Interview with Cristina Salat

What are you working on next?
I always have a good number of projects percolating at any given time, including movie scripts & productions, children's books, short story collections, and essays exploring my opinions on the state of the world...! ;) One beautiful thing about how the media industry has been changing to incorporate e-offering platforms like Smashwords is: heartfelt projects can now reach the hands of readers without any gap of years in a slow-moving publishing pipeline. And this can feel especially important if what you're writing about pertains to things that are going on in the world right now.
What do your fans mean to you?
I will never forget the day a young girl appeared at a music festival table I was seated at with her mother and a handful of photos showing a quilt she had made for a class project featuring characters from one of my children's novels, LIVING IN SECRET, which was considered controversial in its time. Just hearing about how she'd been brave in her classroom made me extra glad that I'd been brave too...because it's never easy being one of the first to speak about things that haven't yet become popular.
Fans to me = new long distance friends. :) I love meeting them when I'm out in the world doing book-work, and I love hearing from them when I'm more in private mode at home. In fact, one email from a recent reader of this same long-ago book just helped me decide to begin its sequel: ESOTERICA, which is in the process of being born now. And it's actually been awesome finding out what happened to Amelia & her family myself!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to swim with sea turtles, dolphins, and even sharks when I am being one with the sea. And on land, I enjoy four-legged and two-legged friends. We often sit outside ruminating on Life together.
What is the best part about being a writer?
Creating worlds! :)
And figuring out what I believe in from subject matter which intrigues me long enough to complete a project, whether that's short-term completing a potency-in-a-precise package 'Slim' or 'Story Poem' that features one defining moment in time...or whether it's over a significant number of years, completing a novel or film.
Where do you get your ideas?
I write about the things, concepts, people, realities that interest me. Even before I spent time working in a San Francisco homeless shelter for teens, for example, I knew something would be written for & about that very under-served, special population...and now, many years later, the young adult novel THE SKIN OF WATER: Defending The Dreamcatchers has finally been born! :)
What's the most important thing to you?
Knowing that I, and the things I care about, and the things I do have made (are making!) a positive difference in someone's life. Equally important: being True to myself.
How do you know when a book is done?
I used to know a book was done because either it was due on the desk of the publisher that had hired me to write it, or another professional like my agent or the editor I was submitting the project to felt it was ready to go out into the world. Over the years however, I've gotten more & more in tune with the Spirit of each Book...and so these days a project just tells me when it's ready to be born.
Do you have a daily work routine?
I thoroughly enjoy having finally created a life where I have not only plenty of interesting things that I care about & do, but also one where I allow myself plenty of time to just BE. Sometimes a day might still look like me working many hours in a row because inspiration that's on fire has struck. Or because I'm under a deadline. But mostly I like my days to be filled with a bit of this and a bit of that interspersed in a balanced way throughout the hours. A balanced life to me includes time indoors & time outdoors...time thinking, time researching from a lounge chair under a palm tree or fern, and time finding out what I need to know by connecting with other people. It also includes time making sure to get or grow & fix & eat good nurturing food to keep my human self well energized, time doing necessary errands & paperwork, some amount of time out & about locally or traveling far & wide for work or for play. And, equally importantly, some time, if not every day, at least every week, being quiet, doing absolutely nothing at all. (After years of crazy hustle & bustle, sometimes doing absolutely nothing is absolutely wonderful!)
Published 2017-10-02.
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Books by This Author

Living In Secret/Esoterica/Paradise Found
Pre-release—available December 31, 2018. Price: $15.99 USD. Words: 185,690. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Inspirational
The original 'Gathering The Dreamcatchers' novel Living In Secret + two companion sequels: Esoterica and Paradise Found. Join Amelia in her adventures as a plucky child of 11 trying to create a stable sense of family and home to what the world has in store for her at almost 14, and then at 16 & 1/2 as her adventures turn to community, friendship, sovereignty, sex, and all the magic in the world.
Together Alone: Story Poems
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 14,140. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2017. Categories: Essay » Author profile, Fiction » Literary collections » Diaries & Journals
Explorations from a lifetime of Life by author, editor, filmmaker, tropical artist sanctuary founder Cristina Salat.
Frogdemona
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 1,740. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Travel, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Everybody sings their own song and everybody needs a home, but the delightful Frogdemona who was once treasured in his native land, suddenly finds himself treated as an unwelcome interloper when Fate brings him to a new island. An Illustrated Tale about Where We Belong.
Home Too: Secret Springs
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 45,340. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2017. Categories: Essay » Author profile, Fiction » Coming of age
Further explorations of life from friendship to evolution by author, editor, filmmaker, tropical artist sanctuary founder Cristina Salat
Paradise Found
Pre-release—available December 31, 2018. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 72,610. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Romance » New adult
Amelia's messy custody battles with her parents are finally done! Now it's time to create a new life of her own...and perhaps a whole new way to live too? After all, she's not a child anymore, and it's never too late to become a happy adult, right?
Living In Secret/The Skin of Water/Esoterica Series Combo
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 166,040. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general, Fiction » Women's fiction » Feminist
Join popular teen author Cristina Salat in a 3-part journey as she blends characters from her original novels LIVING IN SECRET and THE SKIN OF WATER/DEFENDING THE DREAMCATCHERS into a third story in the "Gathering The Dreamcatchers" chain of unconventional adventures for today's millennial teens...and everyone who cares about them!
Living In Secret/Esoterica Sequel Combo
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 113,180. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Travel, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
Amelia once ran from a father who had custody to begin a new life and identity in San Francisco, LIVING IN SECRET with her mother...but was eventually found and brought back to her father's home, which soon became abusive. Almost 14 now, it is time to take matters into her own hands. A dad having sex with his own kid is a crime, isn't it? Aren't criminals supposed to be in jail?
Esoterica
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 68,270. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas
Amelia once ran from her father who had custody to begin a new life and identity in San Francisco, but was found and brought back to a home environment that soon became sexually abusive. This time she is determined to make a legal place for herself with her chosen family in California.
Living In Secret Deluxe Edition
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 46,600. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Family / Alternative Family, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Runaways
Ever since Amelia's parents got divorced she has wished she could live with her mother and her mother's girlfriend, Janey, but a judge gave her father custody. Finally, after years of living apart, Amelia and her mom decide there is only one thing to do: create a new life with new identities for themselves somewhere far far away.
Witzel's Wish
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 2,200. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
Widdy Widdy Witzel is fed up with all the unlikable things about those who live in the Emerald Garden. Perhaps a better, more peaceful life can be created...elsewhere?
Step-Whales
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 3,460. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Family / Stepfamilies, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
An illustrated early chapter book for blended families. Jessica has been fine living alone with Mama and her best friend Bonitra, who just happens to be an imaginary whale. And Milton has been fine living alone with Dad and his dog Buster. So why do they all suddenly have to become a "family?!" (Available in print & e-editions.)
Home Is Where You're Happy
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 37,540. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2015. Categories: Essay » Author profile, Fiction » Literary collections » Female authors
A collection of short stories, essays & life snippets about what it means to be "home..." from author/editor/filmmaker/artist sanctuary founder Cristina Salat. (Available in print & e-editions.)
The Skin of Water
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 54,510. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Empowerment is just a word...until you live it. Lisel Martinez is not a rough-&-tumble kind of girl, so what is someone more interested in books and plants than having a hot social life doing out on the most dangerous streets in San Francisco? Is there really anything someone without a home can do to stay safe in a place that's anything but?! (Available in trade, mass market, & e-editions.)