I loved this post from Ryan’s “Torrent of Diapers” blog. Love that title, too!
As someone who cut his teeth writing category romances and has featured French Canadian lead characters, Japanese leads (that book didn’t sell, though), and Native American leads, I feel strongly that the issue of an author’s race/gender/sexual orientation is largely irrelevant.
The events that trigger certain emotions may vary from race/gender/sexual orientation, but the emotions themselves are vividly similar, and so authors can empathise.
More importantly, the triggers are going to vary from one black midget lesbian to the next black midget lesbian. And that’s what novels deal with: individuals, not categories of folks.
Enough from me. Here’s Ryan’s post.