Some people say they have a hard time believing queer or BIPOC characters could get to the HEA required in historical romance. That's silly.
Writing IR in the Billionaire Romance Genre
Just like sci-fi planetary romances and fantasy adventures have a lot of issues, so too does the billionaire romance. And one of the biggest is racism.
When Empowerment Becomes a Cudgel: The Life and Death of OwnVoices
In the last decade, we saw more calls for diversity. Specifically after the riots in Ferguson, voices for racial justice were uplifted. These voices are everywhere on social media, and there are activists who touch on almost every aspect of society, from housing to policing to policies that keep Black children in the inner city from excelling in school. Reading is tied to education, and with it...
Race, Racism, and Representation in SFF
For my upcoming book, The Bull by His Horns, I knew I wanted to feature cowboys. And specifically, I wanted to pay homage to the often glossed-over fact that most in the American Wild West weren’t white. Many were Black; some were Latinx and yet others were Indigenous people. (Nishant Aneja /Pexels.com) So, it seemed only natural to make the love interest a Black cowboy. Of course, said love...
Historical Accuracy: People of Color Existed in Medieval Europe
Think of medieval Europe. Did you imagine a bunch of white people tooling around in the dirt, nary a Black or brown person in sight? You've had the wool pulled over your eyes. People of color definitely existed in medieval Europe.
On Main Squeeze and Writing Outside My Lane
Marty Yoon, the hero of Main Squeeze, is a Korean-American trans man. Clearly, I'm writing pretty far outside my lane here. So, why did I do it?