Since it’s still Black History Month, I was inspired to write today thinking back to what I said last week.
Being Black is only a small part of who I am.
I’m a woman.
I’m a Black woman.
I’m a Black woman of South American heritage.
I’m a Black woman of South American heritage in her forties. I’m a professional Black woman of South American heritage in her forties.
I’m a professional Black woman of South American heritage in her forties who writes and aspires to publish the kind of stories that I think are beautiful too…
I’m all of the above and according to Chaka Khan, I’m every woman.
Naturally, some of my fiction writing is infused with my experiences as an individual who is all of the above and so much more.
But my writing is also not limited to the above.
As a storyteller, I write to themes anyone should be able to relate and though some of my main characters may not always resemble the ones that are still considered “more mainstream”, themes of love, fear, rejection and hate are universal.
My goal is and will always be about being “inclusive”.
If along the journey some readers don’t appreciate when I blog about issues of representation, diversity, and inclusion, I can’t do anything about it.
I’m just going to keep on walking and doing what I do.