Claiming Jeremiah: The Missy B. Salick Interview
It’s a summer of up-and-coming authors and here at ANF Extra, we’re pleased to be joined by one such writer, the author of Claiming Jeremiah, Missy B. Salick.
We have to ask, who is Missy B. Salick?
Missy B. Salick is a mystery. To this day I am still learning more and more about myself. I am a wife, mother, daughter, friend, employee, employer, business consultant, entrepreneur, philanthropist, dream chaser, go-getter, and motivator.
How long have you been writing?
I have been writing since I was ten years old. I began writing poetry to deal with my emotions as a preteen and it stuck with me throughout my adolescent years. To this day, I still have a journal filled with the writing I have done in various styles, and ideas and goals I set for myself.
What inspired you to write your book Claiming Jeremiah?
I was inspired to write Claiming Jeremiah after learning about and discovering the red tape behind foster care. After going through the process of foster adopting my son, I knew I had to share what I learned with other people. So many people have questions they are afraid to ask and I hope to have answered a lot of them in my book.
What steps did you take to publish this book?
The steps I took to write Claiming Jeremiah are as follows:
• I wrote the first draft of the novel in six months and had it professionally edited.
• I walked away for almost a year after realizing that it was incomplete, and why this was so.
• After about a year’s time I wrote my second draft and again had it professionally edited.
• The editing phase took about three to six months.
• Because I chose the self-publishing route, my next step was to find a designer for the layout and book cover.
• After the design stage was complete, I had a proofreader proof the novel.
• The final step was to publish, both in print and as an e-book.
What’s your favorite part in the book?
My favorite part of Claiming Jeremiah is when Jordyn finally gets to meet Jeremiah. After six months of yearning to see him and loving a child she has never seen, in that moment it all makes sense to her. The late nights, the arguments, the endless phone calls all become a distant memory and pure happiness consumes her. Her heart and mind are at peace.
Outside of writing this book, I understand you’re involved in other projects. Would you mind sharing what those are with us?
I am currently working on a novella, which is still untitled at the moment, but I can tell you that it is a romantic comedy. Outside of writing I run an outreach program called iJournalNow Project. iJournalNow Project is geared toward increasing the knowledge of creativity, leadership, and goal-reaching through journal writing. While children residing in government facilities are those we have specifically designed this project for, we welcome children from all backgrounds to participate in the journal-writing movement.
Do you plan on attending any events soon? If so, please tell us where you will be?
Yes, I do. I will be at the following:
• Harlem Day – Saturday, August 17
• Children’s Book Festival – Saturday, September 14
• Blogalicious Conference – Saturday, October 5
For more dates and happenings, you can visit my website at www.meetmissy.com.
How can the readers contact you if they would like to receive a personal copy? Do you have a website?
Readers can visit my website at www.meetmissy.com or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am also on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @meetmissy24.
What advice do you have for someone just starting out as an author?
Remember there are no rules to writing. Writing is an art. Write as often as you can, because each word turns into a sentence, a sentence into a paragraph, a paragraph into a page, a page into a chapter, and a chapter into a book. No matter how long it takes, stay true to yourself and your characters. When you become unsure of what to write, let your characters guide you. Once you feel the work is complete, hire a professional editor and edit, edit, edit!
Is there anything else you would like to say in closing?
Accomplishing any goal or task in life is difficult. Whenever you feel alone or discouraged, remember that if it was easy you would see a lot more millionaires out there. Never give up!
Thanks Missy, we definitely see you going far! Readers, please support this author by buying a copy of Claiming Jeremiah!