Author Interview: Alicia D’Aversa

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Alicia D’Aversa:  No actually. I used to want to be the equivalent to Steve Irwin when I was younger, he was my idol. Then he died and I got scared out of my mind, and around the same time I was really into Harry Potter. So when I finished the first book of that series, I said to myself, this is what I want to do. I want to make people feel alive with words. To make them feel something with people that aren’t weird.

Tell us a little bit about your book/s.

Alicia D’Aversa:  The first book of my series, Age of Angels is called The First Child. It’s about a young woman named Kesi who travels to Ancient Greece in search of sanctuary and finds her home with a Spartan demigod named Demetrius. They get a quest to travel to Athens and fight in this war, and they end up falling in love, despite their best attempts not to. What’s interesting about them is that they come from very different worlds. Kesi is the daughter of Lucifer, while Demetrius is from the Greek world of Gods. The second one is going to be titled Blood Moon, which takes place centuries later, in Ireland.

Do you belong to any writing forums or organizations that have helped spur your career as a writer? If so, tell us about them and how they’ve helped you.

Alicia D’Aversa:  I do belong to a few fanfiction sites. I did this even before I started writing a novel. I’ve met great people through it, and what’s nice about these sites is that you get reviews all the time from people, so it’s really helpful. I love it, I get to write about things I love.

What type of music, if any, do you listen to while you write?

Alicia D’Aversa:  Mostly just one band, Avenged Sevenfold. They are my soul.

What inspires you and motivates you to write the very most?

Alicia D’Aversa:  Besides Avenged Sevenfold, I have a number of people I look up to who keep me inspired. My family and friends are a great support system, but I look up to a lot of actors. Which might seem weird to some, but that’s the way it is. I watched all of Norman Reedus’ films while I did the final draft of my novel, including re-watching The Walking Dead. There’s a lot of actors though, that keep me going, including Misha Collins and a great man named Matt Cohen. We’ve actually interacted a fair amount of times on twitter, and he’s just great. He inspires people every day and really tries to change the world, him and Misha Collins. I appreciate them so much, they make me want to be better people. Norman Reedus as well. I actually gave him my novel when I met him, because he really helps me feel alive every day. I could be having the worst day and he makes me feel so much better.

What about your family? Do you have children, married, siblings, parents? Has your family been supportive of your writing?

Alicia D’Aversa:  I have a very large family, whom are all super supportive of my writing. When my first novel came out I had every one calling me telling me all their thoughts and what they liked or what they didn’t like. They’re all great. My parents and my sister are always asking about it, how my writing is going, how my book is doing. I’m lucky.

The main characters of your stories – do you find that you put a little of yourself into each of them or do you create them to be completely different from you?

Alicia D’Aversa:  Yes and no. I don’t really think about it, I don’t sit down and say, okay, this character is going to have this trait of me. Once and a while, it happens, a character will love books, or have tattoos I want, or speak the way I do. My main character, the one the story is centered around is how I envision people should be: accepting and loving of all people, no matter where they come from. As long as you’re a good person, you should be accepted. Then I have characters who are nothing like me, which end up being some of my favorite characters. I don’t know what that says about me, but there it is.

When growing up, did you have a favorite author, book series, or book?

Alicia D’Aversa:  Harry Potter, of course is my favorite series. J.K Rowling is still my favorite author. But I love a lot of series that I come back to and re-read.

Do you watch television? If so, what are your favorite shows? Does television influence of inspire your writing?

Alicia D’Aversa:  I watch too much television, or at least that’s what people tell me. I watch a lot, I do, but my two major shows that I really can’t live without are The Walking Dead and Supernatural. Those shows have really changed my life, as well as the actors, they’ve had a massive influence on me. I know my writing is influenced by them in terms of the relationships I try to form between men. I’m very big on male-male friendships, that aren’t afraid to show that they love each other. Where I’m from, guys have to say ‘no homo’ before they hug each other or something. It’s really annoying, for me anyway. I like shows where the males aren’t afraid to hug, to sit so close to each other that people think they’re dating; I get that from these shows. The friendships that are created, or the love stories too sometimes, are so beautiful, and I enjoy going back to these relationships.

What about movies? Same as above.

Alicia D’Aversa:  I love movies, but I wouldn’t say they have the same influence on me; unless they’re from the comic universe. I grew up with comic books in my house, so the movies for me have the same amount of pull as the comics do. My favorite movie though is The Boondock Saints, which isn’t a comic book, but it’s a great series, top notch.

Is there anyone you’d like to specifically acknowledge who has inspired, motivated, encouraged or supported your writing?

Alicia D’Aversa:  There’s too many people, wow. My family, my friends in the broadest sense of the way I guess. Even my teachers, there are a nice handful that have really inspired me. My parents, my sister, my brother in law, they’ve all been great, they’ve pushed me really hard. My best friend Kevin is my source of light and well being, my angel. Michelle and Vanina have been with me for the long haul too, I have a really great support system.

What is your main goal or purpose you would like to see accomplished by or with your writing?

Alicia D’Aversa:  I hope they take some of the morals, I try to put in not so subtly. I hate the fact that we live in such a phobic world, of people of races and different sexes. I do my best to promote the idea that we should accept people regardless of either of these things. I’m also a huge feminist, so the women and the men in my book are equal, some men are more powerful than women and vice versa. I want people to know that women can do the same thing that men can do.

Have you ever had a character take over a story and move it in a different direction than you had originally intended? How did you handle it?

Alicia D’Aversa:  Oh, yeah. In my second novel coming up, there’s a character who, at the beginning of my plans was supposed to be secondary. He was just supposed to be this really strong character of the group who everyone is afraid of. I ended up falling in love with him, he’s actually my favorite character, so I gave him, what I think anyway, is a great background story, with a full plot for the rest of the series. He won’t sit well with everyone, but I really love him.

Now that you are a published author, does it feel differently than you had imagined?

Alicia D’Aversa:  Not really, I don’t know. Half the time I don’t even remember I have a book published, people ask me about it and it takes me a moment, so I’m always like, ‘oh, that’s right, I did that’. It’s really weird.

Now, anything else you want your readers to know?

I am blessed to live in two worlds. They are both worlds in which I am blessed with interesting characters that teach me important lessons. In one of these worlds, I have a mother, a father, a sister, a blue little bird, and so many Italian relatives that it will make your head explode. That is my reality. In reality I go to school, work a part time job, write books and watch so much television and read so many books that my eyes sometimes bleed. I also meet famous people because I spend more money than I have on the people who inspire me.

In my fantasy world, and the world I live in even more frequently than I do of reality, I am not a student. I am anything I want to be, as I have lived hundreds of lives. I have fought at the battle of Hogwarts, rode in the backseat of an Impala with two brothers and a fallen angel, and survived a zombie apocalypse with a sheriff and a hunter.  I have also become a werewolf, a vampire, a shadowhunter, an angel, a nephilim, a demon, a ninja, and a shinigami. I have fought in the North with Robb Stark, stood in line with the X-Men and flown the skies of Smallville with Superman.

Thanks to both these lives, and the people I have encountered, real and fictional, I have been able to create a world for myself, a world that I am happy to share with others. That is my series, Age of Angels. I only hope you enjoy the madness in my head as I have enjoyed indulging in other writer’s madness.

people can find out more about me, and my books through my tumblr: mycoveriscastiel.tumblr.com

you can buy the book on amazon: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00L6AAAYY

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