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Friday, February 24, 2006
Multicultural Romances
Coming the first week of March, I have a Futuristic Romance (part of my award winning Dragon Lord and Lords of the Var series) coming out in ebook and in print. It's part of NCP's new Harmony Line, a multicultural line that focuses on the romance rather than race.

My book, Zhang Dynasty: Seduction of the Phoenix showcases a futuristic Asian culture evolved from Asian societies on Earth. I loved being able to research such a rich and vibrant culture. Though most of the language in the book is based on Mandarin or Cantonese, many of the culture aspects were rooted in many different Asian histories/cultures. The idea for the futuristic world came solely from my imagination and how such cultures, if combined and moved to a new paradise of a planet, could possibly evolve.

I love this project, and love NCP's approach to multicultural romances, saying, "Harmony
line is all about romance and the harmonious blending of races and cultures. These are MULTI-RACIAL romances, not simply interracial romances, and race issues should NOT hang over the storyline like a dark thundercloud."

I'm excited about this line, and it's many possibilities. I also love the idea of celebrating our differences, embracing our many different cultures and backgrounds. I'll stop before I step up on a soapbox, lol, but I really do believe this.

So, my main question for you, the reader is, What races/cultures do you wish to see represented more in romance novels (of novels in general)?

Thanks for the imput!
Michelle M Pillow
posted by Michelle Pillow @ 8:42 PM  

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  • At 6:55 PM, Blogger Trista Bane said…

    I teach in a 90% minority school, and I know that both the African American community and the Mexican American community is under-represented in literature of all kinds, not just romance.

    Personally, I would like to see more Native Americans represented in romances. My great grandmother was of Native American descent and my husband's great grandmother is reported to have been full-blooded Cherokee. I'm also intrigued by the Japanese culture.

  • At 4:24 AM, Blogger Jodie said…

    I love the cover. I love the asian culture (being that myself) but you got it down - the blending of all cultures into a fantasy/futuristic novel gives a lot of movment and enjoyment...

    Ok, what culture would i like to read about... In a fantasy type thing - then hawiian/new zealand (muori) would be a wonderful blend.

  • At 8:55 AM, Blogger Michelle Pillow said…

    I've only run across one book set in Hawaii. That's a great idea~

    I take it you mean Modern day Native American? I don't know that I've seen that.

    I used to love reading all the Old West romance novels I could find. But that was years ago. I havent' checked the market for them, but I'm sure they're still out there.

    Thanks for posting! :)

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