Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Blog tour: Interview with Kasie West


In November I read fantastic paranormal young adult novel Pivot Point (find my review here). And I'm super excited to be welcoming the author of the novel, Kasie West, to my blog today for a Q&A in celebration of the book's UK publication!

Hi Kasie, thanks so much for stopping by my blog today for a little Q&A. Can you tell us a little bit about creating the world of Pivot Point? Did you establish the history and rules of the Compound before starting the story or did it grow while you were writing?

First I came up with the concept. Addie's power was the first one I thought of since that was what I wanted to base the book on. And then I brainstormed other powers and rules that would fit in this world where people with mind powers would exist. So a lot of the world I built before starting. But then once I started I would sometimes come up against a challenge and have to figure out how the world I'd created would deal with that challenge. And then I'd have to go back and add the new knowledge to the parts I'd already written.

Imagine the Compound was real, would you like to live there or rather remain in ignorant bliss in the Norm world?

Hmmm, that's a hard question. Because as you'll learn in book 2 the Compound isn't necessarily an "everything is roses" place to live. There are secrets. But living there would mean I'd have powers and I do like that thought. But again, most of the powers in this world come with a heavy dose of side effects--a reason you wouldn't want to have that power. So......yes.....I think I would want to live there regardless of the down sides.

Where did you find the inspiration for the main characters? (and if Trevor is based on a real person, can we have his phone number please!)

When I start writing a story I usually have the basics and a back story for each of the main characters. But the more layered levels and nuances of each character come to me as the story develops. I put the people in situations and the way they react forms them more solidly in my mind so that by the end of the novel I've learned who they are completely. Then I usually go back and add a bit more depth once I've learned all their secrets.

If your mind was as advanced as that of the Paras what do you think your special ability would be?

This answer changes on a daily basis depending on my needs for the day. Today I've had to deal with some sad children so it might be nice to be a Mood Controller today and make the house a little happier. :)

I'm super excited for the release of the sequel to Pivot Point, Split Second (out 11 February in the US and 13 March in the UK), can you reveal anything about the story?

One thing you may or may not know is that this story gets another POV character--Laila, Addie's best friend. So along with another POV we need another cute boy, right? So yes, we have a brand new character you'll get to know in Split Second who plays a pretty big role in the book.

Many thanks to Kasie for taking time out of her busy writing schedule to stop by Page to Stage Reviews, we're already getting excited at the prospect of a new cute boy!

Have you not read Pivot Point yet but do you want to after reading this interview? You can buy a copy from Waterstones, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com or your own preferred retailer. Blurb:

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.

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