African American Mystery Novels by Women are they becoming extinct?
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Penny Mickelbury who has published six novels write mysteries, and she says, "Publishers don't want to take a chance on an African American woman mystery writer." She then goes on and says "There is a need for African American mystery writers, but we're becoming extinct because of bookstores who won't give the equal amount of publicity that the white mytery writers get."
I agree to an extent. I do read AA books, from urban fiction to romance, however, there doesn't exist many woman mystery authors. You really have to search deep.
I myself am an African American mystery author and a woman. My newest book, Searchable Whereabouts is a mystery novel about a woman trying to unravel the myterious death of her uncle. The novel addresses an important issue, but can't say exactly because it will give away the ending. However, I have already received raved reviews and can't wait until its release on February 1, 2008.
However, you can get a glimpse into the book by reading an excerpt and by viewing the book trailer at my website: http://www.tinishanicolejohnson.com
I'm glad to hear about your raved reviews and I'm glad the book addresses an important issue. Can you tell me what it is, if I promise not to read the book?
A bit of a niche 'genre', isn't it?
Only if you assume that mysteries by African-American women aren't read by anyone except other African-American women, which is a false assumption.
Eleanor Taylor Bland, Barbara Neely and Valerie Wilson Wesley are just a couple of such writers who are read by quite a variety of folks.