If you have ever wondered what would happen if you combined "Get Out" and "Gossip Girl" but with queer characters, then check out "Ace of Spades" by Faridah Abiké-Iyimidé.

What was your inspiration behind your most recent novel?

I was inspired a lot by the world and characters of "Gossip Girl" as well as the move from my diverse town in South London to my very white University town in Scotland.

What character in this novel do you most relate to and why?

Probably Devon. A lot of his upbringing and family dynamics are inspired by my own upbringing and family life.

Why do you feel novels with powerful and unique characters are so popular and have such a voice right now?

I think a lot of people are looking to articulate their experiences, and novels with these messages almost give them the language to do so. There’s a relief in seeing your experiences represented and knowing that you aren’t alone. But I also think this isn’t a new thing, stories with strong messages have existed and have been received well for this same reason since the beginning of time.

Describe the content of your latest book and what readers can expect.

"Ace of Spades" is a Dark Academia YA Social Thriller set in a private school called Niveus Private Academy. It is best pitched as "Get Out" meets "Gossip Girl" (but queer) and the story follows Devon and Chiamaka, the only Black students at the school.

What's next for you in the bookish world?

I’m currently working on a few projects, the one I’m most excited about right now is a YA thriller featuring a Black Muslim protagonist (like myself)!


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