It’s so great to see you here. My name is Leelynn! I identify as Chamorro, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Cherokee, and Black. I was born and raised on Oahu, Hawaii and I miss living on the islands. I also lived on Guam for five years before moving to Virginia on the East Coast of the United States. Talk about a culture shock. I absolutely adore reading books, and I have been working hard to ensure that I keep my books diverse. I’ve found that reading books from diverse authors has made my reading experience a lot more enjoyable from when I was younger, and I don’t think I’ll ever go back!
Growing up, I didn’t really see myself in many books but I still loved to read. I’ve noticed that I relate a lot more to my Asian counterparts – especially my Japanese and Korean characters – and I’ve been known to get emotional reading books that are inspired by my Asian heritage. I have yet to find a novel that is inspired by my Chamorro heritage, but my goal is to one day write a novel that is so that other Chamorro girls like me can see themselves in a book and hopefully relate to it like I have.
Hear Our Voices is a dream that I’ve had since fully immersing myself in the book community a year ago, and something that I feel has been sorely needed for a while now. I hope that our dream will be able to grow and bring all kinds of novels to all kinds of OwnVoices readers, regardless of follower count, regardless of location in the world, and allow readers like us to see themselves in novels and share their experiences with us and the rest of the community.
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