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A Personal Note



Hello! ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿฝ


Although words are my bread and butter, I found this incredibly difficult to write. Probably because, like Fi (and Wren, my heroine in progress), I struggle to make myself vulnerable and posting this feels very personal.


So, how beautiful is the cover model I used for Fi? I spent hours trawling through stock photos to find a model I felt was a good fit for her. There is seriously limited diversity in stock imagery, which was a very disappointing discovery for me. I almost rewrote Fiโ€™s appearance until I came across this model at the last second. It was important to me that Fi was a person of colour (as is Arthus) because I felt like I had the opportunity and the responsibility to contribute to diversity in the romance genre. As a person of colour, I rarely read about characters that look like me unless they are in supporting roles. The moments when I came across diversity in the main characters were always such exciting moments. Hooray! People who look like me get love stories too! Because of course we do. Because weโ€™re people worthy of love, appreciative of intimacy, and susceptible to relationship dramas, just like any other person.


Itโ€™s important to me to make the worlds in my books reflect the beautiful diversity of the world we live in, and Iโ€™m committed to that goal. Hopefully in the future, finding stock imagery to support that goal wonโ€™t be such a challenge.


Annnnnnd Iโ€™m done. Thank you for coming to my TED Talk!


Colette x

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