Tuesday, 5 April 2011

E is for Efe Sagay, Heroine of A Love Rekindled

Today I'll be interviewing Efe, heroine of Myne Whitman's new novel, A Love Rekindled.

A Love Rekindled

Picture a cozy office, a desk covered in papers and books and two comfy armchairs, each occupied by a young woman, one blond, one dark-haired.

Tessa: Welcome to my world, Efe. Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity. 

They smile at each other, and Tessa pours tea. 

Tessa: Now, since my readers don't know you yet, why don't we start with you telling me who you are. Let's make it a challenge - you can only use three sentences! 

Efe (laughs): My name is Efe Sagay, and I am a Nigerian. I am an audit accountant, (yeah I know, some people assume that's a boring job. If only they knew.), and I currently work for the Hilton Hotel in Abuja, Nigeria. I used to be terribly quiet, but now I've learnt to spread my wings, and be more social.

Tessa: Before that job, you spent quite some time in America, right? What did you do while you were there? 

EfeMost of all, I studied. I spent my first five years in the states getting one degree after another. But along the line, what with getting a job in a hotel, and growing older, I traveled around, and tried to discover and enjoy new places and people. 

Tessa passes over a plate heaped with different kinds of cookies. Efe picks one, takes a bite. 

Tessa: I know it's hard to leave your home and go live by yourself, in a foreign environment, far away from your family. Who, amongst all the people you left behind when you left Nigeria, did you miss the most? 

Efe (finishes her cookie and frowns into her tea): Bear with me if I'm honest here. Pain at losing Kevwe was a constant companion. Sometimes, I pushed it behind me, but even a peculiar tone in a voice would remind me, or the glint of gold in a stranger's eyes. Other than that, I missed my family, but I spoke with them often so that was easier. 

Tessa offers the cookies again but Efe shakes her head. 

Tessa: You came back, though. When you got back to Nigeria, what was the first thing you did? The very first?

Efe (lips curled into a rueful half-smile): I hugged and stared at my young brother and sister, all grown up! (She shakes her head as if not quite believing it.) And then I ate my mother's food! 

Tessa (grins): Nothing beats home-cooked food, does it? 

Efe laughs and nods her agreement.

Tessa: So why did you come back? Did it have something to do with your job or was it a personal decision?

EfeI've always known I would go back after I was more settled, I just didn't know when. The job offer, as a staff of the international chain of the Hilton Hotel, made it easier to return at this particular time, a bit earlier than I'd previously thought. Knowing I would be paid enough to be totally independent was a big source of security when I made the decision. And the offer came with moving to a city that held no ghosts for me, and where I could be closer to my family.

Tessa: Was there something you were afraid of, coming back? Something you thought might happen? 

EfeI guess at the back of my mind, I was scared in a way of running into Kevwe and having the whole nightmare start all over again. But I convinced myself it would never happen. 

Tessa: Did you have a wish, for your new life in your old home?

Efe: Nothing too complicated, I just want happiness.  

Tessa: Then I wish you all the best for your future, Efe. I hope you get everything you hope for, and everything you might not know you need.

*The End*

A Love Rekindled is Myne Whitman's second novel, and now available for purchase:

Amazon: Paperback / Kindle
B&N Nook: ebook
Smashwords: ebook
Createspace: ebook

If you want to know more about Myne, check in on Saturday for "I is for Interview" or read this previous interview I did with her for my Critique group's blog. You can also find her on her website Myne Whitman Writeswhere she keeps a blog.

Myne has also been kind enough to provide me with a copy of A Love Rekindled, which I am giving away to YOU! Yes you! All you need to do to be eligible is...

1. comment both on Efe's interview, saying you wish to participate in the giveaway
2. comment on Myne's interview (Saturday 9th), saying again that you wish to participate in the giveaway

The winner shall be selected by random.org and will be announced on Wednesday 13th (L for Love Rekindled, of course). 

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