On goodreads, I was asked the following question: “Is this book about racism?”
My response is in the image below.
I want to add that at no point in the writing of this book did I allow racist perspectives to dominate the story. It is purely and simply a story about a creature different from the others who, through ignorance and superstition, is forced to live as an outcast. I chose the colour black because it is opposite to white and draws a great contrast. But it is all about her magical abilities and not her colour, as the reader will discover with both this book and the sequel. However, black has throughout history been used as a metaphor for evil, while white has been used as a metaphor for good. There is nothing wrong with this, but I wanted to invert the meaning, making a little black fairy good, in stark contrast not to the other lighter coloured fairies, but the evil she is confronted with. I hope this helps to explain my intentions with this book and the meaning inherent in it.