Christelyn Karazin explains that in the context of dating, “swirling” (symbolized by a swirled chocolate and vanilla ice cream cone on her book’s cover) refers to a merging of races and cultures.
“It’s a way to personify this image, and I think a delicious, positive image. The fusion and intermingling of races, forming relationships, marriages, friendships, children.”
Karazin explained that part of why she chose to work on the book was her own marriage to a white man, and how the two of them came together.
“I didn’t want to sugar-coat anything. There’ve been some challenges, but we love each other, and it boiled down to he was a man who had an exceptional character. And then after a while I just realized I don’t care what color he is,” she said.