Today’s discussion post is a little more focused on the writing side of bookish things.
I’m participating in Camp NaNo in July, and am super excited for my story idea. I plan to write several interlinked short stories based on fairy tales, set in an urban fantasy/paranormal romance AU. The common link is some interaction with Straw & Spindle, a nightclub owned by Rumpelstiltskin. Each story will be a romance, some with the character traditionally considered the villain of the story as one of the romantic leads, some gender bent or gender swapped. I’ve got plans for M/F, M/M, and F/F couples.
Here is where the discussion topic comes in: I’d really like to include a diverse cast of characters in my universe. I’d like to include non-white characters, but as a white woman I don’t want to mess it up. Is there a right way to do this? Do I just write an all white cast so I stay in my own lane and don’t step on toes? If I try to write PoC characters is that taking up space an #ownvoices author should have?
I see a lot of blog posts, articles, tweets demanding more diversity in the media, and I am all for that. I am making an effort to expand my own reading choices to include books by diverse authors – though looking at my reviews for the past few months, I know I can do better at this. As a reader, I feel like I have at least sort of a handle on what I can do to help promote diversity in the book world. As a writer, I’m not sure what’s the right way to do this…
I want to do the right thing (if there even is one…) but you know what they say about the road to hell and good intentions…
It probably doesn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things, as these stories will probably never see an audience wider than the few people who read them on my blog. But even if nobody ever sees them but me and my NaNo writing buddies, I still want to do better and be better.
SO! I am asking you, Blogiverse, to share with me your knowledge!! Link me to resources, leave your opinions, let me know if even writing this post has infuriated you… 😉