Posted on 06/18/2018 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Romance isn’t the only genre with diversity issues — detective fiction tends to be overwhelmingly white, male, and heterosexual.

The Guardian’s David Barnett recently interviewed several authors — including AA Dhand, Steph Cha, and Alex Segura — on their efforts to change that.

Dhand said he spent years reading crime novels and never found a character in which he could see himself (specifically, a British Asian).

That changed once he read The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen, who was raised in the U.S. but is ethnically Chinese. It was a revelation, in more ways than one.

“It was the first time I’d read a crime novel by someone who wasn’t white and I thought to myself that I wanted to do something like that,” Dhand said.

Read the full article on The Guardian’s website, and also check out our interview with award-winning author Alexis Daria, who has teamed up with other Latinx writers to build a community and promote good representation of their culture.

Categories: Behind the scenes

Tagged As: Diversity, The Guardian

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