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Kaavya Viswanathan

She’s 18, a wannabe investment banker at Harvard. Her $500,000 book deal for How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild and Got a Life has set new standards for chic-lit novels.

Kaavya Viswanathan
Kaavya Viswanathan

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Wasn't the original title How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild and Got in?

Yes. But it gave the ending away, so we decided to change it to ...Got a Life.

What is a potential investment banker like you doing writing a book?
I love English and Economics (unlikely duo though they may be), so I'm just trying to explore as many of my passions as possible.

Does this change your career plans?
Not at all. I still hope to get a job as an investment banker on Wall Street.

Are you Opal Mehta?
Absolutely not! Superficially, Opal and I have a lot in common. We both go to Harvard, we're both Indian girls from NJ, our families drive the same cars. But the similarities end there.

How do you plan to get wild with that grand book advance you bagged?
I did seriously entertain the idea of spending all my money on a bright red Maserati.

Are you going to be a one-book wonder?
I hope not. I plan to continue writing throughout my life so you'll definitely be seeing at least one more book from me.

Isn't it a little precocious for an 18-year-old to be penning a chick-lit novel?
Probably not as much as a 30-year-old, but I think I've experienced enough to capture the angst and drama of high school.

Is this inspired by Bridget Jones' Diary?
Not consciously. The books aren't similar, except for their categorisation as chick-lit.

Opal Mehta got a life at the end of your book. Do you have one?
I like to think I have a life!

Do you have a boyfriend?
Not at the moment. I did in the fall.

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