Friday, April 19, 2013

Claiming Jeremiah by Missy B. Salick - Author Interview

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?

1.   You cover several sensitive, but relevant issues in Claiming Jeremiah.  How did this affect the way you wrote it?

A: I struggled with how much do I include. How much of me do I truly put on the pages? Because this book was based off of my experiences to foster adopt my son, there were many times that it was emotionally draining to write certain incidents. By writing them it revived feelings that I had buried. Then I remembered when I was going through this, there wasn't a book I could turn to, to give me the hope and encouragement I needed. So, because of that I kept writing. 

2.  Did you have to do a lot of research for your novel? How long did it take you to write it?

A: I held a lot of one-on-one interviews, more so than research. From the beginning phases, to me putting it down for a year and returning to finish it -  it took me around two years. 

3.  Jordyn is a strong character, yet weak too.  How did you maintain that balance?

A: There were times when it was challenging, because she needed to be strong to be able to fight the variety of obstacles standing between her and Jeremiah. But at the same time she is a sensitive young woman who is currently fighting her own demons that weakens her. Therefore, when it was okay for her to fall apart she completely broke down, but when she needed to be strong she was ready.   

4.  Is there something about your characters that only you know that you would share with us?

A: Of course. I will give you a little tease... Jordyn is not so much the good girl that is portrayed in Claiming Jeremiah. You will have to stay tuned for the sequel to learn more. 

5.  What are you currently reading?

A:  Sister Soulijah: A Deeper Love Inside 

6.  Are you working on a new novel? If so, can you tell us anything about it?

A: Yes. It is a novella, Untitled at the moment. The genre is different from what my readers have seen with Claiming Jeremiah. The story is a romantic comedy about a young woman whose fed up with her husband taking advantage of her kindness and decides he needs to reprove his love to her. To do that they must start all over  and the first step is dating each other again.  

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