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As I’m writing this, my new release RACING TO RHAPSODY is in the Top 50 for Bisexual Romance. If you’re wondering what the heck that’s all about, let me explain. The hero of the story is Dez Takimoto, who is bisexual, and bi-racial. And when you read the book, you’ll discover that there is some discussion of Dez’s bisexuality, and virtually none about his half Japanese culture. His culture comes out in subtle ways, and his sexuality in somewhat more obvious ways, but neither thing is a main issue in the book. Because this is a story about two people falling in love and finding their way in the world…you know, like ALL my books. The details of those people — their hair color, and eye color, and ethnic heritage, and occupations and life experiences change from book to book, but the basics of finding themselves and falling in love never do.
So, how do I come up with those details? How did Dez end up half Japanese and bisexual? The answer is simple, but not very enlightening–he just is. No, seriously, that’s all there is to it. Characters come to me the way they come. Their names, their looks, their quirks, it’s all just there. I have no idea what my brain does to develop that, and I don’t really care. When I wrote Racing to Rhapsody, I didn’t set out to write a book about a bisexual guy, or an Amer-Asian guy, I just set out to write about Dez who falls in love with Shannon and lives happily ever after.
Fiction is a great thing, because we can choose to follow the real world closely, or present some modified version of it, or create an entirely new world that barely resembles the one we actually live in. Because of that, writers can decide to take something like bisexuality and make it a focus of the book, helping present some of the difficulties and prejudices that sexual orientation creates for people in the real world. But, they can also decide not to make that a focal point. They can in fact choose to create a world where being bisexual isn’t a big deal, and people around that character don’t treat him differently at all.
My books (many of which are multicultural romances even if you might not have realized it) are generally more of the latter. I don’t ignore things like race, culture, religion, sexuality, but if it’s not a huge issue for my character, then it’s not a huge issue for me. And amazingly, neither his sexuality nor his culture are something Dez worries about too much, because that’s Dez. He’s completely accepting of others, and expects them to be the same of him. That attitude’s gotten him far in life, and I just followed his lead.
I hope you enjoy Racing to Rhapsody, and I hope that you find Dez to be as fascinating a guy as I did. I loved writing someone whose ethnicity and sexuality are woven so thoroughly into who he is that he moves through the world in a way that gives no space for anything but kindness and acceptance. It might not be the way of our real world yet, but it is the way in Dez’s world, and his world is a pretty great place to be.