Young Adult/Fantasy writer, Tomi Adeyemi is one of the most talked about breakout author of 2018. Her debut book, Children of Blood and Bone stayed on top of the New York Times Bestseller list for 25 weeks!
Inspired by Nigeria’s rich culture and the Black Lives Matter Movement, 25-year-old Tomi Adeyemi developed her series, Legacy of Orïsha with Children of Blood and Bone being the first in the series.
The book was published in March, 2018 and immediately became number one on the New York Times Young Adult Hardcover Bestseller list. It also snagged a seven-figure film adaptation rights deal from Fox 2000. This is a well-deserved reward for the awesome story Tomi Adeyemi put together. Here are a few things you probably didn’t know about her.
1. Her first book did not get positive feedback
Although Tomi started writing when she was just 5-years-old, her first full-length project – which she started at 18 did not receive positive feedback.
2. Children of Blood and Bone got published through a writing competition
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today you guys gave #childrenofbloodandbone its 25th straight week on the bestseller list 🙏🏿 wombat video to come (put the song you want me to wombat twerk to in the comments), but to every bookseller, every librarian, every blogger, every magazine, every reader, and every friend who’s pushed this book on their other friend so that you could talk about the ending with them, thank you 💖🙏🏿💖🙏🏿💖 this is beyond a dream come true
After her first book tanked, she submitted her follow-up project, Children of Blood and Bone for a competition called Pitch Wars. The contest matches emerging writers with editors and authors to revise their works before it is submitted to a literary agent.
3. She fell in love with West African mythology during her fellowship in Salvador, Brazil
After receiving her degree in English Literature from Harvard University, Tomi went to Brazil to study West African mythology under a fellowship. She discovered Orïsha by accident while she was studying the Brazilian slave trade in a museum. Her fascination with mythology and passion for writing an all-black character story led her to write Children of Blood and Bone.
4. Tomi worked at a film production company
After graduation, she got a job in a Los Angeles film production company which she later quit because the long hours were interfering with her writing.
5. She loves working out
Tomi is a gym junkie and particularly loves boxing. She occasionally shares her workout routines on her Instagram page.
6. Tomi is a creative writing coach
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a lot of you have been messaging me about what i share in my “masterclass” or school visits. i try and share everything i’ve learned and everything i’m still learning about pursuing a dream successfully, but the biggest wisdom i want everyone i speak to to walk away with is that you shouldn’t shrink yourself and you should never shrink your dream. the world we live in tries to get us to do both, especially if you’re a minority. it’s up to you to fight against that and keep your dreams and yourself as big as you deserve to be.
She has a website where she teaches young authors how to write better. Tomi also runs masterclasses in select campuses in the US.
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