In a few Afican-American FB groups I see a lot of negative comments about characters in books being light skinned, mixed-raced, whatever colored eyes...why? As if they are - we are something to be hidden and not written about.
I see nothing wrong with an author writing about whom they wish. Especially when the Black race is of so many different shades. I honestly see covers of all colors of women and men and choose my books by synopsis. All that negativity alienates and discourages new authors, let alone makes me not want to buy the book from the ranting authors. Just seems like self hate to me. Reminds me of the inner race crap and bullying from school. Grow up, write your book the way you want and let other authors do the same. There are enough shelves for every book to grab a spot.
In my newest book these are the people I am writing about: Paisley Murong and Malachi Dae.
Paisley, a woman of Japanese decent, living with Albinism and heart disease, is meek, yet makes no apologies for seeking what she yearns. Hiding behind the protective fold of her wagasa, she yearns for freedom from her overprotective parents and the love of a man she's known only in her dreams, even at the cost of her health.
Malachi, a man who has visions of meeting an illusive shadow, uses his sense of humor and sensitive side to build their relationship. He's determined to win her love, even against the wishes of her parents.