Today on the blog we’re welcoming author AF Diamond. A.F. Diamond is a pen name for a lavender loving, elephant collecting, tea drinking, wine sipping, book hoarder, who woke up one morning and said, “Gee, I think I’ll write a book.” She’s always had a passion for reading. It wasn’t until recently that her love of escaping into the pages of a great novel, sparked her desire to write them as well. A.F. Diamond lives in Omaha, Nebraska with her sports loving, playing, and coaching husband. She is blessed to be a mom to an inquisitive, dancing Princess and a rambunctious, athletic little Prince. She is also blessed to be “bonus-mom” to two amazing teenage girls.
When A.F. Diamond isn’t writing, she enjoys drawing with her daughter, reading, playing video games with her son, reading, cuddling on the sofa with her husband, reading, crocheting, reading, being a football-basketball-dance-Mom, and did I mention how much she loves reading?
1. What does the term “Diverse Books” mean to you?
To me the term “diverse books” means several different things. Exploring non-traditional heroes and heroines. Delving into subject matter that isn’t normally attempted in traditional literature. Books that aren’t afraid to address issues that may be taboo or uncomfortable for people.
2. Racial segregation is an important theme in your books. Can you tell us why you felt driven to write about it?
I wouldn’t say racial segregation is a theme in my books. I have 2 book series: The Pretty Wings Chronicles and then the Five Brothers. Pretty Wings doesn’t deal with racial segreation, but it does deal with multicultural characters and diverse themes, I’ve pulled this from my website for you: The Pretty Wings Chronicles will be a series that focuses on sensitive subject matter. It will delve into issues such as love, hate, race, sexuality, and disabilities. It will force you to look at the things that make us different, and how even despite our differences we are all the same.
Now my Five Brothers series is a new dystopia idea I’ve come up with. I don’t have a book yet released from this series, but with the state of our current world, all the issues that keep popping up in the media centering around racial issues, I felt like now was the time to explore what would happen if our world was divided by race? How would that look? What would we do?
3. With your upcoming Five Brothers series, you intend to write characters from 5 different ethnic cultures. How do you intend to do this in a way that is authentic?
I think the thought itself is authentic because I haven’t read any book or series like it.
This will be a Dystopian Romance Series. Set in the future where a dictator-like president has divided the United States into five quadrants by race, in order to re-purify each race.
Before the “Rainbow Segregation” occurs five brothers; one black (Owen), one white (Christopher), one Native American (Skye), one Asian (Tri, pronounced Chee), and one Latino (Javier); were adopted by a woman and raised since birth together. They value family, and love each other fiercely. When they are separated and placed in different quadrants, they vow to find each other again, and overthrow President Duke’s regime. Along their journey, they each find love.
Will their new found loves derail their missions? Will time spent segregated in different quadrants cause assimilation instead of fuel their need to stop the ruthless dictator? How will these brothers find each other again, when shipped to different segments of the country?
4. What cultural influences do you have on your writing?
Hmmmm….cultural influences I have quite a few. I’ve grown up mostly in predominantly white areas. I went to a predominantly white college. My mother has African American and Native American in her heritage, My father is married to a Latin-American woman. When my parents were married my father was in the military, and that is a cultural all it’s own. I feel like I have been blessed with a plethera of life experiences and been surrounded by so many diverse cultures, that they all affect the person I am and my writing style.
5. Please share with us some of your favourite diverse authors and/or books.
I love JR Ward and her Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Even though it is paranormal romance series, and the majority of her characters are white, she does have African American characters and storylines, she has characters and storylines that deal with LGBT themes. Her vampires rock out to rap music…I mean the woman and her writing style is just awesome.
I also love Sienna Mynx and Violette Dubrinsky. Sienna Mynx was the first ever interracial story line I’d ever read. It was so beautifully done, she inspired me to write Surviving Harmony that has a white male lead and a black female lead. Violette Dubrinsky made me fall in love with interracial paranormal romance. I’ve always loved PNR, but I had never read one with diverse characters until her books.
Thanks AF! If you’d like to know more about AF Diamond and her books, you can find her in the following places:
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/afdiamond
Facebook: Author AF Diamond is my personal page and AF Diamond is my fan page
There are also book trailers on Youtube for two of her books and you can view them here: