Many of us grow up not seeing anyone who looks us in the books we read, the shows we watch, and the stories we are told. Or, we see limited, flat, stereotypical versions of those people. Like the gay character who is a pedophile. Or the black character who’s a best friend, who exists only to support the main (white) character’s arc.
That was certainly the case for me growing up, and it continues to be true. The two people in my next story about “sensitivity readers” both agree that this lack of representation is not only bad but that it’s actively harmful to children. So they’re doing something to change that. Listen here:
Fun fact: the two main voices in my story, Bethany and Will, have never met.