I've always loved reading mysteries. Earlier this year, I really wanted to read a mystery by an author of color. So I walked through the section, several times in hopes of finding something. Nada.
I've been working at a bookstore for nearly 10 years, and I am very familiar with a lot of mystery authors, even the ones I don't read. Of the male authors of color published through traditional means within the US, most are imports. I like reading novels by authors from other countries but what about some home grown talent. Walter Mosley and Stephen Carter are the only two best selling authors of color I can think of in the last few years. Has there ever been a best selling female author of color mystery author? Maybe Valerie Wilson Wesley.
Since 2009, I've only read four mysteries written by female authors of color.
There's are always discussions about the lack of author of colors writing science fiction/fantasy. But never about the lack of diversity amongst mystery authors. Why is that?
I am going to throw down a challenge gauntlet, the first person to answer correctly will win any book of their choice by a female author of color up to a $25 value.
The Challenge - name 10 female authors of color that have written mysteries published within the U.S. through traditional* means since 2009
I know this is very hard, so to be nice I will also accept authors who have mysteries scheduled to come out this year.
Though I am pretty sure, I won't have to pay out I am not that cocky, so this is open to U.S. residents only, until March 2.
*authors can not be self published. For those that took the time to read the small print. I will give two hints. One author 's title was recently featured here and another was reviewed here