This is less of a post and more of an open call for discussion. I'm curious how you all handle writing diversity and how you read diversity.
I love filling my books with people of all colors and races and sexual orientations and genders. But I hate drawing attention to it. Because people don't walk down the street going, "LOOK AT ME! Over here! I'm ASIAN!" Unless of course, you're Margaret Cho. People just are who they are, and I like writing diverse casts. I don't think you have to write a gay character and then make the whole book about their gayness. I think race and all those other things are just facets.
But I'm asking you here. Does it bother you when writers attempt to write outside their comfort zone? Like Shane. He was black. I'm not black. Did it bother anyone? I'm curious. Are any writers out there intimidated to write people of other races or genders or sexual orientations?
Speak to me!