First off: Thank you, Alicia, for asking me to write a guest post. I’m encouraged by your enthusiastic response to the recent interview on the subject of Writing About Race in Science Fiction and Fantasy I conducted with authors David Anthony Durham, Aliette de Bodard, Adrian Tchaikovsky, and Ken Liu. I’m also humbled that you’d enquire about my own work.
This week on the YA Indie Carnival, we’re all discussing “your biggest suprise going Indie.” This was a tough topic. I believe that as an Indie author, I am much more empowered and have creative freedom but I’m not sure if that’s what’s important to readers. Sometimes authors focus on the wrong issues. What suprises me the most about Indie publishing is that readers often don’t know or don’t care about how a novel is published. They only look for a high quality purchase at a discounted cost.
Years ago I would have patted my foot in aggravation if someone asked me if I were racist. In college one of my white roommates, told me that I was racist because I ate dinner with other Black students. Give a sister a break. I just thought that it was plain old foolishness. I used to go into this huge HUGE diatribe about how Black people couldn’t be racist because they were disempowered in government, politics, and business. And furthermore, that because we were disenfranchised, the most I could be was prejudicial because being prejudiced was an individual event. Woa! That’s a mouthful.