I am a fangirl. I have been a fangirl of various things in my life, usually celebrities. I mean, what teenager doesn’t have that singer or actor they absolutely can’t get enough of? Recently, though, I started fangirling a different sort of people. It all started with Chantelle Atkins. I was reading her articles for … Continue reading The Benefits of Fangirling “Real” People
Hello readers! Today I am excited to announce the coming release of The Worst Dyrkon! Click that link for more info, of course. Once you've done that, I have posted Chapter One for everyone's reading pleasure. If you still want to read the rest of this blog post, hooray! If not, that's fine, I hope you enjoyed … Continue reading The Worst Dyrkon
Hello readers! Today I would like to share a post written for my blog by the lovely Chantelle Atkins. If this is your first time hearing about her, you're in for a treat. Chantelle is a fantastic indie novelist, blogger, and article contributor for Authors Publish Magazine (a wonderful tool for authors to look at publishing … Continue reading Guest Post: Chantelle Atkins – Indies As Outsiders
Hello readers! I’m here to talk about something that is pressured on indie writers: giveaways. I’m new to this and so I don’t know all the 411 on this, but I tried one anyway. This was my experience. What I Expected: People would enter. People would win. People would talk about my book and I’d … Continue reading The Problem With Book Giveaways
Are you surprised? If you are, then hello, it’s so nice to meet you! I hope you’re enjoying my website. If you’re not, then welcome back and sorry I haven’t posted. See, here’s the deal. I’m a small thought/big idea sort of person. I post Twitter updates when I remember how that thing works. If … Continue reading Confession: I am not a good blogger.
Source: The Gaslighting of the Millennial Generation
The first book I ever wrote was white washed with a couple bisexual characters. My second finished manuscript was mostly whitewashed (though one of the main boys is Middle Eastern in features, but that doesn’t entirely mean anything, given the subject). After writing the sequel to the first book I added a Japanese punk, a black former gangster, and a male gay couple. I didn’t go about it quite right and am still working with those characters to make them more authentic. But when I realized Tsingsei was homosexual a few thousand words into the story, it changed everything. It’s not a main plot point of the book, but honestly I am so proud of her bravery in a world as unforgiving as ours was a couple decades ago, maybe even more so. Diversity is important in books as it is in other mediums, because not everyone can relate to the straight white character.
About a year ago I noticed something about my books. I realised that all of my characters were white and straight, with the exception of the head teacher in The Boy With The Thorn In His Side. Or at least they were white in my head; obviously readers may have imagined them differently. I have to admit I felt a bit ashamed by this. It was never intentional of course, not to write about more diverse characters, it’s just that I’ve always lived in a very white area, where everyone I grew up with was white and so on. As for writing characters that were gay, this had also never occurred to me, I guess, because I’m not gay.
After realising this, I decided to change the ethnicity of my main character Elliot in Elliot Pie’s Guide To Human nature. It wasn’t a huge change. I just mentioned that his absent father…
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