Salee is a Lecturer of English Literature and Language in Norfolk, England.
Her first book is called, The Third Colour; a story about her youngest sister’s long battle for life, and eventual death. For Salee, her sister’s story reignited the fire in her as a writer.
She incorporates her deep faith in God in all her writing because she believes that without God, she would not be able to write inspirational stories to share with the world.
What is the title of your latest book?
It’s called Sombre – The Incubus. It is about Ysabelle, a young girl who played Spirit of the Glass, a horror board game similar to Ouija. Little did she and her friends know that the spirit of the young man who answered their call on that dreamy night would become Ysabelle’s regular nightmare.
What are the most challenging aspects of being a writer? And the most rewarding?
The most challenging for me is keeping with a self-imposed minimum number of words to be written every day. The reality is there are days that I cannot write anything, not even a word because of many reasons, or I’d say excuses, for being a normal? human being (I put a question mark as I am not really sure if we, as writers, are normal because our brains are constantly working , i.e. buzzing for plots, characters, twists and turns.)
Another reason for not keeping to my self- imposed rules is the reality that I am also a full-time lecturer. That does not need any elaboration, I believe. Teachers, like me, will definitely understand my state of mind and body at that.
The most rewarding is when I read a scene and feel exactly how my characters feel. That’s when I know that what I am trying to convey in my book is working.
All writers want to be published; that is the ultimate goal, so when you finally get that seal of approval from a publisher, you know that all your hard work has paid off.
A good review and excellent sales result add up to the joy of course.
What is your top tip for an aspiring writer?
What I always try to do is the reverse chronology. I begin the story with its end without revealing the climax, of course: a scene that could create a rhetorical question that will ignite the reader’s interest.
I know the word passion is overly used, but it is really the bottom line. It should be embedded in everything that we do. If there is passion, you know that you’re doing it right. It may not be good in other people’s standards and in a writer’s case this could mean a rejection, but always remember that beauty is in the eye of the beholder; you’ll find someone who will put his/her trust in you eventually. In my case, that someone is Solstice Publishing.
Prayers also play a big role in my life so I always pray for guidance. Believe it or not, but some parts of my book Sombre were manifested in dreams. The manuscript I am currently working on is also shown to me in a dream.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am about to finish the first book for a trilogy. As mentioned above, the idea came from a dream. I was watching a film in my dream and the title was Heaven’s Archive. I am going to use that as the series title. The first book is my own title, The River’s Ode (not from a dream, so it’s likely to change).
The River’s Ode is about a soldier’s wife who becomes bewildered after her husband has gone missing in action. She tries to find her husband by herself. She begins by going to the last place where she thinks he has disappeared. Her feet lead her to a river tucked away behind rows of giant trees. Little does she know that that river holds all the answers to all the questions on her mind.
What do you like to read?
My job requires me to do a lot of reading so I basically read everything; from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Othello and many more; John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men; George Orwells’s Animal Farm to books like A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness , The Savage by David Almond, Stone Cold by Robert Swindells.
However, my most favourite is any book based on a true story especially when it is about heavenly encounters. I am a fan of Mitch Albom, Leo Buscaglia and Jacky Newcomb.
Where can readers find you?
My website is www.english-matters.co.uk
On Twitter: https://twitter.com/englishandbooks?lang=en-gb