GETTIN’ LUCKY: An interview with Kasie West, author PIVOT POINT.

Today we’re talking to Kasie West, author of PIVOT POINT.
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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 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.

Pivot Point is set in a fascinating world, where certain people have the ability to look into the future and see the alternate outcomes from any given choice. What inspired you to write this story?

My main inspiration for Pivot Point is the movie Sliding Doors. I love that movie! Just the idea of alternate realities really intrigues me. Now I want to go watch that movie. Again. Right now. But, anyway, I also love the idea of mind powers.

Oooh, mind powers. I want those, too! So if you had Addie’s ability and could see the future of any one choice, what would it be?

That’s a hard question. I’m in a really good place right now, so I don’t feel like I’d want to mess with that mojo. BUT, that makes for a really boring answer, doesn’t it? Ha. So I need to think. It would probably involve food. Or showering. I seem to have to talk myself into showering every day. Should I admit to that amount of laziness? 🙂 Can you see me calling on my powers for that? Oh brain, what would happen if I showered today versus if I didn’t. Then I’d see into the future and realize that without a shower I’d keep the hubby/kids away with my stink and I’d have more writing time. Then I’d totally choose not to shower. See, it’s best that I don’t have this ability that way I shower every day and can’t talk myself out of it.

Hmmm…yeah, maybe not with the mind powers for you 🙂 On a more serious note, what do you hope readers take away from Pivot Point?

That choices are powerful and friendships are important.

Finally, as this community is All for One and OneFour KidLit, what two or three books inspired you as a kid?

As a teen I had the most amazing English teacher who required us to read books like: Their Eyes Were Watching God, The Joy Luck Club, To Kill A Mockingbird. I loved these stores. They are so rich and full of raw emotion. They really inspired me as a teen.

Thank you for stopping by, Kasie. We are so excited to read PIVOT POINT, out February 12th!

Thanks for the interview and I look forward to 2014 when I can get ahold of all your lovely books!

About the author:
A stay-at-home mom of four children, three of them girls, ranging in age from twelve to four, Kasie West hears lots of melodramatic versions of large-than-life events. She graduated with a BA in liberal studies, with a strong focus on linguistics and psychology, from Fresno State University. She lives in Fresno, CA.

Whitney Miller lives in San Francisco with her husband and a struggling houseplant. She’s summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, ridden the Trans-Siberian rails, bicycled through Vietnam, done the splits on the Great Wall of China, and evaded the boat police in Venice, but her best international adventures take place on the page! Her YA Horror THE TERROR drops in 2014 from Flux.

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