Interracial Couples

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Interracial Couples

Many readers want to read about interracial couples. Do you think of this as a passing trend or something that should become more commonplace in novels?

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37 Comments

Sean Young

February 24, 2016 at 7:27 pm

I’m not sure if I would say that it is a passing trend or something that should be more commonplace. I guess if the story dictates it, then it should be there. There are couples of all ethnic groups now, so I wouldn’t think it is out of place.

    Rochelle Alers

    February 25, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    As the world and this country is becoming more global I’ve noticed advertisers are featuring couples of different races, ethnicity, and same sex genders in their commercials. There are times when I question if it is because of the spending power of these groups or are we becoming more tolerant of people who don’t look like us. I hope and pray it is the latter because of us belong to the human race.

yvonne parker

April 28, 2016 at 11:56 pm

I like reading interracial stories. Although most if not all are a Black woman & White man. I can’t recall reading about a Black man & White woman. I wonder how that would go over. I’d read it.

    Rochelle Alers

    August 10, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Hello Yvonne,

    I understand what you mean about romance novels featuring white men and black women. My first interracial novel featured a white man/black woman, but I decided to change with an upcoming title – “The Inheritance.” In this second chance at love the heroine is a white woman who reunites with a black man at their 40th high school reunion. Look for more information in my upcoming newsletter.

      daneisha

      May 22, 2017 at 5:48 pm

      is the inheritance out yet?

Denise

August 25, 2016 at 10:53 pm

All I know is that genre appears to be growing and Rochelle contributed to that, early on, with her Wainwright books! They were some of the best and have not been equaled. I really hope that you are inspired and find the time to add to this series. I am a fan!

    Rochelle Alers

    September 10, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    Thanks so much, Denise, for the compliment. I have a few more interracial titles coming up in the near future. Look for a twist in the incoming THE INHERITANCE which is scheduled to debut at the end of February 2017. There is another one in July 2017. Even though many see this as a trend I see it as reality in a rapidly changing world where many don’t judge others by the color or their skin but by their character.

Yvonne Parker

August 26, 2016 at 12:18 am

I like interracial stories. Author Sandra Kitt is where I mostly got my insight into their love. Never a Black man & a White woman though. It’s time.

    Rochelle Alers

    September 10, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    Hi Yvonne,

    My upcoming THE INHERITANCE will feature a black man and white woman who reunite at their high school reunion. I do hope you’ll enjoy it.

Retha Girley

August 31, 2016 at 11:22 am

Ms Alers is one of my favorite authors..I hope she will continue the Wainwright series..I like interracial series Wether he or she black or white..And hope you will do more books on my favorite #TheColes..

    Rochelle Alers

    September 10, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    Hi Retha,

    I plan to continue the Wainwrights. You’ll have to wait a little longer for the Coles, because I still haven’t come up with a heroine or a plot for the next title. I have quite a few projects on my schedule and once I see light at the end of the tunnel you’ll definitely get another Cole.

Neese

October 6, 2016 at 1:09 pm

I’m sorry but I am stuck with the traditional love story of BWBM. I guess I need to go back and reread the Wainwright series because I didn’t see them as black and white…I loved the stories but now I need to get my fact together..I’m not crazy about BMWW because of history and yes I know this is 2016 but I just love my black men.

    Rochelle Alers

    October 27, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    Hi Neese,

    The Wainwright titles generally deal with interracial pairings, but not always in future books. I’ve only completed one novel with a BMWW, but you’re going to have to read it to let me know if you do or don’t approve of the couple. It’s THE INHERITANCE and will be available late-February 2017. However, I can’t thank you enough for reading my work.

