Saturday, May 4, 2013

Author Interview: Kasie West

Today, I am so happy to have Kasie West on the blog to do an interview. I read and reviewed Pivot Piont a while back and loved it! You can see my review here!

Thanks so much for taking a minute to answer some questions for me.  I absolutely adored Pivot Point so I am so happy you agreed to answer a few questions for me!

This interview is already off to a great start. Flattery and everything. :) 

Pivot Point is told through alternating chapters between two different futures for the main character, Addison. This is one of the things I felt made the book unique. How/Why did you decide to tell the story this way?

Well, Pivot Point was inspired in part by the movie Sliding Doors (which also has to do with alternate realities based on a pivotal occurrence). So I always knew it was going to have alternate realities. I didn't know at first that I was going to do every other chapter, but with a story like this I knew the confusion factor could be high so I thought I'd better be consistent. And it worked so well with one reality setting up things for the other reality that I was glad I decided to do it this way. 
Tell us something interesting about Pivot Point that we should know before reading it that we won’t get from the description.

Pivot Point is a lot about friendship and how important the people we love are to our lives.
You have another book coming out this year, The Distance Between Us. How was writing it different from Pivot Point?  Can you tell us a little more about it?

It was definitely a bit easier than Pivot because I didn't have to deal with the alternate realities. It is also straight contemporary whereas Pivot has a paranormal element to it. And the main character in Distance is a little more sarcastic/snarky than Addie (Pivot Point's MC). 

The back of the book describes The Distance Between Us as Pride and Prejudice meets Pretty in Pink. I like that description a lot. It's basically about a girl who has a chip on her shoulder about rich people and so, of course, meets a cute rich boy who has to change her opinion. Does he change her opinion is the question? Can we have the dum-dum-dum beats here? :)
What can we expect from you next? Are you working on something now? (Please say the next book in the Pivot Point series.)

Book 2 of Pivot Point is already done and through copy edits and everything. So I'm waiting for the ARCs of those to come out. Yay! And I keep getting teased with the cover but I HAVEN'T SEEN IT YET. Want. :) So, no, I'm not working on Pivot Point 2. Right now I'm working on a totally new fun idea in the same genre as the Pivot Point series but not in the same world. I love it.

Is there a moment that you can pinpoint and say, “that’s why I decided I wanted to be a writer?” If so, when was that moment? What happened?

I've always loved books. I've been an avid reader for as long as I can remember. My parents always had at least one book on their nightstands and I always stole those books. I never thought I was going to be a writer. But one day (maybe about 8 years ago) when I was reading, my husband looked at me and said, 'I bet you could write a book.' And I must've been secretly harboring this same thought because I immediately thought, 'I think he might be right.'
If being a writer wasn’t an option, what would your dream job be?

I'm a mother of four and that is my favorite dream job. But I also went to school to teach so I think it would be fun to be a teacher.
Avid readers’ favorite books seem to change week to week based on what they’ve read recently or what kind of mood they are in (at least that’s how I am) What’s your favorite book right now?

This is so true. My favorite book changes weekly and is usually the book I'm reading at the time. :) Right now I'm reading (and loving) GOING VINTAGE by Lindsey Leavitt AND (yes, I'm reading more than one book right now. I never used to do that but I do now. Is it because I'm too lazy to walk in the other room and grab my book so I need one in every room? I have no idea but it seems to be working) ROOTLESS by Chris Howard.

I believe that all good writers have something they want readers to take away from their books. What do you want readers to take away from yours?

The choices we make are so important and can define us and who we are.
Now, on to the this or that portion of the interview. If at any time you don’t have a preference you can choose neither.

This or that:

Coke or Pepsi: Mountain Dew
Chocolate or Vanilla: Always chocolate
Early Bird or Night Owl: Night Owl
Harry Potter or Twilight: Hmm....that's a hard one. I like them both for different reasons.
Answer to Previous or The Hunger Games: Ha. Same answer.
Vampires or Werewolves: Vampires
Zombies or Unicorns: Unicorns
Twitter or Facebook: Twitter
Ebook or print: Print

Thanks so much for having me and for the great questions! 

Thank you! Also, we could totally be BFFs based on our answers to the This or That portion! Mountain Dew, Chocolate, Night Owl,'s meant to be! :) 

About the Book

Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier . . .

Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.

Buy Pivot Point


  1. Pivot Point sounds so good! Also, Ms. West's answer to Chocolate or Vanilla is spot on. :)

    1. It is amazing! You definitely need to read it!

  2. Great interview and so jealous you got to interview Kasie West! I cannot WAIT until The Distance Between Us :D

    1. I know! I am so excited for The Distance Between Us!

  3. I loooooved Pivot Point and can't wait for The Distance Between Us. Great interview! I never thought about how hard it must have been to write switching realities every other chapter. You're awesome! I loved the cover of book one so I can't wait to see what they do with book two.

    1. Pivot Point was amazing, right? I am so excited for The Distance Between Us! I'm sure the cover for book two will be amazing as well!

  4. Her husband is very smart. ;) Excited to hear book 2 is done and I LOVE snark MC's so I can't wait to read The Distance Between Us. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I know when she said book 2 was done I was like OMG I need it now! lol. I'm excited for The Distance Between Us as well!


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