Monday, June 19, 2017

Diverse Characters - K + L + M


There’s been a lot of talk about adding diverse characters to fictional books. Most of the time, this is about including people of color if you’re a Caucasian writer, but all writers can add diverse characters to their books. And why stop at race? In this series, I’m going to list all sorts of diverse characters.

Note: I'm not knowledgeable about all types of people, so I'm skipping my usual tips in favor of letting others share their knowledge. See below 

**I won't be able to list them all, so here's a list of ethnic groups...with a list of even more lists at the bottom of the page. lol

Here are the diverse characters for K:



South Koreans

Apink, South Korean Girl Group

North Koreans

Kurdish Individuals

Kymophobics (people with the fear of waves)

Here are the diverse characters for L:


Lebanese Individuals


Leprechauns (fantasy)

Little People (Individuals with Dwarfism)


Lygophopics (people with the fear of darkness)

Here are the diverse characters for M:





Mexican Americans


Source: Mehgan Heaney-Grier

Military Members
U.S. Air Force
Israel Defense Forces

Middle Easterners (Individuals from the Middle East)


Monacan Indians (Monaco)



Individuals with Multiple Personality Disorder

Mute Individuals 


SHARE: If you can come up with more diverse characters that start with K, L, or M, let me know and I will add them to my list.

QUESTION: Do you have tips or Do's/Dont's for one of the characters I mentioned above? Share your advice for writing about those characters in your comment.

Have you written about a character from my list?

*All images are free to use.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Empowering Women - Candis Cayne

Every month I am highlighting an empowering woman. This month it is:

Candis Cayne

© Glenn Francis,

I was introduced to Candis Cayne when I watched I Am Cait, and Candis shone as a gorgeous, funny, and wise woman. She is a transgender woman.

“I’m not trying to be a spokeswoman for the transgender community. I just want to be looked at as a living, breathing, happy human being.”

She is a dancer and actress. In 2001, she won the Miss Continental Pageant for Female Impersonators. She was also the first transgender woman to play a recurring trans character on a prime-time TV show (Dirty Sexy Money).

In 2015, she was awarded with the Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award for being a vocal activist for the LGBT community and working with GLAAD and HRC. She teamed up with the global LGBT Social Network MOOVZ as their new Global Creative Director.

Last year, she played on the TV show Heartbeat as a transgender woman with breast cancer. It was a moving episode titled “Permanent Glitter.” The doctors “fight to save her life and her identity.” At the end, the hospital staff and guests do a flash mob dance in her honor. While watching it, I got teary eyed.

“…through the character of Ava, we learn that it’s not a breast, or a scar, or our appearance that defines us, but out inner strength and courage.” -NBC

This is the only video I could find of the flash mob dance. The song is “Stand By You” by Rachel Platten.


NOTE: PLEASE refrain from posting negative comments about transgender people. Thank you!


Book Club: The IWSG Book Club will be reading for June/July....

This book will demonstrate characterization, which was voted #1 by our members for what they want to learn how to do better.

- Whether you read a book is up to you. Whether you join the book discussion is up to you. Though we do hope for both. ;) And You can join any book discussion, even if you don’t read the book.

Our book club is not a strict one. 

Join us and participate when you can.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Beating Insecurities! / IWSG

The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a safe place for insecure writers of all kinds.

Optional June Question: Did you ever say “I quit”? If so, what happened to make you come back to writing?

Yes, I have. SEVERAL times.

Last year, I had said it a lot--when I was getting rejections, when sales weren't happening, reviews weren't coming in, when nothing was working despite my efforts, when my depression reared it's ugly head. I would even go so far as to say to my mom, "Never publish!" 

The very second after I'd yell, "I quit," I'd be back at, trying my hardest. I can't quit writing, because it's my passion. My dream. I may succumb to the pressure and throw a tantrum, but there's not a quitter bone in this body!


Insecurity #1: One of my biggest insecurities is recording videos of myself. I get nervous, even if I'm by myself.

Last month, I decided to squash this insecurity. 

I recorded myself doing a reading of Tsunami Crimes. I did it in one take because I didn't want to have to do it again and again. But when I finished, I was excited! I immediately created a YouTube channel, published the video, and added it to Goodreads and LinkedIn (which I had just joined at the time). 

Now, I plan to do a lot more!

Here's my reading. In the beginning, I make a pretty funny mistake. (I also mess up a few words. Oopsy.)

Side Note: To me, I'm a completely different person in this video. I felt like an actor, which is, I guess, what you have to become, even if you're an author. :P


Insecurity #2: Being Chrys Fey in Public.

On Saturday, I had my first book signing at: Space Coast Book Lovers

I used this event to conquer more insecurities. I did a recorded interview for Hangin with Web Show. I was so nervous in the beginning, but the host was so nice and funny that it was surprisingly easy. I'll share the video when they put it up. :)

I also signed up for an Author Mingle/Panel. I had to talk about my first published book, Hurricane Crimes, and answer questions. My heart would pound just before it was my turn, but when I had to speak, I did good.

I was really proud of myself afterward.

The Signing: 

Me at my table.

On the right is MJ!

All the authors at the SCBL event. I'm in the back right corner.

Personal Assistants.
My mom is behind the lady in red. She's wearing a black shirt.

*Photos by Christopher John

I went to all of the authors' tables, exchanged business cards with them (including IWSG cards) and asked for their autographs.

What Works:
- Newsletter Giveaway with Newsletter Sign-up Sheets.
- Postcards with book blurb and cover art.
- Hand-painted shells...Florida. People loved it.

Plans for Future:
- Banners
- Book Stands

Yvonne Mason

Maggie Adams

*Photos by Christopher John

Blogger Scherry Jenkins asked for a picture!

She posted about the event and our meeting here.

My Mom!!

MJ Fifield!!!!!! 

Optional July 5th Question: What is one valuable lesson you've learned since you started writing?

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