      Neese

      August 1, 2017 at 8:34 pm

      Hello Ms. Alers, I did read the first book, THE INHERITANCE and I did enjoy the story line but my mind tried to make the main character other than what you described. I wanted to believe she had African blood. I had a strong black father who married a strong black woman and at my age, I guess it is so ingrained in me. I strongly believe in Black Love! No disrespect but I will keep it as a BMBW in my mind…there’s nothing like it. I have been married 30 years and I pray my three daughters find a good black man like I did. I enjoy reading about black love. I know it is your choice of what you want to write but I agree with Christiana that most white authors basically don’t mention us. I know of few…It is refreshing when I do read it, in a positive role. The bottom line, I will continue to read your books and I too thought I had all your books but looking at other sites, I was mistaken. I am looking forward to your upcoming books and trying to get ahold of the books I haven’t read! Much Love!

        Rochelle Alers

        September 10, 2017 at 10:29 pm

        Hi Neese,

        I can understand your view that black should marry black and I agree. However, there are times when the heart says differently. Like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said we should not be judged by the color of our skin but the content of our character. Although Hannah is white in THE INHERITANCE she cognizant enough to know that some of her ancestors were people of color. And anyone who takes a test for their ancestry will discover that even 1% from Africa makes them people of color. God only made two people, the Garden of Eden was in Africa, and we are all made up from one race: the human race. I have readers who want to read interracial romances, and there will be times when I will write one for them; however I focus and purpose for writing is to create positive characters of color.

    CHRISTIANA

    December 13, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    I agree with you Neese. I love BMBW love stories. Often times you do not see white authors write interacial stories that include a black person. I just think the black community need to be shown our love can be strong and is strong. I am 44 and been married 26 years and counting. And black on black love is so beautiful.

April Gentry

October 22, 2016 at 12:43 am

I believe it’s always been there just never brought forward without controversy. I’m a product of an interracial relationship. I’m almost 58 yrs of age and it was very taboo in most of the USA for my parents. Segregation wasn’t that long ago and there are still areas in the south that keep the divide in an almost unspoken yet knowing manner.

    Rochelle Alers

    October 27, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    Hello April,

    The institution of slavery is America’s original sin, and the fallout over the years keeps many of us from acknowledging that we’re all a part of the human race. However, when it comes to love – it is colorblind. For those who believe otherwise, then they’re unable to experience inner peace. And, if people were aware of history, then they would know God created two people and from those two came many. I don’t want to come on as preachy, but geneticists prove that human life came from Africa.

April Gentry

October 24, 2016 at 3:29 pm

I think that’s what we call personal preference.
We all have it regarding certain aspects in our lives be it food, housing, careers and/or men etc.
Just being able to accept one another for our differences and personal choices. The ability to have such diversity and choices in our books is wonderful.

    Rochelle Alers

    October 27, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    Hi April,

    I agree completely.

Salomé Mikaëlle Fontaine

February 14, 2017 at 8:15 pm

Ms. Alers, let me just say that I love your books! And as one of my favorites authors, you have quite a number of your books on one of my bookshelves. I too am a big fan of the Wainwrights and wanted to know for sometime now if you would continue the series, but I got my answer from reading the comments above; so now I’m excited to know that more Wainwrights will have their stories told as well as the Coles and hopefully the Eatons (and the Whitfields too if they had any newfound cousins, lol). I thank God for your imagination and I thank you for your talent.

    Rochelle Alers

    February 21, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Hello Salome,

    Thank you so very much for your comments and ongoing support of my work. I strive each and every time to bring you the characters and plots you’ve come to expect from me. I’m still awaiting approval on the next Wainwright, which should be available January 2018. Also look for my upcoming title The Inheritance which will have a few pleasant surprises. It will debut March 1, 2017.

Terri

March 18, 2017 at 10:49 am

I love it especially if well written like you do.

    Rochelle Alers

    March 30, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    Hello Terri,

    I attempt to write the best story I can each time I sit down to begin a new novel. It also helps that I have incredible editors who certain I get it right.

