Tomi Adeyemi’s allegation of plagiarism against Nora Roberts turns out to be false

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Accusations by Tomi Adeyemi, a Nigerian born American writer, that iconic writer, Nora Roberts had plagiarized the title of her book turned out to be false. Adeyemi has already issued an apology on Twitter.

A few days ago, Tomi Adeyemi had posted pictures of her novel, ‘The Children of Blood and Bones’ and Nora Robert’s Fantasy Thriller, ‘Of Blood and Bones’, on Twitter with the caption:

it would be nice if an artist could create something special without another artist trying to shamelessly profit off it

https://twitter.com/tomi_adeyemi/status/1067496955108978688

Adeyemi later posted an update on the issue, saying she had reached out to Roberts and she is innocent.

However, Nora Roberts has responded to Tomi Adeyemi with a mature message about how people need to be careful about what they say on social media.

Below is Roberts’ message

“I don’t believe, and have never believed in taking personal issues onto public forums. I don’t believe, and have never believed–will never believe–in a writer attacking another writing on a public forum. It’s unprofessional, it’s tacky and the results are, always, just always, ugly.

Recently another writer used her social media forums to baselessly, recklessly accuse me of stealing the title of her book–which is bullshit right off–to attempt to profit from this theft. She had no facts, just her emotions, and threw this out there for her followers.

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.

It’s just a title.

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.”

The main reason for her public address was, though Adeyemi had put out an apology, she has done nothing to put out the fire.

She wrote: “While this writer issued a kind of retraction after I reached out to her, it didn’t stop some of her readers from calling me a liar, and worse. We reached out again, asking her to put out the fire. We’ve had no response, not from her, not from her agent. Shame on them.”

 

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