Think Fly Girl and Queen Latifah’s hit song comes to mind… but hey it’s Amanda Epe’s debut book, “Fly Girl”, an inspirational memoir of her travel tales while working with BA. She meticulously documents personal adventures, social structures and political history throughout her daring and exciting expeditions as a black cabin crew. Conveying tales from the America’s, 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 history of British Airways at forty. Her work has been featured in publications and anthologies in the U.K, U.S and in Saraba Literary Magazine Nigeria.
Lillian Ogbogoh, International Best Selling Author and Sensuality Discovery Specialist hails the memoir thus “It’s an awakening story of learning about loving and owning one’s true identity beyond the expectation of what it means to be a woman”.
“Intimate and frank stories give rise to funny and touching moments in this memoir of an air hostess… Although her focus is those she meets, when her often rose-tinted expectations are dismantled we catch a glimpse of Amanda that is at once unexpected – perhaps unintended and very compelling in its sincerity. A fresh and original voice” says Vanessa Walters, Author and Journalist Guardian & BBC.
We couldn’t refrain from culling this interview she granted to Tundun Adeyemo from www.blackandoutspoken.com recently.
What books are on your Kindle now?
I am reading a new book 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’s Americanah, 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.
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.
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.
Is it 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.
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, many ists, including a chauvinist!
Must we always look through the lense of feminism and race?
In the next plane, when taken to another planet when we elevate there, these words will be archaic. lol
Do women fart?
We are only here in this world to be beautiful, broody, wifey and contain all our toxic gases in public, but I let off with a bang!
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 Tundun, but that is plagiarism so I say a seeker of truth and transformation
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 loose bookings and business if like many passengers I have spoken to say they prefer Virgin.
Is there a message behind your book?
Take that trip to live your dream, and aim for the sky.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
What are you waiting for?… purchase a copy of Fly Girl today…it’s worth it.