February 20, 2013 -
NEW YORK (AP) — 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.
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."