Monday, May 8, 2017

Interview with Author A. Alico

Please Welcome Author A. Alico 

Q1. Tell us something interesting about yourself:

I am an adrenaline junkie. I love riding motorcycles, snowboarding, anything for the rush. Every year I go skydiving. Some of my friends say play a close game with fate. I love challenging myself every day I am alive.

Q2. What does “being creative” mean to you?

Being absolutely free. Not holding back, whether that be in my stories I create, or the ideas I begin to conceptualize in my head. I become almost manic when I write, and to me there is such beauty in that chaos.

Q3. What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

My greatest sources of inspiration stem from my childhood. Even though I did not have the best early memories, it created strength. It produced a strength I don't think I would have if I hadn’t gone through it.

Q4. Do you have any current or future projects?

Yes. Since Americas 84 Street Boys is a series, I have the first two done. I am currently working on the third one.

Q5. If you could just feature one title, what would it be?

America’s 84 Street Boys

Q6. What is the relationship between your speaking voice and your written voice? 

The two actually battle with each other quite a bit. My written voice I consider my alter ego at times. It is more dominate, willing to take chances. My speaking voice is more timid, struggling with the concept of change and fear.

Q7. What is the best advice you have for other authors?

To continue to write. Even if it is a little bit each day. To make sure you’re writing because you love it, not for money. Try to connect to each character you write about on some level. It will strengthen not only your story but yourself as well.

Q8. Why did you start blogging?

It was away to connect with other writers, promote my stories, as well as learning to take criticism about my own.

Q9. Do you have any blogging tips?

At times it is hard to keep up with, and in the beginning take it slow. Try to find people to connect with that have the same interests.

Q10. Who is your favorite author? And why?

John Steinbeck. His stories have such deep meaning behind them. His use of imagery amazes me, and makes me feel as though I can close my eyes and i can see everything described even if I have never been there.

Book Blurb:

In the midst of society's collapse, one young man must defend his home against a violent gang in A. Alico's thrilling new novel, America's 84 Street Boys.

With the United States government in tatters, society has devolved into bloodshed and mayhem.

Amid the rubble rises a group that calls itself the Favela Kid Gang (FKG). Their motto? If you're not with them, you're against them.

The young Quez Martin, his childhood abruptly torn away from him, must grow up fast if he’s to survive in this surreal new world. He and his neighbors on 84th Street in Queens, New York, make the difficult decision to reject the FKG and try to save their neighborhood—or die trying.

In the brutal war that ensues, victories on both sides prove to be short-lived. But just as Quez and his loved ones begin to lose hope, they find help in the form of a mysterious stranger—one who just may hold the key to Quez's, and all of 84th Street's, survival.

The first installment in a planned series, America's 84 Street Boys is a breathtaking adventure through a world in which it's every man—and boy—for himself.