ANTOINE BANDELE IS AN AMAZON BESTSELLING AUTHOR IN ACTION ADVENTURE FANTASY, DARK FANTASY, SWORD & SORCERY, AFRICAN AMERICAN FANTASY, AND AFRICAN LITERATURE.
He was born and raised in Los Angeles, though he spent one year in Fort Lewis near Tacoma, Washington while his father served in the U.S. Army.
He lives in Los Angeles with his girlfriend and cat. You can find him producing videos all over YouTube, including his own channel (which you should totally check out). He is also an audiobook engineer.
Q & A with Antoine Bandele
Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I became an author simply because the book I wanted to read hadn’t been written. There is a source of mythology from the African country, Angola, that features a demon called a kishi. If you look up that creature, you’ll find that it features in no modern story, large or small. And it’s about a creature that has a handsome human face and a hyena on the back… how did that not exist!? So I made it exist.
What is something unique/quirky about you?
I have a lot of hotcakes when it comes to many geeky fandoms. Star Wars? I feel like a majority of the stories coming out of that franchise are subpar. Avatar: The Last Airbender? The follow-up, Legend of Korra, is far more than decent, unlike some of the vocal minority that calls it trash. Harry Potter? Half Blood Prince is my favorite book because of the teen drama. Fight me.
What are some of your pet peeves?
I hate it when, in an email thread, someone starts a new email thread instead of keeping the conversation in the same continuous thread.
Where were you born/grew up at?
Los Angeles, CA.
What are you passionate about these days?
Softball. I play four times a week. My greatest happiness? That I figured out how to manage my body so I can play more softball and avoid injury!
What do you do to unwind and relax?
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Probably when I was 6 or 7. My parents took me to an office supply story to get one of my stories bound and laminated. I felt pretty legit at that point.
Do you have a favorite movie?
Empire Strikes Back. Do the Right Thing. Napoleon Dynamite.
Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?
Well… TJ Young & The Orishas is actually optioned for a screenplay adaptation right now, so… that one. LOL
What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
Um… I’ve been to Powell’s in Oregon. Does that count? That felt like a pilgrimage.
The Windweaver’s Storm
TJ Young & The Orishas Book 2
by Antoine Bandele
Genre: YA Fantasy
***Optioned for motion-picture adaptation!***
Never make a deal with a deity.
Promises with one are impossible to keep.
TJ Young spent last summer fighting to unlock the secrets behind his sister’s mysterious death but found himself battling the magic of the ancient Orishas instead. And some of the answers he sought came with a promise he may not be able to keep: to dismantle new human construction on the coastline of Lagos, Nigeria by the start of spring.
But how does a teenager do away with decades of infrastructure in only half a year?
He’ll need to enlist the help of new allies, mortal and immortal alike. And thankfully, after surviving the grueling magical curriculum of Camp Olosa, he’s now headed to the most prestigious magic school in West Africa: Ifa Academy for Tomorrow’s Diviners.
But will that be enough as he prepares for what can only end in an all-out war between mortals and gods?
Find out in this young adult fantasy based on the mythology of West Africa, where TJ will encounter forgotten tales, mystical realms lost to time, and the ancient secrets of the Orishas.
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