Wednesday, September 4, 2013

2013 Debut Authors Bash: Kasie West

Welcome to my stop on the 2013 Debut Authors Bash, hosted by Y.A. Reads! Here you will find my interview of the amazing author, Kasie West (which includes her Pivot Point Love List), three things we can look forward to in its sequel, Split Second, and the answer to question we've all been wondering about the author herself! 


KASIE WEST is a young adult author published with HarperTeen. Her debut, PIVOT POINT, released in February 2013, and its sequel, SPLIT SECOND, releases in February 2014. She also has a YA contemporary which released this summer, entitled THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US. She graduated from Fresno State University with a BA degree that has nothing to do with writing, and earned her masters in Junior Mint eating (which is awarded after eating your millionth King Size box - she's now working on her PhD). She loves sappy alternative rock ballads and reading way past her bedtime.

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Pivot Point (Pivot Point, #1)

Title: Pivot Point (Pivot Point #1)
Release Date: February 12, 2013


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.

(You can read my review of Pivot Point here.)


Pivot Point in one sentence:

Pivot Point is about a girl who has the power, when faced with a choice, to see two futures.
What was the initial spark that created Pivot Point

This book was inspired by the movie Sliding Doors. I love that movie. It’s so intriguing to me to think that one little missed train or simple choice can change the path of our lives. I thought it would be fun to explore the possibilities of a girl who could actually control seeing her alternate realities.

Who was your favorite character to write in Pivot Point, and why? Who was your least favorite?

My favorite character to write was Duke. He is such a ham. He was so easy to write. Every time he was on the page, words just flowed. Trevor on the other hand was a big butt to write. It was harder to get inside his head and understand how he would react to or view things. But you know how they say that you appreciate the things you worked the hardest for?….yeah, I love Trevor.

What were some of the subjects you researched for Pivot Point

I researched Texas. I even visited Texas. What an awesome place. I also researched some of the advances in technology to try to figure out what a world of advanced minds might look like. Some of the things I researched but didn’t necessarily use were real life people claiming to have superhero-like abilities. Have you ever seen that show? I can’t even remember what it’s called now. It should just be called “Awesome” because it’s so crazy/cool to see what people can do that seems to be almost an advancement in genetics. I like thinking about what the next step in an advanced brain might equate to as far as abilities. 

Kasie West's Pivot Point Love List - Top 5 
  • I love the friendship between Laila and Addie in Pivot Point. Best friends are super important.
  • My favorite scene: (I’ll try to keep it spoiler-free) When a certain boy tells Addie that there’s no way she would pick a certain path. That everything is going to be okay. Love him for that.
  • A movie-watching scene with the other boy.     
  • Addie’s love of books and relating them to her life.
  • Getting to use the words ‘hairless cat’ in a book. Ha.

You announced earlier this year that Pivot Point is to have a sequel: Split Second! What are three things we can look forward to in its pages?

I’m so excited about Split Second! I love this book. 3 things I hope you love about it as much as I do: 
  1. A hot new boy.
  2. Falling in love all over again.
  3. Secrets revealed.

You released another book this year: The Distance Between Us. Tells us about it!

The Distance Between Us is a contemporary romantic comedy. I always cringe using the word “comedy” because I feel like I’m saying, “I’m so funny. Now laugh, people.” So maybe what I should say is that I hope it makes you laugh and smile and feel giddy. It’s about a girl who works in a porcelain doll store and meets a rich boy. She has no patience for the rich based on a lifetime of experience. So of course we all know that this rich boy has to change her mind.   

Final (and most important) question: You openly admit to having a Junior Mint addiction. When and how did it start?

Ha. This is the most important question. Yes, I’m an addict. I have loved them for as long as I can remember. I mean, who does not love the perfect combination of mint and chocolate? (If you don’t, just don’t tell me.) When I was little I was the mint chocolate chip ice cream lover. When I discovered Junior Mints though, there was no turning back. A friend texted me the other day and said, “Kasie, have you tried freezing Jr. Mints?” I laughed long and loud then told her I might as well have invented that. It’s like she thought I was a Jr. Mints amateur or something (love you, Jenny). If I could use Jr. Mints as a topping on any and all things, I would. Unfortunately, it doesn’t necessarily enhance all food.

