Author Kimberly Kaye Terry discusses today's "Mass Appeal" panel on Multicultural / Interracial fiction at the 2010 RT BOOKLOVERS Convention.
We live in a multi-cultural society. This adage both authors Kimberly Kaye Terry and Vivi Anna know well as being BFFs and of being different ethnicities. It was from this love and acceptance of each other that the multi-cultural panels at RT were inspired.
The wildly popular panel called Mass Appeal had six top authors in their fields talking about multiculturism in their books. Moderated by popular interracial author Kimberly Kaye Terry, the panel was a lively discussion about diversification and how to balance the realism of race and culture without beating the reader over the head but at the same time celebrating the similarities about all peoples.
New York Times bestselling author LA Banks said she loves to write about a mixture of characters. About how to make characters true, she said this, “There’s always a subtle way of doing it.”
Bestselling author Caridad Pineiro launched the Nocturne line with her Latina vampires series that explores the beautiful “quilt of America”. She said about writers, “Stop looking at people with narrow blinders.”
Popular Harlequin and Kensington author Gwynne Forster said of including multi-cultural characters in her books, “We don’t live in just one world.” About creating those characters, she said, “I give each character dignity because I respect each of them.”
New York Times bestselling author Brenda Jackson talked about how she believes in embracing the diversity of our world and including it in her stories.
A transplant from Hong Kong to New York author Mingmei Yip shared the story about her books that include a multi-cultural couple reflecting her own experiences in China.
Popular thriller author Barry Eisler lived in Japan for years and talked to children of mixed marriages. That experience inspired him to write a multi-cultural character. He said about writing that character and getting it right, “It’s okay to start with a cliché as long as you don’t end with one.”
In the end after an hour and fifteen minutes of discussion and debate, it came down to this according to Caridad Pineiro who said it straight up, “I want to reach as many people as possible. All races and cultures. I don’t want to alienate anyone.”