Life is changing. We're all becoming part of this cultural gumbo, with more interracial marriages and more intercultural couplings than ever before in American history. We wrote the book because the changing culture calls for a change in the dialogue about mixed race merges. Swirling is a conversation starter and a handbook for people who are ready to "choose character above color." We do it in a candid, approachable and funny way.
What values and beliefs would you want your readers to walk away with after reading your book?
If there's one thing I want the readers to walk away with as in all things, CHOOSE CHARACTER ABOVE COLOR.
For someone who was curious or scared about dating outside their race, what would you tell them?
I'd tell them to read Swirling! lol. In all seriousness, I would say two things. If someone is "scared" to date outside their race, it's probably a good time to explore WHY you have this fear. We're not in the business of forcing people to do something that they don't want to do, so if someone has a fear of associating with another race and they bring that into the mix, there's going to be a problem. Now if someone is "Curious", then I'd advise they start online and from a safe distance. Join some Facebook interracial dating groups. Get an online profile at a dating site. Ease into the idea slowly.
For a woman who is involved in dating outside her race, what are some tips that you would give her?
Here's my tips...
DO - Choose character above color. This will only help maximize exposure.
DO - Be interested in people of different culture, religion, or race. It will help with families accepting you.
DON'T - Don't take your baggage or insecurities about dating another race with you on the first date.
DON'T - Don't lose yourself or your identity. Make it a fusion with mutual respect.
I think the depictions on television of interracial couples is promising. It's art imitating life. I'm loving the swirled couples on 'Parenthood,' 'Scandal,' and '666 Park Avenue.' I'd like to see more ethnic pairings between black women and Asian and Hispanic men though.
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Thank you so much Christelyn!!! I really appreciate your time. I can't wait to see what other future projects you have in store for us.