This week’s New York Times Best Seller list included a new name that we are going to hear a lot more in the years ahead.
Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé’s debut novel Ace of Spades was published in the US last week and instantly hit number six in Young Adult Hardcover releases.
Today, that novel is published in the UK, and readers this side of the Atlantic are in for a treat as the hype is well and truly real.
Ace of Spades is a bold, brilliant and brave novel that looks destined to be huge.
Can you please tell us a bit about your debut novel Ace of Spades
Ace of Spades can be best pitched as Get Out meets Gossip Girl – or alternatively, Pretty Little Liars meets Dear White People.
The story follows Devon and Chiamaka in their final year of school at Niveus Private Academy and, while the pair do not really know or like each other that much, they are forced together when an anonymous bully begins spreading their secrets around the entire school.
Devon and Chiamaka must come together to take down the anonymous bully before things get deadly.
Aside from the comparisons you’ve made, are there any other influences that crept into the story?
Yes! I was inspired a lot by Malcolm X’s autobiography as well as George Orwell’s Animal Farm.
What is the first piece of fiction you ever remember writing?
I remember writing what was essentially Sabrina the Teenage Witch fanfiction when I was ten years old and presenting it to my Year 5 teacher to read.
If you could have a dinner party with three other authors, alive or dead, who would they be and why?
Oscar Wilde, because I can’t imagine any party being dull with his presence in the room; James Baldwin, because I would just love to hear him speak; and the great poet Nicki Minaj, just to hear her process and see her perform.
Which song would be the perfect soundtrack to Ace of Spades’ closing scene?
Dog Days are Over by Florence + The Machine or The Last of the Real Ones by Fall Out Boy.
Which novel, other than your own, do you think would make a great TV adaptation?
I think Krystal Sutherland’s House of Hollow would be such an incredible adaptation.
Is there a question you wish authors were asked but rarely are?
I wish authors were asked what their favourite Disney Channel Original Movie is – mine is High School Musical or Starstruck.
Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé, cover image by Kingsley Nebechi, is out now. Published by Usborne Publishing.