Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
My name is Alicia McKenzie. I was born in New York City. I loves all things literary. My twin sister and I run an independent publishing company called AlTaMiRa Books. I've written 20 children's books so far, with several more in the works. I have a Master's in Professional Writing and a Bachelor's in English. I'm glad to put my education to use.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
I am working on a short story collection called Leaves. It was inspired by an art project I completed in 10th grade, that was probably my best work of art. Sadly, I threw all my artwork away before I went to college, not realizing I would miss them. So this book is a tribute to growing up and moving on from the past.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Yes. I collect seldom-used words from the Merriam-Webster's Dictionary app and create concepts around them to include in my story lines. It is fun and a creative way to put advanced vocabulary in my works.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I am most inspired by JK Rowling's Harry Potter series. I am also influenced by CS Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia and JRR Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.
What are you working on now?
I am working on a science fantasy trilogy, inspired by my interests in magic and outer space.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I recently discovered that Instagram is great. I was reluctant to join, but there are so many people and businesses that are hard to find online that you can come across on this app. I highly recommend connecting with authors and literary
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Keep writing! That's how we get great books to read. Don't worry if you think it's not good enough. Just get it done and revise it!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Jesus said "Don't worry about your life!"
What are you reading now?
I am reading three books: Wild by Cheryl Strayed, The Two Towers by JRR Tolkien and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I am finishing up the editing and revision process for my first novel. I plan to send out queries to get a literary agent for my fantasy series.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.
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