I started a Facebook group, Alien Star Books, so authors and readers have a place to meet and talk about science fiction and fantasy books intended for teens and young adults of Color, as well as sci-fi and fantasy in general. All are welcome, although I will do some gentle moderation if necessary to keep the group on track. Come and check us out at http://www.facebook.com/groups/296472730472874/.
I'd love for new authors (and old) as well as readers to send me more books that you think are a good fit for this website. While my focus is on Teens and Young Adults of Color, there's a place for every protagonist here. After all, a good book is a good book! Shoot me an e-mail if you like: email@example.com.
And hey, have a great day!
By noon today, I had over 800 views of the website. That's JUST for today!
I'm delighted by the positive responses I've received and the increasing number of views. Considering that I just went live on April 8th, the website is doing very well.
When I went looking for books for my son, I realized how badly we as parents, caregivers, teachers, educators and/or homeschoolers need a central location for Teens and Adults of Color to find good reading materials featuring protagonists of Color.
My little niche is Science Fiction and Fantasy, but if you're reading this and saying "Hey!" there's plenty of room over in Mysteries, Westerns, Suspense, Horror and so on.
In fact, if you decide to start a similar website in another genre and want to be a "sister site," I'm all good with that, I'll be happy to add your information under Resources, referring those who are looking for other genres to go and check your website out.
In any case, the views are going up and that's pretty darn awesome!
Well, here we are, voracious readers, reluctant readers, parents, caregivers, teachers, homeschoolers -- whatever your connection is to a teen or young adult, the reviews and links are meant to help you locate age-appropriate, well-written, exciting Sci-Fi and Fantasy tales.
Now, I understand that some may feel that this website is excluding White protagonists, however, nothing could be further from the truth! The purpose here is not to exclude, but to INCLUDE. I want to include People of Color in our diverse universe of Sci-Fi and Fantasy!
I want to include POC writers, characters, cultures, alternate universes and the evolution of humanity. I want to include aliens and humanoids and moreau. I want to take my teens and young adults beyond the day-to-day grind of our earth-bound existence.
In no way could I ever exclude the finest Sci-Fi and Fantasy ever written! But I want to bring in more great stories that my children can relate to as Teens of Color as well as members of the human race.
So, having went live and still organizing this work in progress -- let the journey begin!