Welcome to EY’s stop on Missy Salick’s Claiming Jeremiah blog tour, hosted by Itching for Books. The author has stopped by to provide her inspiration behind the emotional story. Check it out below:
What contributed to your decision in writing the story and what do you hope readers will take from it?
My personal experience of fostering my son was the inspiration and the reason why Claiming Jeremiah came to be. Through the foster adopting process I realized how many children are in similar situations and need a place to call home. It is such an untouched topic that I decided to raise awareness about the Foster Care system, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Giving every child a home has become my passion and mission.
I hope readers will take away that you should ALWAYS stay true to yourselves, always keep your heads up, and stay focused on your goals and dreams. Be proud of whom you are and the future has nothing but open doors to endless opportunities. Don’t accept “No” as an answer!
About the Book
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?
Release date: April 4th 2013
Publisher: JJ Autumn Publishing
About the Author
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. iJournalNow is an outreach program geared towards increasing knowledge of creativity, leadership and goals to underprivileged children through journal writing. “Journal writing has been proven to be a wonderful outlet for expression.”
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. Be sure to purchase a copy today on Amazon!
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