Alida has been writing since she was a small child. Possibly the earliest surviving example is a short story titled, “Henry Humbug.” Alida always believed that she was six when she wrote and illustrated the story in her Nana’s pink Las Vegas rambler. However, the story was recently recovered from her parents’ guest bedroom closet with a box of old report cards and art projects. The story is dated. Turns out Alida was eight. Memory is a tricky thing, and it’s good she writes fiction.
Alida has two master’s degrees, because one just wasn’t enough! In 2009, she received a Master of Liberal Studies from the University of Minnesota. She completed a hybrid project that included a historical novella about a French mystic burned at the stake by the Inquisition as well as a thesis about the historical figure who inspired the work. In 2012, she received a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Hamline University. She completed a historical novel set in 19th century Minnesota for that thesis.
In 2013, two of Alida’s stories were nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Water~Stone Review nominated “The Herd,” and Storm Cellar Quarterly nominated “Wild Animal.” Alida’s stories have also appeared in Midwestern Gothic, Melusine, Confluence, and other journals.
“Wild Animal” is the title story in Wild Animals, which you can get here. You can download the audio of “Wild Animal” here.
A writer, writing coach, developmental editor, and teacher, Alida lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has over a decade of teaching experience and loves sharing her passions with others, whether it’s how to move through a sun salutation or how to bring a character to life. You can hire her as a writing coach or editor, or take one of her writing classes through local venues. She also hosts the story craft podcast, Story Works Round Table, and has a blog full of video writing tips.