Over the last few decades, American authors Maya Angelou, Alice Walker, and Toni Morrison have given the world a peek into the lives of Black women through their works of fiction. Asian-origin writer Celeste Ng and Mexican-origin writer Sandra Cisneros, both American, have become the voice of coloured women in the contemporary American literary fiction too. As for Indian women's voices, writers including Jhumapa Lahiri, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, and Arundhati Roy have led the beacon of light.
However, the challenges is not to fall into stereotypes, or what is "expected" from women of colour, and paint reality through strokes of fiction. Kritika Pandey, who won the Common Wealth Short Story Prize in 2020, tells MAKERS India about being a writer and woman of colour in the USA.