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And the tale of the African Elementals Begins… Diverse Book Covers Revealed!

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Courtney Milan wrote a thought provoking blog post that detailed at length the problems with the lack of diverse images on stock websites.  Her words resonated with me deeply.  But, let me go back for a minute. 

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Interview Conducted By Grad Student at University of Texas at San Antonio

EStewartI was very excited to learn of a course where students studied Black women’s speculative fiction. I would have enjoyed taking a course like that in Grad school.  Several of my sister writers are being interviewed for this assignment (Kenya Wright and Crystal Connor are two that come to mind).  After working with Elizabeth, I thought it’d be neat to bring Academia into the world of the writer.  Here are Elizabeth’s very conscientious and thoughtful interview questions. I appreciated her hard work and thoroughness. 

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Guest Interview: Lynn Emery Talks the Historical Inaccuracies of American Horror Story Coven

american horror story coven cast a lI have been fascinated with American Horror Story Coven.  When the series launched, I must confess that I wasn’t so taken with it.  Was it a True Blood knock off? I was hanging out in the Reading in Black FB group, when my writing buddy, Lynn Emery made mention of the historical in accuracies of the show.  I’m always fascinated with Lynn’s work, especially when she discusses New Orleans so I gradually became fascinated with the TV series, just to find out what was going on...  Lynn agreed to allow me to interview her about the series.  Here’s our discussion:

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Celebrate Black Speculative Fiction Month: Meet Author Crystal Connor

Crystal ConnorLike the sweet nectar of a picture plant I want to lure you closer to me w/the tip of my pen.

Wielding the dominance of my prose w/the dangerous skill of a powerful alchemist, I want to distort your senses until the only thing you see, the only thing you want, the only reason you breathe is to breathe…for me.

I want to run my fingers thru your imagination. 

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Rise of an African Elemental: A Supernatural Thriller (Soul Eater Novel 3)

Coming in 2015! This is the third installment of the Soul Eater series. An ancient evil is drawn to the shores of America where good people have forgotten their history, power, and strength. When Shania Moore’s dreams of a serial killer draining the souls of African American girls in a bizarre ritual turn out to […]

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Upcoming Summer Reading Fest and Breaking Free Giveaway!

Summer_ReadingWil Smith’s Summertime always brings back memories. One of the things I remember most is being able to spend hours upon hours reading until my heart was content.

 

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State of Black SciFi 2012: Giveaways and an Upcoming Paranormal Romance from Alicia McCalla

black_scifi_logo3.1We’ve made it to Giveaway Day! I have two winners! Please congratulate Troy Wiggins and Sherese Francis! Woohoo! They’ll each receive a copy of Breaking Free. Don’t forget that I’ll announce three winners at our Grand Finale Event on February 27, 2012 so keep commenting, tweeting #blackscifi2012 with my twitter handle (AliciaMcCalla), and discussing on FB.

Now on to this week’s post. I’ve been working on an adult paranormal romance with a twist of horror. Of course, it includes a serial killer. My working title is the Soul Eaters.  It will be a Priestess of Mawu Series.

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OnyxCon Fills the Gap in Speculative Fiction for African Americans

Alicia_and_Asante_at_OnyxconI'm so excited to say that I attended this year's OnyxCon in Atlanta.  What's OnyxCon? The short version is that it's an  event that highlights authors, artists, game designers, comics, and websites that support African-American speculative fiction.  It's a small event but the impact is huge.

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Visited the Afro-Futurism Exhibit at the Tubman Museum in Macon, Georgia

Alicia_at_Tubman_Museum_in_MaconMy husband and I visited the Riffing on the Real: Afro-Futurism in the Arts Exhibit at the Tubman African-American Museum in Macon, Georgia. It was an easy drive from metro Atlanta to Macon.  The exhibit was wonderful.  We thoroughly enjoyed it.  The subject of Afro-futurism encompassed various motifs like sci fi, fantasy, futurism, comics as well as other art and artifacts from African masks to contemporary or visionary art. It was a true sci fi experience.

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Black People Don’t Read Science Fiction: New Blog Tackles Multiculturalism in Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Stories

Alicia Mccalla and her uncle at a young ageAlicia and her uncle old

 One of the worse fights I’ve had was with my uncle who was a few years older than me.  It wasn’t just a battle of words but a knock down drag out physical fight with me clutching hold to my weird books and him trying to pry them out of my skinny little hands.  I think he was trying to save me. Some 20 years later; I get it. He didn’t want anyone to think that his quirky niece was weird.

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