Thursday, June 6, 2013

Tasty Virtual Tour: Interview with Author of CLAIMING JERMIAH, Missy Salick @tastybooktours #giveaway

A Tasty Read has the lovely Missy Salick with us today.  She is the author of CLAIMING JEREMIAH, a Fiction/Non-Fiction account of her own struggles with the adoption process.  The book has received some wonderful reviews and after you read here interview, Don't forget to scroll down,  Missy is giving away TWO $25.00 FANDANGO Gift Cards. 


A Tasty Read: Thank you for being a guest at A Tasty Read today. So aside from Mom and Author, what other hats do you wear?

Missy Salick: So many I tend to lose track {chuckles}. Outside of wearing the hats of a mom and author, I’m also an employee for a marketing firm in NYC, a volunteer for Big Brother, Big Sister & Junior Achievement, an active foster care advocate, and an entrepreneur. As an entrepreneur, I self-published Claiming Jeremiah under J.J. Autumn Publishing. J.J. Autumn Publishing is a boutique publisher dedicated to publishing unique stories that spread awareness about widely overlooked topics in today’s society.
In addition to J.J. Autumn Publishing, I created iJournalNow. iJournalNow is a free program geared towards increasing the knowledge of creative and journal writing for “in-need” and “at-risk” children in government systems. iJournalNow personally donates five hundred journal packets each year. 
ATR: How rough was the transition once you were settled in, and with a baby (on the way or already born)?
Missy: The transition at first was scary, because I was afraid of the unknown. I am an only child and never was surrounded by small children, let alone babies. I didn’t know about diaper changes, feedings, or nap times. The entire experience was very new to me. Throughout the eight months that I waited for my son’s arrival, I read a lot of parenting books, grilled my family and friends with questions looking for tips, and took a few parenting classes.
Once my son arrived, everything I had read and learned went completely out the window. The first time he arrived and cried- I stared in a daze with worry about what to do next. After a few minutes of panic, motherhood kicked in. The maternal emotions and feelings I thought I would not have suddenly appeared. It was all uphill from there. No book was needed to tell me that when he cried he was wet, hungry, or wanted attention. No book could have prepared me for the unconditional love I would have for him. 

ATR: What was your "AHA" moment when you knew that you wanted to share your story?
Missy: Into month three of my process I knew I was going to share my story. I didn’t know at the time that it would become a book, as I mostly was venting in my journal and to family. However, as time moved on and the phone calls continued to the agency requesting more information or about when my son would come home, I knew I had to share the full story and experience with others. I knew it had to become a novel.  

ATR: Are you planning to, or are you in the process of, writing another book?
Missy: Yes. There will be a sequel to Claiming Jeremiah. Claiming Jeremiah touched based with the process of foster care and what happens before the child comes into your home. The sequel will cover what happens next and the adoption phase. The tentative release date is set for November 2014. 

ATR: Would you do it all over again?
Missy: In a heartbeat; I am actually on my second foster adoption.

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?

Meet Missy
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, with an online release date not until April 7, 2013 ( May 4 in paperback). 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.

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Marissa A said...

Thanks for the interview & giveaway :) The books seems really good.

bn100 said...

This sounds emotional

Victoria Zumbrum said...

Thanks for the giveaway. This book sounds really good.

grandmotherof3 said...

wow looks great