If I were to walk by a fountain after midnight and to throw a penny in it, here’s the wish I’d make: For A WISH AFTER MIDNIGHT to be adapted on the big screen. I can’t wait for it!
While you’re there, make sure you read Nathalie’s interview with Writers Against Racism founder Amy Bodden Bowllan.
Next stop: Shveta’s “3 Days of Fey” feature at her LiveJournal blog. There’s a fabulous interview with Karen Lord (author of Redemption in Indigo) and links to Con or Bust, the important fundraising initiative that helps to send PoC writers to speculative fiction conferences.
Last but not least, check out Dia Reeves’ guest post on black speculative fiction authors at Diversity in YA Fiction:
The reason I think there are so few of us is because, for black authors, if you want to be taken seriously, you gotta write issue novels. If you write a story about slavery or civil rights or being oppressed in the ghetto or (if you’re really daring) being oppressed in the suburbs, then people will love you and give you prestigious awards and breakdance when you walk down the street.
But if you’re crazy like me and write about girls who don’t feel that being black is particularly difficult, who don’t at some point compare themselves to a white person and feel like they got the short end of the stick, who are in fact quite comfy their own skins and just want to kill monsters or bad guys and then find the nearest, hottest boy and make out with him, well … let’s just say that people won’t love you. They certainly won’t give you prizes or do breakdances in your honor.