Book of the Month: Author Interview with Kasie West

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Book of the Month

Hi Everyone! I am hosting my first Book of the Month here at YaReads! July’s BOTM is P.S. I Like You by Kasie West!!!

25486998What 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.

 

Interview:

What inspired you to write your first novel?

My first novel was written several years before my first published novel. It was a fairytale mash up. I’ve always been an avid reader but I never thought of myself as a writer. One day I thought of this idea, I don’t even remember what inspired the idea at this point it was 10 years ago, and my husband said, you should try writing it. I did. The book was mediocre, at best, but I loved the process of writing so much that I decided to try writing another and another and….well, you get the picture. I haven’t looked back.

 

How long did it take you to write P.S. I Like You?

P.S. took me about six months from writing the first word to finishing my own personal edit. It took a couple additional months once I let my first readers, my agent, and my editor, read/edit it. I incorporated their thoughts and fixed the shortcomings.

 

The cover of P.S. I Like You is super cute! How did you feel when you first saw the cover?

I’m always terrified right before I see my cover for the first time. I’m worried it won’t capture the story or the tone or it will be something I just plain hate. But I’ve been pretty lucky, I have been given some awesome covers. P.S. was no different. When I saw it, I loved it. I liked the colors and the title and the bench and everything. It is adorable and I was very happy with it.

 

Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what was one song that really stood out to you when writing P.S. I Like You?

I do not listen to music when I write. I’m not even listening to music right now as I answer these questions. Why? Because I can’t help but listen to the lyrics. I’m a lyrics girl. And then I start singing or typing the lyrics, it’s really anti-productive for me. That’s not to say I don’t listen to music at all. Songs inspire me. I listen to them in the car or when I’m not writing and the stories in songs speak to me. I don’t remember a specific song that stands out for P.S. but I listened to a lot of Twenty One Pilots and Panic! At the Disco during that time in my life.

 

How did you come up with the concept of the novel?

I just love the idea of hand written letters, of connecting that way. But how can you make hand written letters realistic in an age of texting/twitter/snapchat?? That’s why anonymity was important in this story. If you don’t know who you’re writing to, hand written letters makes sense. And how would those letters start? Through a shared desk at school.

 

In one sentence, how would you describe your book?

A fun journey of discovery.

 

Thanks for stopping by YaReads!

 

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

Release Date: 26th July, 2016

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25486998-p-s-i-like-you?from_search=true