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Hello everyone! Welcome to another Jingle Books Author Spotlight! These will be posts where I discuss and showcase, authors and their writing talents and published works. So without further ado let’s get on with the Author Spotlight!

Meet the Jolly Author

author Salem Miles

Salem Miles is a 17-year-old girl, born in Nelspruit South Africa, but raised in Zimbabwe, with exceeding passion for the written craft. She is South African by origin. She has 2 older sisters with whom she keeps in contact with on a weekly basis. She has never been good at calculations and statistics but her parents had always encouraged her to do what she loved; write.

She discovered her passion for writing well over 3 years ago thanks to a website on the internet and a few friends that coerced her into joining. Her dream is to inspire each and every person to follow their passion, and do what they love.

bio from: Salem Miles | Libraywala (librarywala.com)

What And When Started Your Love For Writing?

What really started my love for writing was, at the time, the simple ability to write the stories that I wanted to read. You know, there are certain stories that need to be written to make sure everyone feels heard or represented, and I have always felt this way since I was 14. That’s when I discovered my love for writing.

Of all of the book genres, what drew you to write about yours?

What really drew me to write YA was the fact that I could write authentic experiences about what it’s like to be a teenager, to grow up, and to experience love for the first few times. It was the ability to create stories for teenagers that they can relate to and understand. 

The Secrets that she Kept book

What’s your favorite book cliché or trope?

My favourite holiday season story has to be Baggage Claim, it came out recently and I’m loving every word of it.

What is one thing about the holiday season that you can’t stand?

I cannot stand the mess after Christmas dinner! I grew up in a big family, so after every dinner there would always be a big mess to clean up after! However, cleaning with your siblings is the best thing ever! Creating unique memories in awkward situations!

The Secrets that she Kept

What makes your book(s) special? 

What makes my books unique is that I somehow try and find a way to slip in just a bit of everything for everyone. I try to make my writing accessible to everyone, as well as better for the target audience! I also think that I bring a unique voice to writing because I’m writing the genre for a demographic that I’m a part of at the moment!

So…what are you working on now?

I’m currently working on editing Ordinary Human Beings, a YA Sapphic that I plan to release early 2023!


Salem (I love the name by the way) you got an amazing writing career ahead of you! I wish you best of luck with the new book! Thank you all for reading and remember:

Live. Love. Laugh.

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