Nora Roberts has finally addressed the accusation leveled against her by Nigerian writer Tomi Adeyemi.
Recall that the author of the fantasy novel “Children of Blood and Bone” took to her Twitter two days ago to share a photo of the cover of her book alongside Roberts’, both photos showing that their books share similar titles. “It would be nice if an artist could create something special without another artist trying to shamelessly profit off it,” said Adeyemi in the post.
it would be nice if an artist could create something special without another artist trying to shamelessly profit off it pic.twitter.com/GDCcYS2TGa
— Tomi Adeyemi (@tomi_adeyemi) November 27, 2018
Shortly after the post stirred outrage, she apologised and said she had resolved the issue with Roberts.
update: Nora was kind enough to reach out & explain that today was the first she’d heard of my book. After talking to her, I believe our titles were created in isolation.
I’m grateful she explained & I’ve apologized, but I wanted to address it here as I know others were upset too https://t.co/OCcaUtu83F
— Tomi Adeyemi (@tomi_adeyemi) November 28, 2018
Well, the American author is very unhappy with her.
In her blog post titled “Mob Rule by Social Media,” Roberts said:
“By accusing me, in public, of attempting to ‘shamelessly profit’ off of her creativity, she incited her readers into attacking me–on her feed, then on my pages, then on the internet in general. She did nothing to stop this. I have been accused of theft, of trying to use this first time writer–whose book has been well received–for my own profit. To ride her coattails as I have no originality. This after more than thirty years in the business, more than two hundred books.
I was accused of plagiarism–for a title–of stealing her ideas–though I had never heard of her book before this firestorm, have never read her book.
And trust me, I never will now.
This is what happens when a reckless statement is made on social media. It becomes a monstrous lie that spreads and grows and escalates.”
And she said a lot more. Read the full post here.
Many fans of both authors are unsure of how this will play out, and this is because Roberts’s post carries a threatening undertone, with many people suspecting that she will take legal actions against the Nigerian write.
Anyway, we can’t wait to see how this pans out.