Transcript for ‘Children of Virtue and Vengeance’ author talks ‘second book syndrome’
book club, Tomi adayemi, brand-new sequel. "Children of virtue and vengeance" is out today. She introduced readers to her world of orisha. It just celebrated its 90th week on "The New York Times" best-seller's list. So many people are excited to have this woman here with us today. Oh. Whoo. Oh, my goodness. Hi. Hi. It is so good to see you. It is so good. Your beautiful family there with you like they were last time. I've heard people describe this as, stay with me, they describe it as "Game of thrones" plus "Black panther" plus magic. Yes. How would you describe it. No, that's good. That's good. Action and adventure and the political intrigue of "Game of thrones," it's the African celebration that was "Black panther" and there's magic so you got it. Oh, my. This is your sophomore work, if you will. Yes. And it's -- I remember -- well, just how has it been? You come out a couple of years ago. She signed a seven-figure deal to do this book and this series like this but how has life been. It's been crazy in the best ways and like also the hardest ways because this was a lot at once so it's a lot of -- there's so much to do in getting through book one and getting through book two and so that's why -- last time I was here I was like nervous. Now I'm here and I'm like, good morning, like it's just I feel triumphant. I can't wait to share this with everyone. I remember when you unwrapped the debut book. Yeah. Your reaction went viral. Can we show everybody your reaction. You just broke down. It was a dream that you had. Yeah. And then with this one, your reaction has been just -- it's kind of like -- you're still in the moment. Yes. You haven't let it escape you. That's what I'm talking you're like, I got this. Yeah. You know, once you've been through it now you're like oh I really get to celebrate and feel like, again, I just feel this moment in a way I couldn't before. I feel -- I have fans, I got to create something for you. We're going back into this journey together. We get -- it's a completely new experience but in the best way. I'm just so -- I'm excited. We're on "Good morning America." You got some super fans here. And, you know, you are going to see your work up on the big Yes. Disney, lucasfilms, fox lucasfilms are going to make it a trilogy into the big screen. I know you can't give up any secrets or anything like that but who would you like to be in the cast. Usually I keep it so close to the chest. The only one I'm comfortable saying is when I was doing king seran I had Idris Elba on my Pinterest board and I'm imagining how would Idris do it and I would write it like that I kind of wrote this for you, Idris. I don't know where you are. He watches "Gma." If you're watching, Idris. Could be. I created this character for you. Like last time your beautiful family is here. Your brother is a musician. Yes. I know that you've been on stage with him. And we've seen video of you on stage with your brother like right here getting it, getting it. Getting it. And your sister, your sister is here as well. Just graduated from Stanford, Mom and proud daddy are right looking so dapper. I'm not going to ask you. Pass the mic to your momma. She's miked up. What is the family secret? I just want to say god number one and then number two -- We came -- we came to this country starting from scratch and they saw how much hard work we put into everything that we did and so they had no choice but to work hard. Yes. Do you agree? Yes. No, it's real. They came here. Working add McDonald's. Driving packages around so seeing the life they built for us. If you can do that this is where you started us so where can we let's go as high as far as we can and, yeah, it's incredibly grateful to them but book one is dedicated to them and book two to my siblings. You know, it takes a tribe. It takes a real tribe. What a tribe you have. Thank you. Thank you. I love having you. I love being here. The first time she was all like this, now she's all -- Et cetera LE go. Would you all like a copy, your own copy? Yes. Everyone in the audience is going 40e78 with a copy of "Children of virtue and vengeance." I know and you know what's great, we want to you join the conversation. It's a community. I mean her super fans are here. It's a beautiful community so ask you to join this community. You can follow us on # @gmabookclub and read an excerpt of her book on our website as well so there you have it. Beautiful community. Love
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