The WORD Interview with Sheba Karim

July 27, 2009

Sheba author photo 1Our next YA Not? event is this Thursday night (July 31, 7:30 pm) with Sheba Karim, the author of Skunk Girl, which has been praised as a welcome addition to teen collections, providing a rare exploration of Muslim culture. Sheba will read from the book, and participate in a Q&A with Abeer Hoque.

The YA NOT? series seeks to bring YA writers, editors, librarians, teachers, and other not-so-young adults who love teen fiction all together to talk about fantastic YA books, why we love them, and how we can spread them as far as possible. (Teens welcome too, of course!)

Here’s our short interview with Sheba:

1) Do you have a favorite WORD?

I like the Urdu word “baghawat,” which means rebellion.  I use the word “just” all the time in my writing so there’s something about it I must really like.

2) What WORDS do you live by?

Eat, drink, be merry, and do some good along the way.

3) What was the last book you read?

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

4) Any idea what you’ll read next?

Either a historical fiction novel set in India or Twilight.

5) What is the last book you bought someone as a gift?

A biography of Prophet Muhammad written by Karen Armstrong

skunk6) Can you name one author or book that was influential in writing Skunk Girl?

Judy Blume, definitely.  My book could have just as easily been called Are You There, God?  It’s Me, Nina.

7) What are you working on now – anything you can tell share about your next project(s)?

I’m working on a historical fiction novel set in 13th century Delhi.

8) Do you have a favorite spot in Greenpoint (or Brooklyn) that you’d like to share with us?

Watching summer concerts at the bandshell in Prospect Park.

Learn more about Sheba and the book at her website.

(Photo credit: Anjali Bhargava)

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