Meet The 24-Year-Old Harvard Grad Whose Debut Book Is About To Be Made Into A Film

Posted On : August 1, 2018

It seems that every other day on the news an unarmed black man or woman is being shot to death by cops.

In 2016, black Americans were three times more likely than white people to die in interactions with police. 

We march, we protest, we boycott. But at the end of the day, many of us feel helpless at the blatant injustice. For first-time author Tomi Adeyemi, she channeled her outrage into a young adult fantasy novel.

Children of Blood and Bone has now become a New York best selling book. The story has been described as Avatar, The Last Airbender, meets Black Lives Matter. Adeyemi’s runaway success has led to the novel being transformed into a full-length feature, Shadow and Act reports. 

Children of Blood and Bone is the first installment in what will be a trilogy.

She Was Given A Lucrative Book Deal

Tomi Adeyemi

The novel has certainly struck a chord with young readers. With the second book still in the works, Adeyemi received one of the most lucrative publishing deals ever with Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.

Her movie deal with Fox 2000 is also said to be in the seven figures, Deadline reports.

“I wanted to write a story about black people, and I wanted to write a story about the black experience, and the black experience has a lot to do with black pain and that has a lot to do with white people,” Adeyemi says.

She’s An Inspiration To Other Writers

The Nigerian-American author behind the West African-set fantasy novel is also a writing coach based in San Diego, California.

She is a graduate of Harvard University and the recipient of a fellowship to study West African mythology and culture in Salvador, Brazil.

She offers expertise and free writing tips to aspiring authors via her website:

You can follow on Twitter: @tomi_adeyemi and Instagram: