Alicia McCalla


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 for e-updates, sneak peeks, and coupons.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the City of Detroit. Although I hate sharing the negative experiences of being Detroiter such as the violence, crime, and death. There's no way to get around it. In my writing, I often have an edginess to my work that involves violence and death.

The good news is that I also learned perseverance and escapism through reading as a child. I would ride my bike to the neighborhood Detroit Public Library (DPL) branch and checkout amazing science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy stories. These stories broadened my perspective, helped me to dream big, and gave me a healthy love for libraries which is why I also chose to become a librarian as well as an author.
When did you first start writing?
It took thirty years for me to accept my calling as a writer of "unusual stories." Always writing edgy tales that pushed the envelope. I learned to hide my violent, heart-pumping,and tragically romantic stories from family and friends. It wasn't until I joined RWA that I began to share my stories openly and take the plunge.
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Where to find Alicia McCalla online

Where to buy in print


Origins of an African Elemental
Series: African Elementals, 1-3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,050. Language: American English. Published: January 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Mystery & detective, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
This prequel boxed set is the first, second and third episode of the African Elementals series. Mawu, Iniko, and Shania grow into their strength as mothers and warriors. These women wield the elements and war swords to save this universe from an ancient evil.
Series: African Elementals, 1&2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,010. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » African American fiction » Romance
With war sword and dagger, can an Africana warrior goddess save her daughter from vampire-like beasts and her possessed husband?
Price: Free! Words: 7,330. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » African American fiction » General
State of Black SF authors have created a flash fiction anthology. Join artist Winston Blakely and authors L.M. Davis, Milton Davis, Margaret Fieland, Edward Austin Hall, Valjeanne Jeffers, Alan Jones, Alicia McCalla, Balogun Ojetade, Rasheedah Phillips, Wendy Raven McNair, and Nicole Sconiers as they endeavor to explore the possibilities of Black speculative fiction.
Flee: A Short Story
Series: African Elementals, 3. Price: Free! Words: 6,360. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » African American fiction » Romance
Shania Moore, a 27-year old African-American woman is tormented by her ex-boyfriend and a paranormal serial killer. In order to save her daughter’s magical soul, she must run into the arms of the white man that she lied to and stood up at the altar ten years before.

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