Open Discussion – Why is it so important?

Happy Saturday, Diverse Reader Friends!

I hope you had an awesome week and that your weekend holds promise. It’s time to kick off our weekend with a new discussion. What do you think it’s going to be about?

Yep, diversity. Y’all, if you watch the news, scroll through your social media newsfeed, you may get a hint of diversity. Some of us have more diverse group of friends than others. Honestly, it depends on where you live, who you’re friends with, etc.

There’s something vitally important about stepping out of our bubble and exploring other cultures, ethnicities, the things that set us apart, but also bring us together. And books have a way of offering another view if the one around us is limited.

So what say you. Why is ethnically diverse Christian fiction important to you?

Discussion led by Toni Shiloh

Open Discussion – Who Writes Diverse Christian fiction?

Happy Saturday, friends!!

Thanks for stopping by Diversity Between the Pages. Today, I wanted to share a list of authors who write ethnically diverse Christian fiction. Some of these authors write other books as well, so if you’re looking for just diverse fiction take note. I’m only including a few authors for brevity’s sake, so please, if you know of an author or two (or more), please add them in the comments.

Also, remember to check out our Diverse Book Recommendations page. You can click on the cover to go to Amazon and learn more.

  • Piper Huguley
  • Connie Almony
  • Alana Terry
  • Stacey Hawkins Adams
  • Allison K. Garcia
  • Ruth Logan Herne
  • Melissa Wardwell
  • Varina Denman
  • Neta Jackson
  • Cynthia Marcarno
  • Nadine Keels
  • Tessa Afshar
  • Kim Cash Tate
  • Michelle Stimpson

Open Discussion – The Importance of Advocacy

Happy Saturday, friends!!

I’m so glad you’ve decided to take time out of your busy schedule to stop by Diversity. We really appreciate your support in making this blog great!

I’m excited to delve into this week’s topic: “Open Discussion – The Importance of Advocacy.”

One of the goals of our blog is to share with avid readers the availability of ethnically diverse Christian fiction. There are authors who write the fiction. Readers who want the fiction. Yet, how can we make a greater impact?

Is it as simple as reading diverse books?

Having authors who write them?

To make a global change, we have to band together. In the comments, share some ways we can advocate for diverse books and what you plan to do. ūüôā


Written by Toni Shiloh

Open Discussion – What prevents you from reading?

Hooray for Saturday!

Today, I’m bringing you your favorite open discussion (at least I hope we’re your favorite).

I wanted to examine diversity in Christian fiction a little more deeply today.¬†We’ve talked about who writes it, avoiding stereotypes, etc. What I want to delve into today is its lack of reception.

Why do readers assume they cannot identify with minority characters? Now this question isn’t just for the majority to answer, but all ethnic groups. What prevents you (the reader) from picking up a book with diverse characters in it?

As always, keep it kind and an open mind.


Written by Toni Shiloh

Open Discussion – Stereotypes

Happy Saturday, Diverse Readers!

I hope you’re having a good week. I’m happy to quick off the weekend with a new open discussion topic. Let’s talk stereotypes.

Every ethnic group has them. Some were created based off the majority and some are perpetuated by the media.

So what’s a writer to do when writing ethnic characters? Do we use stereotypes when writing a character? And if we do, does it help or hurt our stories?

I’m personally found of seeing authors write stereotypes in order to dispel them and open the readers eyes. Unfortunately, not every writer uses them this way. So please, chime in! What stereotypes are you tired of seeing in writing? And please share any tips for authors, so that they can avoid using them.

Open Discussion – Internal Racism

Happy Saturday, Reader Friends!

Hopefully, today’s title drew you in, but you’ll have to wait a moment before we jump into the discussion. First, let’s take a moment to recap this past week’s blog posts. Monday, Terri interviewed Vanessa Riley as she talked about her book, Unveiling Love. Wednesday, I (Toni) shared a book spotlight on Paulette Harper’s Secret Places Revealed. Friday, Beth Erin shared her review of Lee Tobin McClain’s Secrets of the Heart. It was a great week for diverse Christian fiction, so be sure to check those posts out if you haven’t already.


Today, I want to discuss internal racism. Of course, some people argue if that is a real thing, while others may have no clue what it is. The idea behind internal racism is a minority group is racist (or prejudice) against that same minority group. For example, African Americans being racist against other African Americans. Now, I’m sure you’re wondering why I’m bringing this up. How in the world does this relate to diversity in Christian fiction?

I’m glad you asked. You see as a Black author, it is assumed by people in my community that my characters will be Black as well. It would not cross most people’s mind that I would venture out of that. So what happens if I decide to write Caucasian characters, or any other characters that fall into a majority ethnic group? If I chance it,¬†Black readers will either 1)¬†applaud my writing (if they like it)¬†or 2) complain that I’m not giving them Black characters. After all, diverse characters are lacking in the majority of fiction genres. So does that mean an ethnic author HAS to write ethnic characters?

Time to join in! Please answer the below questions and/or share your thoughts.

  1. Does a minority author owe it to their community to add diversity?
  2. If they don’t, would you be surprised or assume they couldn’t accurately portray that culture?

*This blog was initially titled “Reverse Racism.” I used the incorrect term and have since updated it.

Discussion started by Toni Shiloh

Open Discussion – First Diverse CF Read

Happy Saturday, y’all! I pray you had an awesome week of reading and relaxing. If not, that’s what the weekend’s for. ūüėČ

Before I move on to the discussion topic, I just want to recap our blog post from this week. Monday, Terri interviewed Leslie Sherrod. Wednesday, Jamie shared a book spotlight¬†for Sushi for One. Friday, I shared a review¬†for Signs of Life. Now on to today’s topic!

Today, I thought I’d be real informal. I want to hear from you! Share when you first realized that Christian fiction was lacking in diversity AND share the first diverse book you read.

I’ll be honest, I don’t think I really “noticed” because I’m used to not seeing diverse characters. It’s one reason I’m so passionate about writing them. I do remember my first diverse read. It was Ronie Kendig’s Firethorn. (Author Interview here.)¬†Never have I been so happy to see a book cover with a Black man on it.

Your turn!


Post by Toni Shiloh