How do you feel about Interracial Romance Novels?
So readers I’m talking to you. How do you feel about interracial romance novels? I write mystery and interracial romantic suspense novels. The genre is extremely popular but hasn’t hit a mainstream level yet. Hopefully it will as these novels continue to grow.
Romance novels centered on black women and white men dominate the sales of these books, but there are many books with other interracial romantic pairings. As an IR author, I know how the IR audience feels about these books. They love them of course. But I often wonder what romance readers who read more mainstream books feel about interracial romance books.
I want to pick your brains if you let me. I think there might be some misconceptions about interracial romance books. The majority of them don’t focus on race or racism. I know that can be an uncomfortable thing to read, but I believe this is one big misconception. In fact if you read most IR books you will see that the issue of race never comes up at least in a negative light. So if you’ve skipped IR books because of that, you don’t have to worry.
Maybe you feel like you can’t relate but an IR romance is no different than a romance between people of the same color. Love is love. The only difference is that the characters are different cultures and races, but that should be something to celebrate and not to shy away from.
Maybe IR romance isn’t your thing. That’s cool. Of course there are genres I don’t like to read as well. I respect people’s opinions and I wouldn’t want anyone to read something they just have no interest in. But I want to reach those readers that don’t mind going out of their comfort zone but might have misunderstood some things about interracial romance.
I urge you to give IR books a try if you haven’t. You might enjoy them. You can start with The Wild Life! LOL!
Excerpt from The Wild Life
“What do you expect me to say, Steve?” Brianna sat beside Jayce. “I don’t even know what’s going on.”
He bent over her. “Can’t anything go well for you, woman? Why do you keep getting yourself in these predicaments?”
“Oh excuse me for coming home and finding a man in my kitchen!”
Jersey tugged on her ears. “I have a huge headache and one of my officers has just been attacked. The last thing I need is for you two to argue.”
Steven and Brianna made faces at each other.
“We’re worried about you, Morris. Tell us what’s going on so we can help.”
“I don’t know if you can help.”
Davis slunk into the room and rested at Brianna’s feet. She scooped up the brown feline.
“The guy that tried to kill me…” She scratched Davis’ ear. “Well he worked for Milan Varela.”
Steven gaped. “What the f*** did you just say?”
“Are you f***** kidding me? A man who worked for the head of the Southern Cuban Mafia was here? Here?”
“I was telling Bree that a friend of mine in the FBI might be able to help her,” Jayce said. “It’s about her father. They’re looking for him.”
“George?” Jersey’s green eyes beamed from behind her glasses. “What the hell would the Cuban Mafia want with George?”
“No telling. You know the life my father lives. It’s full of risks and he makes no apologies for it.”
Jersey touched the back of her neck. “How the hell could he even get close to Milan Varela in the first place?”
“So this is the type of stuff your father’s always into?”
“Jayce my father has never been a father to me. He stays gone for decades at a time and pops up probably once every ten or fifteen years when he wants something. I wonder if he even remembers he has a
daughter half the time.” She kissed Davis’ head. “Right now what’s important is this mess he’s got going with Milan. Why would he want my dad dead?”
“I just can’t believe this. I mean your dad has been involved in some shady things during his life but nothing like this. What are you gonna do, Morris?”
“As much as I hate him, I can’t let anything happen to him. I gotta find out where he is.”
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