United Shades of Romance America (2019 version)
I'm not going to name names but there's a reason they say, "Never Meet Your Heroes." Make new heroes!I'm also sad, still, so I won't keep y'all on this blog.Unless you've been hiding under a rock since the last month, you've heard about the #RitasSoWhite saga... again. It is the same mess regurgitated from last year. I entered the 1st year because folks said AOC (Authors of Color.. if you haven't guessed by now... AOC here). Representation matters. I judged last year and the year before. A group of us from a writers’ retreat I attend (AOC) all made the pact to enter and judge if we had an eligible book. We did. *I* did not expect to be nominated on the mere fact that I still am in that honeymoon phase of being a new author... like, I so totally can't believe I wrote some words and it was turned into a book. Magic. Anyone can enter…remember, you only have to have a romance book written in that year. So, some of my favorite authors that entered.Remember how Rosie O'Donnell was when she had her talk show and she'd meet guests… she was the ultimate fan. That's me.
So here go these comments from non-POC authors, swearing they are just simply better writers. Ummm okay, great... glad you have a confidence in yourself.Then a comment came along of... the judge couldn't believe in the heroine... because the heroine was a Black scientist.I know it's a competition and not everyone can win. But the reasons for the low scoring were so off putting. Reading a particular ethnic group triggers you?To make things worse...I got the shock of my life when a particular author started out trying to be helpful and spread some misguided advice about trying to be happy for the other authors (which we were... I know I am ecstatic for an author friend)..she just kept digging herself deeper in a hole...It sounded very.... um... well.. like we knew our place was on one of these things.Kristan Higgins is so freaking awesome)
Through all the negativity on the social media ..there were several women taking up the fight...as POC...we sometimes don’t have a voice to tell without repercussion of being labeled the angry Black woman or the hot headed Latina. So now I have new folks to follow and read up on...people who won't be triggered by my ethnic heroes and heroines and who will just see the story for what it is...a love story. So that's my take RWA and the #RitasSoWhite.
So that's my life for now.. Don't forget to catch up on the Once Upon a Tiara series before the final three are released.