Published by Point
Published on July 26th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
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What if the person you were falling for was a total mystery?
While Lily is spacing out in Chemistry one day, she picks up her pencil and scribbles a line from one of her favorite songs on the desk. The next day, someone else has written back to her on the desk! Soon enough Lily and the mystery student are exchanging notes, and lyrics, and even sharing secrets. When Lily finds out that her anonymous pen pal is a guy, she's flustered -- and kind of feels like she's falling for him. She and her best friend set out to unravel the identity of the letter writer -- but when the truth is revealed, the guy is the LAST person Lily could have ever imagined it to be. Now that Lily knows the truth, can she untangle her feelings and gather the courage to listen to her heart?
From beloved author Kasie West (The Distance Between Us) comes an utterly charming story about mixed messages, missed connections, and the magic of good old-fashioned secret admirer notes.
Which do you find the hardest to write, the first or the last line of your novel? Why?
The last line for sure. Beginnings are generally easy for me. The end is harder. I want to leave the reader with a good feeling but I also want it to be realistic and fit with the story. So yeah, I analyze the last line much more than I do the first.
Which comes first in your writing process, the title, or the content of you story? (Do you always know what your book’s title is going to be?)
Ha. That’s an easy question. Always the content. Ah, titles. If only you knew my history with titles. I hate them so much. The majority of my books are named by other people. The titles I pick usually get changed. I’ve just accepted that I’m not good at naming books. So now I write with a working title. It’s usually just a one-word summary of what the book is about. For example, the book I recently sold now titled Lucky in Love, I called it Lottery the entire time I was writing it. Sometimes I continue to call it by its working title forever and have to try to remember the real title when people are talking about it. So yeah…me and titles don’t get along very well but the content is more important so I’m okay with that.
Let’s talk character names. How do you go about selecting names for characters in your book? Do the names you pick have any significance to you, or do you ever feel inspired by a name?
Similar to titles, names are hard for me too. I usually want unique names but not too unique that it pulls readers out of the story. The names in my books generally don’t have any personal meaning to me (although, I should take that back because in some of my future books I’ve named the main characters after my daughters). They are generally just names I hear that I like. I used to name the evil characters after family members (like my sisters) and that was fun. I still try to do that occasionally. I never really feel inspired by a name but I do find that I have to have the right name for a main character for the book to feel right. I’ve changed a main character’s name half way through writing the book before because it felt off. So yeah. Names are important.
How do you plot your books, do you write it down on paper/index cards/etc, or do you write on the fly? Do you ever find that your plot changes as you write, or does it stay pretty close to how you planned it?
I usually have the general idea of the plot in my head along with the beginning, climax, and end. But other than those main ideas, the rest is discovered while I write. And yes, sometimes the plot changes or I discover a twist or a deeper meaning to a plot point while I’m writing. Then when I’m done with the first draft there is a lot of editing and fleshing out.
What’s in your “Author Survival Kit”?
Chocolate. Lots of water.
Do you have a favorite place to write? Tell us about it!
The main place I write is in a big green cushioned chair. It sits by a window in my bedroom. It has an ottoman with it which allows me to have the worst posture possible while writing. Many many words have been written in this chair.
If you could use 3 words to describe your books, what would they be?
Fun, Romantic, and Families
What are the top 3 things on your bucket list?
Travel, travel, and travel
If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
What is something you never leave home without?
What is your favorite movie?
What are the last 3 books you enjoyed reading?
The Raven Boys series. I read the entire series in about 10 days. So good.
What are 3 words you’d use to describe yourself?
Happy, Loud, and Laid-back.
Do you have a favorite hobby/pastime?
I used to answer this question with ‘writing’. Now writing is kind of my career so I need to find some more hobbies. I like to hike and wakeboard and eat.
Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what is it?
I have a hard time coming up with un-hidden talents. When I learn something new, I’m bragging about it to everyone because it’s such a rare occurrence.
This or That?
Sunrise or Sunset?
Sunset (I am not a morning person)
Hot or Cold?
PC or Mac?
By Land, or by sea?
Half-empty or Half-full?
Autumn or Spring?
Summer or Winter?
E-book or Print Book? (Preferred reading)
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7/26: YA Reads – Review
7/28: Stuck In Books – Review
7/29: Reading Teen – Top 10
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