From breaking and setting records to taking part in global humanitarian activities, it’s no surprise why Kpop sensation BTS continues to inspire millions all over the world. Among them is author Kaye Allen.
“BTS is known for their amazing music but more than that, they have great personalities which I think is what inspired me to write fanfics about them,” Kaye tells My Pope Philippines.
“It’s fun writing about them because they’re so versatile, their personalities individually and as a group make for fun characters. Plus, their music provides fantastic scenario inspirations, which I think what made my fanfics so enjoyable to ARMYs,” she adds.
Kaye had been writing online for some time when she decided to write Kpop-inspired fanfics. As a matter of fact, she is the bestselling author behind Chasing Sunsets: Love & Wonders and Words, Fate & Accidents. Now, she is writing on Wattpad and on Tumblr under the username “exoticarmy127.”
Kaye’s latest novel, Law of Motion & Attraction, follows the love story of two college students. “[This] story tells a lot about the process of moving on,” Kaye shares. “It not only talks about falling in and out of love, but also about the struggle between— how moving on is easier said than done and that learning to forgive yourself is an important step.”
Kaye tells My Pope Philippines how South Korean boy band BTS helped her write best-selling fan fiction!
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
No, actually. I wanted to be a singer. I grew up in a musically-inclined household so my dream then had been to become a Broadway singer or more specifically, the voice of a Disney princess. (Read: Liza Soberano, Shay Mitchell to Voice Filipino Anime Series on Netflix)
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I was 14 when I wrote my first story for a class assignment. I’ve always liked to write but it was after that activity when I realized I really enjoyed doing it. I’m a huge bookworm too, and I think that played a huge role in my becoming a writer.
How long have you been a BTS fan?
Seven years now! I became a fan in early 2014 just when their second EP, “Skool Luv Affair” came out. The first time I saw them in concert was in 2014 at “The Red Bullet” tour, which is also their first concert in Manila. There, I got to meet them up close during the Hi-touch event, which is like a quick meet [and] greet after their press conference.
Given the chance to see BTS post-pandemic, what would you like to tell them?
I just want them to know that I’m so grateful to be part of their journey as their fan. To thank them for inspiring me all these years. I don’t think I would’ve been confident enough to release my books if it weren’t for them.
But most of all, I think I just want to tell them to be happy. After everything. I think BTS should know that more than anything, ARMYs want them to be happy too. (Read: 5 K-Pop Fans Share Why They Support Korean Artists)
They’ve done so much for us through their music: saving lives, comforting sad souls, inspiring them to reach for their dreams just like what they did for me and my writing, and I think that’s why we their fans are so driven to give them these awards and make them succeed. They inspire us to be better, to love ourselves, and to face the world with a smile even when dark days loom every now and then.
What’s next for Kaye Allen?
I’m currently writing my next book, which I can hopefully share with everyone real soon!