They don't call America the Great Melting Pot for nothing. Our culture is a hodgepodge. Heck, my family seriously hodged the podge. My dad's family is primarily German; Mom's is Irish. I've got cousins on both sides who have Japanese ancestry. Then there's cousins from Costa Rica and cousins who vacationed next to the Kennedys. Most of my paternal grandfather's neighbors were Amish. Then there's me, a neo-pagan, who's married to a Methodist. My Luthern uncle performed the ceremony.
So I have a tendency to write characters from all over. In fact, one of my friends accused me of throwing in everything but the kitchen sink after reading the holiday scene in Blood Magick. Of course, this is the same friend with an Anglo father, a Mexican-American mother, and a Chinese-American husband.
So, readers, I'm curious. Does mixing cultures in books bother you? Why or why not?