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Ife Alicto Interview & Ife: My Name Means Love Giveaway

Let's Welcome Ife Alicto, Author of Ife: My Name Means Love to From Our Bookshelf.

Here's a little bit about Ife:

Ife Alicto ( Ife is pronounced "ee-fey") was born on the beautiful island of Trinidad and Tobago in the West Indies. She grew up in the neighborhood of Harlem in New Your City. She is currently serving in the United States Navy. She is married with four children. She has a beautiful, blended family.

Ife Alicto's website: Ife - Ife My Name Means Love

Now for our interview:

What was your favorite book when you were 8 years old?

I did not have a favorite book. I tried to get into the book called Babysitters Club, but I did not relate. I started liking novels when I got older. When I read The Coldest Winter Ever, I was hooked, and I continue to read novels and that type of format. The book was from my generation. The book changed my life. I think that is one of the reasons why I am serving in the military. There are many reasons why I enlisted but reading that book made me realize there is more to life than nice clothes.

What book didn't you connect to as a kid and found the connection as an adult?

I did not connect to many books because there were not many children's books that reflect the image of me when I was growing up. I still can't relate to books I didn't relate to as a child. I just found books that I could relate to, if that makes sense.

What is your favorite genre to read (Fiction/ Realistic Fiction/ Nonfiction)?


Who are your favorite Children's Authors?

Sister Souljah. Not a children's author, but she did affect my childhood.

Which children's book would you like to read that you have not read yet?

I would have to say all. I have bought many books since I have become a mother that reflects myself and my children. And now that my children are reading a lot of books, it is very exciting to see them enjoy images that reflect them.

At what age did you write your first creative writing piece? What was it?

When I was 13 years old, I wrote my first creative piece. It was about a girl that could fly and teleport through time.

What is your favorite genre to write (Poetry/Short Stories/Plays, etc.)?

I prefer to write short stories because I have an imaginary mind and struggle to keep to one plot, so I prefer short times because it allows me to feel free to have more than one thought.

What was the most challenging creative writing piece that you thought you couldn't write?

I found writing to be very challenging in my current book because first I wanted to write a fiction book and then turned it into a personal memoir, and I was going back-and-forth on each piece and chapter, so it was very challenging to get my thoughts in order.

Do you keep a writing journal?

Yes, I keep a journal of my thoughts, how I feel, what I'm feeling, what I did, and how I did it. If I can picture some