Candace E. Salima's journey in writing began at age 11 when she started writing original stories because she was bored in school. Her writing skills improved through English and Creative Writing classes, but when she enrolled at Ricks College in Rexburgh, ID she made the decision to study Criminal Justice.
She took a Creative Writing class from Professor Dorla Jenkins and within weeks changed her major from Criminal Justice to Creative Writing. She focused her energies on honing her screenwriting skills with intention of writing and producing movies. She learned the ins and outs of the movie business while writing multiple screenplays.
She met with investors from all over the world and ultimately chose one set that she was comfortable with. While waiting for the money to come through, Candace decided to write a book and see what happened . . . five books later she is now a best-selling author, partner in a production company and well sought-after speaker.
In a family comprised of his, mine and ours, Candace can barely remember a time when reading wasn't an integral part of her life. Her love of books, reading and writing, were born of hearing her mother read nightly from the James Herriot series about a veterinarian's mishaps in the British countryside. She thrived in a family of readers, began writing original stories at the age of eleven and has never looked back.
The daughter of a father who survived the invasion of Hitler's war machine in his homeland and a mother who is a conservative columnist. Candace came by her drive to succeed very honestly. In the course of her life, Candace has been a reporter, a writer of health booklets, a screenwriter, a tradeshow presenter, an office manager, marketer of authors/author services, public speaker, teacher and now the president of her own company.
Her philosophy in life is simple . . . everything can be turned into a good story. Hence her nine day rafting trip down the Colorado River, hiking the Colorado Rockies, or horseback riding in the northern Wyoming Grand Teton mountains. A love of BYU football, basketball, movies, plays, concerts and socializing with family and friends round out her life. All this, and she still prefers to be curled up on her couch with a good book, a cup of hot chocolate and a blustery Winnie-the-Pooh day brewing outside.
Candace adheres to the words of 19th century theologian, Tryon Edwards: "If you would thoroughly know anything, you must teach it to others."