I am delighted to share an awesome guest post with you today on Sun, Sea and Summer Vibes by Zoe Allison Mini Blitz.
Massive thank you to Rachel Gilby for inviting me to take part
Sometimes first impressions are far from the truth…
Nina Darwish is a scientist who likes to proceed with caution and careful deliberation. When she arrives at the party destination of Ibiza to play PA for her best friend and international pop sensation Isla Starr, she has trouble adapting to the carefree and easy-going vibe on the island. The situation isn’t aided by Isla’s seemingly surly yet irritatingly attractive music producer, the world-renowned dance DJ Logan Wild, known by his real name—Cameron—to his friends. Plus, Nina’s run-ins with, and repeated rebuttal of, an extremely entitled and very annoying male singer named Zac don’t help to aid her mood.
Unbeknownst to Nina, Cameron remembers her from the past, when he was a geeky student who admired her from afar. Unfortunately, it’s clear that Nina considers him ill-natured, no doubt due to his natural awkwardness, which he masks using a stage persona. However, even if that weren’t the situation, he’s involved in a dead-end relationship with his celebrity girlfriend Ash. Plus, Nina’s eye appears to have been drawn onto Ash’s no good ex-boyfriend, Zac, therefore there’s no point in believing anything could ever happen between them.
But despite all of that being the case, for some reason, he just cannot stop thinking about her.
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Diversity in Writing
My main character Nina in Sun, Sea and Summer Vibes is mixed race—half-White and half-middle eastern. I too am mixed race and from a similar background as Nina and like many others have found myself feeling underrepresented not only in literature, but in the arts in general.
Growing up in the nineteen eighties, it felt to me as if there were fewer mixed-race people around than there are today. It could perhaps be the case that there were fewer mixed-race families in society thirty to forty years ago. However, I also believe that nowadays, mixed race families are being portrayed more commonly in everyday life such as in TV programming and movies or even in advertising, and this creates the perception that there are more of us around, even though we have been present in society for a long time. This increase in our portrayal is something that I have consciously noted and find to be an immensely positive development.
Quite soon after I began writing I made a conscious decision that I wanted a diverse selection of characters in my stories and I felt the need for at least one of my main characters to be mixed race. I think all of us want to see ourselves represented in the books that we read and own voices is a positive way to achieve this. It is uplifting for me to witness publishers actively seeking out these author’s voices.
I think another issue with diversity in writing is trying to get away from the idea that when it is present, it has to represented as a source of conflict. Racially diverse characters shouldn’t only be introduced in a novel in the context of there being a story line revolving around racism and discrimination. They should be represented in the same way as any other character, present in their own right and involved in their own story arcs as a reflection of the diverse world that we live in.
Of course, increasing diversity in the arts applies across all marginalised groups, not just those based on race or ethnicity. I think that own voices authors from those bodies should have the lead in representing their main characters too. But I also believe that those of us who aren’t part of those marginalised groups have a responsibility to create a background mix of characters that aren’t only from majority categories. Because our everyday world is filled with a variety of human beings from all walks of life and our books should reflect that, too.
Author Bio –
Growing up, Zoe Allison loved stories about falling in love. But rather than being rescued by a knight in shining armour, she imagined herself fighting dragons alongside him, battling supervillains as heroic allies, or teaming up to dive into perilous waters in order to save a loved one from drowning. Once Zoe did grow up, she became a doctor. But as time went on, she craved a creative outlet to counter the soul sapping burnout that her career inflicted upon her, and also to achieve those happy endings that were so often lacking in the real world. She wanted heroes who truly love and value women, who find their true love inspiring, are fascinated by her, want to connect with her as a soulmate and fully open themselves to her on an emotional level. And so, Zoe began to write her romances.
A Zoe Allison novel promises a heroine who is not only her hero’s equal in ability and intellect, but whose hero equals her in emotional intelligence. Her characters overcome conflict infused with spine tingling sexual tension to forge a deep connection as soul mates as well as lovers, and ultimately, they both rescue each other emotionally. Even if they might begin their journey as enemies…
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