I love YouTube. I learn all kinds of things on there – like where that little metal pole thingy under my hood goes after I finish checking the oil. I tell you – it was a super fun day in the scorching sun trying to put that sucker back in the right place.
There I stood holding that hot metal hood up as I tried putting that pole where it was supposed to go. I gave up, came inside and looked on YouTube. Problem solved.
Last week, I learned a new term when I was watching YouTube: ethnically ambiguous. The term has probably been around for years, but that was the first time I’d heard it.
Lizzie Chandler, the psychic matchmaker in my books, is ethnically ambiguous. When I got the idea to write the series, I wanted a female lead that did not belong to any particular racial group. Some of Lizzie’s friends are white, and some are black – just like with my own friends.
I’m going to make a huge confession here. I can be a little bit of a Pollyanna type at times. I want to see a world where everyone loves one another and all races get along. I’m not totally delusional. I know that racial harmony thing will not happen in the real world. However, it will happen in my books.
It can be a little tricky creating that kind of thing, especially when you’re still pretty new at writing. I don’t want just Caucasian and African American characters. That wouldn’t be very Pollyana-ish of me. But I haven’t spent any real time around other races. And if you don’t know other races well, there’s a good possibility that you can end up unintentionally offending people. I certainly don’t want to do that.
This post is about to end abruptly. I’m not sure how much I want to get into the whole ethnic ambiguity thing right now. But at least I’ve given fair warning to any readers who expect characters to look and act a certain way. You won’t find that in my books.