Recently in the comments here, lawless and I discussed the fact that I don’t see a lot of Twitter recommendations for romances written by authors, or featuring characters, who are Latin@ (as opposed to African American, Asian or South Asian, although that’s still a small number of the books/authors I see discussed, and usually the same ones over and over–not that they aren’t good recommendations, but still). I knew they must be out there, but my Twitter circle wasn’t talking about them much. She suggested putting out a call for recommendations, and here it is:
(Aside: this comic by Terry Blas offers a shorthand explanation of the difference between the terms Latin@–itself a shorthand to include both Latino and Latina–and Hispanic. However, the distinction is not always as simple as he suggests, as German Lopez explains.
In summarizing the responses to lawless’ request below, I haven’t distinguished between the two terms or between authors who are Latina and/or Hispanic and those who are not, because not all recommenders did so, and assumptions based on names can be wrong. Generally, authors weren’t recommending themselves, so I don’t know what self-description they prefer. I’d be happy to get clarifications in the comments, as well as additional recommendations).
The recommendations are in the order they rolled in, with titles or subgenres where they were provided:
- Sabrina Sol (Delicious Temptation)
- Mary Castillo
- Alisa Valdes
- Barbara Caridad Ferrer (published mostly as Caridad Ferrer)
- Caridad Pineiro (multiple subgenres, some titles have Latin@ characters)
- Mia Sosa (I don’t think she’s published yet,but was a Golden Heart finalist this year)
- Zoraida Córdova (YA urban fantasy and New Adult)
- Hebby Roman (historical and contemporary)
- Beverly Jenkins (Destiny series has Black Latino heroes)
- Lydia San Andres (A Summer for Scandal, historical)
- Roxie Rivera (Latina heroines, Russian heroes; writes erotica as Lolita Lopez)
- Genevieve Turner (historical and contemporary Westerns)
- Jill Sorenson (romantic suspense, The Edge of Night and some other titles)
- Ana Coqui’s Goodreads shelf of Latin@ main characters, includes some books/authors not mentioned above
Thanks to everyone who responded!