I am an avid reader.
My love for reading began at the tender age of three. We were seated at the breakfast table. I began to read the comics aloud. My father thought we were playing a joke on him. He pointed to random words and asked me to read it. I read all of the words!
My life was never the same.
I read for anyone that would listen: my mother, my father, my cousins, my pre-school class. My love for reading shaped one of the most significant moments of my life. My first and only week in Kindergarten concluded with me reading a film strip aloud in class. After several rounds of testing, I landed in the second grade.
Over the years my tastes have changed, I love romance novels with a strong male lead that has a shady past or a darker present. A man that has a tough exterior with a kind heart for the woman that he loves. A man that meets a woman and falls wholly and hopelessly in love. A love that may take years to evolve or be at first sight.
I love female leads that are sensitive, smart, and kind. I like female leads to have doubts about falling for the bad boy, but she follows her heart. I want her to exhibit against or find strength in him. If she walks and does what is best for herself, then she is a part of my squad.
Why aren’t these novels written with a black woman lead?
Most novels portray black female leads as strong, extroverted, resilient, super-curvy, and the voice of reason. She always does the right thing. She is usually super sassy and comedic. If it is a book with a black woman there may be gang activity involved or has drama with her “baby daddy.”
It is frustrating. I would totally support a book where the black girl falls in love with a vampire that sparkles like diamonds. Or an accident-prone, young black woman who literally falls into a loving relationship with a billionaire. I would be all over that!
My goal is to write books with delicious, fun, quirky, and smart female leads.