Since the release of You Know How To Love Me, I’ve learned a lot about my readers. This is long, but I need to get it off my chest.
Prior to publishing the book, I posted questions in a few of the interracial romance groups on Facebook. I explained that this book was the third in the series, and the character of Chelsea had become known to readers in Books 1 and 2, so her story came about organically. I wanted to know what they liked and what they didn’t like in the books they read. This is what I posted, and these were some of the comments I received. Names have been removed to protect the privacy of the commenters.
“I have a question for the readers in the group. I noticed that most of the IR romances I see are WM/BW. At the moment I’m working on Book 3 in my series which features a character from Book 2, a white woman involved with a black man.
Of course, this isn’t anything new in our community, but I’d like to know what you’d love or hate to see in a BM/WW romance. Are there any things I should avoid? Please be honest. I REALLY need to know before I get too far into this story. Thank you!”
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“As long as he is not abusive I don’t see any problem. I know this is not a problem in your work.”
“In my own understanding, IR means the main characters are from different races. The sub-genre of IR are many; BW/WM, BM/WW etc.
From my own personal experience as authors, readers prefer to see a BM on the cover rather than a white woman.
What do I hate as a reader?