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#AuthorInterview – 10 Questions with Saba Kapur

POSTED BY prbythebook ON April 28, 2016

#AuthorInterview 10 questions with Saba Kapur


Here at PR By the Book we have the distinct pleasure of working with some very special authors. Saba Kapur, 20-year-old author of Lucky Me, is vibrant, sweet, and so funny! In our first ever #AuthorInterview, we asked her ten questions about everything from writing her first novel and following her to dream to whether teens today are reading enough. Read on below!

Saba KapurHow long have you been passionate about writing and storytelling?

Writing has always been a hobby of mine, since I was young. I was always interested in constructing short stories and poems, but it wasn’t until about ninth grade when I started taking writing more seriously.

Where did you find the time to write your first book while still in school?

I’m not going to lie, it was tough! There were many times when after getting through a stack of homework, the last thing I wanted to do was work on a novel. But I pushed myself to keep at it and found time whenever I could, even if it was for twenty minutes a day. I usually write late at night, just before bed. That’s when my imagination is at its peak.

Where did you get the idea for Lucky Me? Did it come all at once or did it take some time to develop?

When I first started writing the novel, I had very little of the plot worked out. The characters and story really developed as I continued to write. But I knew I wanted to create something that I would enjoy reading myself, so I chose to write a book that was both funny and suspenseful. The Hollywood theme came from observing my generation’s obsession with movie star culture and young celebrities.

Tell me about your interest in fashion. How does that shine through in the book?

Truthfully, I’ve never eyed a $5000 handbag and thought it was worth the price! But I love experimenting with different styles and testing out new trends. It’s not necessarily about appearance, but rather about how it makes you feel. I think Gia shares that quality. Even though she loves her brands, fashion also gives her a lot of self-confidence.

How has your family supported you in the process of writing and publishing your first novel?

My family has been so incredible through this entire process. My sister was always the writer in the family, so I think my parents always knew I’d be a little influenced by her. They never once told me that my dream was too impractical, and patiently put up with all of my obsessive re-writing. I am so grateful for that.

saba kapur photoWhat do YOU like to read?

I am such a bookworm, so it’s actually hard to answer this question without droning on for five pages. Although I love trying new genres, my favourite books have always been the romantic comedies and mystery novels. If a book combines the two, then it’s a winner for me!

Do you think teens read enough?

I think we definitely read a lot, and the popularity of the young adult genre is proof of that. But it’s so important to preserve that, especially for the kids who are just entering their teens. Books hold so much emotion and knowledge. I can’t imagine what it would have been like if I hadn’t been so attached to books throughout my growing up process.

Writing a book is only half the battle. Can you tell us a bit about your publishing experience? Was there anything that surprised you about the process?

I came into the process without any previous knowledge or experience, so everything was very new and exciting! But publishing a book is a very tedious and slow process. There are so many intricate steps involved, like editing and marketing. They sound obvious to me now, but I was surprised at how much work actually goes into creating a novel! As impatient as I’ve been, I’ve learnt so much throughout the process.

Lucky Me - saba kapurWhat advice do you have for young writers like you?

I think when you’re young, people tend to underestimate you. It takes a lot of courage to actually stand up and say, “I have something to offer,”even if it’s through the form of a novel. My advice is to not be put-off by how impossible it may seem. Just because you’re young, it doesn’t mean you’re any less qualified or deserving. So don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!

Will we see more of Gia Winters? Is book two coming?

For me, the story isn’t quite finished yet. So yes, I’m working on book two! There were a few things that were still left unanswered at the end of Lucky Me, and I didn’t want to force everything into one novel. Book two is going to be quite different, because there are a lot of changes in Gia’s life. But it’s going to be full of fun, mystery and of course, love.

You can pick up a copy of Saba Kapur’s debut novel Lucky Me on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble. Thanks for reading!


Becca Silvas is the Digital Marketing Assistant at PR by the Book. A lover of the big, great beautiful internet, when she’s not tweeting or coding you can find her floating the San Marcos River, book in hand. Follow her on Twitter @beccasilvas.

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