Congratulations on your debut, and thank you for being on my blog! I hope you had fun! :)

Thank you for having me! Great questions! They were fun to answer. :)

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The 2013 Debut Authors Bash blog tour continues all this month - be sure to check out all the stops to find out more about this year's debut authors!

September 1st
YaReads - Geoffrey Girard
Swoony Boys Podcast - Jane Nickerson
Kristi's Book Readery - Page Morgan
September 2nd
Book Bandit - Laura Lam
The Word Mineur - Mindee Arnett
My Friends Are Fiction - Samantha Shannon
September 3rd
Nose Graze - Jessica Verdi
Between Printed Pages - L. M. Augustine
You've Been Blogged! - Jody Casella
September 4th
Skye's Scribblings - Kasie West
Lose Time Reading - Emily Murdoch
The Eater of Books - Kelsey Sutton
September 5th
Book. Blog. Bake - Lauren Miller
Bookend 2 Bookend - Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
Musings of a Blogder - Heather Reid
September 6th
Magical Manuscripts - Shaunta Grimes
The Reading Vixens - Sarah Ashley Jones
September 7th
Books for Birds - April Genevieve Tucholke
Book Blather - Romily Bernard
September 8th
Inspiring Insomnia - Stephanie Kuehn
September 9th
Kissed by Ink - Ellen Oh
Sleeps on Tables - J.R. Johansson
Always YA at Heart - Amanda Sun
September 10th
Lisa Loves Lit - A.G. Howard
whYAnot Reviews - Liz Fichera
Samantha Clark - Claire M. Caterer
September 11th
Rampant Readers - Leah Miller
Emily's Crammed Bookshelf - T. Michael Martin
September 12th
The Uninterrupted Reader - Cat Winters
The Book Beacon - Christina Mercer
September 13th
Read & Reviewed - Lindsay Ribar
Paranormal Book Club - Kit Grindstaff
September 14th
Books as You Know it - Mary Gray
Paranormal Reads - Elsie Chapman
Bibliophilia, Please - Helen Douglas
September 15th
The Book Cellar - Erin Bowman
Fantasy Book Addict - Miriam Forster
September 16th
Pond Across the Pond - Laurie Crompton
YaReads - Debra Driza
September 17th
Teen Librarian Toolbox - Mindy McGinnis
Le'Book Squirrel - Kimberly Ann Miller
Finding Bliss in Books - Lydia Kang
September 18th
Rachel Reads - Errica Lorraine Scheidt
Kentucky Geek Girl - Holly Smale
September 19th
Turning Pages - Amy Butler Greenfield
September 20th
Synchronized Reading - J.L Spelbring
Reading is My Treasure - Kristin Halbrook
A&C Book Junkies - Carey Corp
September 21st
Playing Jokers - Lenore Appelhans
Lizzie's Dark Fiction - Elizabeth May
September 22nd
Sandwich Making Book Bitches - Anne Applegate
Little Bookwork Reviews - Jennifer Iacopelli
September 23rd
Moosubi Reviews - Megan Shepherd
Little Miss Trainwreck - Julianna Scott
September 24th
Fictionators - Emma Trevayne
September 25th
Breath of Books - Steven dos Santos
Jennzah - Chelsea Pitcher
September 26th
Nightly Reading - Liz Coley
Pandora's Books - Kelly A. Barson
September 27th
Forever 17 Books - Amie Kaufman
My Bookopolis - Jamie Blair
September 28th
Nick's Book Blog - Jennifer McGowan
Curling Up with a Good Book - Leila Howland
September 29th
Ex Libris - Mindy Raf
September 30th
YaReads - J.J. Howard
Fiction Freak - Kate Karyus Quinn


  1. Darn you both for making me crave chocolate! Lol. Just read TDBU and I loved it! :-)

  2. LOVED Pivot Point and I am so psyched for the sequel!

  3. Great interview! I'm really looking forward to reading PIVOT POINT.

    Thanks for hosting!

  4. I have been wanting to read Pivot Point for a while! I think I finally need to read it!

  5. Nice interview. :)

    I haven't read either of Kasie West's books, but I really want to read The Distance Between Us!