With the recent announcement of the Romance Writers of America sanctioning a chapter that deals with Multicultural and Interracial Authors of romances, I decided to take figurative pen in hand and make some comments. MC= Multicultural and IR= Interracial. Note that all IR is multicultural, but not all MC is IR. J
Writers need support. We need support through those times where we’ve done a manuscript and thought it was the worst thing we’ve ever written. We need support with the promotion that we are doing with our books. We need support when mapping out our next great idea.
Our readers want to know what’s new, what’s happening, what’s going on. They want to be there when our book releases, so they can be ahead of the wave.
I am pleased that the Romance Writers of America have finally acknowledged that yes, there are writers and readers of multicultural and interracial romance, but I also think that they are late to the party.
Ever since I picked up Sandra Kitt’s Color of Love, I have enjoyed reading romances that featured a black heroine. Mind you, it’s also fun to read the other types of romances too, but it got a little annoying to read about the heroine’s “creamy white skin” and “golden flaxen strands”. I wanted a heroine who had to set her hair at night and maybe touch it up in the morning before work. I wanted a heroine whose hero appreciated her thick curly hair, her creamy brown, bronze, earth-colored, carob-colored skin. Thus, I began writing romances of my own and reading romances that featured multicultural characters.
I also see the need to support authors of this romance genre, who can too soon get lost in the shuffle. My Facebook groups: IR/MC Romance Readers and Writers, as well as Multicultural Romance Authors. These groups are specifically for authors and readers of romance (not women’s fiction) that feature multicultural characters. These groups are new and finding their way, but we’d love it if you’d stop by, join and add your voice to the conversation!