Reader A.A. asks:
Is there a chance that you could highlight multicultural UF or Paranormal Romance? A lot of the heroes and heroines I read are pretty white-bread, and I feel like there’s got to be more out there that I’m missing. Nalini Singh and Meljean Brooke tend to have diverse casts (and mixed race couples semi-frequently, something completely neglected by the cover artists, to my unsurprised frustration). I know of the Mercy Thompson (Patricia Briggs) series and the Jane Yellowrock (Faith Hunter) series as well. The Allie Beckstrom (Devon Monk) books have a mixed-race main couple, but the heroine is (by all appearances) white. Much to my shame, I seem to completely miss African-American writers/heroes/heroines in F/SF overall, so I know I must be missing them in UF/ParaRom as well. Anyway, I’d love to have more good non-white-centric UF/ParaRom pointed out to me (and I’m sure I’m not the only one!), and you must see some of it cross your desk.
There’s not as much of it as I’d like to see, but it’s out there! Alaya Johnson’s Moonshine and Terrance Taylor’s Bite Marks and Blood Pressure have a lot of fun with non-white supernatural entities in historical New York. I’ve heard great things about L.A. Banks’s Vampire Huntress books (and their emphatically non-whitewashed covers; kudos to St. Martin’s). S.J. Day’s urban fantasy Eve series has a Japanese-American protagonist. Jane Lindskold’s Thirteen Orphans et seq. are Chinese-influenced UF, and Eileen Rendahl’s Don’t Kill the Messenger is Chinese-influenced PR. Mario Acevedo’s Felix Gomez and Marta Acosta’s Milagro de Los Santos are Hispanic vampires, and Laura Anne Gilman’s Hard Magic et seq. feature Hispanic forensic magician Bonita Torres (who first appeared in the Retrievers series). Charles de Lint, the original urban fantasist, has a ton of Native American characters.
Some other resources for you: Dear Author has a post of multicultural romance recs that includes lots of paranormal romance; search the comments for “paranormal” or “PR”. It’s from a year ago, so most of what’s recommended there should still be findable in stores or online. This great essay on race in urban fantasy gets lots of recs and some disrecs from readers, and it was republished on Racialicious to even more comments.
O Genreville readers, you were so awesome with suggestions for my young friend. (She says, “After reading that post I don’t think I’ll ever run out of books!”) So I turn to you once again: Got any recommendations for A.A.?