Today’s Author in Spotlight is Kasie West! She is a Young Adult author and has written some great novels like the Pivot Point series and many contemporary books too.
I have read her book called The Fill-in Boyfriend, which was recommended to me by a reader friend, and then I got a chance to feature Ms. West here. Read on…
1. Please tell us about yourself in brief.
Firstly, I’m the mother of four amazing children. I love that part of my life. I’ve also written a few books and stuff. I love doing that too. 🙂 I also like to backpack and go boating and eat lots of chocolate.
2. Your books fall in the Young-Adult genre. What made you choose that genre?
I read lots of young adult. It’s my favorite genre. I read it before I started writing. And they (I don’t know who “they” are) always tell you to write what you love, so naturally that’s what I was drawn to write. I think I like that genre so much because of its themes. First loves and new experiences and coming of age and discovering what you love are all big parts of this genre and they are so fun to read/write about.
3. How do you develop the plot and the characters?
I usually have the main aspects of the plot in mind before I start writing–the beginning, the climax, the end, a few key scenes. Then I discover the rest as I write. And most of the time I know my characters pretty solidly when I start writing as well. I make sure to know their interests, fears, weaknesses, strengths. So then I know how they will react when I put them in situations. After I’m done writing the first draft I do a lot of editing to clean it all up and make it pretty.
4. Among all the characters you wrote, which is your favourite one and why? (Do mention the name of the book too)
Duke from Pivot Point was really fun and easy to write. Whenever he was on the page I found the words and conversations were easy to come by. I don’t really have a favorite character because I like them all for different reasons, but I do love Caymen from The Distance Between us a lot because I am a fan of sarcasm as a way to deal with difficult things. 🙂
5. Talking about The Fill-in Boyfriend, can you tell us a fun fact about the book?
The Fill-In Boyfriend was the first book I sold to my publisher based on just a sample and idea. In other words, I hadn’t written the book yet. There was a certain pressure in doing it that way that I hadn’t anticipated. But it was fun to write and it was nice to know it was going to actually be published before I even finished it.
6. What projects are you currently working for?
My next book comes out on February 14th and it’s called BY YOUR SIDE. It’s about a girl who gets locked in the library for the weekend with a boy. The book I’m actually working on now is called LUCKY IN LOVE and that’s about a girl who wins the lottery. It comes out next summer.
7. Your website profile says that you love to write so much that it’s a sickness. Can you elaborate on it?
You’re right. My website does say that. 🙂 It means that I can’t leave it alone. Even when I tell myself I’m going to take a break from writing for a little while, I find myself thinking about a story or sneaking moments to write. So yes, I’ve stopped fighting it and given in to my addiction.
8. What does your typical day look like?
Well, as a mother of 4 that always comes first. But when I get my kids off to school I have time to write write write. I try to write as much as I can when they are out of the house. About 3pm everyday I become the taxi driver and have to cart my kids to and from school/sports/music practices. Then it’s dinner. Then I usually have downtime where I catch up on my favorite television shows. Then it’s bedtime routines. Then I try to write some more. If I don’t fall asleep while writing, I usually get my best writing done late at night.
9. What are your hobbies?
I mentioned them in question one but I’ll elaborate. I love to go on backpacking trips with my friends and campout next to beautiful lakes. I love boating. I love the beach. Obviously, I adore reading. And I like to watch movies.
10. Anything you would like to say to the readers?
Thanks for reading all the way to the end of the interview! I hope you enjoy my books! 🙂