Catching up with 2020 Editor-Writer Mentee Sara Kapadia

We are excited to catch up with our 2020 Middle Grade Fiction Mentee Sara Kapadia, who worked with Senior Editor Tiffany Liao over the past year.

1) Which fictional character/personality did your Editor-Mentor most channel?

I think since my book is an Indian Alice in Wonderland I think that my lovely mentor Tiffany Liao is the Cheshire Cat, especially because the advice she gives is about the character's needs and wants. Even the Cheshire Cat says, "Let your need guide your behavior." Tiffany suggested I think about the character's growth arc which really helped my plot.

2) What surprised you about your writing or yourself during your mentorship?

I was surprised that my story actually met some of the story beats and that it had more shape than I originally thought.

3) On a long day of writing or querying, what sage advice from your Editor-Mentor will be floating around in your mind?

To let the character have flaws that the character addresses over time so that the reader can see the character grow and learn.

4) Will you share with us what you've been working on? Give us the one-line pitch of your manuscript.

I've been revising my Indian Alice in Wonderland retelling.

Here is a one-line pitch about my manuscript:

Ever met a blue tiger? Alisha did and he brought her to a magical cave kingdom with fantastic creatures where her rebellious nature is accepted.

5) What's next for you and your writing career?

I have several agents who have requested fulls of my manuscript, and a few editors. I am hopeful I can find an agent sometime soon!


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