Shmia Washington

March 20, 2017 at 7:53 pm

Good Afternoon Ms. Alers,

You are one of my favorite authors. Brenda Jackson and Francis Ray are my other two. I own all of your books! Everytime a new title comes I’m on it. Simply because I know it will take me places I might not ever have an opportunity to travel before I leave this side of heaven. So I am truly grateful for your talent. I just completed The Inheritance and loved it. Waiting with baited breath for Tonya and Gage’s story! I have no preference of color. I just love people finding peace and contentment with one another. No matter the cost!

    Rochelle Alers

    March 30, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Hi Shmia,

    I warms my heart to read your message, because it validates what I attempt to do each and every time I sit down to begin a new novel. Many readers complain that I don’t write fast enough, but I don’t want to short-change anyone and just put words on the page to fill up the blank spaces.

    “The Inheritance” is a departure for me from younger heroes and heroines, because Baby Boomers need love, too.

    I hope you’ll also enjoy Tonya’s and Gage’s “Breakfast in Bed,” as well as, Jasmine and Cameron’s “Room Service.”

    Thank you for your ongoing support over the years, and here’s hoping and praying I will continue to bring you the characters and story lines you’ve come to expect from me.

dealscolours.com

May 30, 2017 at 12:43 pm

I like a romance with more fire and obstacles between the two lovers and their biggest obstacle seemed to be the fact that they were a bi-racial couple, which appears to raise more than a few eye-brows from other characters in the story.

    Rochelle Alers

    June 22, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    Hello Dealscolours,

    Whenever I write a novel with couples that are not of the same race I try and not use race as a conflict, nor do I allow secondary characters to interfere. I personally believe if a man and woman do not share the same racial group, then they have a choice as to whether they want to be in an interracial relationship – or not. And once they make that decision, then it is incumbent upon them as mature adults to make it work and not let other people sway them. There are too many other problems that can and will impact someone’s life, and race shouldn’t become a priority. This is only my opinion.

Jhamiter

July 25, 2017 at 6:38 am

Bravo!! To you for Secrects never Told. I just finished your fantastic, juicy, page turner. This was so good i read often pass my bed time. I thought i’d read all your books but apparently not. this relevant story needs to be put out today for new readers to enjoy. Younger adults can get a insite on how their parents were before marriage and kids. Iam happy to read about adults in my age group with mature problems and still be sexual beings. Your story and a few of terry mcmillan are the trail blazers in this catorgory that is being ignored. This story is great for the married couple who are at a impasse and need answers to private questions. The bride and groom will read about those secrets in a marriage, that their parents will not tell them. The engaged couple will find out why some people have stayed together and faked it. Also why some people can not stay married. The story. Will let new readers look inside marriages and relationships were the heart will over rule what bonds people together and how fulfilled sexual temptations and appetites can break bonds and end a mature marriage. The story allows you to read about the unrestrained depths of love,pain,deceit, passion and patience. Thank you for sharing your great talent. P.S. please tell me. You’ve written about sandra and kenneth from the story…. What is the name of it. The interacial story is relevant for today 2017. One example ( the bachelorette show. The little bit you gave about their relationship was a really good appetizer, i want more. I was impressed that kenneth stood up to sandra’s father and that he wanted to set some ground rules for them as a future married couple. I like that sandra was no push over or an adult brat. So yes bwwm stories that are current In dialog , debate ,situations . to get insite like never before their thoughts and questions, feelings Anger from them , family friends work ect…. A story so demensional that it does not allow them to hide behind that their rich or because he is a dr. And she is by now a 2nd generation lawyer.

    Rochelle Alers

    September 10, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    Hello Jhamiter,

    I’m sorry it’s taken so long to reply to your post, but I’ve had back-to-back deadlines facing me.
    I do want to thank you so much for your comments about SECRETS NEVER TOLD. When I sat down to write this novel I thought about all of the couples back then who stayed together because it was the thing to do not that they wanted to. Women were very different because they depended on their husbands for monetary support and concerned about how people viewed. Sandra is different from her mother and her grandmother because women have evolved to become independent and financially secure in their own right. I loved giving the reader a firsthand look into Katherine’s inner thoughts. because it made it more personal. And to answer your question about Sandra and Kenneth – no I do not intend to write their story. However, if you are interested in interracial romance I’ve written a few: PLEASURE SEEKERS, HERE I AM, BECAUSE OF YOU, and HOME TO WICKHAM FALLS.

