JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Alicia McGhee, author of Everybody’s Got a Story
Look through the eyes that are windows of the good, the bad and the real while Mya Waters sheds away her fears while freeing herself of her burdens. While you think you know what glitters on the outside, just know that it isn’t gold on the inside-looking-out. Take it from the 22-year-old girl who knows the life a little too well.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write Everybody’s Got a Story?
Alicia McGhee: The inspiration behind Everybody’s Got A Story was from the trials that I’ve endured throughout my growing up along with the stories of others who I’ve crossed paths with during the journey of survival.
I felt like it was a story that definitely needed to be told in order to face the demons that have consumed my life and the lives of the others that I’ve encountered. I also felt like this story could help someone who’s been through these types of situations to cope with their past and to help them heal their wounds.
JP: Everybody’s Got A Story is definitely about more than just gratuitous sex. How do you wrap a compelling story around steamy sexual interludes?
AM: Well, sex is apart of life regardless of how any story is told. It wasn’t hard incorporating the sex scenes in describing rapes or consensual sex scenarios while intertwined in a whirlwind of drama. Everybody has sex just like everybody’s got a story; it’s human nature.
JP: Everybody’s Got A Story has been available on Amazon since November 2008. Is this current release a revised version?
AM: No it isn’t, but I’m pushing this book heavily because it’s a deep story that needs to be shared and recognized. It takes a different direction from what my audience is used to me writing, and it allows me to share a piece of me all while letting the creativity stretch as you would do with writing fictional material. Besides, I kept it fictional in order to protect the innocent while exposing the guilty discreetly.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish Everybody’s Got a Story?
AM: My writing process involves taking the time to relive some hard times that I’ve overcame and survived and sharing it with someone who knows the story to well because their story could be similar. I treated the process like therapy with each chapter unleashing my the bad, so I’ll be able to accept the good once the healing process is completed.
JP: What’s next for Alicia McGhee?
AM: I’m working on two novels at the moment and contributing stories to other authors anthologies. I’m excited to say that I’ll be featured in Brian Smith’s anthology Bedtime Stories 3 which was released in 2010 and I’ve been added to the Triumph Anthology Book Series third installment with an uplifting inspirational story looking to be published by Peace In The Storm Publishing.