Publishing a novel and spreading the word is a daunting task for any author. It becomes even more difficult when you're an author like me who likes to write (and read!) stories with diverse characters. Unfortunately, in young adult literature today, the percentage of diverse characters--at least as main characters and not just as trusty sidekicks--is very small across all underrepresented groups.
I'm doing my part to change that with the help of a lot of people who feel the same way.
I'm always on the lookout worldwide for readers, bloggers, librarians, teachers, mothers, fathers, teens and even tweens with the passion and hunger for diverse stories and who'll join me in spreading the word on their social media sites, book clubs, classrooms, even at their kitchen tables when they talk with their families and friends about books that matter and pack an emotional punch.
Each month, I feature middle-grade and young adult books with characters from underrepresented groups on my blog in a post called The YA Revolution Spotlight. Many of these books you've probably never heard of and that's a shame. Many of the books featured in the monthly spotlight come recommended by readers who are part of The Crew. Indies and traditionally published authors and books welcome!
Do you have a hunger to read and discuss books in children's literature with diverse characters? Interested in joining me on this quest? Please email me for details and get involved!