"How could a kid have grown up with no internet, no on-demand TV, no cellular phone and be happy? “That is when it clicked. I needed to pen my story, to share how rich and adventurous my life was in other ways. Sela Blue was born – carrying the middle name of my own daughter.” – Alisia Dale
Questions with Alisia Dale, Author, Sela Blue and the First Day of School
Q:If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
AD: I would tell my younger self to love yourself and the stories that make up your family's history; those magnificent stories that your parents share with you about their childhoods are your gateway to understanding who you are and and a way of getting to know your parents backstory, what makes them tick and who they were before they were only your mom and dad.
Q:How did publishing your first book change your process of writing? AD:I already have the Sela Blue series roadmap and having one episode published has given me inspiration to finish writing all 14 stories in the series more quickly and not according to my original timeline. I am so excited about the series and having more readers fall in love with Sela, her family and her world.
Q:What was the best money you ever spent as a writer? AD:A ryhming dictionary
Q:What does literary success look like to you? AD:Giving children of colour and children in general the possibility to see themselves and identify authentically with characters who represent them positively and realistically, that is success. When a little reader can say, "Yep, I am just like Sela Blue", then I would know that I have achieved my true purpose.
5. How do you select the names of your characters? AD: My characters are based on people I know like family and friend in my orbit, thus, many of the names are those similar to the people who the characters are based on. I try to pick names that can easily rhyme and have multiple syllables. Further, I like to choose names that hopefully will make the reader laugh because of its sound or odd pronunciation.
Q:What is your favorite childhood book? AD: "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe"
Q:What does "Representation" mean to you? AD: Representation means portraying children of colour through a realistic and authentic lens as well as portraying them positively through picture books and other media.
Q:Where can our readers find your book(s)? AD: The Sela Blue series can be found on Sela's website on www.selablue.com