Category: Cultural and Ethnic

DiversifYA: Ki-Wing Merlin

Ki-Wing Merlin’s debut novel, Weaving a Net is Better Than Praying for Fish (Balzer+Bray, 2016), is a middle grade contemporary about a first-generation Chinese-American girl navigating school and classmates while concealing secrets from friends and family, who must learn to rely on others to catch the thief when her father’s store is robbed. Ki-Wing, like the main […]

DiversifYA: Samantha Mabry

Today, we have another one of the amazing 16 debut authors on DiversifYA! Samantha Mabry is author of Leaves, a young adult novel about curses, Puerto Rico, and poison, coming spring 2016 from Algonquin Young Readers. She lives in Dallas and teaches English at a community college. Follow her on Twitter and via her website. 1.How do […]

DiversifYA: Sabina Khan

Sabina Khan is the author of Realm of the Goddess, the first in a series of YA Paranormal Fantasy books based on the gods and goddesses of India. She is an educational consultant and a karaoke enthusiast. After living in Germany, Bangladesh, Macao, Illinois and Texas, she has finally settled down in beautiful British Columbia, […]

DiversifYA: Randi Pink

Today, we have the most wonderful Randi Pink here at DiversifYA! Randi is the author of one of the 2016 debuts I’m most excited about, a YA about “sixteen-year-old Latoya Williams, who is black and attends a mostly white high school in the Bible Belt. In a moment of desperation, she prays for the power […]

DiversifYA: Laxmi Hariharan

A day later than expected because I completely forgot Monday was a thing… we have the wonderful Laxmi Hariharan here! Laxmi is is the author of The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer, which debuted #1 Hot New Release on Amazon Asian Lit. It’s prequel, The Ruby Iyer Diaries, is available free to download. Her first […]

DiversifYA: Heidi Heilig

I’m super delighted to welcome fellow Sweet Sixteen Heidi Heilig to the blog today! Heidi grew up in Hawaii where she rode horses and raised peacocks, and then she moved to New York City and grew up even more, as one tends to do. Her favorite thing, outside of writing, is travel. Her debut novel, THE […]

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