Today’s video is really short and harkens back to Linda Adam’s Challenge from last week – writing a character with a disability. (which was also commented on by CVS Writing Group moderator Jen Brinn).   It is from Malorie Blackman and talks about why she thinks diverse characters are so important in books. 

Blackman is a children’s author and television writer from the UK who (like many science fiction writers before her), uses the genre to explore social and ethical issues. 

From Wikipedia:  In an interview Blackman said that before writing Noughts & Crosses her protagonists’ ethnicities were never central to the plots of her books.She has also said, “I wanted to show black children just getting on with their lives, having adventures, and solving their dilemmas, like the characters in all the books I read as a child.”Blackman eventually decided to address racism directly. She reused some details from her own experience, including an occasion when she needed a plaster and found they were designed to be inconspicuous only on white people’s skin.

About the author

DayAlMohamed Day Al-Mohamed is author of the Young Adult novel, “Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn.” She is also co-editor for the anthology, “Trust & Treachery” from Dark Quest Books. In addition to speculative fiction, she also writes comics and film scripts. She is an active member of the Cat Vacuuming Society of Northern Virginia Writing Group, of Women in Film and Video, and a graduate of the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop.