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Friday, September 09, 2011


It's time again for the YA Indie Carnival, an awesome group of weekly bloggers blogging about the same topic! Wait, you haven't heard of the YA Indie Carnival? You're totally missing out. But no longer!

Okay, here's the deal! Each Friday, because Friday is awesome, we all blog about the same topic. This week's topic?


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!


BreakingFree_AliciaMcCalla_435-680PJH: 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!



*For people over 13
*International okay!
*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!

Dani Snell
Patti Larsen
Courtney Cole
Wren Emerson
Nichole A. Williams
Fisher Amelie
Laura Elliott
Amy Maurer Jones
Rachel Coles
T. R. Graves
Cyndi Tefft
P.J. Hoover
Alicia McCalla
Heather Cashman
Abbi Glines
Cidney Swanson
Cheri Schmidt


Patti Larsen said...

OMG I grew up on Star Trek--used to watch the Wrath every day after school until I knew it by heart--we need to have a Trek day on Carnival!

Great interview--go girls in Sci Fi!

PJ Hoover said...

Sweet! Star Trek rocks, and Trek day sounds like a blast :)

Lolawid said...

Great interview!! Yeah, Darth Vader is pretty scary!! :o)

PJ Hoover said...

He really is, isn't he, Lolawid!

Jessica said...

Hopping through this interview! This carnival thing is a ton of fun, I get to know a lot more about a bunch of authors! :)

Jess @ The Midnight Bookworm

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks for stopping by, Jess! Hope your weekend is a ton of fun!

BookandmovieDblogger said...

Thanks for the interview. I'm a big trekkie and love science fiction.

E-mail- hernandezcassandra50@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Alicia, I just can't get that image of Darth Vader grabbing your neck! SCARY. You poor thing. Nice to know it helped you put pen to paper, er, fingers to keyboard. It is so true that Sci Fi is our culture's way of dreaming about the future. It's fabulous to read that world in color! Great interview PJ & Alicia:) Alicia, I love that your a pantser...I am too!

Vivien said...

Great post!

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In Julie's Opinion said...

I love sci fi and the Syfy channel in particular!! I'm watching Alphas as we speak, and I'm going to be watching Warehouse 13 when I'm done!! I also love reading sci fi and I'm especially looking forward to reading your book now that I know about it! Thanks for a terrific interview :)

PJ Hoover said...

All this sci-fi talk is making me want to dive into it head first!
Hope you all have a happy weekend :)

Unknown said...

I'm really enjoying the way these interviews are bringing both the interviewer and the interviewees to life. The questions are ones I never would have thought of, but after I read them wonder why I didn't. The responses are phenomenal. Great job.

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, T. R.! I loved this interview, too!

Unknown said...

Great interview! I love science fiction, Star Wars, Star Trek and almost any other sci-fi story I can get my hands on. :)


PJ Hoover said...

Thanks for visiting, Leider!

Alicia said...

PJ, thanks so much for interviewing me. Yesterday was my 42nd birthday and I was celebrating and reading comments. Laura, Darth Vadar really did freak me out LOL! I'm so glad to see all the sci-fi fans out there. Live long and prosper!

PJ Hoover said...

Happy birthday, Alicia! I would have made you a virtual cake had I known :)

Alicia said...

Thanks! Virtual cake eatin sounds good!

Raine said...

Oh, it was a good thing I went to check my blog reading list. It's time for the five questions week! Luv the questions. I was giggling when you asked about Jedi powers. I also wished I had them when I was growing up. hehe.

Raine (http://passagesofthepen.blogspot.com/)
E-mail: ossiriand10(at)yahoo.com

PJ Hoover said...

Jedi power would rock, Raiyenne! Great minds think alike.

Birgit said...

Ohh I'm a huge Star Trek fan myself, yay! Awesome chance - thank you!!

danaan at gmx dot at

ebaker said...

hmmm...I like the new star trek : ) and I love star wars : ) Darth Vader's voice is awesome I love James Earl Jones : )

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