Friday, May 21, 2021

Q&A with Safa Shaqsy




Safa Shaqsy is the author of the young adult novel Rebel With Time. Her other books include Alien Busters. She is based in Oman.


Q: What inspired you to write Rebel With Time?


A: What inspired me to write Rebel With Time is the ability to tell my truth in autobiographical way mixed with fiction for readers to engage with. It's also educational and entertaining.


Q: Did you know how the novel would end before you started writing it, or did you make many changes along the way?


A: At first I thought of making Jamila die at the end, but at second thought I knew that the romance readers would not like it. 


Q: How did you first get interested in writing young adult fiction?


A: I started writing young adult fiction books six years ago. It came to me when I was reading YA novels and told my father that I wanted to write something. He suggested that I write books. 


Q: What do you hope readers take away from the story?


A: I want readers to learn about Oman's culture, religion and traditions!


Q: What are you working on now?


A: I am currently working on a YA fantasy fiction novel that should be part of a series.


--Interview with Deborah Kalb

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