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June 19, 2017

Diverse Characters - K + L + M



INTRODUCTION:

There’s been a lot of talk about adding diverse characters to fictional books. Most of the time, this is about including people of color if you’re a Caucasian writer, but all writers can add diverse characters to their books. And why stop at race? In this series, I’m going to list all sorts of diverse characters.

Note: I'm not knowledgeable about all types of people, so I'm skipping my usual tips in favor of letting others share their knowledge. See below 

**I won't be able to list them all, so here's a list of ethnic groups...with a list of even more lists at the bottom of the page. lol



Here are the diverse characters for K:


Kenyans (Individuals from Kenya)

Kings

Knights

South Koreans

North Koreans

Kurdish Individuals

Kymophobics (people with the fear of waves)


Here are the diverse characters for L:

Latinos

Laotians (Individuals from Lao)

Lebanese Individuals

Lesbians

Leprechauns (fantasy)

Lithuanians

Little People (Individuals with Dwarfism)

Lutherans

Lygophopics (people with the fear of darkness)


Here are the diverse characters for M:

Macedonians

Malawians 

Malaysians

Mennonites

Mexicans

Mexican Americans

Mermaids

Military Members

Middle Easterners (Individuals from the Middle East)

Missionaries

Mormons

Monacan Indians (Monaco)

Mongolians

Moroccans 

Individuals with Multiple Personality Disorder

Mute Individuals 

Musicians





SHARE: If you can come up with more diverse characters that start with K, L, or M, let me know and I will add them to my list.

QUESTION: Do you have tips or Do's/Dont's for one of the characters I mentioned above? Share your advice for writing about those characters in your comment.



Have you written about a character from my list?



52 comments:

Blogoratti said...

Thank you for sharing that, adding character diversity to written works is a wonderful idea indeed and one that should be seen more often. Warm greetings and have a splendid week!

nashvillecats2 said...

Wonderful examples of diversity Chrys,
Have a great week, very hot here.

Yvonne.

Pat Hatt said...

I've used leprechauns a time or two. Does Looney's count for L or is that not PC? lol

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Every one I could think of you already had listed.

Carrie-Anne said...

Lyuba, the female protagonist of my Russian historicals, has an aunt and uncle who were missionaries in East Prussia. They proselytised for Eastern Orthodoxy in a largely Lutheran, Calvinist, and Roman Catholic province.

Chrys Fey said...

There does need to be more books with diverse characters. Thanks for commenting!

Chrys Fey said...

It's hot here, too. Have a great week, Yvonne!

Chrys Fey said...

Leprechauns are fun. :)

Chrys Fey said...

That's good. :)

Jay Noel said...

I write using diverse characters, but that's just a personal choice. It was difficult finding books with protagonists I could fully relate to from a cultural standpoint.

A Beer for the Shower said...

The character in my new WIP is Mexican. But I am too, so, you know, write what you know.

Maybe I'll throw in a Lebanese lesbian because that's a fun tongue twister.

cleemckenzie said...

I'm with Beer. You can't more diverse than that!

Chrys Fey said...

I'll add Lutherans.

Did you know Lyubas are female woolly mammoths? :D

Chrys Fey said...

And a great personal choice it is. :)

Chrys Fey said...

She'd be a great character!

Chrys Fey said...

No, you can't. ;)

Arlee Bird said...

I was thinking that I don't use much diversity in characters until I read your list. Gosh, diversity covers a lot of ground, but I guess that is as it should be.

Arlee Bird
Tossing It Out

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

This is a very moving post, Chrys. I love your list. Thank you.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Yes, writing about diverse characters is becoming more important, thankfully, given the diversity of readers. My husband was Mexican-American and my daughter is Chinese, so it's been easier for me to use diverse characters in my writing.

Liz A. said...

I thought multiple personality disorder was now called DID (dissociative identity disorder).

I must mine my Lebanese relatives for some stories. Too bad most of them are no longer with us.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Chrys - what a great list of potential characters for us to use in stories ... Macedonians ... and others from ancient history ... today others from Africa, Asia etc ... fascinating to think about - cheers Hilary

The Cynical Sailor said...

Some good suggestions as always :-) I like the idea of a story with leprechauns and mermaids.

emaginette said...

So I got nothing, but I do love the list as always. :-)

Anna from elements of emaginette

Juneta key said...

Good job, great picks.

sherry fundin said...

I look for new and different things. Thanks for sharing and giving others some ideas.
sherry @ fundinmental

Chrys Fey said...

Diversity does cover a lot of ground. We are diverse in so many ways than just skin color. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Joylene!

Chrys Fey said...

Yes, the diversity of readers is definitely bringing more diverse characters. And also because we're curious. I love to read books about diverse characters because I learn a lot. :)

Chrys Fey said...

It is...but I needed something for M. lol And people still know of it as MPD.

Chrys Fey said...

I'll add Macedonians. :)

Chrys Fey said...

That would be a fun story!

Chrys Fey said...

Awesome!

Chrys Fey said...

Thanks!

Chrys Fey said...

So do I. :)

sage said...

In the 80s there was a group from Japan called "The Pink Ladies" so I had to smile at the Korean group (as Koreans in general detest the Japanese for having conquered their country and the way they were treated during WW2 (which lasted a lot longer for them than for us).

J.H. Moncrieff said...

Can't say I've incorporated those individuals into my books yet...unless Egyptians count as Middle Eastern, and I don't think they do. Great list!

dolorah said...

Love your picks. Musicians; now there are some truly diverse characters. Almost as diverse as Authors.

Thanks for the nod to Military women. And Mermaids :)

Lisa Thomson said...

I especially like the mermaid! Have to consider that one. Great list!

Crystal Collier said...

Right!? Why not sneak a mermaid into your mystery suspense? ;) As the publishing world calls for diversity, it really seems all they want are two specific categories of people. Which kind of drives me crazy.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Chyrs,

I used several different difference characters in my second novel. Marine Corp Captain dad, a Blind student who befriends the MC and helps him during his brutal attack by his dad. So, as you say, there is tons of diversity and not just with characters of color.

Neurotic Workaholic said...

A fear of waves? Wow, I never heard of that. I wonder if people avoid places like California or Hawaii for that reason. I'm just afraid of the usual stuff, like heights, spiders, and the possibility that Trump will get re-elected.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

I never thought about diversity, but my latest YA novel, Princess Breeze, has a main character that's a prince on a tropical island and speaks Spanish. I guess that's diverse. This is the sequel to Just Breeze. Interesting.

Chrys Fey said...

I've read some great books by Pearl S. Buck about the Koreans and what happened with the Japanese.

Chrys Fey said...

I don't think so either, but I'd like to write about Egyptians.

Chrys Fey said...

So true!

Of course. I couldn't forget Military women. :)

Chrys Fey said...

I want to write about a mermaid now, too! LOL

Chrys Fey said...

When it comes to mermaids, why the heck not? :P

I have to agree with you on that. There's a lot more diversity out there.

Chrys Fey said...

Nope, skin color is just one part of diversity. :)

Chrys Fey said...

They'd most certainly avoid the beaches, that;s for sure.

HAHA! I share your final fear. :P

Chrys Fey said...

That is diverse. If he was Spanish, that'd be even more diverse. ;)

Anonymous said...

I'm surprised I have no written more stories with mermaids. In fact, I haven't written any! I freaking love mermaids and wanted to be one when I was a kid. Why am I writing about vampires????? LOL

Chrys Fey said...

You should write a mermaid story! The market isn't saturated with them like it is with vampire stories. And people love mermaids!