Yesterday I was introduced to a topic from a post on Facebook which I had never honestly thought about before. Writing in a certain culture, heritage or colour. Weird. I had never thought I couldn’t or shouldn’t write as a black or asian man or woman or anything else for that matter. In fact the lead role in my next book is a black British guy who lives in America. He is gorgeous and I adore him. If he was real, I’d give him a huge hug.
According the post I should write as a white woman because that is what I am and therefore that is what I know. Balderdash and tosh is all I can say to this.
I WRITE AS A HUMAN WITH EXPERIENCE OF DIFFERENT CULTURES, HERITAGE AND I HAVE A MULTI CULTURAL FAMILY. IF THERE IS SOMETHING I DON’T KNOW THEN I ASK OR RESEARCH.
I grew up in small town England where the majority were white. I lived in Wales where the language is beautiful and obviously Welsh. I moved to live in New Zealand in a large city which is by majority white. Then we moved to a small town called Rotorua. The place I call home and love so much. Technically I am in the Minority. The majority is Maori. The town is multi cultural with Dutch, English, Welsh, Irish etc. I LOVE THIS PLACE AND THE PEOPLE. I don’t see colour or race I see people.
Why shouldn’t we all write about what we know, learn and research? I know I will. Mind I think of everyone as human first and everything else after. I dont’ care who you are. You respect me and I will respect you. I love stories, I love writing. I don’t care what colour, race or religion my muses throw at me. I will right their stories. You can like them or not.
As a publisher I will help you get your stories online. As long as they read well and flow. If they don’t, then we will work together to get your stories flowing.
You are all exceptional. Keep writing and balderdash to those who say only write what you are.
Love you all.