Diversity is shaping up to be the word of the decade. From the White House to the Oscars to literature, it’s a hot topic. As it should be. As both an author and reader, I’m taking steps to curb the gross bias against non-white, non-hetero, and disabled people in our literature. I’m reading more diverse (especially diverse authors) and being far more conscious of the diversity in my own writing than I ever have before, because I have come to see how much REPRESENTATION MATTERS.
I’ve struggled with how much I should say about politics on my author platform. But sometimes, some things are too important to worry about how they will be received. I’ve felt called again lately to say something. Do something. Anything. It will be imperfect, I will probably stumble through it, but I will try. I’m going to broaden the topic to include diversity on the whole (sexual, ability, etc.) because this has been a hot topic in the publishing industry the past few years and what I will say here applies to that general conversation.