Writing fiction like a rapper

Young adult fiction writer Angie Thomas, who created a playlist to write her latest novel On The Come Up, once pursued a career as a rapper.
Young adult fiction writer Angie Thomas, who created a playlist to write her latest novel On The Come Up, once pursued a career as a rapper.PHOTOS: ANISSA PHOTOGRAPHY, WALKER BOOKS

Angie Thomas wants her books to make people think, laugh, cry and get angry, the same way rap music brings out these emotions

As a teenager, Angie Thomas wanted to be a rapper. She did not make it very far.

But rapping laid the foundation for the career of this American author, whose best-selling debut novel, The Hate U Give (2017), placed her at the forefront of issue-led young adult fiction.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 19, 2019, with the headline 'Writing fiction like a rapper'. Print Edition | Subscribe