“What color are your ideas?” or “Are we just too damn sensitive?”

“What color are your ideas?” by GREER MACALLISTER

 

“The old chestnut “write what you know” is well-worn advice for improving the believability of your fiction, but is it more than that? How comfortable should you be basing your next book on a culture, gender, sexuality, race, class or other background that isn’t yours? This question flared up well beyond the writing community this summer when HBO announced that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, showrunners of the incredibly successful (and soon to end) Game of Thrones, are developing a series called Confederate – which “takes place in an alternate timeline… in which slavery remains legal and has evolved into a modern institution.”

The outcry was immediate. Two white writers taking on an exploration of one of history’s greatest atrocities against black people didn’t sit well with a lot of potential viewers, including writer Roxane Gay, who addressed it with an op-ed piece in the New York Times called “I Don’t Want to Watch Slavery Fan Fiction.” She wrote, “Each time I see a reimagining of the Civil War that largely replicates what actually happened, I wonder why people are expending the energy to imagine that slavery continues to thrive when we are still dealing with the vestiges of slavery in very tangible ways.”

Honestly, I was intrigued with the idea of an alternate timeline where the South won and slavery had evolved into our time. What IS the difference between white writers writing this or black writers? I think the potential content embedded with conflict from both perspectives can be enlightening, thought provoking, as well as entertaining.

We are a society who thinks nothing of our fellow humans and only of immediate satisfaction. We are a mentally selfish society, steeped heavily in technology. A society that, 8 years ago, saw promise in racial relations, but in this recent year, found the strife that separated us as human beings and labeled us as colors. Why not explore this type of thought?

What’s the difference of imagining the world favoring the dinosaurs and not humans? Gender role reversal? If the Nazis had won? Think about it – while you still have the freedom to do so.

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Werewolf romance in a world silently ruled by vampires. A Blood Memory brings the leader of the most notorious vampire clan and the adopted daughter of a werewolf Elder together to discover its secret. Discover the world of the Greater Pack and Clan Tacharan as Vivienne and Simon race across the globe to find the Blood Memory’s secrets while dodging bullets, avoiding explosions, and braving Siberia’s cold tundra.

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Vivienne Sena is Elder Hammerthynn’s Fixer and adopted Outcast daughter. In a world with vampires ruling from the shadows, the werewolves have migrated to the eastern seaboard of the US, and to the center of the Hammerthynn and Jameson Blood Memory.

What is the Blood Memory? An all encompassing vicious hate for one Simon Huntington, Leader of the vampire clan, Tacharan.

Vivienne is sent to the US by her adopted father and encounters who Greater Pack Beta, quasi-brother Iov Hammerthynn and his Piper Commander, Brig Jameson. The truth of the Greater Pack Alpha’s parentage has put the Beta, coincidentally his biological father, in a furious fight with the Piper Commander, and it is up to Vivienne to help them make things right. To make matters worse, Viv and Brig are drawn together by a rare werewolf love, and are bound by scents, much to their dismay.

Enter Simon Huntington, enigmatic Vampire and one of the leaders of the Vampire nation. He offers Vivienne a deal: his unlimited resources for helping him discover what the Blood Memory is, since he has no memory of a wrong he’d happily put his name to, if he actually did do it. Together they cross Northern Europe, into Siberia, on one word from her Elder father, with the Beta Hammerthynn and Commander Jameson on their trail.

What is the Blood Memory? Half the fun will be dodging the bullets and finding out.

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More action, more romance, more werewolves and vampires. What can go wrong, right? Dive into the new edition of Book 1, the book that ‘should have been’. Learn how Brig and Viv meet, about the dispute tearing Brig and Hammer apart, and when Simon first meets Vivienne. Hope you enjoy it.

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