ßharyn

August 4, 2017 at 11:56 am

Looks like the next six months will be a whirl wind for Rochelle Alers addicts. I am patiently waiting for each release. Just can’t get enough.

    Rochelle Alers

    September 10, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    Hi Bharyn,

    There will be quite a few new titles in the coming months. Right now I’m up to my eyeballs writing as fast as I can. 🙂 I just hope the wait will be worth it.

sharyn gray

September 11, 2017 at 12:48 am

You have never disappoinred since I picked up my first RA book in Jan 2000. Private Passions and I was hooked. Love the Innkeepers series, keep up the good work as you never disappoint

    Rochelle Alers

    November 27, 2017 at 12:39 am

    Hello Sharyn,

    Thanks so much for letting me know much you enjoy my writing. Hopefully I continue to bring you the characters and story lines you’ve come to expect from me.

Sheila Fulcher

October 12, 2017 at 1:49 am

I have NEVER been disappointed in a story penned by you, however, I will say that my favorites are “Here I Am” and “Because of You” – The Wainwrights, and “Taken By Storm” – Whitfield Brides. Both series feature interracial couples. I love the story lines first off, but then I also love that between the couples their race is never an issue. And Lord have Mercy – The men are so perfect and hot! I personally love the interracial story lines. They represent the blend that we are becoming.

I have to second Shmia and say that you, Brenda Jackson, and the late Francis Ray are my favorite authors. I will pre-order your books every time, plot summary unknown! I think I got hooked with the Hideaway Series. Where I went wrong was reading them one right after the other, then was disappointed when I had read them all. Your stories are my addiction according to my sailor, and I agree with him.

Thank you for sharing your gift with us.

    Rochelle Alers

    November 27, 2017 at 12:45 am

    Hi Sheila,

    If you like interracial romances, then I hope you’ll enjoy HOME TO WICKHAM FALLS, and the upcoming Wainwright title – CLAIMING THE CAPTAIN’S BABY. I have another interracial coming out next May – HER WICKHAM FALLS SEAL.

    The Innkeepers series will also feature an interracial title – ROOM SERVICE. After that I haven’t come up with any new story lines. I suppose we’ll both have to wait and see who the next Wainwright selects.

A Ross

November 10, 2017 at 6:47 am

I just sent you an email about the Wainwright Legacy Series! Woohoo!!!!! Thank you so much because books 1&2 in that series are the first books I’ve read by you! I loved them and the way you told their story. Can’t wait to see Dr. Seabrook get his beat down!
I’ve read the other comments on BWWM stories and I prefer them to the WWBM stories. I guess it’s because being a BW, I see a characters that looks like me. As long as she’s a strong, independent woman, who she loves shouldn’t matter. I’m all for “black love” but I’m more for just plan love! There’s no greater love than in I Corinthians 13! That’s the kind of love that helps you to see past the color of a person’s skin and just see the person and how they can add to your happiness. We ask God to send us a good man and sometimes we give Him the specifications. But most times we block our own blessings because what we get, doesn’t look like what we ask for so we cancel it out. Yet we always pray, “Thy will be done,”. Well I’m 55, will be 56 next month and I refuse to put limits on my life because of the antiquated ideology of “staying with you own kind”! Life does enough of that without my help! As long as the man is a believer, puts God above all and treats me like the queen I know I am, I can care less about the color of his skin! Love is a blessing, a gift wrapped in many shades.
So keep writing the BWWM interracial stories because love is colorblind!

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