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Kyoko M.

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Kyoko M is a USA Today bestselling author, a fangirl, and an avid book reader. She has written the Amazon bestselling Black Parade urban fantasy series as well as the Of Cinder and Bone science-fiction dragon hunting series. The Black Parade has been reviewed by Publishers Weekly and New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews. She is also a contributor to Marvel Comics Black Panther: Tales of Wakanda (March 2, 2021). Kyoko M has appeared as a guest and panelist at such conventions as Geek Girl Con, DragonCon, Blacktasticon, Momocon, and Multiverse Con. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Lit degree from the University of Georgia, which gave her every valid excuse to devour book after book with a concentration in Greek mythology and C ...more

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Kyoko M. Oh, you have no IDEA how much it matters to me. Strap in, my dear, this might be a long answer.

Ever since I was a little girl, I've never had trouble …more
Oh, you have no IDEA how much it matters to me. Strap in, my dear, this might be a long answer.

Ever since I was a little girl, I've never had trouble identifying with fictional women as long as they were written well. I've mentioned before how my all-time favorite Disney girls (girls, mind you, not just the princesses) are Meg, Pocahontas, Esmeralda, Rapunzel, and Kida. I grew up with a strong background of incredibly awesome ladies in fiction, everyone from Leeloo Dallas (MULTIPASS!) to Pippi Longstocking to Max Gibson. I love girls and I love reading about them and watching them on the silver screen or on television.

But, as I hit my twenties, I started noticing that most of my favorite TV shows, books, and movies were stories where most, if not all of the cast members, were white. Again, it's not a problem, but it did make me realize that black women don't really have a "role model" or an example of a kick ass fictional lady you think of as soon as you think about black women. The closest I can think of would be Storm or Zoe Washburne. Not to say there aren't millions of awesome black female characters out there, but almost none of them are in the public consciousness. That's how The Black Parade series came about.

I found myself wanting a story with a black female protagonist in an urban fantasy setting, but not the one you'd typically read. The market is flooded with these girls who are all chic and trendy, have fancy jobs that pay them absurdly well, and are drop-dead gorgeous with super-special-awesome powers coming out of their ears. I'm really tired of that girl. You know the one. She's everywhere, and so I wanted to create something I'd always wanted to read but hadn't seen just yet.

I wanted someone cranky and down to earth. I wanted someone who wasn't good with men and wasn't a sex symbol or temptress. I wanted someone who was a woman of color, but not your typical sassy stereotype. And I wanted her to rub elbows with the fantasy world around her and be able to keep up with her supporting characters as well as the villains.

Diverse characters make me happy inside. I'm not one of those authors who only reads something that I can identify with from a cultural stance. I read all kinds of stuff and while I'm discovering whole new worlds, I still feel sad that black women don't have the same famous awesome characters as those of other races. And so I hope that someday my series takes off and people realize that not all black women are frickin' housewives or ghetto hoodrats or stereotypes that show up in Tyler Perry movies/sitcoms. There is so much more to us, and so much more to women of color in general, that can be offered to the world. We need to show up in every medium so that people will realize that we're important and interesting and awesome and flawed, same as everyone else. We have our own voice and it's begging to be heard.

Lastly, I also think that it's important to write a diverse character in a setting where her race takes a backseat. I mentioned recently that Jordan is a Seer who happens to be black, not a black Seer. Some people automatically assume that a black character surrounded by white characters or characters of a different race will have unique problems, but I don't think that always has to be the case. Sure, it can come up in spots, but sometimes people rely too heavily on it to create a sense of drama, and sometimes it can prevent growing your audience. I think folks just need to get out of their own comfort zones sometimes and realize that you can relate to any character regardless of culture or race if they are well-written. Hell, I am in love with Harry Dresden for that exact reason. Here we have a 6'8'', gangly white guy who is a wizard, is totally awkward around women, and lives in Chicago with all manner of supernatural beasties. And guess what? I totally get him. I understand him and relate to him in several ways (especially about being a total snarky nerd with a depressingly small list of romantic partners). That's what I think is the end goal. I think we should strive to create so many stories with diverse characters that people realize it's not a limitation, it's an invitation.

...sorry for the word vomit. This is just an important issue to me and I hope to someday turn the tide for the better with my work. (less)
Kyoko M. To be honest, I kind of wish it was going better. Then again, I put the 'social' in 'socially awkward' so that may be why I have reservations about so…moreTo be honest, I kind of wish it was going better. Then again, I put the 'social' in 'socially awkward' so that may be why I have reservations about social media in general.

For instance, I am abysmal at Twitter. I gain and lose 5 followers every day, so I've had the same follower count for a couple months now. I can't grow a fanbase that way, and I suppose my awkwardness just comes through so much that people don't want to stick around.

