I’m hosting an interview with Folami and Abeni Morris, authors of The Exemeus today.
1) Hey, and thanks for letting me host this interview! Can you tell us more about yourself?
Abeni:Thank you for having us. We’re excited to be here. A little about me: I’m a preschool teacher. I have a bachelor’s in human development. And I am the mother to two wonderful boys, an 8 year old and a 14-year-old who thinks he’s almost 30. I love to think of myself as fun and outgoing with an over active imagination.
Folami: I would say, I’m a closet goof, masquerading as a mature, sensible adult.
2) When did you start your writing career?
Folami: I guess the answer to that would vary depending on which one of us you’re asking. For me, I have always wanted to write, starting writing projects and just never finishing them. I started writing my first book at 7. I got to page 42 before realizing it would be better used as toilet paper. But since then, I’ve always tinkered with writing.
Abeni: As for me, I started writing when my sister told me I’d be writing this book with her.
3) What is the inspiration behind ‘The Exemeus’?
I (Folami) was sitting with Alessandra Burch, the human resource manager at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and we were conducting an exit interview. I thought wouldn’t it be funny if there was an exit interview for life.
Not too long after, when I was going through what I call Harry Potter withdrawal, I had a dream about a woman with red hair. I told my sister, and she said it should be blue hair. We discussed world building all the way to my friend’s wedding and I outlined a story, when I go back that night. That story looks nothing like this story, but that was the beginning.
4) Can you tell us more about ‘The Exemeus’ in five sentences or less?
Abeni: The Exemeus is set in a dystopian society. The novel is about a boy who is trying to escape from a totalitarian government, but his only chance to escape depends on a girl he doesn’t even know yet. To make matters worse, she’s no longer alive.
5) How is it like to write a book with two authors?
Abeni: For me, most days were amazing, because 2 heads are always better than one. Also it’s a bonus that the other head was my sisters, who is also my best friend.
6) What does a book need to have to be ‘good’ for you?
We feel like a good book needs to have amazing characters, because they carry the story. It’s also essential for the book to be engaging. It also helps to have a bit of humor, and a TON of romance.
7) Name your three all-time favorite novels.
Abeni: Wuthering Heights, Great Expectations, and Twilight
Folami: Does my own book count? No? I’m kidding. My favorites are Demons at Deadnight, Angelfall, and Harry Potter.
8) Do you have a work in progress you’re working on at this moment? Can you tell us more about it?
Abeni: Not at this moment, but we’ll be starting on the second book in the series very soon. My sister, however, has been working on a project of her own.
Folami: Yes, I’ve been working on a book entitled Bot2465. It’s in the preliminary stages, but it’s about a young robot that is created by another robot to enslave the remainder of the human race. Robots have already taken over the planet, but there are pockets of resistance and Bot2465 is supposed to infiltrate the colonies and help to enslave them. Unfortunately for her, her own colony turns on her because she appears too human. That’s about all I can mention for now, but hopefully I’ll send you an ARC one day. Thank you so much for having us, and I hope all your readers check out The Exemeus.
Authors: Folami and Abeni Morris
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
Hyalee Smith is dead, she just doesn’t know it yet.
Her short life was devoted to love and to hate. Love of the man who stole her heart, hate for the man who stole the world. Murdered by the government she swore to destroy, fate has given her another chance to make it right. But to save the planet, she needs the help of the most powerful mystic the world has ever seen—unfortunately he hasn’t been born yet.
In a world where fear is the only currency, Dephon has committed the ultimate crime: inspiring hope.
His only goal is to make it safely through ninth grade, but on a post-apocalyptic Earth run by the Treptonian government, it isn’t that simple. Heir to a legendary power, Dephon Johnson is the only threat to the government’s rule. And on Trepton, all threats must be eliminated. When hundreds of assassins are dispatched to neutralize him, Dephon is forced to fight back. His only chance of survival is to enlist the aid of the greatest warrior the world has ever known. The only problem is, she’s been dead for 13 years.
Folami and Abeni Morris are a sister-sister writing team. Together they wrote (and rewrote) The Exemeus series, somehow managing to accomplish it without murdering one another. Despite their tendency to finish each others thoughts and stick up for each other constantly, no, they’re not twins and thus deserve their own individual bio.
Folami grew up in the tiny city of San Mateo Ca, where nothing ever happens and no one ever leaves. She went to Xavier University for undergraduate, getting her B.A in physics and her B.S in Biology. After graduation she returned to California, to live in an even smaller city, where even less happens, Antioch Ca. During this time she escaped the monotony by hanging out with her imaginary friends Hyalee and Dephon, and by writing the Exemeus.
She finally escaped to Queens NY and now realizes that quiet and tiny aren’t so bad.
As luck (and logic) would have it, Abeni grew up in the same tiny little town as her sister, then she too escaped to the tinier town of Antioch. She has yet to leave. She received her bachelor’s degree in early childhood development from Cal State East Bay. She is the mom of two amazing kids, who swear that they deserve a percentage of the book proceeds and a ton of the credit. At least she raised dreamers.
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