Author Tomi Adeyemi Taps Into A Different Side of Fiction

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Since signing with an agent in 2017, author Tomi Adeyemi has been growing in popularity thanks to her recently released fantasy novel Children Of Blood And Bone. According to, she has made history by receiving a near seven-figure book and movie deal. EBONY magazine even called her “the next big thing in literature and film.”

Children Of Blood And Bone will be the first book of a three-book trilogy. Being one of the only Nigerian-American young authors to write in the fantasy genre is a big deal. She is quickly becoming a role model for many young writers, especially those of color. Check out what she had to say to True Star.

TS: Why write fantasy?

TA: It’s J.K. Rowling’s fault! She made me fall in love with magic, and I have never fallen out of love with it. … I just love fantasy and love being in new worlds. And right now, the most exciting opportunity for me as a writer is to create a magical fantasy world to bring everybody else into!

TS: How long did it take you to write this book?

TA: I had the idea for this book in May of 2016, and I needed a good draft of the book to enter a contest in August of 2016, so I outlined the book for three weeks, wrote the first draft in a month, and wrote a second draft in the next month. Since that competition, I’ve edited the book for 11 months. It’s almost done, so I think it’ll be 15 months from idea to the final “The End.”

TS: What is your writing process like?

TA: My process usually goes: Get story inspiration, create a Pinterest board full of other things that inspire me, outline full story, write!

TS: Will each book have a movie?

TA: As of now, there’s going to be a movie for the first book! If people like it and go see it in theaters, then my fingers are crossed that there will be movies for the next two books, too!

TS: Who do you want to play your main character Zélie?

TA: If I just rattled names off the top of my head right now, then I’d have to say Lupita Nyong’o, Deborah Ayorinde, Teyonah Parrish, Aja Naomi King, Ryan Destiny and Anna Diop would all be people I’d love to see!

TS: What authors have inspired you?

TA: My lifelong inspiration is always going to be J.K. Rowling! She is the first author to take me into a completely new world and I have always been in love with fantasy and story because of her. More recently, my biggest inspirations have been

Daniel José Older, author of Shadowshaper series, Sabaa Tahir, author of An Ember In The Ashes series and Leigh Bardugo, author of Six of Crows duology and Wonderwoman: Warbringer.

TS: What do you do to get through writer’s block?

TA: I have two methods for this!

Method 1: Talk To Somebody

I’m lucky enough to have a big writing community now from other authors to my editor to even my family. If I’m really stuck, there are a lot of people I can bounce ideas off of!


Method 2: Watch My Favorite Story

I’ve found watching your favorite television show/movie when you’re stuck can create a lot of new ideas in your head!


TS: What advice do you have for aspiring authors?

TA: My biggest advice for you is to believe that you can do it.

The year I decided that this was what I wanted, and I believed in myself, and I was going to pour my blood, sweat, and tears into this dream is the year everything happened for me. I’m not ignorant of the other blessings in my life that allowed me to focus everything on writing, but I still think it’s significant that just going for it with everything I had allowed me to succeed.

When you look at anyone in entertainment, be it writing or music or art or drawing, a lot of the people we look up to work their butts off! So believe that if you work your butt off, you can do it!

Children of Blood And Bone is in bookstores now.

Pitching Your Story

With magic, Zélie’s family could stand against the royal guard.

Her people wouldn’t live in fear.

Her mom wouldn’t have hanged from that tree.

Years after the king wiped magic out of Orïsha, Zélie has one chance to bring it back. To do so, she’ll have to outwit/outrun the crown prince, who’s hell-bent on erasing magic for good.

-Original pitch for Children of Blood And Bone/

Fast Fun Facts:

Favorite social media outlet:

Pinterest: Lots of beautiful art but not a lot of trolls!

Fast Fun Facts:

Favorite social media outlet:

Pinterest: Lots of beautiful art but not a lot of trolls!

Describe your life in three words:

Learn To Listen To Blessings (I know I cheated.)

Who are you listening to?

Chance the Rapper and Little Mix

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Naruto Fanfiction


By Cierra Lemott, Sophomore, Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep

Instagram & Snapchat: @cece.kodak


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