Tomi Adeyemi is a Nigerian-American writer and creative writing coach. She is known for her book Children of Blood and Bone, the first in a trilogy to be published by Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.
The 24-year-old writer discusses her breakout fantasy trilogy series, “Children of Blood and Bone.”on the Good morning America show today in America.
Tomi Adeyemi graduated from Harvard with an honors degree in English Literature then studied West African mythology and culture in Salvador, Brazil on a fellowship.
According to her, the book Children of Blood and Bone is a Black Lives Matter-inspired, young-adult (YA) fantasy novel, featuring protagonist Zélie Adebola who fights a monarchy to return magic to her people.
Adeyemi has said she wanted to write a fantasy novel set in West Africa so that “a little Black girl [could] pick up my book one day and see herself as the star…I want her to know that she’s beautiful and she matters and she can have a crazy, magical adventure even if an ignorant part of the world tells her she can never be Hermione Granger.”
Fox 2000 has purchased the film adaptation rights to the book. Reportedly the deals for the publishing and film rights were approximately seven figures.
Deadline described it as “one of the biggest YA debut novel publishing deals ever.”
Her book also caught the attention of popular American author of best sellers books, Stephen King.
Her excited family was on the show with her and her brother Tobi Adeyemi spoke on how he always knew his sister’s imaginative skills will take her places.
Her proud parents also had great things to say about her.
Tomi Adeyemi lives in San Diego, congratulations to her.