Mini Author Q&A ft Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

To celebrate the recent UK cover release of Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé’s highly anticipated debut, Ace of Spades, we have a mini author Q&A. Below you’ll find her answers to some quick-fire questions (including the super important stuff, like her favourite meme…) and you’ll find the US and UK covers as well as links you can follow to pre-order!


Name one book you wish you could read again for the first time…

Cheating by saying The Mortal Instruments series – I think reading that series as a teenager was truly the last time I experienced happiness 


What is your favourite writing snack?

Reese’s cups


A meme that lives in your head rent free?

That meme of Brandy dancing to Afrodisiac…


What’s one thing you’d love readers to take away from your book?

That Black girls can kick ass in designer heels (oh, and also to interrogate everything you’ve been taught up until now by systems like education)


Which character did you have the most fun writing?

I love writing Chiamaka because she is so blunt and says whatever’s on her mind and somehow gets away with it


What is one book that you cannot wait to read?

Whatever Angie Thomas writes next…


Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé is a writer from South London who has dreamt of writing books about black kids saving (or destroying) the world all her life. She is an avid tea drinker, and a collector of strange mugs. She currently studies English Literature in the Scottish Highlands.


Toggle the scroll button to switch between the UK and US covers of Ace of Spades. Both will be available in-store and online in June 2021.

Pre-order Ace of Spades here at Bookshop.org (and help support local Indies!) or Waterstones.

Visit Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé‘s website to learn more about Ace of Spades or follow her on Twitter or Instagram at @faridahlikestea.


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