It is very, very very hard to find fantasy fiction or fiction of any kind that features Black women characters as the main characters. Yes, yes, yes–I’ve heard of Octavia Butler, so please have a seat. In the recent past, people have been convinced that there are no Black fiction writers, especially not Black women writers. This is not true, whether this perception stems from racism and disparity in the publishing market or lack of exposure, it just ain’t true. I know because I am a Black fiction writer and I know I’m not the only one. I am afraid that every time someone says that, a Black writer with a story worth telling gives up, adding to the isolation that some Black writers like me feel.
Even so, I am proud to say that even with all the challenges I face, I have not given up. I have not let go of the stories I want to tell. Writing is not a hobby to me. It is a means of survival and a calling.
This month, I am writing a chapter a day on Jukepop. Its a high fantasy novella/novel. Twelve days, twelve chapters so far. The main characters of my book are Black girls and I love them. I’m happy that I’m writing the kind of story I want to read, putting it out there everyday for everyone to see. Maybe some other people will read it too.
To the Black woman I love the most, thank you. I wanted to write you the story you deserve, I’m not sure if I succeeded but I hope you find a warm, happy place for this story in your heart. Many Happy Returns, my dear, sweet girl.