This week begins the #weneeddiversebooks campaign on line. It is aimed mostly at young people’s books, getting more into the libraries and stores and into schools. I don’t think kids these days go to school or live in neighborhoods with only one race. One race may be dominant in your neighborhood, but you need only step outside your door to see all kinds of people. They are your friends, coworkers, neighbors, associates. Why on earth do books so overwhelmingly whitewash the fictional world?
You don’t have to be a minority person to love books with more characters that look like the real world. I’m trying to make this blog a place where you can learn about books and other media that feature people of various skin colors, sizes, cultures, lifestyles, and other differences. We concentrate more on Fantasy, paranormal, and science fiction, and have mostly works for adults. But we certainly want to encourage young people’s reading.
Today is officially the last day. But for the sake of this campaign, #weneeddiversebooks, please go on your social media and share links, books and thoughts about diversity. Below are some links. Later in the week, I’ll post some books that are highly recommended for young people. We’ll also look at the world of manga and anime.
SOME PARANORMAL GROUPS ON GOODREADS An opportunity to discuss your favorite books with fellow fans. I think I belong to all of these. lol. It’s hard to keep up. I spend way too much time on the internet.
– My name is AndreaJackson. I call myself the Paperback Diva because I love reading, as well as, writing genre paperback fiction. I grew up as an Army brat and then married an Army guy. I’ve had the opportunity to live in some interesting places in the United States as well as Europe, which gives me fodder for my writing ideas. I once had all kinds of hobbies, but I don’t seem to have time for them anymore. When I’m not writing, I spend time with friends and family, including 5 children and six grandchildren,
– I wish I could say I spend time every day reading my Bible. However, I don’t have trouble finding time to connect to God. As a natural part of my regular routine, I chat, ask for help, or thank Him for my blessings during my activities all day long.
From the third grade on, I had a book in my hand. When I reached my teen years, I began to venture into creating stories for my friends. I continued to write off and on through many years of work, marriage and family. But I did not seriously think of it as a career until, in 1992, I entered Writer’s Digest monthly contest and won. That made me believe I might actually be a real writer. I joined Romance Writers of America and learned about the business and craft of writing.
In 2002, I entered the Heart and Soul contest for the Romance Slam Jam conference. I placed third or fourth. That year an editor from Genesis Press was one of the final round judges. Almost immediately after the conference, I shot a query off to Genesis, noting my position in the Slam Jam contest. And they bought it. Bodyguard was followed by Hand in Glove and Who’s That Lady?
Last week my reading at Russell Memorial Library was a memorable experience. I’m a reluctant public speaker at best but I do love reading good books to folks. Even if it’s my own! I read from Bodyguard and Who’s That Lady?
There were 3 other authors in addition to me and I loved each of their readings too.
Yvette Hines read from The Marriage Clause. It’s about an arranged marriage between two wealthy, powerful families. Chantal and Stephan are so wonderful you just want them to get together ASAP! But the problems they face are real and will keep you on the edge of your seat rooting for them.
Crystal B. Bright read from her novel Revamped. The hero is a vampire with Obsessive/ compulsive Disorder. A vampire who can’t feed because of his fear of germs! Talk about funny! He commandeers the heroines services as a therapist to help him out. But Elaine has her own problems. And she’s not about to get involved with Seth and his crazy friends. This book is hilarious as well as sexy. Yum!
Jonathan Queen’s book is called Don’t Blame Me: The Convict Chronicles. This is based on his experiences in the federal prison. He has turned his life around and now uses his many talents to help youth. This book is awesome–eye opening and inspiring. You’ve gotta read it.
All three of these books will be well worth your time. They’re all available on Amazon.com or you local bookstore. I’ve included links to their websites so you can find out more about their work.