I don't give much thought to the ethnicity of an author unless it has some relevance to the story. Like a story set in the Australian outback is likely to be more realistic from an Australian author than someone who has never been there or something similar. Mostly I don't know and don't think to ask.
So, with a square called Diverse Voices to fill, my first port of call was Google. Put in Diverse authors and you get a lot of results.
Then I thought, what have I got in my slush pile waiting to be read? The Google results give me well known authors. I'd rather unearth a new voice. The trouble is, most books don't come with any indication of racial group of the author unless their name indicates maybe Hispanic or Eastern. Black people tend to have names that look a whole lot like white people's names unless they actually come from Africa.
So I went for a scroll through my free books slush looking for anything that stood out and...
Qwantu Amaru stood out. I looked at the book description.
"Rich themes of voodoo, family curses, political ambitions and a quest for power are dominant in this roller coaster ride set in Louisiana."
This square is in a row that has 4 called squares. I've read 3 books for the row and am working on Dead Sea for that row. This book is 488 pages and Dead Sea is over 500. I'm doomed...
I have one other row with 4 called squares. The books I need to finish that one are more in the 250 page range. I think I'll try to finish those first and then get stuck into this. It sounds good!