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30 Nov 2018

Bestselling American Author, Nora Roberts, Slams Tomi Adeyemi For False Accusation And Makes Shocking Vow

Up-and-coming United States-based Nigerian author, Tomi Adeyemi, has apologised for falsely accusing famed American author, Nora Roberts, of plagiarising the title of her novel.

Adeyemi, who is the 25-year-old author of the New York Times best-seller, ‘Children of Blood and Bone,’ published in March, made the accusation based on the title of Roberts’ follow-up novel titled ‘Of Blood and Bone,’ which is scheduled for publication on December 4.

The fast-rising novelist, while sharing pictures of the cover pages of both books, took to Twitter on Tuesday, saying, “It would be nice if an artist could create something special without another artist trying to shamelessly profit off it.”

The comments prompted severe backlash against Roberts.

However, Adeyemi, on Wednesday, posted on her verified Twitter account, “Update: Nora was kind enough to reach out and 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 and I’ve apologised, but I wanted to address it here as I know others were upset too.”

Roberts, in a post on her official blog, www.fallintothestory.com, decried the development, explaining that her book title had been chosen before Adeyemi’s book was published.

The 68-year-old author of no fewer than 225 titles added that the fallout of the false accusation validated her extreme caution with the use of social media.

According to her, Adeyemi has not done enough to stem the vitriolic attacks against her on social media after erroneous accusation

She said, “I’m not on Twitter. I’ve said before and will say again, I’d rather be poked in the eye with a burning stick than tweet. I’m only on Instagram and Facebook because the amazing Laura (Roberts’ personal publicist) runs the show.

“I don’t spend much time on social media. I recognise its power, I appreciate its ability to connect writers with readers. And I also understand how easily it can be weaponised to incite flame wars. So I’m very careful with my use of it — and Laura is even more so.”

“Recently another writer used her social media forums to baselessly, recklessly accuse me of stealing the title of her book — which is (expletive) right off — to attempt to profit from this theft.”

Roberts noted that Adeyemi, without facts, used only her emotions to throw the accusation into the public domain for her followers.

She said, “First, let’s address the particular title which happens to be similar. I titled this particular book, wrote this book, turned this book into my publisher nearly a year before her book — a first novel — was published.

“So unless I conquered the time/space continuum, my book was actually titled before hers. Regardless, you can’t copyright a title. And titles, like broad ideas, just float around in the creative clouds. It’s what’s inside that counts.”

Roberts explained that by accusing her, in public, of attempting to “shamelessly profit” of Adeyemi’s creativity, the readers of the younger author were incited into attacking her on her social media feed, pages, and the Internet in general.

The author added, “She (Adeyemi) 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 30 years in the business, more than 200 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.”

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