Interracial Relationship Issues in Entertainment…Fact or Fiction? by @MJKaneBooks #amwriting

As an author, it’s rare for me to spend time watching hour after hour of television. A few years ago, my family gave up cable for a year because honestly, we couldn’t afford it. The result was a lot of time spent at the library every other week and leaving with a ton of books. I’m talking about me and the kids walking out with bags filled with novels representing every genre. Hours were spent using our imaginations as we got lost in written words. Did I miss cable? Yep, can’t lie, especially when I’d gotten wrapped up in the first two seasons of True Blood and Lost. But, I survived. And honestly, if it wasn’t for the lack of TV, I probably wouldn’t have become a writer. See what happens when you stop watching TV?

But, I digress a bit…

Reading a ton of books by various authors lead me to realize that after a while, one storyline started to sound like the next. Characters started blending, and the voices sounded the same. So when I started writing, I decided to do something I hadn’t seen a lot of…write about two people from completely different back grounds that were attracted to one another, yet hesitant to go further because of one major difference: the difference in their racial backgrounds.

Now, that’s not to say there were no books written that featured IR characters or shows that focused on relationships with the same. It’s just in my small part of the United States, I didn’t run across any. In fact, my first look at an IR relationship in a book was one written by Nora Roberts where the main character’s best friend was a black woman who was romanced by a white man from South Dakota. (Black Hills). Oh man, the moment I read that book, I was entranced by the relationship. Now, that’s not saying she’s never had an IR couple in any of her books before, it was just the first one I read. This was also the time when I started studying the art of writing and the writing styles of my favorite authors.
So of course, when I created my own characters and wanted to do something different, I decided to write stories where the main characters were from different races. Thus my decision to write IR romance was born.

Yet, I still wanted to do more.

I don’t like typical anything. I’ve also been one to not follow the rules on numerous occasions. And me, being the ‘rule breaker’ that I am, lol, writing a typical love story went out the window. I decided that if I was going to write, my stories would be memorable. If I was going to write about a black woman who falls in love with a white man, there would be challenges to face. The relationship wouldn’t be one where the connection and desire to fall in bed would be instantaneous. Somebody was going to have to work for it. Someone was going to give the pursuer hell. And someone would be scared to death that their family would not approve of their relationship choices, regardless of how much they cared for their love interest. There would be a bit of fear, doubt, and insecurity. The opinions of others, especially family, would be important. And in the end, when the characters realized their happiness was more important than what others thought, their decision to be together would be their decision, regardless of the consequences of their actions because it was their happiness that trumped everything.

And to mix it up a bit more I added a dose or real life drama that affects people and relationships regardless of race.

Thus, the story of Ebony Campbell and Brian Young was born, and along with it, my series of IR romance novels, The Butterfly Memoirs.

The series is about more than race. My novels also touch on the emotional issues many of us face: employment, career growth, friendships, family, single-parenting, secrets, and the repercussions of our decisions. While the storyline may appear to be typical, I assure you, buried deep into the pages is a plot twist you wouldn’t see coming.

Since publishing my first novel-and getting cable again- it’s been great to see television make the changes needed in order to reflect the changing world around us. Mixed couples on TV are no longer taboo. Shows like Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder (Go Shonda Rhimes!), Chicago Fire, Modern Family, and many a Disney Channel children’s show, have proven that IR relationships, marriages, and families are on a rise. Readers have displayed their desire to see reality reflected in the books they read because Interracial Romance is a growing genre. Book clubs and groups geared towards IR relationships can be found on Facebook and Goodreads where readers looking for a good story gather.

I’m just proud to be listed among the ranks of popular IR Romance Authors who write quality IR fiction that depicts the reality of relationships
Life. Love, Reality Romance.

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***Coming 2015: Nobody’s Business… (Book 4 of The Butterfly Memoirs)

M.J. Kane stumbled into writing. An avid reader, this stay at home mom never lost the overactive imagination of an only child. As an adult she made up stories, though never shared them, to keep herself entertained. It wasn’t until surviving a traumatic medical incident in 2006 that she found a reason to let the characters inhabiting her imagination free.  Upon the suggestion of her husband, she commandeered his laptop and allowed the characters to take life. It was that, or look over her shoulder for men caring a purple strait jacket. And the rest, as they say, is history.
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1 comment:

  1. IR relationships are on the rise and I'm so glad you are writing the new reality and not afraid to shy away from it. You're right about books getting boring if it's always the same old, same old romance tropes. I also write Multicultural and IR romances because it's normal for me and those around me. Thanks for your insightful comments.


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