On Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 7:30 p.m., local author Chloelia Salome will be discussing her latest book, Creating Eve, at the Port Washington Public Library.
Salome, also known as Chloe Margulis, is a 19-year-old Port Washington resident. She graduated from Schreiber in 2014.
“I am very fortunate to have grown up in Port Washington,” said Salome. “My family moved here when I was in second grade, and, although the move was challenging for me, I instantly found my niche in this community. Everywhere I go, people are kind, welcoming and truly inspirational. In addition, the scenery in Port Washington has stimulated a lot of my imagination. Sometimes I forget just how fortunate we are to live in such a beautiful town right on the LI Sound. Whenever I tell someone I’m from Port Washington, they always say one of two things: one, ‘You’re lucky, that’s a beautiful and good town,’ or two, ‘If I lived there, I would spend every day on the water.’ What’s not to love about Port?”
Salome will be graduating from LIU Post Honors College a year early, in 2017, with her BA. Salome studies computer science and will be attending law school.
Salome is a published author of six books. She began writing when she was 14, publishing The Girl in the Jimmy Choos in 2010. Since then, she has published five more books, including the Sword of Hadrian Trilogy. In August 2015, Salome released the first book in her new series, EVE 1.0, titled Creating Eve.
Salome found her love of reading and writing early. “I always had a passion for books. I would sit for hours a day reading all different genres,” said Salome. “When my family would go hiking, I would fill my backpack with books to read and, whenever we stopped to rest, I would pull out a book and read. I never thought about writing my own stories until I was in middle school. I had stumbled across a short story contest in a teen magazine and I thought I would submit something just for fun. I did, and I didn’t win anything or even get acknowledged for my story. However, that short story became the basis for my first published book, The Girl in the Jimmy Choos. Since then, my imagination has not turned off and I continue writing. I don’t think I ever will stop or not want to write.”
Salome has a busy schedule but she enjoys the challenges of writing. “Finding time to write is the hardest part,” said Salome. “I don’t usually get writer’s block so that is definitely not the challenge in completing a project as big and time consuming as this one. With a full 21-credit college schedule, sports team practice and competitions, job and orchestra practice, I rarely have time to write during the week. If I do, it is at 11 p.m. at night when I am ready to fall asleep and, by that time, I can really only write about three quality pages. So, I get the bulk of my writing done during my breaks. For example, this winter break, I have off for four weeks so I am taking full advantage of that time. During this break, I write roughly 10 to 15 pages a day in my newest book, and the second installment in the EVE 1.0 Sequence. All semester, my ideas have been bundling up in my head, and finally I have the time to expel them on paper, which means spending hours a day in front of my computer typing away. But I can’t complain. I love it.”
On Jan. 27, join Salome at the library to learn about the inspiration behind her new book, Creating Eve, and the impact the Holocaust has on her story and character development. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Refreshments will be served.