Writing Diversely Interview with Ryan Douglass

Written by Vanessa Marie

Hi, I'm Vanessa Marie, author, indie publisher, & creative entrepreneur. I write YA fantasy, paranormal, and horror, as well as non-fiction writing craft books that help authors create diverse characters in their stories. To learn more about my writing projects check out my books page.

December 22, 2021

Ryan Douglass 

This month for the Writing Diversely series, we are chatting with author Ryan Douglass about writing intersectional characters, specifically black, queer, & neurodivergent characters. Ryan Douglass is the New York Times bestselling author of The Taking of Jake Livingston and the poetry book, Boy in Jeopardy. He was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, where he currently resides. He enjoys wooden wick candles and falling asleep on airplanes.

I’m so excited to have Ryan join me this month for an interview. Click the video below to watch the full interview.  

Writing Diversely Interview Series 

For those unfamiliar with my Writing Diversely series, this is a new interview series I started on my YouTube channel last summer. In order to help writers learn how to write characters from all different backgrounds, each month I interview someone from a marginalized background and ask them to share their experiences and what they think writers should know and avoid in order to create diverse characters and have good representation.

I believe we all deserve to see ourselves represented in the stories we love. Interviewees come from diverse backgrounds that include, but are not limited to:

  • Race or ethnicity
  • Disability or chronic illness
  • Mental health illness
  • Religious/spiritual beliefs or lack thereof
  • Intersectional issues & more!


Writing Diversely Playlist 

I have been fortunate enough to interview some amazing people from diverse backgrounds so far. Interview topics covered so far are disability, pansexuality, Judaism, atheism, POC (black), and intersectionality.

Click the video below to view another interview from the series or visit my YouTube channel to view more interviews from the Writing Diversely Playlist. 

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