Sounds of the Drums.

At 14 she was forced into an abusive marriage; 22 years and six children later, the death of her husband places her back at the mercy of the tribe's elders. Is fate dealing her another cruel blow or will she finally find the love and peace that she has always longed for? More

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About Naa Shalman

I think that throughout my life I have been storing experiences for a purpose. My birth and early childhood in Ghana, the transition to a new life in England, my education that has culminated (so far) in a degree in Education and Community Development and a Master’s in Public Administration. The birth of my three children and everything in between –all of these wonderful experiences have been used to fulfil my life-long desire - to become a writer.

My passion for writing about relationships is equalled by my passion for reading about them and although I enjoy reading anything and everything; my favourite novels will always be those that reflect real life. I have been asked many times why I read and write so much and my answer is always the same - to escape. I can create an entire world in my head where I live with many fictional couples, suffering their trials and experiencing their triumphs. Like them our life journey is never carefree and rosy, but it is real and every challenge along the journey that we have taken was ours to accept and ours to overcome. I believe that every experience in life provides an opportunity to re-mould ourselves and our spirits; my experiences have certainly been so and I look forward to a future filled with more of them.

My characters’ situations are not smoothed by privilege and luxury; rather, they are defined by the unique challenges and routine obstacles of life. Like me, my heroes and heroines find meaningful victory in the power of love, faith and perseverance.

As a writer I hope my words will build a bridge across the cultural lacuna that grows deeper as our world continues to shrink. I want to share stories from other continents through characters steeped in centuries old traditions and beliefs as they make their way through our modern-day global community. My aim is to make my stories reflect real life experience, while retaining the subtle promise of a fairy tale. I look forward to my future as a successful author in which my readers are continually exposed to different cultures and some new and old social issues. Most of all, I want my writing to evoke a real sense of emotion in my readers, making them fume at injustice, share in sadness, understand and relate to new perspectives, laugh in appreciation of human nature and where possible end with a smile.

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