So, I’m writing a character for my new thriller story… But I’m taking a bit of a risk. The MC is black. I’ve only written one story with a black female protagonist, Destiny from “Clue: In Cold Blood”. Most of the time I see white female characters as main characters in thriller stories, shows and/or movies. I don’t want to misrepresent my race or gender. I would like help on to how to “do” the character right. This includes:
Relationships with other characters
How to incorporate real-world problems like I did in my other story. I wanted to use domestic violence for this one
I’m not black and far from expert on thrillers, so I’m not sure if I can help. I did do some research a few years ago though, and I’d like to help if I can. Is your main problem portraying everything right and including culture non-offensively ?
By the way, love that name! I’ll go check the story out if you promise it’s not too scary.
Also, don’t let her race define who she is. Don’t let her only be apart of something political to shape her character. It’s always done with black characters and it gets tiring I like that you have domestic abuse because a lot of black women experience it and it does get overlooked and sexualized at times.
I agree! In my family, a lot of people are educated. My uncle was so smart he skipped three years of high school. That’s on my dad’s side anyway. On my mother’s side I am third generation Jamaican and I noticed the first, and sometimes second generations listen to a lot of reggae. As well as, my Grandad has a thick Jamaican accent.
It’s nice that you’re adding diversity to stories by making the mc black!
My advice is: Try not to overthink it. Black people are just like any other white person except… their black. Black people have different aspirations and interests, just like whites.
If you want to incorporate real world problems, some problems I face as a black girl is people telling me I’m pretty for a black and/or darkskin girl (which is offensive and just rude) or people telling me I talk “white” because I talk properly and don’t use slang (which is racist)