Hi Alicia, thank you for joining us. Can you tell us about who you are and also about your writing: for example, what genres and themes do you write in and about, and is there anything that has influenced your choices?
Thanks for asking me to participate in an interview. My name is Alicia Hilton, and I’m an author, law professor, arbitrator, actor, and former FBI Special Agent. I grew up in Oregon, and I currently live in a suburb of Chicago. When I write fiction, I tend to borrow from my own life. I’ve never killed anyone, and I don’t have supernatural powers, but I’ve seen a ghost, and I know how to use weapons. If I’m going to write about a real place, I always visit that location so I can incorporate landmarks and learn about the flora and fauna. Supernatural forces often creep into my writing. Most of my fiction is weird—a blend of fantasy, crime fiction, science fiction, and/or horror. I’ve been writing poetry since I was twelve. Writing poetry helps me to connect with nature and explore strange aspects of human nature.
Can you tell us a bit about your publications and writerly highlights, and what else we can look forward to seeing from you in the future?
In 2020, my first standalone book was published by Demain Publishing UK. Moonlight, Gunshot, Mallet, Flame is two stories about dangerous women confronting supernatural forces. In the title story, Laura is a hitwoman who murdered men to avenge and protect innocent victims, but her violent past catches up to her after she kills her nephew. In the second story, “A Little Death,” an internet date unites two monsters. Moonlight, Gunshot, Mallet, Flame is available in eBook and paperback, https://www.amazon.com/Moonlight-Gunshot-Mallet-Flame-Shocks-ebook/dp/B083S11174/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1QKETENX5M1RE&dchild=1&keywords=moonlight%2C+gunshot%2C+mallet%2C+flame&qid=1602525867&sprefix=moonlight%2C+gunshot%2Caps%2C166&sr=8-1
Other writerly highlights:
In 2020, Brick Moon Fiction podcast two of my stories. “Nocturne in Black and Gold” blends fantasy, horror, and science fiction. Most of the action takes place in an operating room, and the surgeon is a tiger. “Fairy Tales and Selkie Tails” is an epic fantasy story about coming-of-age, bravery, love, and transformation. Listen to the stories for free, https://brickmoonentertainment.com/?s=Alicia+Hilton
Daily Science Fiction published my story “A Glorious Chapeau.” The story began as a poem and morphed into flash fiction. “A Glorious Chapeau” is a fantasy story about magic and hope. Read the story for free, https://dailysciencefiction.com/fantasy/magic-and-wizardry/alicia-hilton/a-glorious-chapeau
Red Room Press has reprinted two of my stories in Year’s Best Hardcore Horror. “Monkey See, Monkey Do” was reprinted in YBHH Volume 4. “MRSA Me” was reprinted in YBHH Volume 5, http://www.redroompress.com
“MRSA Me” will be reprinted in Best Indie Speculative Fiction Volume 3 from Bards and Sages Publishing.
My story “Evolution” will be published in Annihilation Radiation, an anthology from Storgy Magazine.
My story “Stellar Nucleosynthesis and the Infinite Power of Love” will be published in Tales from OmniPark, an anthology from House Blackwood.
Two of my poems will be published in Penumbric Speculative Fiction Magazine.
Where can we find out more about you, Alicia?
For news of my upcoming publications, speeches, and other events, please follow me on Twitter @aliciahilton01 and visit my website, https://www.aliciahilton.com.
Thanks, Alicia, for stopping by. That's a pretty amazing portfolio outside the writing one! And the writing one is pretty good too! Looking forward to seeing more of your work.
Alicia's poem "Sleeping With the Dead" appears in Trickster's Treats 4: Coming, Buried or Not! , a charity anthology in support of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.