The topic of diversity in writing is very popular these days. The conversation for this is long overdue in my opinion, and not because I am a person of color but because readers are very diverse. As a child I could never find a book that had a character that looked like me in my public library. Most books were non-fiction and dealt with slavery or heroes of slavery. Now, authors are eagerly working towards sharing and writing about characters of color and it’s exciting. Take a look at this article by Tansy Rayner Roberts at Tor.com.
The Main Character in Their Own Lives: Does Diversity Make YA SF/F Better?
Julia Rios of the Outer Alliance and Alisa Krasnostein of Twelfth Planet Press recently ran a crowdfunding campaign on Pozible to raise support forKaleidoscope, a proposed YA anthology of contemporary SF and fantasy with protagonists of diverse backgrounds. They were looking for main characters who would help create a broader picture of what a ‘typical teenager’ is, whether through their race, sexuality, culture, or living with a disability. As examples of what they were looking for, the editors ofKaleidoscope had already commissioned works by Sofia Samatar, Ken Liu, Vylar Kaftan, and Jim C Hines. Read more here.