…To become a better writer you have to be overly enthusiastic about the product you are working on, in that way you can visualize its completion and continue with the flow process when times are challenging- Amada Epe
NWA: Let’s meet you
Am Amanda Epe, I have a diverse work
ing background experiences ranging from working
in an airline, customer services roles, education and health services. I obtained a Masters Degree in Education and Health Promotion from University College London, UCL.
NWA: NWA: How long has Amanda been writing?
I have been writing since i can remember being my favorite and most spiritual activity as a child. My first public piece of creative writing anthologized was over ten years ago.
NWA: Aside from writing what else do you do?
Being a person that values creativity I also dance regularly as a way of spiritual expression as well to improve my health and well-being.
NWA: Tell us more about your book “A Fly Girl” and who is it targeted at?
A Fly Girl book is a memoir of the life working as a Cabin Crew Member, from the onset it entails the dream, aspirations and tenacity of the narrator despite all odds, it then takes the reader around the world sharing the experiences of the heroine in varying climates and cultures. It was written as a book to inspire predominately girls and women to believe in themselves and be persistent as well as inspiring travel with insight to travelling through the role of a stewardess.
NWA: Tell us why should people read it?
This book will be a great read for those who want a combination of history capturing complex social issues yet written with humour.
NWA: You won the Non-fiction writer of the year (Judges Choice) at the Nigerian Writers Awards; did you expect you will win?
I was on a winning streak firstly being recognized by Lift Effects Star Awards then having being a recipient of another national book ward in the U.K, however i didn’t expect to win Non-Fiction Writer of the Year Judges Choice amongst the talented nominees.
NWA: How did you feel winning the award?
I feel very grateful to receive this award and it is a joy to know that my work has been valued by a prestigious award.
NWA: As a writer what has been/is your biggest challenge?
My biggest challenge writing is focusing on one piece of work, the mind full of imagination and creativity attempts many projects some fail to complete by loss of interest or other things taking precedence.
NWA: You are a Nigerian writer based in the diaspora, how are Nigerian writers celebrated over there?
Nigerian writers are celebrated in the U.K through awards catering for Diaspora and African Writing and few are recognized in mainstream literary world.
NWA: What is your perception of Nigerians towards our writers?
Speaking to fellow authors in workshops and discussions on being a writer I feel that the Nigerian community find writers are hustlers using writing as a sideline of income. Highly skilled professionals and traditional occupations are respected and valued more than writers.
NWA: Could you mention three Nigerian writers you admire their works the most?
I admire these women Chimamanda Adichie, Bassey Ikpi’s spoken word and the classic Buchi Emecheta.
NWA: How do you unwind?
I unwind through reading in the evening or before bed and also through yoga meditation.
NWA: What advise will you give to emerging writers?
I would advise emerging writers to be overly enthusiastic about the product they are working on, in that way they can visualize its completion and continue with the flow process when times are challenging.
NWA: Can we know what Amanda is currently working on?
At present I am researching and writing for well-being as well as writing spoken word pieces.
NWA: Our world today is buried beneath the debris of media exploration, how is your online presence and how often to you get online?
Technology is amazing having being connected with people from far distances and opportunities arising, currently though offline has been more effective in relationship building rather than behind the screen. I have limited my direct messages on social media to once a week, and blogging is also on a weekly basis when the inspiration occurs.
NWA: What is your Philosophy of life?
As a writer who enjoys the sincerity in spoken word, and the realness of life writing my philosophies are seeking truth, the truth in your soul. Truth brings transformation which is one of the greatest challenges changing the self rather than the world.
NWA: Which of your platforms can people connect to you?
People can connect with me on twitter @msroseblossom or comment on any of the blog posts that resonate with them at www.msroseblossom.org
NWA: It’s been great having you, thank you so much for your time
It has been a pleasure being platformed via NWA and thank you for the interest in me.