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Svenya Nimmons Pens Book About Biracial Identity

Svenya Nimmons Pens Book About Biracial Identity

While we envision ourselves as having moved past the point of light skin vs. dark skin, there’s another category of sorts — other or biracial. The issue was so prevalent in author Svenya Nimmons’ life of growing up in Charlotte, N. C., with brown skin, curly hair, a Swedish name and a Southern accent, that she felt compelled to delve deeper into the subject and penned the book, Just Because I’m Mixed Doesn’t Mean I’m Confused.

“I started writing the book when I started journaling. It was a really bad portion of my life, but I was also doing a lot of reading because I wanted to know more about people like me. … I found out biracial teens have some of the highest rates of depression, suicide, substance abuse and behavioral [problems],” explains Nimmons.

Having suffered a serious bout with depression that left her bedridden and 40 pounds heavier, the author says writing was cathartic. “It literally hurt to get out of bed … but I finally went to a friend’s house and locked my self in for four months. When I wasn’t writing, I was walking and I started qualifying what I ate,” she says.

In preparation for the follow-up to Just Because I’m Mixed Doesn’t Mean I’m Confused, Nimmons is taking an interactive approach to its composition. “I have a list of questions and a place for journal entries at the end of the book, so readers can make their own entries and put them on my swirlpower website or send them to me so I can collect them and include them in my next book,” says Nimmons.
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