A quick chat with...Rachel Faturoti
The Conversations Series creates a positive image for young girls to refer to by having conversations with different writers, entrepreneurs, and creators. Here, we are catching up with Rachel Faturoti, a writer who has written Sadé and her Shadow Beasts and her new book, Finding Folkshore.
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Finding Folkshore is your latest YA novel. Fola Oduwole, the main character, experiences heartbreak over her brother’s illness, as well as finding herself in Folkshore - a hidden part of London. Where the adventure begins. What inspired you to write the book?
In 2018, I first had the idea for a Black Rapunzel. I have always loved fairy tales, but they have not been very diverse, so I wanted to tell a story about a hidden mythical place in London with these subverted fairy tale characters. London itself has charming elements to it and Folkshore stems from that.
What do you hope young readers will take away from this story?
I want the readers to know that they are never too young to make an impact in this world. It’s important to stand up for what you believe in and use your voice. I also want to stress the importance of having a community around you and this does not have to be just family — it could be friends too.
Why is it important for young Black readers to be represented in stories?
Positive representation allows young Black readers to understand more of the world, it grows their self-esteem and shows them future possibilities.
When did you discover your love for writing? What was that like?
I have always loved writing. My earliest memory was when I was approximately six years old, crafting short stories on my dad’s typewriter. I have always written.
I loved writing songs before too!
Quick Fire Questions
Who inspires you?
God and my family.
What is the last book you read?
Yomi and the Fury of Ninki Nanka written by Davina Tijani
About the author
Rachel Faturoti is a British-Nigerian author, editor, screenwriter and poet. She believes it is important for readers to see themselves represented well in stories.