Conversely, I seem to do pretty well on Tumblr, but the problem there is that people like my personality AND NOT MY BOOKS. Seriously, I've posted about my novel several times and they stay the hell away from anything related to my book, even when I'm simply announcing that it's free. Tumblr is a cornucopia of disturbing concepts, to quote Ron Stoppable.

Facebook has good and bad days. Some days I want to rip my hair out because I have 330+ page likes and yet only an average of 20 people see any posts I make on a daily basis. I don't know if that's the website itself, an error on my part for when/what I post, or just bad luck (which I have a lot of).

I can't tell if I just haven't gotten the hang of social media yet or if I truly just suck at it and will always be an awkward turtleduck. I think people really find out more about me as a person when they read my fiction than when they read my Twitter feed. Social media is 100% required when you are an unknown self published author, but it's also extremely hard to get your voice heard when everyone's screaming at the same time.

But the good news is, I have found a tiny pocket of people who really like me and my books and I will latch onto them like some creepy version of Octodad until the end of time. I LOVE YOU GUYS. *gross suction cup noise*(less)
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Description: A deleted scene from Chapter 10 of The Black Parade. It takes place after Jordan was stabbed with the Spear of Longinus. I wanted to show the relationship between Lauren and Jordan, but had to cut this scene to reduce the word count and page length. It's also from the first draft of the novel.
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“Jack took two steps towards the couch and then heard his daughter’s distressed wails, wincing. “Oh, right. The munchkin.”

He instead turned and headed for the stairs, yawning and scratching his messy brown hair, calling out, “Hang on, chubby monkey, Daddy’s coming.”

Jack reached the top of the stairs.

And stopped dead.

There was a dragon standing in the darkened hallway.

At first, Jack swore he was still asleep. He had to be. He couldn’t possibly be seeing correctly.

And yet the icy fear slipping down his spine said differently.

The dragon stood at roughly five feet tall once its head rose upon sighting Jack at the other end of the hallway. It was lean and had dirty brown scales with an off-white belly. Its black, hooked claws kneaded the carpet as its yellow eyes stared out at Jack, its pupils dilating to drink him in from head to toe. Its wings rustled along its back on either side of the sharp spines protruding down its body to the thin, whip-like tail. A single horn glinted sharp and dea
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“So,” Lauren said. “You help ghosts with unfulfilled wishes cross over to the astral plane for judgment.”
“And you hunt demons.”
“And you’re married to an angel.”
She paused. “…so basically, you’re Dean Winchester.”
I made an exasperated sound. “I am NOT.”
She smirked. “Yeah, sure.”
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“I swear to Vishnu, if this doesn’t work, I’m going to stab you in the throat with a Pipette.”
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“The sky was on fire.”
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“She frowned at me. "You need some rest. You look like hell. And you're obviously tired enough to have gotten the giggles."

Wizards don't giggle," I said, hardly able to speak. "This is cackling.”
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“I realized then what had happened.

She had turned us--all of us, except for Mouse--into great, gaunt, long-legged hounds.

Wonderful!" Lea said, pirouetting upon one toe, laughing. "Come, children!" And she leapt off into the jungle, nimble and swift as a doe.

A bunch of us dogs stood around for a moment, just sort of staring at one another.

And Mouse said, in what sounded to me like perfectly understandable English, "That bitch.”
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She looked up at me. She looked very young somehow.

"Remember what I said yesterday," I said. "You're hurt. But you'll get through it. You'll be okay."

She closed her eyes tightly. "I'm scared. So scared I'm sick."

"You'll get through it."

"What if I don't?"

I squeezed her fingers. "Then I will personally make fun of you every day for the rest of your life," I said. "I will call you a sissy girl in front of everyone you know, tie frilly aprons on your car, and lurk in the parking lot at CPD and whistle and tell you to shake it, baby. Every. Single. Day."

Murphy's breath escaped in something like a hiccup. She opened her eyes, a mix of anger and wary amusement easing into them in place of fear. "You do realize I'm holding a gun, right?”
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“Murphy watched me thoughtfully for several empty seconds. Then she said, very gently, "You're a good man, Harry."

I swallowed and bowed my head, made humble by the tone of her voice and the expression on her face, more than the words themselves.

Not always rational," she said, smiling. "But you're the best kind of crazy.”
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“Do you have a little white dress? I've had this deep-seated nurse fantasy about you, Murphy.”
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Kyoko M. Meka wrote: "Thanks for the add Kyoko."

My pleasure! I actually didn't realize we weren't already friends on Goodreads. Silly me. :D

Meka♥books Thanks for the add Kyoko.

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Kyoko M. Midu wrote: "Thanks for the invite!"

Thanks for accepting! ^_^

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Midu Hadi Thanks for the invite!

Kimberly AWESOME!! People are in for a real treat! But I still say go buy it lol! I need a new copy of my own because I just cant stop re-reading it!! lol I cant wait for your next book!

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