LEXINGTON, Ky (8/14/13)—Author, mother, TV star, wife…there isn’t much that 34-year-old Alecia Whitaker hasn’t accomplished in her life thus far. Growing up in the small town of Cynthiana, KY, Whitaker found at a young age that writing was her ‘special talent.’
“When I was 15 I got accepted to the Governor School For The Arts for creative writing,” Whitaker said. “Those three weeks opened my eyes to potentially writing as a profession.”
After graduating from Harrison County High School, Whitaker went to college at the University of Kentucky and pursued two degrees in theatre and advertising.
“I decided not to get a major in writing, I just thought that it came to easy for me so I tried every other avenue,” Whitaker said. “People say that the things you work for you’ll appreciate it the most, and since writing was fun for me I didn’t think I wanted to do it as a profession.”
One day it took off for her though, and in 2009 Whitaker finished her first book “Queen of Kentucky” in just six months.
“It was a long process after I had finished writing the book I sent it to a publishing company and three months later it sold,” Whitaker said. “It took two years for the book to be published after that.”
“Queen Of Kentucky” is sort of an autobiography because it is set in the small town Cynthiana that she will always call her home.
“You know how when you go into your freshman year of high school and you see about five or six students that are new, but they have grown up in your town?” Whitaker said. “That’s what this book is about. I thought it was interesting to be new, but not really new. “
The main idea of the book is to show what it’s like to explore being new at a school and changing for yourself and not anyone else.
After finishing her first novel, Whitaker auditioned for an online show called “The Baby Book.”
“My son was 10 months at the time and when I auditioned he cried the entire time,” Whitaker said laughing. “I honestly didn’t think I got it, then they called and told me I got the gig. I think it had something to do with the fact that I looked like a normal mom trying to calm her crying baby.”
The online show is just about her experiences as a mom, it isn’t an advice blog.
“For me as a mom I learn everything I know from other moms,” Whitaker said. “I’m kind of like one of your girlfriends you can watch to learn something new about parenting.”
Whitaker has also made appearances on “The Ellen Show” and “Deal Or No Deal.”
“My husband proposed to me on The Ellen Show on Valentines Day in 2005,” Whitaker said. ”I had moved to New York and he stayed at UK to finish up his degree. It was set up where I thought I was surprising him and he thought he was surprising me and it ended us both being surprised. “
The video of the proposal can be watched on YouTube.
“Everyone gets so excited that I’ve been on ‘The Ellen Show’ and ‘Deal or No Deal’ but that by far isn’t my biggest accomplishment,” Whitaker said. “My biggest accomplishment was going from a writer to a published author.”
Becoming a published author came from her heart and brain. She wasn’t judged on her appearance, personality or the color of her hair. When Whitaker became a published author she realized that she had met her dreams that she didn’t even realize she had.
“I always knew I was going to live in New York or Los Angeles because I was either going to be an actor or a writer,” Whitaker said. “No matter how great New York is I still get homesick from time to time and miss my home back in Kentucky.”
Whitaker is currently working on a three book series called “Wildflower” that will be coming out in Spring 2014. The book is about a 16 year old girl who tours the country for seven years with her family and gets discovered.
For more information on Alecia Whitaker visit her Facebook page, and keep your eyes open for Queen of Kentucky, which is now available in a bookstore near you.
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