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Alicia McCalla empowers readers with thrilling tales of courageous Black women lead characters. An award-winning author, her books feature kick-ass female protagonists in Superhero Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Afrofuturism, and Paranormal Women's Fiction.

After tragically losing her only child - a Naval officer - in a training accident, Alicia struggled to rediscover meaning and purpose. Despite deep grief, she found inspiration in writing stories that celebrate Black heroes and honor her son's spirit. She openly discusses her grief journey on her blog

Leaving her career as a school librarian, Alicia now writes full-time. Her books showcase badass Black superheroines, slayers, and vigilantes. She draws upon her experience as a decorated Marine Corps veteran and activist for diversity in speculative fiction.

With over a decade crafting suspenseful tales, Alicia's influences include Octavia Butler, L.A. Banks, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Faith Hunter, and Patricia Briggs. She co-founded the State of Black Science Fiction (SOBSF) and curates content on strong Black women in SciFi and Fantasy Fandom on Pinterest.

Alicia is also an audiobook narrator and creator of bookish and casual fandom merchandise featuring Black women as champions, warriors, and even fairies. Through her writing and products, she empowers fans to embrace their inner badass Blerd.

Learn more about Alicia’s inspirational journey in interviews with BOLD Journey and Canvas Rebel Magazine. Sign up at aliciamccalla.com for free stories, sneak peeks, and deals on her thrilling tales of courage, bravery, and strength.

Interviews and Biographical Information:

Here's why she writes Black Women Superheroes.

Click to find out Why I write this blog?

CanvasRebel Magazine Interview on the Story Behind My Mission Click here

BOLD Journey Interview on being an author. Click here

Lavender & Lass Tea Time Interview

Interview with Stark Reflections on what a hero looks like...

DragonCon UF Panel on Cultural Mythology

If you've lost a child

BIPOC Superheroes in Marvel and DC Panel Discussion

Shoutout Atlanta Featured Interview

Demond Does 6 Questions

MV MEDIA Interview: SLAY Eleven Questions

John Allen: Black History Month Spotlight

IB Times Interview about Star Wars

Fantascize Featured Interview on the research behind Origins of an African Elemental

Twinjas Guest Interview on Black Speculative Fiction Month

Black Science Fiction Society Radio Interview

Creator Spotlight with Ced Pharoah

What's My Writing Process?

State of Black SciFi 2014 Book Signing at Challenges Games & Comics

Paranormal Wednesday with Shonda Brock

Breaking Free is an Award Winner

Twinja Reviews Interview

Interview Conducted by University of Texas (San Antonio) Student

Smashwords Interview

Guest Post with Diverse Pages

Interview with Diverse Pages

Author Panel @ Dragon Con 2012

Interview from De lectura Obligada: Vuestro Magazine Literario

Interview with Smooth Drama on Blog Talk Radio

Guest Blog on my First Interracial Romance at Honestly YA

My Grandfather as the Inspiration Behind Breaking Free

Author Panel on Black Speculative Fiction at Happily Natural Day

YA Indie Interview with PJ Hoover

Alicia McCalla is a Journal Freak

My Interview with Hildie McQueen: Diamond Bullet Proof Dress