Meet Anaiah’s New Author, Sally J. Ling!

Tell us a bit about yourself. Include a couple of facts that not a lot of people know about you.  

I am an Air Force brat and traveled the world the first 18 years of my life, living in Morocco, Turkey, and Japan. I am a former newspaper journalist, and I love country music.

Tell us a bit about the book that will be published by Anaiah Press. 

I pulled from my background in quilting, history, and writing suspense and set the story in a location I know well—Boca Raton, Florida.

When and why did you start writing? 

 I’ve always had an active imagination. This was my outlet. I started writing as a teen—mostly poetry.

  • Is this your first book? How many have you written? How many have you published?  

This will be my 17th published book. I typically write historic nonfiction about Florida and fiction with a Florida component. Two of my books were commissioned projects.

Tell us a bit about your journey to publication.

My first three historic nonfiction books were traditionally published. I then started writing historic fiction and other nonfiction books on Florida history and self-published them. I’m now back into traditional publishing for my cozy mysteries.

What are some of your favorite books / authors?

The Archie McNally series (Lawrence Sanders), The Shadow of the Wind (Carlos Ruiz Zafon), Killing England (Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard). I like an eclectic mix of genres.

What are some of your favorite movies / TV shows?

Blue Bloods, Law and Order SVU, The Voice, AGT, Songland (I’m a former closet songwriter), Titanic,

Where do you find inspiration for your books?

I try to find obscure and little known stories on Florida history for my historic nonfiction. Most of my books (whether fiction or nonfiction) typically stem from other books I’ve written. 

Describe your perfect day of relaxation. 

Quilting, gardening, hiking in the mts. Then taking a nap!

 Where can readers learn more about you?

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