SFF Author Scott Lynch wrote a scathing retort to a reader who complained about Scott's heroine in Red Seas under Red Skies being a black, middle-aged woman.
As I read it, I wanted to scream, "Hell to the yeah!"
I want to read about variety. I want to write about variety. I want to share with my son that variety exists in this world.
One time, another writer read one of my Bloodlines books. Her primary complaint was that I threw in every race and religion as well as the kitchen sink. Most of my characters are vampires. They reflect the culture and religion of the time they were born.
I simply stared at her and said, "You expect me to take that criticism seriously?"
"It will confuse people," she replied.
"So your personal life is confusing to you?"
I leaned back and folded my arms. "Your mom's Mexican. Your dad's American. And you're married to a Chinese guy."