Feisty Zine, a budding new online zine, was kind enough to reach out to me after reviewing my Selo & Inya series. Get a taste:
FZ: Do you have a writing soundtrack? If so, what have you been listening to? If no music, then what is your writing space? What’s it like?Check out the full interview here!
Ankhesen: I do LOVE writing to music; I like to find music to fit what I’m writing though. I tend to go for moody, ambient tracks, or indigenous music from around the world.
FZ: What message do you want to convey with your writing? Is it purely entertainment for your audience and yourself or are you writing to create something you’ve never had? Such as how there’s a lack of representation for Women of Color that isn’t oppressive.
Ankhesen: I definitely write to create worlds I never had growing up. Selo & Inya is actually a perfect example of this; I grew up watching Xena: Warrior Princess. And while I loved Lucy Lawless to death, the lack of brown female leads on that show in that genre overall was so irritating. It made it literally impossible to fully enjoy the show. And I think that something our white counterparts don’t get; when we watch shows and films where we’re not correctly and abundantly represented, it’s not satisfying. We’re not happy customers. It ultimately feels like a waste of time and money. Cool wardrobes and special effects will only appeal to us up to a certain point. After that, we’re like, “…Why did I even bother?”
FZ: What writers influence you? What writer would you totally make out with?
Ankhesen: The folklore I grew up on from Cameroon (and West Africa in general) heavily influences my style, as it guides the way I think. So it’s not just one writer, but rather an entire custom of storytelling within the oral tradition.
As for the second question…there are so many insightful bloggers and independent artists who have enriched and entertained me (and flirted with me) ever since I first discovered “the blog life” six years ago. Let’s just say my make-out list is quite long at this juncture…but I’ll be taking those names to my grave.