I asked Claire to write a blog post about her feelings on Interracial Romance. It’s a hot topic at the moment, and more people around the world are screaming for diversity in their stories. Claire just so happened to have written an interracial and MM romance titled ‘Place to Belong‘ as part of her Flanagan Sisters Brother Series. Thanks so much for stopping by Claire and sharing your thoughts. Here is the post from Claire:
When I first decided to write an interracial romance, I really didn’t consider that I was doing anything special. I wanted to increase the diversity of characters in my romance and making my next hero Native American seemed like a good idea. I was completely ignorant of terms such as cultural misappropriation – I just wanted to explore a culture I was unfamiliar with. I did worry that I would get it wrong, so I researched a lot and that’s when I discovered that writing interracial romances was a hot topic. Part of the issue is that some people believe it is wrong to write about a culture you aren’t a part of. Others suggest that people of colour should be able to write their own stories and if white people write those stories, it leaves no room for them.
The growth of independent publishing means that the publishing world is expanding and there is room for everyone.
I also don’t believe that culture should be a barrier to anyone. We want to be inclusive and show every form of relationship and that means some of those relationships are going to be interracial. It’s a part of day-to-day life. So I continued writing interracial romance – my whole Flanagan Sisters series has interracial couples, from the sisters who are from El Salvador, to the heroes of Place to Belong who are Irish and African-American. I enjoy researching cultures as much as I enjoy researching occupations, hobbies and settings.
But I also do everything I can to make sure I’m accurate and don’t fall to stereotypes. I read books and blogs, I watch documentaries, I talk to people and I let all that information simmer until I feel I have a decent understanding.
And then I allow the story to take me where it needs to go.
About Claire Boston
Claire Boston is the best-selling author of The Texan Quartet. In 2014 she was nominated for an Australian Romance Readers Award as Favourite New Romance Author.
She fell in love with romance novels at eleven when, after complaining she had nothing to read, her mother handed her Hot Ice by Nora Roberts. She was instantly hooked and it was only a matter of time before she decided to write her own romance. In her novels, she enjoys exploring real life issues on her way to the happily ever after.
Claire likes volunteering and has been the first female president of the Vintage Motocross Club of Western Australia and has been involved with several writing organisations including Romance Writers of Australia. She particularly enjoys helping beginner writers on their path to publication.
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