What is the Color of Love?

Thursday, December 4, 2014



Welcome to the Color of Love Blog Hop. It’s that time of the year where we celebrate our love for characters of color in romantic fiction. So how did I start reading multicultural romance?

Those who know me well also know that I started reading romances while I was in primary school. In those days, the only romances available in Jamaica were published by Mills & Boon & Harlequin. All of them were stories about Caucasian people—mega-rich men and timid females.

It wasn't until I was an adult (I'm talking a mere ten years ago) that I realized that there were romance novels that had people in them who looked like me. We might not have lived in the same environment or shared the same culture, but those books were a source of fascination. The ones that readily accessible were those written by Francis Ray and Beverly Jenkins, and even then, they didn't make regular appearances in the bookstores.

Since that time, things have changed in a big way. In the last year alone, most of what I have read are romances that feature people of colour, which is still a refreshing change for me. Thanks to social media, I have met some good writers, who continue to put out wonderful stories about black people finding love.

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16 comments:

  1. The world is a multi-cultural and diversified place - books should reflect that.

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  2. Yes, Joy, I remember covering under the sheets to read Mills & Boon & Harlequin books. I wrote my first romance story/screenplay at 15 going on 16 and my second at 17. Got inspiration from those books. I left the drafts in Jamaica as I didn't think I would continue to write in Canada. "Writing is not a career, right? It's fantasy world." Well, Gilbert (hurricane) came and destroyed them, but I still have the third story/screenplay I wrote in Canada, when I was 18. Writing remained in my soul.

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    1. Yes. Once that writing bug bites, we're done for. It haunts us into later life if we do nothing about it early.

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  3. I love all characters of color! I agree with Alex that books should reflect the diversity of our world. I'm working on a few WIPs with multicultural romance. ;)

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  4. Social media does an excellent job of connecting us with authors and novels we'll eventually fall in love with. Thanks for participating in the Color of Love Blog Hop.

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  5. I love romance of all colour. I have several authors of colour if we must make a distinction--I adore Dorothy Koomson and recently have been getting hooked by Lesley Lokko, especially her novel Bitter Chocolate which was set in Haiti, Ghana, London and the US. So excellent. I always love learning about other cultures through fiction as well as non-fiction. I've learnt quite a lot about Jamaica by reading your novels which is great.

    I've been offline a lot and didn't see this bloghop (or any others, lol!)

    Denise :)

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    1. You've introduced me to a couple of names I wanna check out. Like you, I have learned a lot about other cultures through books.

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  6. Love knows no color.
    Great hop! I'm gonna find some new authors amongst this batch!

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    1. I know. My pennies are all being spent on Amazon these days and their added charge for downloading from the boon docks is putting a serious dent in my pocket.

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