It took thirty years for Alicia to accept her calling as a writer of "unusual stories." Always writing edgy tales that pushed the envelope. She learned to hide her violent, heart-pumping,and tragically romantic stories from family and friends.
It wasn't until she joined RWA that she began to share her stories openly and take the plunge. Alicia writes for both new adults and adults with her brand of multicultural urban fantasy, paranormal, romance, and horror. Her stories always include strong women heroines who fight back, sometimes to the death.
Alicia is an activist in the movement towards diversifying Science fiction and Fantasy (#diversityinSFF). She created the first "State of Black Science Fiction 2012" blog tour, is an active member in the State of Black Science Fiction FaceBook group and has a ScoopIt page where she actively curates topics related to Afrofuturism, Black Science Fiction, and Black Speculative fiction.
Alicia is a native Detroiter who currently resides in metro Atlanta. She works as a media specialist or school librarian in a local school district. Alicia enjoys spending time with her husband and son.
Her first book for new adults, Breaking Free, is available in print or for immediate download. She has an adult series that mixes African-American women's fiction with dark urban fantasy. Check out the African Elemental series. Sign-up on www.aliciamccalla.com for e-updates, sneak peeks, and coupons.
Cherese A. Vines
on Dec. 10, 2012 :
Flee by Alicia McCalla is a short story about Shania. Her grandmother has just died and she is dealing with a number of serious issues. One such issue is an alcoholic ex-boyfriend who quickly becomes a danger to Shania and her young daughter.
On the surface this could be a Lifetime movie about domestic violence and stalking, but there are supernatural elements that quickly come into play.
Reading this as a short story is like eating a caramel and trying to chew it, getting it stuck in your back teeth. There is so much going on in a few short pages it's difficult to wade through. The information the reader gets would not have been so overwhelming in a longer work. There is also a part that was gruesome and shocking. I realized too late that I should have read the tags under the description that state plainly what elements are in the story. I have learned my lesson. Read the tags.
I'm not sure what to think of this short work. But it truly sets the tone for a disturbing supernatural thriller.
(review of free book)
on July 09, 2012 :
This was a good read. I cant wait for the next installment. Nice to see authors delve into the African supernatural. I'm really excited to find out what's in Hotlanta!
(review of free book)