Sunday, November 3, 2013

Kasie West Interview and Giveaway!


Okay, today I have something really nice for you guys! Not only do I have reviews for you on Kasie West’s two awesome books, I also have an interview and giveaway!
Kasie West has written two books:

Pivot Point (PP)



The Distance Between Us




Goodreads on PP
Goodreads on Distance Between Us

The squeal to PP comes out in February 2014. It is called Split Second (SS). You can look at Goodreads over here.

The other books she has coming out soon are On the Fence and Fill In Boyfriend.
 

My quick review and summary of PP:


After Addie's parents spring the news of their divorce, she must chose who to live with. But Addie isn't your usual girl. She lives in a facility with all the others like her- those who have special mind powers. And Addie's power is the perfect thing in this case: she when she has to make a choice, she can look into the future and see the results of both paths.  But as her to paths each reap amazing rewards and deadly consequences, Addie's choice becomes harder and harder as she struggles to decide which path is the better of the two.

This is awesome. I loved how the two futures twisted together and they connected in so many different ways. The paranormal world is very believable and was very interesting to learn about. I also loved how the paranormal members referred to us “Norms”. Another bonus: the little word definitions before each chapter.

5 stars out of 5.

My quick review and summary of the Distance Between Us:

Her whole life, Caymen has lived in a town where half of the population is rich and the other half, including herself, lives to cater to their needs.  And she's learned not to trust the rich. But then she meets Xander, who might be the first person to ever really get her. But is Caymen ready to give up what she's been told so long and learn not to judge people based on the size of their bank account?

The story was great. It was very simple and very contemporary, but extremely addicting. The characters are realistic and the plot is exciting with lots of twists and turns.  This book is one I open up and read on a bad day or whenever I really just need a laugh.

I'll just say this: 5.5 out of 5.


Now for the...

Interview!


So Kasie, can you tell us three interesting things about you that people usually wouldn’t guess about you?

I don’t know if any of the three things I am about to impart will be “interesting” but they’ll have to do. ;)
If I’m awake and have to choose between sleeping or writing, I always choose writing. If I’m asleep and have to choose between continuing to sleep or writing, I always choose sleeping. Yes, my two favorite things are sleeping and writing. I wish I could do them both at the same time. I’ve tried. It doesn’t work.
I always have to have my toenails painted. The brighter the color the better.
I’m afraid of heights. In a big way. Even when I watch other people on a high place, I have a physical reaction.

How did you get into writing? Was it love at first word or did you not discover it until you got a little older?

I didn’t get into writing until about 7 years ago. When I was a teenager, I loved to read (still do). I had no idea I liked to write until I came up with an idea and tried to write it. Then I was bit by the writing bug and couldn’t stop.

Who are your role models?

I’m a big Sarah Dessen fan. More recently I’ve fallen in love with Stephanie Perkins. Love Gayle Foreman. You know, I just love books. There are way too many to name. Books in general inspire me.

What are you working on right now?

Right now I’m working on my latest contemporary (that I just sold to HarperTeen) called The Fill-In Boyfriend. It’s a lot of fun. It’s about a girl who gets dumped in the parking lot of prom by a boy she was going to introduce to her friends for the first time. So then she has to snag a boy to be her “fill-in” date. It’s one of those “pretend to be my boyfriend for the night” type stories that I love so much.

Can you tell us a little about Split Second?

Split Second is the sequel to Pivot Point. It picks up where Pivot Point left off. Addie goes to visit her dad in Dallas. Of course she sees Trevor again but neither of them have their memories of each other. So we get to see them get to know each other again. This book has the added bonus of another POV character—Laila. Which means, of course, we have another cute boy.

Do you prefer writing contemporary (like Distance Between Us) or paranormal (like Pivot Point) more? Why?

I like them both so much. I’ve always been a contemporary fan at heart. So that’s why all my books, even my paranormals have a contemporary feel to them. But they both have their challenges. In contemporary, so much depends on the relationships and emotions of the characters. And sometimes that can be hard. Sometimes I find myself thinking, is this enough? Shouldn’t there be someone plotting to blow something up? And I have to remind myself that no, I don’t have to have that. As for paranormal, it’s always a struggle for me to build a whole new set of rules for the world created. So I find myself getting hung up on that. But in the end, I love both of them and hope I can continue writing both. At least for a while.

