Alicia Rivoli is a stay at home mom, currently living in beautifulNorthwest Arkansaswhere the weather is ever-changing! She loves to write, read, spend time with her family, and travel. She also loves chocolate, and gooey caramel, together they make the perfect candy. Visit her author blog at http://www.aliciarivoli.blogspot.com.
Thank you for joining us today, Alicia. Can you please start off by telling us a bit about yourself?
I am busy stay at home mom. I am constantly running around from baseball practices and games, soccer games and practices, cub scouts, and school activities. I love chocolate, and think the best candy ever is a Caramello. There is just something fantastic about the chocolate, caramel combo. I find myself constantly daydreaming, which is the main reason I decided to write.
When did you first get bit by the writing bug?
I was lying in bed one night, unable to shut off my thoughts, when the story of Mere came to my mind. The next afternoon, after I laid my son down for a nap I began writing. That was seven years ago now.
Why did you decide to write stories for the YA market?
A lot of books I read are from the YA genre, so I felt it was the best option for the book that I was writing. Although Mere Enchantment is targeted towards the YA market, it’s also a good fit for the Juvenile market as well.
What is your favorite part of writing for this group? What is the greatest challenge?
My favorite part is I can be more open. Young adults usually have more of an open mind, and can think a little outside the box. The challenge I have found is actually also that they can think outside the box. It makes it challenging to find a story that will appeal to this age group and hold their interest.
Can you tell us what your latest book is all about?
My new book is actually a magical tale of five friends who have to fight for their freedom in a kingdom that they never really knew existed. They find that they are being tracked down by a man that betrayed the crown and knows that their presence in Mere threatens his plans to overthrow the entire kingdom. They have many challenges that they must overcome, but the biggest one is discovering who they really are, and who and what they think their friends are.
I have always loved stories where I could be swept away from wherever I am and taken to a land that only exists in my imagination. Being part of a royal family, and having the ability to make something magically appear, is something that I always find myself dreaming about. To write down my imagination and share it with those willing to read it seemed like the best way to have someone else escape into their own imaginations.
Where can readers purchase a copy?
Mere Enchantment can be purchased in Paperback, Kindle and Nook editions. I also expect it to be available for iPhone, iPad, and other reading devices soon.
Paperback – CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/3841134
What is up next for you?
I am currently writing the 2nd installment of The Enchantment Series to hopefully be released this fall, if all goes well.
Do you have anything else to add?
I would love to receive feedback on Mere Enchantment, what you liked and didn’t like about the book, what you hope to have happen as the series progresses, etc… You can contact me on my author blog at http://www.aliciarivoli.blogspot.com and tell me all about it!
Thank you for spending time with us today, Alicia, We wish you much success.