Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
A.Alico and I’m 40 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I’m currently working on a poetic short story called, “The check that was never cashed.” It has a short story in it with a few poems I have written.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I have always been writing whether it was poems here and there is random thoughts. I love getting lost in my own daydreams and thoughts.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I still don’t consider myself a “writer” I consider myself just someone who writes whether it’s poetry or a story. I enjoy creating stories for people to get lost in them.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I was always taught as a kid to keep my own personal story to myself. I went through hard times as a Brazilian immigrant in the United States. I was taught by everyone around me to Keep it secret. One day I was fed up with all the secrets and decided to write it all down. That was my first story and it is called, The Favela Kid.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
In Brazil where I was from there were these places called were the poor lived called favelas. So I named it after that. Favela kid means slum street kid which I always felt like.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I sometimes write very fast and compulsive. I will re-read it again. I sometimes leave certain details out enabling the reader to use more of there own imagination. I find dialogue at times challenging I’m a perfectionist and always want to make sure I capture the emotion I want to convey.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Every single one of my books whether fiction or real events have some truth in it. Whether it bea scene or situation. Something from my life experiences.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Yes, I continue to travel through the journey of life.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Sometimes the publisher I use or an artist I admire. My last few covers have been designed by a woman named Madeline Kujiper.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Each novel has a lesson. They are all different from one another and the reader has to look deep to find them.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favourite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
I have been so busy writing to be honest I haven’t had time to pick up a new book in a while.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
I have a few friends that I met on social media and have been extremely supportive.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I don’t look at it like a career. It’s more of a full time hobby I’m obsessed with.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I don’t like to look back. Once I’m done with editing I close it and let the readers decide if they like it.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learn something from each book I wrote. In my last book I learned from the main character not to take life for granted, for life can all be over in a blink of an eye.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Hmmmm, that’s a tough one ha-ha not sure.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Just keep writing. Write because you love it not because you think it will make money. Take positive criticism and even some negative but keep writing never stop trying. Also live life so you can have something to write about.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I have a new book coming out shortly called The Check That Was Never Cashed. It’s a book that will show you how short life truly is.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
“Of Mice and Men.” I love Steinbeck books.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I laugh at everything including myself on a daily bases. I never take life so serious. I try to enjoy each day because I don’t know when my last day will be.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I am an adrenalin junkie so I love snowboarding skydiving hiking horseback riding, anything for a rush.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I love the honeymooners.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I live Brazilian authentic dishes and all types of music.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Probably a vet I love animals.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Not making a choice is still a decision on it’s own. Lived life to the fullest….
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
I have a website coming soon and my Twitter is @thefavelakid.
Mine, Yours, His, Her…Decisions by A. Alico https://www.amazon.com/dp/1979309124/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_U_x_CTiPAbXE2K4N via @amazon
Phantasmagoria by A. Alico https://www.amazon.com/dp/1547233850/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_U_x_HViPAb7YE718H via @amazon
Rounds of Life by A. Alico https://www.amazon.com/dp/1530362660/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_U_x_sYiPAbX95XSFD via @amazon
America’s 84 Street Boys by A Alico https://www.amazon.com/dp/1514794993/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_U_x_2YiPAb8FPERS9 via @amazon
America’s Eighty-Fourth Street Boys The Favela Kid Gang by A. Alico https://www.amazon.com/dp/1533020647/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_U_x_xZiPAbYJ3D3BW via @amazon
A Beginner’s Guide To Scams by A. Alico https://www.amazon.com/dp/1505480981/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_U_x_XZiPAbXQVR2W1 via @amazon
Sammy by Mr A Alico https://www.amazon.com/dp/151204069X/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_U_x_O0iPAb18R8EQ3 via @amazon
Logistics of A Criminal by A. Alico https://www.amazon.com/dp/150241824X/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_U_x_f1iPAbG9XYCZ3 via @amazon
Martin Alexandre by A. Alico https://www.amazon.com/dp/1511416327/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_U_x_G1iPAbER8C9H1 via @amazon
The Tile Guy by A. Alico https://www.amazon.com/dp/1507535465/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_U_x_-1iPAbWB258YX via @amazon
Banko Bowen by A. Alico https://www.amazon.com/dp/1503017958/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_U_x_x2iPAbC3HHST7 via @amazon
The Track Runner by A. Alico https://www.amazon.com/dp/1517092892/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_U_x_W3iPAbBT3PCEN via @amazon