Recently, I read a blog post by Michelle Worthington talking about the need for diverse books. You can read the post here. Prior to this, I had seen a lot of posts talking about the need for diverse books. Most of those seemed to relate to race and sexual orientation. As they are not issues at the forefront of my mind, I hadn't paid too much attention - then I read Michelle's post.
Michelle says that "the modern child requires the connection of the story events to what has happened in their daily lives".
This is what connected with me.
Two years ago, my 11 year old was diagnosed with glandular fever, that has since developed into chronic fatigue. I've been hunting for books that has a child with CFS, and haven't been able to find any. In my search, I have connected with other families who have also been looking for books.
My 13 year old loves his Rubik's cube and is active in the cubing community. I have been looking for books for him with characters who also love cubing, but haven't been able to find any. I have discovered there is a huge community of teenage cubers around the World who would be interested in books that have characters who cube.
It can be challenging to find publishers for diverse books as they can be for a niche market, however there are some publishers who are willing to take to take a risk on diverse books.
Chances are, if you are looking for stories on a particular topic or that features a particular hobby or issue, there will be others out there looking too. So, keep writing those diverse stories and sharing life from a Christian perspective, whether you write for the Christian market or not.
Cubing for CFS.
Follow her writing journey at www.melissawrites.com.au and www.melissagijsbers.com