Thursday, November 7, 2013

{{IFB Tours}} Blog Tour + Giveaway: [Interview] CLAIMING JEREMIAH by MISSY B.SALICK


Author: Missy B. Salick

Release date: April 4th 2013

Publisher: JJ Autumn Publishing

Purchase: Amazon

Average Rating: 4.56

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?

Claiming Jeremiah is a fictional memoir on foster adoption. It gives you an informative experience on what it is like to adopt from foster care while showing you the point of view of the birth parents.

When and why did you decide to be a  writer?
Since I was a young girl I have always kept a journal to write my feelings. As I got older, the writing itch increased for me to expand beyond my journal. I would write any and everything, from poetry and songs to business articles and interviews. Writing also became my mechanism for expression. So naturally, when I went through the foster adoption experience I would keep a journal. It was at that point, I realized the words in my journal were meant to be shared to help the next person. What I was facing other people were too. That's when I knew my true destiny was to be a writer and spread awareness on social subjects through stories.  
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
The toughest criticism for me, is always when the editor chops the story and say something isn't needed. Writing is a form of art work and like any artist "we" are sensitive with our art. No one can truly understand how the story unfolds in our head and how the characters are to play out. So it is very tough when you've poured yourself into writing, what you think is your master piece {chuckles}, and in return it comes back with unlimited red marks. 

The best compliment I continue to receive is how well written, Claiming Jeremiah is and how it doesn't seem like my first novel.  
Do you have any advice for other writers?
My advice to other writers is to continue writing as much as possible. Edit. Edit. Edit and then Re-edit. No matter what anyone else says believe in yourself and your project. With the self-publishing resources today, don't let anyone tell you your story isn't good enough.
How many drafts did you have to write for Claiming Jeremiah  ? Any scenes that were cut from the original that you want to share?
I wrote two drafts of Claiming Jeremiah. There were some scenes from Claiming Jeremiah, which played the rotation game of trying to decide the best place for this scene or that scene. However, no scenes were cut from the original. 

What inspired the idea for Claiming Jeremiah  ?

Claiming Jeremiah is a fictional memoir based loosely off of my personal experiences to foster adopt my son. 

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write in Claiming Jeremiah and why?
I have so many favorite parts its really hard to narrow it down. However, I really enjoyed the scene where Jordyn meets Jeremiah for the first time (six months later), after the endless phone calls and back and forth with the agency.

Also, my favorite scene is when Tori reminisces about her past regarding what happened with her first child Maggie. She reveals her emotions and you get to see a different side of Tori. The reader gets a better understanding of Tori's story and why she is the way she is. 

What is your favorite snack/treat or drink while writing?
My favorite drink while writing is a Pinot Grigio white wine.

What are you currently reading?
I'm currently looking for my next book to read. However, I just finished the first part to My Life, My Soul by Ivette Attaud.
Who is your fictional character crush?
Hands down Edward Cullen from Twilight.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
For anyone who has thought or wondered about foster adoptions, Claiming Jeremiah is the book to read. It's an emotional roller coaster that will keep you on your toes and guessing at what will happen next. Claiming Jeremiah takes you through the eyes of the foster mom and birth parent to give you the raw and unconventional version of the process. 

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Missy B. Salick is a writer, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist and Literary and Start-up Business Consultant. When she's not writing or promoting foster adoption, Missy can be found volunteering at Junior Achievement, being a Big Sister and counseling young girls through the iJournalNow Project or helping to save the Polar Bears with WWF.

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  1. Awesome interview. Thanks for participating :)

    1. No problem! Thanks for stopping by to check out my post!


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