, just-barely-walking double trouble.
 
Most Romantic Memory: Sorry Hubby, but the one I remember most is from high school, when a boy who liked me sang “I Just Called to Say I Love You” on my answering machine. He confidently belted out the whole song a capella and had a lovely voice. It was simply sweet.
 
Funniest Memory: Here’s a secret about me: I love laughing. “Funny” has always been a top criteria for friends and boyfriends (Hubby is hilarious!). Because of this, choosing the funniest memory is a challenge. But a longtime friend just reminded me of one of the funniest times in my life. At some point in college, I acquired a cardboard cutout of a hot guy (I believe we called him Dave…for the purpose of this post, that’s what I’m going with). In addition to encouraging everyone I knew to take photos with Dave, I used to use him to startle my roommates when they least expected it. Remembering them jump at the sight of Dave lurking in their closets, hiding behind the shower curtain or waiting right outside their bedroom doors when they woke up in the morning still makes me giggle.
 
Good times!
 
Well, thanks for taking the time to read about some of my most vivid memories. I’d love to hear about yours either here, through my website, or on my Facebook or Twitter pages.
 
And don’t forget to check out FORGOTTEN, in stores June 2011. 
 
--- Cat Patrick