I am a black female and I write how I see a character as soon as I get the name I see who they are in my mind before anything else. The reason I am only bringing this up because I write and I don't particularly care about my race when it comes to writing. If the store is well written and is good who cares about the race of me or the characters. I for one don't really care for black novels or hood literature. I know it happens but I why doesn't something good come from it. My point is I let a black friend read my story. First she said what kind of name is Ella James (The girls' name is really common, too, first & last). And then why is all the characters white was the second question. It was the first chapter. The main character is bi-racial, white & black, female who lives in Philadelphia. The the 4 other characters were white and the fifth was Asian (Chinese, Japanese, etc) mixed with Indian (not Native American). When I read books I want diversity. I can never find books with an black character who isn't having sex with the whole neighborhood, addicted something or other or just a life so dramatized that it doesn't seem true on some level. I want to read about a female who has a good family, going to school, and crushing on her best guy friend or deeply in love and they broke up. Sorry, I go on and on and cannot stop!