This week, we are all about multicultural, multiracial love, and celebrating diversity in every way. We live in big, wide world filled with so many interesting people. To celebrate each and every love story out there, every day this week we’re featuring a post by an author who’s written a hero and heroine from different cultures or races, and how that inspiration came about.
Come celebrate love with us!
First up is Robin Covington who believes, as we do, that love is simply love.
I Write Love Stories. Period.
I don’t intend to write multi-racial couples in my books. In fact, I’m running about half and half in having couples who are the same race and those who are not. Each character evolves on their own and they are who they are.
I am a mix of my white heritage and my Native American ancestors and with my dark skin and curly hair inherited from my Irish ancestors, I am often thought to be African American. My hubby, the Main Man, is white and practically has to wear a full body cover-up in the summer to avoid being mistaken for a lobster.
We have two beautiful kids and several times a year I am mistaken for their Nanny and not their mother. My husband and I are often asked if we ever dated in our race and what our families thought about our getting together (yes and they didn’t care). And I am always a little surprised in 2104 that for some people it is an issue – but those folks are few and far between –thank goodness.
So, when people ask me why I write characters in multi-racial relationships, the answer is simple: Love is love and race does not matter. I know it because I’m living it and I believe it.
I don’t love my hubby because he’s white and he didn’t marry me to make a statement. We fell in love with the color-neutral heart, mind and soul of each other. We stay in love because we are better together than we have ever been (or will be) apart. He needs me to find his car keys and I need him to mow the lawn (I hate doing that). We work.
And that, I think, is the fundamental basis of all the romance novels written about love in whatever era. Yes, race or social class or background might be an issue of the plot of our story but the central core is a tale of love between two souls. Two people who work.
So, I write love stories like my own—not because of the race of my characters—but because it’s about two people finding the one person that will make them complete.
I write love stories. Period.