Michille: Just Can’t Help Falling in Love

Difficult Choice. . .  With Romance Novels.

This was a recent topic on The 1A on NPR. The topic was romance novels in general and the lack of diversity in romance novels specifically.

The guests were Alisha Rai, romance author of the “Forbidden Hearts” series; Alexandra Alter, publishing reporter for The New York Times; Sarah Wendell, Co-founder of “Smart Bitches, Trashy Books”; Leah Koch, Co-owner and founder of The Ripped Bodice.  Continue reading

Elizabeth: Creating Diverse Characters

These past few Wednesdays we’ve been talking about diversity in romance writing/publishing.  In the Diversity Spotlight post I talked about the recent decrease in the number of books published by diverse writers (aka PoC).  In the Diversity Reading List post I suggested some diverse authors and books to consider when looking for that next book to read, and in the Diverse Reader’s Perspective I posted an interview showing what the current state of diversity in romance writing/publishing looks like from the perspective of a diverse reader.

To wrap things up, I wanted to talk about some things you might want to keep in mind when including diverse characters in your own writing. Continue reading

Elizabeth: A Diverse Reader’s Perspective

These last few Wednesdays I’ve been running a series talking about diversity in romance writing/publishing.  In the Diversity Spotlight post I noted that, despite a focus on increasing diversity in romance fiction in recent years, the number of books published by diverse writers (aka PoC) has actually decreased.  In the Diversity Reading List post I suggested some authors and books to consider when looking for that next book to read, both to broaden your diverse reading horizons and to support diverse authors.

This week we’re looking at things from a reader’s perspective.  My friend Beverly (who just happens to be my boss) is a huge romance fan.  As a diverse individual herself, I thought it would be interesting to get her perspective on diversity in romance writing today.

So, without further ado, let’s get started. Continue reading