Lizzie Damilola Blackburn is a British-Nigerian writer, born in Peckham, who wants to tell the stories that she and her friends have longed for but never seen. In 2019 she won the Literary Consultancy Pen Factor Writing Competition with the early draft of her debut novel, which she had been writing alongside juggling her job at Carers UK. She has been at the receiving end of the question in the title of her novel many times and now lives with her husband in Milton Keynes. Today we're chatting about her debut, Yinka, Where is your Huzband?
Our interview begins at 00:21:30
Mini book club: Magpie by Elizabeth Day
*Skip this part of the episode if you don't want any spoilers!*
Magpie is a moving contemporary novel exploring relationships between mothers and daughters. We chat a lot about our impressions of this and expectations: it sounds like a domestic noir thriller at first glance, but you'll probably feel disappointed if you go into the novel expecting that...
Note: Caitlin read a PR copy through her position at Harper Collins Publishers.
In this interview, we chat about:
Why Lizzie was drawn to the rom-com genre to explore serious issues and the importance of joyful Black stories
The pressure we feel from family and society to be in a relationship
How faith is included in Yinka’s story
Exploring colourism throughout the novel
Researching the therapy sessions incorporated into the story
How Yinka started as a short story on Lizzie’s blog and the journey to publication
The surprises of the editing and publishing process and how Lizzie has grown throughout it