As you all know, I’ve been an ambassador for An Ember in the Ashes the past few months. Well, the book is now available! In fact, I reviewed it on Tuesday.
To close out release week, Dear Author is hosting Sabaa Tahir on the blog today. Whether or not you think this book is overhyped or not, I will say it’s refreshing to see a POC author pushed this hard. I’ve been a DA reviewer for about 8 years now. That’s almost a decade. It’s long enough to see change anyway. The current diversity push is promising. We have a long way to go, but it’s a start. And I like the fact that the push isn’t just focusing on books with diverse content, but also on authors who come from diverse backgrounds. There’s still hope.
So, enough from me. Here’s Sabaa on her major influence for An Ember in the Ashes.
2. The desert: I grew up there and have a love-hate relationship with it.
3. Music: It has never failed to get me through the hardest times in life.
4. Foreign News Journalism: Because it reminds me of what the world is really like.
5. Writers of Color: We are lucky as hell to have diversity in what we read. Every single writer who has gone before—fiction, non-fiction, memoirist, journalist—has paved the way for the rest of us with their courage. Their bad-assery inspires me every day.
Thanks for the list, Sabaa!