Diversity in Romance
books are the ultimate escapism, a tool to be uplifting while allowing the
reader to lose themselves in a great story.
In general romance is the bastard child of the book
world. It hands down makes the most money, but no one wants to admit they
either read or write it. Men who dare to
tread into this genre, such as Nicholas Sparks coin their book’s Women’s
Fiction. This could be considered the
first dark smudge against the genre.
The second is the lack of diversity in
this field. Whites have the upper hand in romance leads.
Black women read most of everything
BBW, WWWM, BWBM, even WWBM but whites are more selective. They don’t read POC
leads because they don’t have to.
Black romance was never as broad as white
main stream books. Publishing houses figured only a certain type of romance is
what Black woman craved, i.e Church, Gansta, or Urban. The cute and homey
romance that white women get were simply not in the cards for the rest of us.
The problem with that is called stereotyping.
Marketing analytics would point to sales, and so
would publisher. However, history has shown us that simply isn’t true. Publisher
have what is called category romance, which is a type of story line they would
like their authors to follow. It is their tried and true formula that works for
Anything outside of the norm just
doesn’t get picked up. Nevertheless, famous authors have dispelled this type of
book and a box format i.e Zane and E. L. James. These women hit every best
seller chart by self-publishing.
Considered a one off by industry standards at the time they are now the
blue print for erotic romance.
Unfortunately, publishing is much like the movie
industry in the argument that no one actually wants to go out on a limb. They
would rather stick to what works for them.
When I first started writing I didn’t see much call
for interracial works. Thanks, in part to the television show Scandal, Interracial romances have had a little boost.
The pairing with a strong black
woman lead and white man seemed foreign to most.
Yet, interracial romance has
been around for some time. What would help a lot of author’s is for the genre to
catch on with women outside of their race.
women read books with white leads wouldn’t it be awesome if white women could
do the same?
Genre: Interracial Romance/ Action
One psychotic soldier was to blame.
Years ago, Skye Everwood survived a vicious assault, and now, she’s losing her eyesight as she faces her worst nightmare… Her attacker is back to finish what he started.
When the love of her life unexpectedly shows up at her restaurant, she knows it’s not a coincidence. Skye never understood why Bodhi King disappeared after that fateful day. Their plans to get married went up in smoke, just like her dreams to stay in the JAG Core. Unsure if she can trust him with her heart—let alone her life—she searches to find answers to why he left in the first place.
About the Author:
Amber Malloy dreamed of being a double agent but couldn’t pass the psyche evaluation. Crushed by despair that she couldn’t legally shoot things, Amber pursued her second career choice as pastry chef. When she’s not writing or whipping up a mean Snickers Cheesecake, she occasionally spies on her sommelier. Amber is convinced he’s faking his French accent.
Amber loves to talk to her readers and can be found at http://www.ambermalloy.com