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Award-Winning Author and Advocate

Alicia McCalla is an award-winning author, Marine Corps veteran, retired school librarian, and tireless advocate for diversity in speculative fiction. Alicia crafts electrifying tales featuring powerful Black women as lead characters in Superhero Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Afrofuturism, and Paranormal Women's Fiction. Alicia's stories pulse with thrilling action, otherworldly intrigue, and unapologetic Black Girl Magic.

Finding Purpose Through Grief

Tragically losing her only child, a Naval officer, in a training accident, Alicia struggled to find meaning and purpose amidst deep grief. She found comfort and inspiration in honoring her son's spirit and openly discussing her grief journey on her blog. In her nonfiction writing, Alicia fearlessly explores themes of surviving and thriving after traumatic events and embracing a futuristic mindset. With a mission to empower Black women to redefine the superwoman stereotype and tap into their extraordinary potential, Alicia is transforming the narrative around Black women's strengths and inspiring readers to embrace their authentic, multifaceted superhuman abilities to unlock their inner potential, overcome limitations, and cultivate resilience.

Empowering Black Women Through Fiction

With over a decade of experience creating suspenseful tales influenced by authors like Octavia Butler, L.A. Banks, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Faith Hunter, and Patricia Briggs, Alicia's captivating serial fiction and novels pulse with thrilling suspense. Her kick-ass female protagonists navigate perilous landscapes, confront formidable adversaries, and harness their inner power to save the day, serving as inspiring role models for readers seeking empowering and inclusive narratives.

Amplifying Diverse Voices

As a trailblazer in the literary world, Alicia co-founded the State of Black Science Fiction (SOBSF) and curates content on strong Black women in SciFi and Fantasy Fandom on Pinterest. She is dedicated to amplifying diverse voices and creating a space where Black women can see themselves as the heroes of their own stories.

Beyond the Written Word

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

Learn More About Alicia's Journey

To learn more about Alicia's inspirational journey, check out her 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 that continue to reshape the landscape of contemporary fiction.

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