You can check out my blog post for Diversity in YA here. This is an excerpt:
By Annabelle Jay
In one of the recent reviews of my new novel, The Sun Dragon, a reader pointed out that the book was not a romance. There are romantic elements—Allanah, the main character, is a bisexual girl who ends up with two love interests that she must pick between—but the novel is solidly a fantasy story. There are witches, dragons, and epic battles to save the magical universe. Such is the case with most of my books, whether young adult fantasy or otherwise.
It got me thinking, why does the question of romance come up over and over again in reviews of my books?
The answer lies in my books’ classification. When readers see LGBTQ+, they assume that the story will center on the main character’s sexual identity or a romance of some kind. In all fairness, many LGBTQ+ stories do this. But not mine.
In The Sun Dragon, Allanah’s biggest conflict is not with herself, but with a corrupt wizard named King Roland who secretly turned dragons into humans and bred himself a powerful army. Allanah’s best friend, Victoria, was one such dragon, so it’s fortunate that Allanah figures out she has magical power that can keep her friend a human—at least for a while.