Authors, Friday Feature

Friday Feature: Tomi Adeyemi

Picture taken from Instagram with permission of the author.

Tomi Adeyemi, what a lady! She is 25 year old Nigerian American who graduated from Harvard with a degree in English literature. Before writing a bestselling novel Tomi studied West African mythology and culture. Tomi Adeyemi’s first published book was Children of Blood and Bone. She is currently working on the sequel, Children of Virtue and Vengeance, which should be released June 4th of this year.

What’s So Great About Her?

Tomi Adeyemi is a woman on a mission.

I was determined to write an incredible YA story, with adventure and imagination like nothing people had ever experienced. And my protagonist was going to black.
And you know what? It wouldn’t matter.
Because when you have a good story, it doesn’t matter who the story is about. 

Or more specifically,

So that is why I write. The dream is the same, but the purpose is different. It isn’t fame or success; it is a burning passion to tell a story about someone who is different and to force readers to fall in love with what is different from them.

To give you a little bit more background on those statements, Adeyemi was greatly affected by the internet backlash about Rue being cast as a young black girl in the movie version of The Hunger Games . She was particularly upset when people stated they were less affected by Rue’s death specifically because she was black. Now, even I remember hearing about the Rue controversy and being upset that people could be so outraged simply because the casted actress was black. But, Adeyemi didn’t just get upset. She took that hurt and used it to craft a best-selling novel. She wrote to give representation to girls who may not have felt like they had it before. You can’t get motivation better than that. She is everything I want in an author and you should definitely check her out. She even offers free writing advice and courses on her website! You can check it out here.

The quotes came specifically from this blog post. All other information came from Toni Adeyemi’s personal website.

2 thoughts on “Friday Feature: Tomi Adeyemi”

  1. Reblogged this on Lively chapters and commented:
    I love this. Tomi sparked joy & realization in me last year. I just discovered the book community & was following this girl on Instagram who loved a series that Tomi even quoted in Children of blood and bone… Somehow I found out about her book afterwards & convinced my sister to buy it sometime after it was released. I have to admit that it took me a while to finish the book becuz I wasn’t the avid reader I was before some years ago. But when I did finish it I was so happy going in and coming out, then I realized something about all my old writings; I never wrote a black character in my entire life writing. And I was 16 and started writing at 10. That really opened my eyes to how the world can alter your perspective in all sorts of ways. Thanks for this post & as always I thank Tomi for writing Children of blood and bone and for making me realize my life’s biggest mistake.

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    1. Thank you for the comment and thank you for sharing your story! Children of Blood and Bone was a long read, but well worth it. I’m glad she has had such a positive impact on you! Her writing is really eye opening and it really made me think. She’s a wonderful woman and I can’t wait to read her sequel 🙂

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