I always get this look when I mention that I (as an African American woman) that I don't write urban fiction. You know the type they put in African American section in Barnes and Noble?
Yep. That's the one.
It's not like I have anything against authors like Sister Souljah. Quite the contrary. I look up to these authors since they can write with the authentic African American voice.
Even though some people forget that not all African Americans live this way (I timidly raise my hand), these are still stories that are important to our culture and are now valued.
However, I just don't write these type of stories.
Now will I say I will NEVER write these type of stories?
But as of right now, I'm not writing urban fiction. I like to write with European American characters (a.k.a. white characters).
One word: Suburban.
I've lived in the suburbs my whole life and pulling from my experience, it's just easier for me. It's not like I'm denying my African American roots or history. I'm just not writing stories about it. Yet.
Now, I will eventually write minority characters and in fact, I have inserted some minority characters into my stories. Specifically Angel Diaries and some short stories most recently.
And I will start a novel with a main character of a minority race. I just have to pull all of the information and write it.
Until then though, my main characters will be white.
Is that too weird that I write with white characters instead of black? Or should I, as an author, have the right to choose how I want to star in my novels?