I have a confession to make. A terrible confession. An embarrassing confession. Here's hoping it will be good for my soul.
I invented the We Read Diverse Books reading challenge. This is near and dear to my heart, because I think one of the great values of fiction is helping people to see the world through other eyes. Okay, you're still with me, right?
I have a book, Disenchanted, coming out later this year. The first book I ever wrote, some six or seven years ago. And this book, which I happen to be rather proud of, would fail a lot of diversity challenges miserably. Especially racial diversity. And I'm not going to fix it. Wait, don't run away! The reason I am not going to fix it is because of the nature of my fictional world and how it was founded. It takes place on an alternate Earth in the multiverse and was populated by witches from Renaissance England—our England—which was not exactly a hotbed of racial diversity. I have a number of reasons for doing things that way, but I don't want to dump too many spoilers into this mea culpa.
I do promise, however, that if this book morphs into a series, that will eventually be fixed. I have a plan...
In the meanwhile, I hope that passing the Bechdel test will give Disenchanted at least a little cred.