Join us Tuesday December 30, 2014 from 8:00pm-10:00pm for a fun, exciting and informative Black Speculative Fiction Roundtable podcast. Hosts Ed Umoja Herman and Khalil Maasi will moderate a conversation about the power and importance of speculative fiction, countering negative Black images in the media, creating, controlling and distributing our own creative works and more with Black Creators and educators of Science Fiction, Fantasy […]
Courtney Milan wrote a thought provoking blog post that detailed at length the problems with the lack of diverse images on stock websites. Her words resonated with me deeply. But, let me go back for a minute.
In 2007, my first novel XIII (13) was published. At the time, I was at a different mindset than I am today. I believed then, that there weren’t many African-American readers that would be interested in a paranormal thriller novel. With that belief instead of making my protagonist (Avery Hudson) Black, I wrote him as a Caucasian character.
It is my pleasure to be contributing to Alicia’s wonderful blog on the subject of multicultural speculative fiction. Or, as I sometimes call it, fantastic fiction.
Hello everyone. First off, I have to say thank you to Alicia for having me here and second thank you to everyone that stopped by to read it. When Alicia asked me to talk about my book on her blog, she asked that I keep one topic in mind, diversity in fiction. And so when I began to write this post, it dawned on me that I needed to define what diversity in fiction meant to me.
October is Black Speculative Fiction Month! I’m excited to host four guest authors this month. Each one has agreed to giveaway a book! Over the month, if you tweet #bsfm, share, sign-up for my newsletter, or comment here on their posts, you can sign-up on my #bsfm Rafflecopter to win ! Rafflecopter closes on October […]
Whether we all know it, diverse books are all around us. Many of us have been saying it for years. Some have only started to notice. There are authors and/or books who’ve been present for decades, and there are books and authors who make waves for themselves in our present.
Join me and my writing sisters as we discuss #wereaddiversebooks at the Decatur Book Festival. We’ll be at the GRW Writer’s Pavillion. Here are the dates and times of my panels at Decatur Book Festival: Saturday, August 301:45-2:30 #WeReadDiverseBooks: African-American Popular Fiction GRW Pavilion Alicia McCalla, Seressia Glass, Piper Huguley, Vanessa Riley, Lauren Kelly3:00-3:45 Beautiful and Sultry […]
Last November, I participated in Nanowrimo during the month of November. It was an amazing experience. I was able to complete the first draft of my Soul Eater novel. What I figured out, though, was that this was more than one short novel. After much thought, gnashing, and trepidation, I came to the conclusion that what I was really writing ended up being a 3-part serial or episodic novel.
Join me on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 9pm. I’m a guest on Genesis Science Fiction Radio with William Hayashi and the Black Science Fiction Society. Don’t forget to call in or chat via TalkShoe. I’d love to hear from you! Here’s the direct link to the show. Click here.