Full List of Representation for Xaneria Ann
If I had a time machine, I'd tell my younger self not to delete that work. Don't burn those pages. Hold on to everything you ever wrote because the stories would eventually be desired. Representation of mental health in a positive light. Diverse groups of characters. People who love like me. All the things I always wanted out of media I put in my stories and now, I can finally see those stories come to life and share them with more than just a few ears on the school bus home.
Why does diversity matter to me?
It's a question I hear a lot and I'm not ashamed to admit it took me a while to articulate my feelings.
Growing up, diversity in the people I was around was natural and my mother punished my childish curiosity of our differences out of embarrassment. Slowly, I stopped asking questions.
But this harmed more than it helped because I then stopped questioning if there were people like me.
I sheltered my own differences from what was perceived as normal and I was often misunderstood by those around me. My mental health, my sexual preferences, even my struggles with my own identity were vastly ignored or missed. And there was no comfort to be found in media. I didn't exist in media.
That is something that is changing and that change has given me the courage to bring my stories into the world. A world that appreciates diversity over mundane and repetition.
This is a general list of representation found in my stories. Further details can be found on the individual pages for each series.
If you see something I missed, Contact Me.
I recommend Diverse BookFinder for more diverse books.
You can also read about diversity and inclusion from We Need Diverse Books.
If you are curious about the dangers of diversity in writing, you can read this article on Writing With Color which covers tokenism and bad representation.