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Welcome back to Day 2 of The Indie Spotlight with Featured Author Kelbian Noel. Today, Kelbian share’s with us a guest post titled, “Mixing It Up”. Make sure you follow along each day for your chance to win jewelry, scented oil, and a copy of her novel! New options will be available in the Rafflecopter Widget after each Featured Post!
Mixing it Up
I blog, with a group, on Diverse Pages. One of our weekly posts is Thursday Picks (previously the Thursday Ten—but that proved to be too difficult to maintain). I’m usually the one to post on Thursdays and it’s incredibly difficult, at times, to find novels that feature multicultural characters. And I really try to mix it up. I don’t just choose books with one culture. I try to list at least one from each group. Some days it’s down right impossible, without running the risk of being repetitive.
I’m constantly asking myself why that is. People of color read, don’t they? I mean I do. I have ALL my life. And my very diverse group of friends and family do, as well. But still, finding books (especially in speculative fiction) featuring characters of color is a serious challenge.
When I started writing my goal was to use characters that looked like me. I figured, someone had to represent, and I was going to step up to the plate. So I dove in. And a funny thing happened. My stories became very colorful.
I found it impossible to stick to one group of people. And I’m not just talking about race. Religion, sexual preference, political association, native country, just about anything you can think of was different. And it came so naturally. Writing about one specific group, without appearances from any others, didn’t make any sense. It felt forced and I didn’t enjoy that. So I allowed myself to write the world the way I saw it.
That’s how The Elementals were born. A group of girls from different cultures, with vastly varying backgrounds but one destiny. Everything on the outside says they can’t possibly have anything in common but, as many of us have learned, it’s what’s on the inside that counts.
I guess you could say my work is a product of my environment. I started off living in rural Canada and ended up in the cultural melting pot that is Toronto. So as a writer (writing what I know, as many writers do) my stories just made more sense with different kinds of people. In my mind (and let’s face it, in reality too) that’s the way the world is.
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