Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Racism while Airborne: A Fly Girl - Amanda Epe

Hi Folks,

A year on and I'm still working on that project preceding my curtain call last year. I've had a lot on my plate since. But I kept my focus. Please stay with me until we have lift off! On the subject of lift off, I'm pleased to share the story of A Fly Girl with you today. Author Amanda Epe spoke to the lovely and enterprising Tundun Adeyemo of 'Black and Outspoken'. Enjoy the interview below. See you soon.

Adura x

About A Fly Girl

A Fly Girl gives insight to the highs and lows in the world of a former BA cabin crew, in an intriguing travel writing memoir. Conveying tales from the Americas, Arabia, Asia to Africa the narrative is fuelled with race, gender and sexuality as the author walks through hip hop history and experiences terrain vibrations and eruptions. The author exposes her relation to addictions, alcohol, air rage and the life of the jet set, highlighting the history of British Airways at forty.

Amanda Epe

What inspires you to write? Are you going to keep writing? 
Life and experiences mostly, but other writers play a part in my writing. I ought to continue as I know what is good for me.

What books are on your Kindle now?
I am reading Bamboo and Fern by Ava Brown. I love memoirs and in this one we are in sunny Jamaica, it is really inspirational. Taken of the bookshelf once again, I am reading Adichie'sAmericanah, Chimamanda is so powerful, I love her works.  I am also re-reading The Alchemist by my favourite author Paulo Coelho

What book will you be giving away for Christmas? 
Mama Christmas is doing generous this year, look out for A Fly Girl at a price next to nothing.

Talk us through the characters in your book? 
We have an activist, a caricature, an entrepreneur, some shopaholics, alcoholics and other addictive personalities like flirts, and of course the protagonist heroine. Also tourists, there are many ists, including a chauvinist!

Must we always look through the lens of feminism and race? 
In the next plane taken to another planet, when we elevate there, these words will be archaic. lol

Is there a time and place for African writing? 
It is a shame that African Writing is a new phase like our African attires, Ankara is now fashionable but we've always worn these garments, African writing is now more widely read, but still publishing in Africa is challenging just as it is for ethnic minorities to be published in U.K.

Author, Amanda Epe: A Fly Girl
Why is your book different? 
It is an opportunity to read real life writing whilst going on a world tour of entertainment, adventure and history.

What two things would you like to be remembered by? 
‘Black and outspoken’(laughs). I say a seeker of truth and transformation.

If you had the opportunity to do anything all over again, what would it be?
A Fly Girl, oh yes I'd do that again but this time with larger wings.

Would BA cringe to read what you have to say? 
BA have a history of offences with Nigerian passengers. They would hardly be embarrassed by my words, but they would fear to lose bookings and business if the majority of their customers like many passengers I have spoken to say they prefer Virgin.

Where can we find more about your book?
A Fly Girl, the kindle version is now available on Amazon. A Fly Girl will be available in print from Amazon, Waterstones and all good retailers by January 2015.
For deluxe and author signed copies for people in the UK, you may order from Blossom Books at mail@msroseblossom.org
Connect with her on social media facebook.com/msroseblossom and twitter@msroseblossom

More on the Author of A Fly Girl
Amanda Epe is the first seminal story teller on the narrative of being black cabin crew with British Airways. Amanda Epe writes articles, essays, poetry, fiction and self- help. Her work has been featured in publications and anthologies in the U.K, U.S and in Saraba Literary Magazine Nigeria. A Fly Girl is her debut book, an inspirational memoir of her days working with BA; travel tales through the lens of a black African perspective. 
She has a Masters degree in Education, Health Promotion and International Development and her blog focuses on promoting health and literary art for women. She spoke to Tundun Adeyemo from www.blackandoutspoken.com.

*Interview Produced by Black & Outspoken in conjunction with Lafia Media.*