Character Interview: Tasia, Home and Away

Hello, little foxes! Today I’d like to introduce you to Tasia Quirk, the main character of Candice Montgomery’s debut YA novel, Home and Away.

Home and Away CoverTasia Quirk is young, Black, and fabulous. She’s a senior, she’s got great friends, and a supportive and wealthy family. She even plays football as the only girl on her private high school’s team.

But when she catches her mamma trying to stuff a mysterious box in the closet, her identity is suddenly called into question. Now Tasia’s determined to unravel the lies that have overtaken her life. Along the way, she discovers what family and forgiveness really mean, and that her answers don’t come without a fee. An artsy bisexual boy from the Valley could help her find them—but only if she stops fighting who she is, beyond the color of her skin.


Home and Away came out on Oct. 16, and you should absolutely pick up a copy for yourself on Amazon and Indiebound!


Hello, Tasia! Tell us a little bit about yourself!

Um. Okay. Yeah, so, like, I’m Tasia—but Taze. I’m a senior in high school, I like football and pancakes and cinnamon rolls the size of my head.

Um, what else? Oh! I like that heavy-muscle feeling you get after a hard workout. I like being the only chick on my school’s football team. I like the look on people’s faces when I walk out onto that field.

And Kai. I really like Kai.


What unusual hobbies or interests do you have?

I mean, I’m not sure if football counts as unusual? Or does it?  Lots of girls like football. I’m pretty sure a whole bunch more girls would play football if society wasn’t so damn weird about it.

I like it, though.


If you had a free day with nothing to do, what would you do?

I’d spend it with Kai. I’d totally make him let me plan everything. We’d catch the bus around town, going from one bubble tea house to another to another. And we’d go to a craft store and buy buttons in like 12 different shapes and colors, and a little bit of twine. And then Kai would do some kind of artsy voodoo magic and create something frickin’ brilliant with them. And I’d get to watch. That’s the best part.

And after that, we’d hit the nearest boba house and get another one for the road so we could sit and sip HK tea while we watch a House Hunters marathon on Merrick’s couch.


What do you like most about playing football?

I like the rush. Because as much as running till your lungs burn, being tackled, and the here-and-there concussions that might occur do suck, for every one of those there are two touchdowns, or interceptions or picks. the good is all in the rush of it and there’s so much rush.

Plus the bruises are pretty cool 😛


When do you consider it an appropriate time to lie?

Never. Period. Point blank.


If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I wish I had the ability to forgive without so much personal turmoil on my part. I just… yeah. I wish I could.


What do you always keep on you?

Chapstick. Gotta keep these lips mmmmmoist. (Omg eww, sorry for that! lol)


How do you measure success?

Trick question, yeah? Because you don’t. S’all relative. And that’s probably the best thing about success in itself.


If you could teach everyone in the world one thing, what would it be?

There’s, like, so much power in this question. Me, personally, I’d probably want the world to know how to throw a football. But if I really think about it, as the daughter of my mother, as a person who’s known the love of Kai El Khoury, I’d have to say how to appreciate the people who unequivocally deserve it. I’m still figuring it out myself. But I’m working on it.

Hit me up if you wanna meet on the field, tho! We can get you lobbing off footballs like Kaep in no time!