Saba Kapur Shares her Favorite Fictional Fashionistas and Tips for Writing YA Books
Saba Kapur, the 20 year old author of our most recent YA book, Lucky Me, has been spritzing her genius around like perfume. In a recent interview with the Chick Lit Club, she shares three extremely important tips with writers looking to break into the YA novel category.
- Choose a relevant and original topic "Like any genre, YA novels are rooted in their stories. But the great thing about YA fiction is that you don’t need an intricate plot with twists and turns at every corner. You just need to understand what your audience cares about," she explains. "Us teenagers get a bad rap for being hard to figure out, but in reality, we’re really quite simple. We laugh at funny online videos that usually involve someone falling over, and we spend a lot of time planning fake weddings to members of British boybands. It’s really not rocket science, trust me. If you want to write a YA novel, you have to choose a topic that’s appealing to the targeted audience."
- Do your research "I’m clearly at an advantage because I could technically be classified as a young adult myself. It was easy for me to write about things that are appealing to my generation because I’m living amongst the latest trends," she says. "If you’re having trouble appealing to teenagers, be observant of pop culture, idolized icons, and the types of lingo that young adults use. After that it’s simply a matter of selecting what best applies to your book’s setting.
- Empathize with your readers "Growing up is a tough process, and we just want someone to acknowledge that. Yes, our parents are the ones who worry about mortgages and bills. But our problems are no less trivial, and we love to know that we aren’t alone in our struggles. It’s essential to make your characters relatable not just on a teenage level, but on a human level," Saba explains. "The best way to do this is through incorporating your own experiences and personality into your writing. There were so many times when I simply asked myself, “How would I feel in this circumstance if I were my character? Is this reaction a realistic one?”
To read the full interview, which highlights Saba's endless wit and brilliant mind, visit the Chick Lit Club blog.
In addition to the writing tips, Saba also shares her favorite fictional fashionistas on a guest post for WillReadForFeels.com, and her answers may surprise you. Here's an excerpt from the article:
‘Fashion’ and ‘fiction,’ the only ‘f’ words that truly matter (except maybe ‘food.’ That one’s kind of a favourite of mine). Fashion in literature is one of those sneaky little things that you may never out rightly notice, but still somehow manages to get stuck into your brain. Fashion has always been a form of expression in life and in literature, without which many characters may never have been the same.
Who would Katniss Everdeen be without her signature braid and Mockingjay pin? Okay, she’d probably still be a badass, but she rocked that look. And what about Cruella De Vil sans the iconic fur coat? Nothing else could have made those poor Dalmatians tremble with fear! Fashion isn’t confined to the borders of vanity and physical appearance. It’s about forming an identity.
My debut YA novel, Lucky Me, certainly explores the relationship between fashion and fiction though the protagonist, Gia Winters. Don’t be fooled by her Hollywood mansion and Chanel-filled wardrobe—her stilettos signify a lot more than just a great taste in footwear.
Much like Gia, there are so many fictional fashionistas that I envy and admire. Here are some leading ladies that make you wish the Narnia wardrobe was stocked with more than just a lion and a witch.
Check out the full blog post to find out who her favorite literary fashionistas are.