Ghanaian-American writer Yasmin Angoe’s forthcoming debut novel, Her Name is Knight, has been optioned for series adaptation by Endeavor Content and Ink Factory in a seven-figure deal.
Her Name is Knight will be published in October 2021 by Thomas & Mercer.
In an interview with her local news station in South Carolina, the former English teacher revealed that she had not yet acquired a literary agent or publisher when she submitted a sample of her draft for the 2020 Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award, a $2,000 grant that celebrates excellence and diversity in crime writing.
Upon winning the award, Angoe secured a six-figure preempt with Thomas & Mercer for Her Name Is Knight as well as her second novel in progress.
Read a synopsis of Her Name Is Knight below:
Her Name Is Knight revolves around Nena Knight, codename Echo, a highly trained assassin for The Tribe – a clandestine international organization dedicated to the protection and advancement of the peoples and countries of Africa around the world. Her Name Is Knight is a propulsive character story and action thriller driven by retribution, passion, strength — and coming to terms with your own true self, regardless of what anyone calls you…The book is told in dual timelines between protagonist Nena Knight’s childhood in Ghana, where she escaped the horrors that abounded at every turn, and the present, where she avenges her family’s death while falling in love with someone on the “right” side of the law.
Congratulations to Yasmin Angoe!