Skin color found its way into my novel, and it’s important ... but not the defining characteristic. (Kekla Magoon)
Do you bring diversity into your stories? Some writers feel uncomfortable, nervous they won't do the characters justice. But I say, show the world as a microcosm in your stories. Because until differences become matter-of-fact, they will continue to stick out like a sore thumb. We come across people of differing faiths, skin colors, and sexual orientation everyday, and so should your MC.
We went to our first birthday party this weekend where the boy had two dads. I talked about it with my six-year-old on the way home because it presented us an opportunity to show him how things are in the world.
I said, "Isn't it so cool there are different kinds of families? A Mom and a Dad, two Dads, two Moms, or just one parent. The most important thing is that there is love and kindness in a family."(you can't go much deeper than that with a six-year-old)
His response? "Yeah, it's cool. Can I play Angry Birds on your phone now?"
How well did his response speak to my point? :D