Interview with Alicia McCalla

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.
What's the story behind your latest novella?
I always write speculative fiction stories with strong heroines who fight back, sometimes to the death. Iniko is the story of a Warrior Goddess in a tragic romance. She must save her child from her estranged husband who is possessed by an ancient evil and bent on sacrificing the girl in a bloody ritual. This story has many hard issues such as Trokosi slave wives, female genital mutilation, and violence. There's a ton of action and readers meet an African Pantheon of Gods and Goddesses.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I enjoy sharing stories of triumph. I love it when my heroines are pushed to the edge and the reader is uncertain as to whether she will survive. These are difficult stories to write but I enjoy "good" triumphing over "evil."
Who are your favorite authors?
I truly enjoy reading Octavia Butler, Kenya Wright, A.D. Koboah, Deanna Zhollis and Seressia Glass. These women have amazing stories that should be read and discussed often.
What do your fans mean to you?
I get really excited to hear from readers who love my work. Oftentimes, they share inspiring stories of how they overcame difficult situations or how my books gave them a sense of how they can persevere.
Published 2013-08-24.
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Books by This Author

Origins of an African Elemental
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Series: African Elementals, 1-3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,050. Language: American English. Published: January 17, 2015. Category: Fiction » African American fiction » Mystery & detective
This prequel boxed set is the first and second installment in the Soul Eater 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.
Iniko
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Series: African Elementals, 1&2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,010. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
With war sword and dagger, can an Africana warrior goddess save her daughter from vampire-like beasts and her possessed husband?
Possibilities
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Price: Free! Words: 7,330. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
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
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Series: African Elementals, 3. Price: Free! Words: 6,360. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
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.