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Interview: Sona Charaipotra, How Maya Got Fierce

Preeti interviews YA Author Sona Charaipotra all about her latest release, HOW MAYA GOT FIERCE. They talk about all the important things: publishing, writing, representation, and of course, FOOD.


How Maya Got Fierce (Fiewel & Friends/Macmillan) follows 17-year-old California farm girl Maya, who should be at Cow Camp but instead accidentally scores her dream job at Fierce magazine. Only problem? They think she's 25—and her parents would kill her if they found out.

About Sona Charaipotra:

Sona Charaipotra is the author of Symptoms of a Heartbreak and How Maya Got Fierce, and co-author of Rumor Game and Tiny Pretty Things, now a Netflix original series. She earned her Masters in screenwriting from NYU and an MFA in creative writing from the New School. A working journalist, Sona has held editorial roles at People, TeenPeople,, MSN, the Barnes & Noble Teen Blog (RIP), and, most recently,, where she is senior editor of Trends and Features. She contributed to publications from the New York Times to TeenVogue. She is a former We Need Diverse Books board member, and co-founded CAKE Literary, a boutique book packager. Find her on the web talking about books, Bollywood movies, and chai.

Follow Sona on Twitter, Instagram, & TikTok.

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