Missy B. Salick is a new author who has written her first novel, "Claiming Jeremiah." Her fictional memoir on Foster Adoption is drawing a hefty buzz around the sensitive topic. The novel is small in size, but contains a powerful message. "Children in foster care need a place to call home." Salick, a foster care advocate, wrote this book based on her personal journey of foster adopting her four-year-old son.
Before self-publishing "Claiming Jeremiah," Salick spent several years as a freelance business writer for Fortune 500 companies such as Shearman & Sterling, KPMG, Deloitte and many more. She also had a stint with song ghost writing. Salick's experience in the entertainment industry stems from working with entertainment companies and media including Violator, MBK, Village Voice, and more. As the founder of J.J. Autumn Publishing, her publishing company is geared towards highlighting urban fiction dedicated to special causes and community awareness projects. Salick also serves as a literary and start-up consultant for professionals interested in starting or growing their company or novel(s).
Salick also created iJournalNow Project. iJournalNow Project is a program created to encourage and promote journal writing. Through iJournalNow Project, Salick hopes to give children and teens a creative outlet to express themselves.
When Salick is not promoting foster adoption, she can be found volunteering at Junior Achievement, being a Big Sister and counseling young girls through Journal Writing or helping to save the Polar Bears with WWF.
A portion of all book sales will be donated to Children's Rights Organization.
About Claiming Jeremiah
On the same night that twenty four-year-old Jordyn Sims has a miscarriage, her sister-in-law Tori Sims conceives a child. Nine months later, Tori, a long term heroin addict, abandons her two-hour-old drug addicted newborn Jeremiah, in a hospital stairwell. Jordyn receives the news and pursues foster adoption. However, Oscar, Tori's possessive drug-addicted boyfriend, is not about to give Jeremiah up so easily. While in confrontation with Tori and Oscar, Jordyn seeks help from the Administration of Children Services (ACS), only to discover she is faced with a maze of departments, regulations, legalities and overworked social workers. Jordyn, however, remains strong and continues to push through the uphill battle, even after she discovers she's pregnant.
With all odds against her adoption of Jeremiah, and her pregnancy at high risk from increasing stress, will Jordyn win this tough battle, or will her world crumble before her?
Name 3 things about yourself readers may not know
My favorite color is purple.
Coffee is my daily need.
I love all things sparkly.
What is your biggest inspiration?
My inspiration is myself and to see how far I can push myself to succeed and how much I can accomplish in this one life we are given.
What led up to you becoming an author?
I have been writing since I was little. I never knew I would become an author though. After foster adopting my son I knew I had to tell the story of the process. Three years later, here we are with one book under my belt and it will not be the last.
How would you describe your writing style?
I have no writing style. I am a prolific writer and everyday brings something different.
What would you say is the most important thing an author should do before publishing his/her book?
The most important thing you should do before publishing your book, is scream to the top of your lungs that you have completed it and still have somewhat of your sanity, then hire an editor.
If you could go back and change one thing about your book, what would it be?
I wouldn't change the book per say, however, I would change the project management on the book. I put a lot of pressure on myself by giving impossible deadlines to reach and because of this I know I overlooked a lot of small details that could have been avoided. But hey, you and live to learn.
When you’re not writing, what are you doing?
When I'm not writing I can be found being a mother, wife, employee, running my publishing company, volunteering or providing journals and journal workshops through my outreach program iJournalNow.
How can readers and others in the literary community reach you?
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