West, who has two teenage daughters, admits that having teenage girls in their home has had an impact on her recent writings.
"I don't eavesdrop," West said "but I do hear the way she (West's 16 year old daughter) talks, how she reacts to events in her life, and it does help. It influences the way I have some of my characters react and see the world, so it's been nice having a teenage daughter around."
But even without teenage daughters, West says she still has vivid memories of her teenage life and of the emotions she felt, which she can draw on.
Helping hone an authentic teen voice isn't the only thing that West's daughters have inspired. West, who has three daughters total, said that it has always been important for her to include strong female characters in her books.
"I just want my daughters to know that women are powerful," West said. "We can do whatever we want to do. They can do whatever they want to do. It's important for me to be a good example to my daughters. That is why I try to keep my books clean as well."
West's drink recommendation: Gatorade
"I love the boy next-door type books," West said. "Love them, love them, love them. It's one of my favorite tropes, and I never had a boy next door so I don't know why. Maybe I always wanted to have a cute boy that lived next door."
West noted that advance readers have said that the family elements of On The Fence have been their favorite.
West is one of five children, her husband is one of six, and together they have four children, so having a big, rowdy, loving family is natural for her.
"I never even thought for a second that people would love that so much," West said. "So I'm glad that people are loving that, relating to it, and thinking it's a strong part of the book."
Kasie West will be at the Provo City Library for the 2nd annual Escape Reality Tour on July 2, 2014 at 7 p.m.
The panel will include authors: Michelle D. Argyle, Renee Collins, Bree Despain, J.R. Johansson, Kasie West, and Natalie Whipple.
The panel will speak, answer audience questions, and sign books. This is free; no tickets required.