Cristina Salat


As a woman of the wind, I have enjoyed years navigating the urban jungles and deep blue seas I call "home."
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Smashwords Interview

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!
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Dreamcatchers: The Beginnings
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 100,130. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Gay & Lesbian
All 11-year-old Amelia Monet from Long Island wants is to live with her mother...and all 16-year-old Lisel Martinez from the pueblos of New Mexico wants is a safe home. Unfortunately the world seems to believe what each of these girls wants is impossible. Join one-of-a-kind characters in this first-ever 'Living In Secret' and 'The Skin Of Water: Defending The Dreamcatchers' 2-novel combo edition!
Gathering The Dreamcatchers Omnibus
Price: $25.00 USD. Words: 243,490. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
No matter what kind of twists and turns your life takes, it's never too late to become a healthy, happy adult, right? It's the 21st Century. A time of great change. A time when girls can rock and rule...and high time for some things about America to improve. With friends like Pipsqueak, Lisel, Rocky, Gabrielle, and the whole Esoterica apple crew, Amelia just might be able to help make that happen.
Living In Secret/Esoterica/Paradise Found
Price: $15.99 USD. Words: 188,670. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2018. 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.
Paradise Found
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 75,470. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2018. 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?
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
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.
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 69,400. 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: 47,100. 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.
Living In Secret/Esoterica Sequel Combo
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 113,950. 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?
Living In Secret/The Skin of Water/Esoterica Series Combo
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 168,090. 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!
Witzel's Wish
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 2,420. 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?
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.)
The Skin of Water
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 55,720. 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.)
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.)

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