I’m thrilled to share a conversation with fellow Books & Such author, Robin W. Pearson, 2020 Christy Award in the First Novel category for her novel, Long Time Comin’ (Tyndale 2019).
Since Robin is one of the few traditionally-published Christian novelists of color, I asked Robin to share her journey, particularly when the 2019 Lee & Low Diversity research reported that the publishing industry is almost 80% Caucasian.
I hope that you enjoy Robin’s inspiring story as she about the internal struggles about whether or not her characters’ culture and language would be accepted by a mainstream audience.*
“I felt like this story was something that all of us could learn from. People could identify with family, faith, bitterness or things that we need to let go of and hold onto. I wanted to see this story on a shelf and in someone’s heart. This was my hope and my prayer.” -Robin W. Pearson on her novel, Long Time Comin’
Bonus…after our interview, Robin asked if I could turn back on the recording because she wanted to share a final few encouraging words. So, watch the one-minute video below after viewing our interview.
JOIN THE CONVERSATION: As you listen to Robin’s story and consider the industry’s desire to increase diversity in our novels, non-fiction books and in publishing houses, we’d love to hear your thoughts:
- When it comes to increasing diversity in our novels and books, what is Christian publishing doing right?
- Where can Christian publishing, editors, authors and agents increase opportunities or reduce barriers to increase diversity in our industry?
*Special note: Robin mentioned that the family in her new novel, ‘Til I Want No More was Puerto Rican in the interview. After the interview she realized that she misspoke and that the family in her story is Cuban.