Okay, here's the deal! Each Friday, because Friday is awesome, we all blog about the same topic. This week's topic?
5 QUESTIONS and A GIVEAWAY
And for my five questions, I have the huge honor of talking to Alicia McCalla who writes science fiction (yay!) and apparent has a ton in common with me!
And read to the bottom of the post to find out about an awesome giveaway!
PJH: You write science fiction. What are your favorite science fiction TV shows or movies of all times?
AMc: OMG There are so many. I'm a true Trekkie. I love every Star Trek movie. That scene where Kirk screams "Khan!" just does something for me. My husband and I had bloodwine at the Star Trek restaurant in Vegas (now defunct). Best fun I ever had! Currently, I'm in love with SciFi channel's Monday line-up. I love Eureka and the newest show, Alphas.
PJH: Love Star Trek! Love Khan, and yes, that scene is PERFECT!
PJH: Jedi powers...did you ever want them when you were growing up?
AMc: OK. Deep dark secret. I was so afraid of Darth Vadar, I would scream in the middle of the night and my Dad would come charging in looking for an intruder but it was just me being afraid that Darth Vadar would choke me. LOL. I did think Luke had the coolest powers and I would make my Mom put my little Afro puffs like Princess Leia.
PJH: I love the image of your Afro puffs! And your secret is safe here. We're among friends :)
PJH: What was the tipping point that started you on the path of writing?
AMc: In my teen years, I was obsessed with finding the right career. I fell asleep in prayer with that mantra "what should I do? what should I be" and a voice woke me from my sleep. It said, "Be a Writer." Totally shook me to the core and I still went on to try to become something more "acceptable" until my late 30s when I just couldn't hide my love for writing or science fiction.
PJH: What key factors make science fiction appealing to teen girls who may not normally read science fiction (and I'm not trying to stereotype here, promise!).
AMc: Let me put on my intellectual hat: Science Fiction opens new worlds of thought. It has primarily been white and male since the inception but because it has spurred and sparked new inventions and new ways of thinking, it's imperative for women and minorities to take part. It's our culture's way of dreaming about the future.
Here's my school librarian hat: I would say girls get to kick butt with futuristic gadgets that are really cool!
PJH: You like science fiction, and I gather you are an organized person (since you are a librarian). How do you keep track of story plots and characters and settings, etc? Do you use software? A notebook? What organizes your worlds?
AMc: OMG, much to my sadness and disappointment, my writing totally comes out messy and free. It hates me trying to put structure on it. Maybe my life is too structured. I can't control it most times so I write by the seat of my pants and then go back to clean it up. I do journal and I am able to mix and match my journal entries to come up with unique plot ideas but I never really know what's going to happen. I guess it serves me right, rather write, to have a writing muse that's totally free and inhibited. No Dewey Decimal system inside my writer's brain. LOL!
AMc: PJ, thanks so much for the great questions. I really enjoyed answering them.
PJH: I loved having you here! Thank you so much, and what a fun interview!
AND NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY!
*For people over 13
*Winners announced Sept. 16 at the next YA Indie Carnival.
Just comment [include your email address] on any Q & A post ALL DAY TODAY and tweet the carnival [#yaindiecarnival] to win ebooks from the carnival authors including...
The Understorey by Fisher Amelie
Winnemucca by Laura A. H. Elliott and a Winnemucca signed Coffee Mug.
Breathe by Abbi Glines along with an autographed canvas Breathe tote.
Solstice by PJ Hoover
Between by Cyndi Tefft
PineLight by Jillian Peery
Filter by Gwenn Wright.
Eternal Eden by Nicole Williams
Fallen Eden by Nicole Williams
Soul Quest by Amy Maurer Jones
Run and Hide by Patti Larsen (YA thrillers, 1 and 2 in a series of 4)
Fractured by Cheri Schmidt
Warriors of the Cross by T.R. Graves
Diary of a Duct Tape Zombie, Bees of St. John, Mushrooms, Whistles, and Beergarden by Rachel Coles
For a list of all posts, visit all the blogs!
Nichole A. Williams
Amy Maurer Jones
T. R. Graves