Amaleka McCall
Urban Book Source
March 2006


Amaleka G. McCallAmaleka G. McCall has been using her imagination to win the praise of many from the impressionable age of three. Realizing her storytelling had the power to make people laugh, cry and on the edge of their seats, Amaleka pursued her gifts further. After the birth of her second child in 2003, Ms. McCall decided to finally take the advice of her teachers, and crafted her first tale, A Twisted tale of Karma. With inspiration from her personal journeys, Amaleka delivered a sensational hit. Currently, Amaleka resides in Virginia, where she is working on her second novel In Too Deep, as she prepares for the release of her short story in an anthology compiled by Tracy Brown.

UBS: What do you think of urban fiction as if right now? And what is your take on the bashing of this growing genre?
Amaleka:
I personally love urban fiction...it is the genre that gave me the inspiration to write my book. I think, as with everything NEW there will be people who love it and hate it. I will admit that some books have grammatical errors or typos but everything takes time and with time it will get better. Urban fiction is the birth of a whole new voice for African American people...it’ll be just like hip-hop. When hip hop first started everyone bashed it now you can't see a commercial, cartoon, or anything for that matter that doesn't have some hip hop underpinning. Urban lit is here to stay!

UBS: Do you have any upcoming projects or new releases? Tell us about it. Can you give us a sneak peek?
Amaleka:
Yes. I will be featured in an up and coming anthology published by author Tracy Brown (Criminal Minded), my story is entitled “A Friend In Need Or An Enemy Indeed.” I am also working hard on my next novel...In Too Deep. Yes. I will forward you a sneak peek.

UBS: What is your inspiration to write?
Amaleka:
Writing is something I absolutely LOVE to do, always have and always will. I know that sounds like the answer that all authors give but for me it is the TRUTH! When you write because you LOVE to write you won't need any inspiration...like Nike you JUST DO IT!

UBS: What type of writer would you call yourself?
Amaleka:
I would call myself an educated hoodlum. I can write for all types of audiences—eight to eighty. I’d like to call myself a very dedicated, talented writer who loves her craft.

UBS: Do you believe every story should have a message or moral?
Amaleka:
That’s a hard question because every story is not going to have a message or moral for everyone. I think every writer should be aware of what they are writing and if they want to convey a message it should be packaged correctly. I also think every reader should get something out of a novel, even if it is just the fact that they've learned a new slang terminology or something new about a city or state.

UBS: What type of books do you read when you're not writing your own?
Amaleka:
I read everything! I mean literally everything. I read children’s books to my children, I read mainstream authors, I read non-fiction, sci-fi...I read it all. I think reading helps me write better and broadens my horizons. I’ve always loved to read. Some of my favorite authors are...Alice Walker (of course), Emily Dickinson, James Baldwin, Maya Angelou, K’wan Foye, Crystal Lacey Winslow, Bernice McFadden, Dan Poynter and the list goes on.

UBS: Myra and Milton were well-developed characters. How were you able to make them so vivid?
Amaleka:
When I first started the novel it was about me, (smile) but realizing that people wouldn't care about my life story...the characters just took on a life of their own. I was really feeling the characters from day one. I write what I see and feel so they were actually alive to me.

UBS: Are any of the characters from A Twisted Tale of Karma based on real people?
Amaleka:
No. Like I said, Myra was me at first but I quickly changed that. Milton is based on things I’ve seen or heard about people. All of the characters are totally fictional with life stories comprised of a combination of people’s lives that I have crossed paths with at some point in life. I believe that all good fiction is based on fact.

UBS: How did you come up with the title of your book?
Amaleka:
That was the hardest thing about writing my book...trying to find a title. I had so many ideas and after throwing them around and around, my publisher and I finally settled on A Twisted Tale of Karma. The novel has so many twists and the theme of it is “what goes around comes around” which is the basic meaning of Karma.

UBS: Where do you see yourself a few years down the line, in this industry?
Amaleka:
I see myself as a humble author, the same as I am today. I hope to keep entertaining the readers, and continue loving my craft.

UBS: Do you suffer from writer’s block? If so, how do you overcome it?
Amaleka:
Oh yes!! (smile) I am just getting over the worst case of writer’s block ever. I overcome it by leaving the story alone for a while, rethinking things and coming back to it later. There is no easy way to overcome it in my opinion. I just have to force myself to continue and KEEP WRITING!!!


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