Our next Black Speculative Fiction author spotlight is Del Raye author of the Orlosian Warriors series.
Speculative Fiction is an umbrella term for Science fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, et al. What is your genre of choice and why?
My writing is a combination of paranormal and urban fantasy because my characters never stay in one place, and I love the infinite possibilities the sub-genres offer.
Which author inspired you the most to write your own stories?
I am a life-long fan of the late, great Octavia Butler.
Do you think we need a black speculative fiction month? Why or why not?
Definitely! Despite the fact that love is love, our unique challenges are too often invisible, and our unique voices are too often lost in the crowd.
As a reader, what would you like to see more of from black speculative fiction authors?
I would like to see more YA and NA works starring strong, intelligent, educated heroines. I’m talking to myself, here. LOL I am slowly working on a NA series right now.
Do you remember the first time you encountered your first black character in a work of speculative fiction? How old were you? How did it affect you?
I was 9 years old, and even at that age, finally seeing a young, Black girl as the heroine was like an epiphany! It opened doors that might have seemed out of reach, otherwise. I can remember sharing the story with my Dad, an avid reader and Black History scholar.
Dariel Raye is an animal lover, animal rights activist, musician, and author of powerful paranormal romance and dark urban fantasy with IR/MC (Interracial/Multi-cultural) alpha male heroes to die for, and strong heroines with hearts worth winning. She is a mezzo-soprano who fell in love with books and started reciting stories at the age of 3. She also plays over 11 musical instruments. Her stories tell of shifters, vamps, angels, demons, and fey (the Vodouin variety). Dariel is currently writing three series: “Dark Sentinels” (wolf shifters), “Orlosian Warriors” (Vampire-like Nephilim), and “Gateway” (a crossover erotic paranormal suspense with romantic elements). For more about Dariel, follow her blog or visit her website.
You can find more info about Dariel here: http://darielraye.com