Diversity in Mystery Thriller Writing: Authors Making a Difference
Angie Thomas: Bestselling author of "The Hate U Give" and "On the Come Up," Thomas's books are known for their powerful and authentic portrayals of Black youth and their experiences with police brutality and systemic racism.
Walter Mosley: Known for his Easy Rawlins series, Mosley's books are known for their authentic portrayals of Black life in America, as well as their complex characters and well-plotted mysteries.
Attica Locke: Author of the Jay Porter series and "The Cutting Season," Locke's books are known for their complex characters, suspenseful plots, and authentic portrayals of Black life in America.
R.L. Stine: Author of the Goosebumps series, Stine's books are known for their diverse cast of characters, and their ability to appeal to a wide range of readers.
Min Jin Lee: Bestselling author of "Pachinko" and "Free Food for Millionaires," Lee's books are known for their authentic portrayals of Asian-American experiences, as well as their well-developed characters and complex plots.
Celeste Ng: Known for her bestselling novels "Everything I Never Told You" and "Little Fires Everywhere," Ng's books are known for their diverse and complex characters, as well as their thought-provoking exploration of race and family dynamics.
Akwaeke Emezi: Author of "Pet" and "The Death of Vivek Oji," Emezi's books are known for their unique and imaginative storytelling, and their authentic portrayals of LGBTQ+ experiences.
Alex Segura: Known for his Pete Fernandez series, Segura's books are known for their diverse cast of characters and their authentic portrayals of Latinx experiences.
These authors are making a difference by introducing diversity in the Mystery, Thriller and Suspense genre, their works introduce new perspectives, diverse characters and authentic representation of marginalized communities. They are changing the narrative and creating a more inclusive and representative genre. They are an inspiration for aspiring writers from diverse backgrounds, and are encouraging publishers to seek out and promote more diverse voices in the genre.