Selena Haskins

is a native Washingtonian who enjoys music, spirituality, basketball, and spending quality time with her family. As a young girl, Selena always had a vivid imagination, and would tell make-believe stories to her friends. As a teenager, Selena begin to journal her personal thoughts, and write poetry. Before long, her talent for writing was recognized by her high school English teacher, who encouraged her to write articles for the school newspaper. The articles motivated Selena to write many stories and essays, mostly as a hobby. After completing high school, Selena would major in English at Johnson C. Smith University, and the University of the District of Columbia.

Although Selena would ultimately end up working in the legal and financial fields, her love for writing never stopped. She continued to participate in many local writing workshops and community outreach groups, where poetry, short stories, and other creative pieces were read as public expressions, and as a way to bring hope to the disenfranchised.

In 2013, in between working full-time, Selena completed one of her life's goals by publishing her first novel, A River Moves Forward. In her debut novel, Selena tackles issues of poverty, race, abuse, and the family dynamics. She also infuses messages of hope, love, and forgiveness, which she believes are the qualities of true humanity.

The reception of A River Moves Forward continues to be favorable, earning 5-star reviews on Amazon, and progressively gaining favor of those in her community. The enthusiastic response has motivated Selena to write a sequel, Riding the Waves, scheduled for release in 2014.

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Writing is my morning cup of coffee, my favorite chocolate dessert, and my evening of escape. It wakes me up to new ideas that give me an adrenaline rush. It sends me on a mental roller-coaster ride that breeds pages and pages for a manuscript destined for publishing.

Writing is a passion I have that takes me on a creative journey, and provides escape from the world around me. When I write, it's like a movie playing in my mind, and this is the journey I like to take my readers on.

It is always my hope that readers will be entertained and inspired in some way by what I write.

If you enjoy writing as much as I do, own it like a fine piece of jewelry. Care for it by honing your creative skills through writing workshops and resource materials so that your writing can keep its sparkle. Be creative, entertaining, and inspiring without losing who you are by comparing yourself to another author.

Be true to yourself and never stop doing what you love, and always use honest criticism to make yourself better.

Whatever goals you want to achieve through your writing, I wish you all the best!

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