Tomi Adeyemi doesn’t live in a fantasy world, she just writes compellingly about one. Children of Blood and Bone, the first book in her young adult trilogy, was published in 2018 to acclaim, big sales, and a movie deal already in the works. In March, the second book in Adeyemi’s Legacy of Orïsha trilogy, based on West African mythology and inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, will hit stores. We spoke to her about why the books’ themes are perpetually relevant.
In July you tweeted that police came to your home and demanded you let them in to answer questions. When you asked for a warrant they threatened to rip the hinges off the door. It feels like a great irony that you’re writing a trilogy inspired by Black Lives Matter and then you have this real life experience.
It’s not a great irony at all. The entire point is that it’s not ironic that I’m writing this series and that’s what happened. I can see a clear delineation in responses between my readers of color and my white readers. My white readers were horrified and didn’t understand how this could happen. My black readers totally understood how this could happen.
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