Can you tell us about your journey writing Pivot Point and The Distance Between Us?

Pivot Point took about 3 months to write and another 3 or 4 to edit. But then it took 6 months to find an agent with and another 3 months to sell to a publisher. While I was looking for an agent for PP, I wrote about half of The Distance Between Us. I had to set it aside after selling PP so I could work with my editor and work on the sequel. But later I revisited The Distance Between Us and realized I still loved it, so I finished it and my agent loved it as well.

Do you listen to songs while you write? If so, what are they? Do certain songs get you into a certain character’s head?

I love music. All kinds. But when I write, I need silence. If I have a song playing, I start singing the song and then I start writing the lyrics into my novel. It’s a mess. So yes, I listen to songs to be inspired, but not while I’m writing. Some of my favorite bands are The Fray, Maroon 5, Secondhand Serenade, Mayday Parade, etc.

Whose voice was harder to write, Caymen’s or Addie’s? Why?

Addie’s. And I’m not really sure why. Caymen came to me so easy. Maybe because she has the similar dry humor as my husband so it was easy to know what she’d say in a situation.

I loved both of your books. Which one do you think is more “personal”?

Well, neither of them are “closer to my life” or anything like that. But Pivot Point is probably more personal to me because that was the book that helped me become a published writer. That was the first book I wrote that I believed in so much that I put all my heart and soul into trying to get it out there. That was the book that any time it was rejected a piece of my heart broke. And then of course, that was the book when someone wanted to publish, my dream came true. So it was the first and it will always hold a special place in my heart.

What character is most like you?

I don’t really have a character that is most like me. They all get a little piece of me because I can’t help but bring my own life and experiences to the table when I write. But I don’t think any are me. My sister in law says that when she read The Distance Between Us she could hear me talking the whole time, but I don’t know, I don’t think I’m quite as cynical as Caymen.

If you had a power, what would it be?

The answer to this question changes on a daily basis depending on my needs for the day. Today I’ve been trying to move heavy furniture around so I’d love to be Telekinetic and be able to move it with my mind.

Which of the three boys- Xander, Trevor, and Duke- would you want to date?

What?? You’re going to make me choose? I can’t pick. They’re all my babies. ;) I like them all for different reasons. But if I only got one date, I might pick Xander, because, hello, he is super rich and can take me somewhere really cool.

What is your favorite quote or saying?

I love the JK Rowling quote (from Harry Potter): “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

And what would you tell people who want to become authors?

Don’t give up. Keep reading, keep writing, and keep trying. 

Thank you so much, Kasie!
 
Thanks for hosting me on your blog.


Now for the...

Giveaway!


I have a signed copy of The Distance Between Us and a Distance Between Us bookmark up for grabs.

The pictures are kind of awful (I used my phone), but:

 

Because I am getting NO views, I am doing something a little different!

The giveaway is broken up into two parts:

STEP NUMBER ONE:

You must:

·        -Post a link to The Reader’s Perch blog (thereadersperch.blogspot.com) on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, Pinterest, and/or blog(s).  Each post is worth one entry, but if you post it in four places, I’ll give you an extra entry for being awesome.  If you do something creative, I’ll look at it so long as you make a note that it is a creative entry and judge how many entries it is worth. (If you made an epic YouTube trailer or something, I’ll love you forever and shower you in entries.)

·        -Post a comment somewhere on this blog. However, you only get one entry for ALL the comments. So five comments equal one entry. So does one comment.


STEP NUMBER TWO:

·        Fill out the form. If you don’t your entries don’t count!  If you are one of the first ten to enter, you will get a free extra entry! :) I can only take entries from within the United States. Sorry!
  This closes on December 1st, 2013 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time.  Get your entries in!

     Here is the form! 

     Thanks so much for visiting my blog! This is my first time doing this sort of thing, so if there are any problems, please let me know! I'm still figuring it all out.

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