6 popular black authors co-write teen romance 'Whiteout'

By -  iMediaBuzz Team

Danielle Clayton isn't just a bestselling author of young adult fiction. She is an organizer, a former teacher, and the founder of We Need Diverse Books, a grassroots publishing movement.

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She's also the kind of friend who can convince five of her best-known peers to collaborate on a single novel, and then come back for another.

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Novelist Tiffany D. Jackson, whose books include "Mandez's Not Coming" and "Let Me Hear a Rhyme," pokes fun at "a little tyrant."

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Novelist Tiffany D. Jackson, whose books include "Mandez's Not Coming" and "Let Me Hear a Rhyme," pokes fun at "a little tyrant."

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"A little pushy," says Ashley Woodfolk, author of "When You Were Everything" and "The Beauty That Remains."

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Or, as Clayton likes to describe himself, "the ringmaster," "the center of the circus," a practitioner of the art of "tender leadership."

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"They say I bullied them into it. But I have leadership skills, and I was persuasive," she says.

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Clayton thought of a group narrative after watching the 2019 romantic comedy "Let It Snow" and wanted to create a story focused on the lives and loves of black teenagers.

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They brought in not only Woodfolk and Jackson, who agreed despite having a background in thriller writing, but fellow bestsellers Nicola Yoon, Nick Stone, and Angie Thomas, whose "The Hate You Give" is one of the most popular young adult books of recent years. is popular.

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In 2021, six writers teamed up on "Blackout", a romance about black teens during a New York power outage.

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