Nashville, TN (TN Tribune)–Producing informative, entertaining and thought-provoking content material has at all times been leisure journalist Sonya Jenkins’ intent as a author, so when the Coronavirus Pandemic interrupted her “social butterfly” calendar, Jenkins took social distancing as a time to up the ante creatively by launching two tasks, SMILEY, THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT (Paperback; December 18, 2020; $15.99) and “Shayla’s Catch Prequel,” streaming solely by way of Amazon Prime Video. SMILEY, THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT takes younger readers on a flight from Atlanta to Orlando, full of tough air, a passenger with a peanut allergy, and customary courtesy suggestions. On this explicit flight, two unaccompanied minors bravely journey with out their dad and mom. SMILEY, THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT, illustrated by Khadija Maryam, teaches airplane security, inflight etiquette and encourages the worth of a nice disposition whereas displaying a phenomenal smile. The story is predicated on a number of the experiences in Jenkins’ personal life as a former flight attendant.
“After a long-term profession as a flight attendant, I made a decision to put in writing Smiley as a farewell to a rewarding profession within the aviation trade,” Jenkins mentioned. “Security, inflight etiquette and smiling have been all basic practices I utilized as a flight attendant, so it was pure to incorporate these parts within the ebook.”
Since its launch in December 2020, SMILEY, THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT has acquired high rankings by way of Amazon. The ebook has been described as “beautifully-crafted” and “wonderfully-illustrated,” with some readers have suggesting that Smiley’s adventures are developed right into a kids’s ebook sequence.
“I hope to put in writing extra kids’s books that can encourage wholesome vanity for the youthful era,” Jenkins mentioned. “I’m additionally planning to ultimately discover animated movies for kids.”
On one other inventive be aware, a brand new film-making enterprise additionally took flight for Jenkins in 2020. Through the 1-year celebration of her first movie mission, “Shayla’s Catch,” a 53-minute movie streaming on Amazon Prime Video (2019), Jenkins obtained an thought to reboot the “Shayla’s Catch” initiative (with prequels). On November 16, 2020 “Shayla’s Catch Prequel” premiered solely on Prime Video – TV episodes – with new episodes of intrigue, romance and drama on the best way. The episodes have additionally begun streaming in the UK by way of Prime Video.
“Shayla’s Catch Prequel” introduces viewers to the approach to life of Calvin CK Moore, a rich NFL star vast receiver, performed by health mannequin and actor Oshea Russell. The soccer journey and the intimate lifetime of CK Moore is quick and complex, with extraordinary athleticism, fame, cash and a number of girls being the first forces in his life. The story presents many questions on faithfulness and loyalty, intertwined with the aggressive nature of American sports activities. “Shayla’s Catch Prequel” additionally stars singer and VH1 “Love & Hip Hop New York” alum Amina “Buddafly” Pankey, who performs CK’s longtime girlfriend, Mia grows more and more fed up along with her famous person boyfriend’s philandering methods, but additionally gloats in giving him a style of his personal drugs. Center Tennessee State College pupil, Kyleigh Campbell, performs Shayla Lucas, a naïve, hopeful romantic searching for her final catch. Finally, Shayla and CK meet, as he’s flattered by her innocence and she or he is intrigued by the heart-thumping enchantment of his beauty, recognition and way of life.
Jenkins believes “Shayla’s Catch” is extra related as we speak than it was when she first began writing the novel 20 years in the past, as a result of it delves into vanity points that plague many younger girls as we speak, particularly in a social media influenced society.
“Wholesome vanity has nothing to do with having 1000’s and tens of millions of social media followers or having a ball participant or millionaire as a boyfriend or a husband,” she mentioned. “Shayla’s Catch delves into what life may be like if one has the millionaire associate, the recognition and the wonder, however nonetheless struggles with self-love.”
In a world the place new improvements and reinventing oneself are constants, Jenkins hopes to proceed constructing her model with content material that can assist readers and viewers uncover their internal baby and escape by means of her melo-dramatic storytelling.