At Romance Novels in Color, we pride ourselves on spreading the love of romance novels that feature a hero or heroine of color. There are other websites out there that shine the spotlight on books that contain protagonists of color, and a fairly new one is the site created by author Mia Mitns, which focuses on speculative fiction. Here are the details in her own words…
I would like to introduce you to The Diverse Multiracial Speculative Fiction Bookshelf. We are focused on collecting Speculative Fiction books featuring people of color (Black, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, & Native American) to make them easier for readers to find. Speculative Fiction is a broad term and includes the genres of Fantasy, Paranormal, Horror, and Science Fiction.
I created the site because it is hard to find speculative fiction books featuring a person of color unless you know about the author or the book beforehand. As a reader, I tried to find these type of books, but kept running into problems with searching on bookselling sites and the web. Online, searching for authors tended to give me lists featuring the same people over and over. Indies weren’t mentioned as much, if at all. On bookselling sites, there was no category to click and immediately see these books. They are hidden within their respective genres.
As an author, especially a new one, I was trying to find my audience. I felt like I kept hearing/reading people say there are barely any diverse speculative fiction books, but I knew I had one and other authors have many. Why was/is there still a disconnect? Well, under some sections for people of color, there is no further categorization. Under “African American,” the general categories are covered, with the exception of Speculative Fiction.
In the earlier part of this year, Amazon added a LGBT categorization of Fantasy books. I wanted to see the same for books featuring people of color.
My intention is bridge the gap between readers who want to read these stories and the authors who create them. There are Fantasy, Paranormal, Horror, and Science Fiction books featuring people of color are out there, waiting to be read.