Carlsbad is a hotbed for talent – from professional athletes to musicians – and for book lovers, one of our favorite talents in Carlsbad is young adult author Kiersten White, though library staff would agree her books appeal equally to teens and adults. White is the author of the New York Times best-selling Paranormalcy triology (Paranormalcy, Supernaturally and Endlessly), hailed by Newsday as “The most imaginative vampire/werewolf/supernatural series going.” Paranormalcy introduces Evie, who considers herself a normal teenager even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie and she’s crushing on a shape-shifter.
On Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m., White will discuss and sign her newest book Mind Games at a free launch event at Carlsbad City Library’s Gowland Meeting Room, located at 1775 Dove Lane. The first of a series, Mind Games is an intense psychological thriller about two sisters determined to protect each other—no matter the cost. On Feb. 19, White will be joined by fellow young adult author Kasie West, who will discuss and sign her debut novel Pivot Point.
White recently answered a couple of questions about Mind Games and life in Carlsbad.
What inspired you to write Mind Games?
I have always loved different incarnations of the femme fatale, and wanted to explore the concept of what being such a person would do to a girl, particularly a teen. This book ended up being a bit of a love song to all the action movies and series I watched with my dad growing up. But what surprised me while writing was that the sibling relationship really became the core of the novel. Then again, I have three sisters and understand all about loving someone so much you wouldn't let anyone else hurt them ... while at the same time you'd kind of like to kill them yourself!
What are some of your favorite Carlsbad spots?
My husband grew up in Carlsbad, so I feel like I am an adopted native. We love Ponto Beach and the Batiquitos Lagoon. Of course we are huge fans of local restaurants, like Rudy's Taco Shop and Pizza Port. And I have a soft spot for the Carlsbad City Library on Dove Lane. For about five years while living here I didn't have a car, and I packed my kids into the stroller for visits to the library nearly every day. It probably saved my sanity!