Good Day! I am pleased to introduce today’s author, Almikaya Aquilina! She is ten years old, and published her first book, The Legend of the Witch! She keeps busy and is fun-loving, yet still makes time for writing. She is a very talented young lady and spends time acting (taking lessons, too) and modeling. If you would like to learn more about Almikaya, her book, or her future projects; then follow her at Facebook and Amazon!
Are you an indie author or a traditionally published author?
I have just published my first book, and I am a traditionally published author.
Tell me a little about your writing journey, thus far.
My journey started when I was much younger and used to write short stories based on fairytales from movies. Eventually, they got published on a Maltese popular monthly school magazine. The next step was to publish my own book.
Do you write under a pseudonym? If so explain why.
No. I simply use my real full name.
What genre do you write and why?
My genres are fantasy, adventure, and mystery because I’m an adventurous girl, and I’m interested in all sort of mysteries.
What are you currently working on?
I am working on a sequel of ‘The Legend of the Witch’ (my first book)…so watch out the space !!!
What inspired you to write your books?
My aunt Ramona Portelli, who happens to be an author herself, and of course, my late grandfather Charles; inspire me.
What are your top 5 favorite books?
Five of my favorite books are How to Catch a Witch; Il-Fenek l-Ahmar; Il-Misteru tal-Labirint; Falling for the Dolan Twins; and Glitch Girl.
What does literary success look like to you?
For me, literacy success is about writing, being happy, and gaining an audience. Then, of course, I enjoy the fact that my launch was held exclusively at Malta President’s Palace. Also got a special surprise visit to my school from Malta’s most famous author – Trevor Zahra. Enjoyed also several television and radio interviews.
How many hours a day do you write? What is your writing routine?
Being I am still a student, I try to write for about three hours per three days.
If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it be and why?
I would be the original author of ‘How to Catch a Witch,’ and the reason for this is I like fantasy and adventure stories.
What advice would you like to give to aspiring authors?
If you don’t try, you won’t know what you’re capable of. Try your best!