4:17 pm - 02/21/2013

Seven-figure book deal for "Game of Thrones for women, inspired by Barack Obama"

A debut author who graduated from the celebrated Iowa Writers' Workshop has a seven-figure book deal.

HarperCollins announced Wednesday that it will publish Erika Johansen's "Queen of the Tearling," a fantasy trilogy inspired in part by Barack Obama.

A person with knowledge of the negotiations said Wednesday the deal was worth seven figures. The person was not authorized to discuss financial details and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The 35-year-old Johansen says she heard then-Sen. Obama give a speech in 2007 and was inspired to create the series' idealistic heroine, 19-year-old Kelsea Glynn. The publisher is billing the books as a female version of George R.R. Martin's "Game of Thrones."


BRB, dusting off my old fanfiction so I too can make millions
la_petite_singe 21st-Feb-2013 09:25 pm (UTC)
It makes no sense, Aidan, none at all. O____o I'm hoping the article is just somewhat inaccurate and the actual book isn't just an ungodly hot mess.
hope_remains 21st-Feb-2013 09:27 pm (UTC)
But it probably is an ungodly hot mess, Temporarily-Content-Richard, and you know it. Let's just face facts. Nonsensical shit gets dat $$.
la_petite_singe 21st-Feb-2013 09:29 pm (UTC)
(Oh my god, I just crazy-old-man-wheeze-laughed at "Temporarily-Content Richard." My poor, poor darling.) And...yes, yes, that is probably true. Sigh. It kills me because I've read so much fanfic that is actually good and should totally be out there for the people to read, but alas.

and I'm darn proud of that one Charles/Erik thing I wrote. that'd make a fine movie. js.
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