I’ve had an awesome Thanksgiving Holiday. One of the things that I had a chance to do was catch up on movies. I watched Jonah Hex. I originally wanted to see the movie because who wouldn’t want to see a haunted cowboy? Secretly, I love a good cowboy flick. I always loved John Wayne. What kept me questioning, though, was the fact that Jonah wore this beat-up, worn out Confederate uniform, years after the Civil War ended.
The other night, I crawled into bed exhausted as usual. I rolled over and spent some time lamenting over my oppressive “to do list” to my husband. He listened then turned to me and said, “You need to celebrate your successes.” What could I say? He was telling me the truth. In fact, I’m guessing he thought that I didn’t get his point because he showed me in a very positive way how to be appreciative of my successes. When I arrived home from my Georgia Romance Writer’s meeting, he had a gift bag filled with my favorite perfume, a sweet note, and he’d taken the time to “sparkle up” our home by dusting, cleaning, and washing the dishes. He got his point across. I needed to show some gratitude and appreciation.
So, I like it when an author puts race in front of my eyes. I enjoy visualizing what a character looks like, race and all. When it’s done correctly, the experience can deepen the reader’s relationship with the character. There are some people who say that showing race in this way is racist. They enjoy reading or writing raceless, race free, or characters of color with little or no physical description. I contend that this approach is racist.
Can you tell me a little about your background for my blog readers?
I have been a writer all of my life. I have written short stories, novels, news articles, every possible genre, but for some reason fantasy always pulls me back. I have had several fantasy stories published in small literary magazines. Interlopers: A Shifters Novel is my first book length work.