Today we’re joined by author Dahlia DeWinters for Diverse Books Month!
1. What does the term “Diverse Books” mean to you?
Diverse books is the type of term that means something different to every person you ask, that’s for sure! To me, diverse books indicates there is a selection of books available which reflects the world we live in.
2. You mention on your site that you’re a big fan of music. Does your diverse taste extend to your musical choices and does this influence your writing in any way?
Music has been a part of my life since I was very young. Piano, clarinet, flute, voice….I came from a musical family. My motto has always been, there are only two types of music: good and bad. My playlist covers all the genres. If it catches my ear, I’ll listen to it. Separating yourself from a particular genre of music just because of a label only means you’re going to miss out on some good tunes!
3. You write across a range of genres. Do you think any genres are more challenging than others for diverse authors?
Writing is a difficult journey, no matter the genre. Reading in a variety of genres, both fiction and non-fiction, can help the writer create worlds and people they may not be able to experience first hand.
4. You’ve recently taken part in various events promoting one love for all people within the literary community. Why is this important to you, both personally and with a wider perspective?
I truly believe people must broaden their horizons in order to have a full experience of life. For some, this means travel. For others, moving to a different place. For others, it may mean escaping into the pages of a book. Following this, it’s important for each one of us to pick up a book or a story that echoes an experience other than our own. This is not to say shun books which reflect our own experience, but rather we need to open our eyes to foreign experiences at least once. You don’t need money for travel if you have a book.
5. Please share with us some of your favourite diverse authors and/or books.
I love Madeline D’Engle because of her use of a female teenage protagonist in her science fiction/fantasy tale “A Wrinkle in Time”. Not only is it a story that gets better each time you read it, but it doesn’t have any added drama from love triangles! The story is strong enough to stand on its own.
Octavia Butler’s “Mind of my Mind” is also a favorite of mine. The idea of a story that connects Ancient Egypt to extraterrestials – what’s not to like about that?
As an author, I’ve been fortunate to meet many other authors such as Eden Royce, who published an excellent American Southern Gothic anthology titled “Spook Lights. If you like shifters and strong women, check out Mya Lairis’s “A Guardian’s Passion”. Lynn Chantale’s “Takes the Cake” is a tasty little romance in the traditional vein. For horror, I highly recomment Kenya Moss-Dyme’s “Daymares”, a collection of storiest that will make you shiver!
Non-fiction books such as “The Black West” by William L. Katz and Where and When I Enter: The Impackt of Black Women on Race and Sex in America both serve to give a different perspective on history. “Makes Me Wanna Holler: A Young Black Man in America”, is written in the “present time” but it certainly gives the reader an insider’s view of some of the issues faced by Black youths.
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