Salonen, Roxane Beauclair 1968-

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Salonen, Roxane Beauclair 1968-

Personal

Born September 2, 1968, Lovell, WY; daughter of Robert E. (an English teacher) and Jane E. (an elementary school teacher) Beauclair; married Troy J. Salonen (a music retail store owner), November 23, 1991; children: Christian, Olivia, Elizabeth, Adam, Nicholas. Education: Moorhead State University, B.S. (mass communications/music minor), 1991.

Addresses

Home—Fargo, ND. E-mail—[email protected]

Career

Writer. Newspaper reporter in Washington for five years.

Member

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, National Federation of Press Women, North Dakota and Fargo-Moorhead Professional Communicators.

Awards, Honors

Flicker Tale Award in Upper-Grade-Level Book Category, 2006, and first-place award, North Dakota Professional Communications contest, and third-place award, National Federation of Press Women contest, all for P Is for Peace Garden.

Writings

First Salmon, illustrated by Jim Fowler, Boyds Mills Press (Honesdale, PA), 2005.

P Is for Peace Garden: A North Dakota Alphabet, illustrated by Joanna Yardley, Sleeping Bear Press (Chelsea, MI), 2005.

Editor of The Selling Gap (nonfiction), 2007.

Sidelights

Roxane Beauclair Salonen told SATA: "In second grade, I presented my teacher with a hand-bound (stapled) book I'd both illustrated and written. After reading it, she told me, ‘You should write books someday.’ I never told anyone else what she'd said, but I kept her words close to my heart. About thirty years later, the dream she'd planted in my mind became a reality. But it took time. First, I had to finish my education. That took me

down the path of journalism. My first career job out of college was as a newspaper reporter, and that experience helped me hone my writing skills and gain confidence in myself as a writer. Eventually, my husband and I welcomed children into our fold, and reading to them got me thinking more seriously again about my dream of becoming an author. Because I love children and children's literature and had always been surrounded by both (in part through growing up with parents as teachers), it clicked: this is the kind of book writing I am meant to pursue.

"My goal as a writer is to help children see the continued value of picking up a book and reading; of finding those stories that bring them to laughter and/or tears. I want children to see themselves in story, and to take the energy from those words and apply them to their lives in a positive way. I want them to know that books can change their lives. I want them to know that every good writer I know is also a voracious reader. I want them to know that it's hard work but, ultimately, the work of a writer—or any creative pursuit—is extremely rewarding. I consider my work as a writer and author to be a gift, and I hope to share that gift with many people, big and little, whose paths I cross on this journey."

Biographical and Critical Sources

PERIODICALS

Booklist, October 15, 2005, Hazel Rochman, review of First Salmon, p. 60.

School Library Journal, November, 2005, Angela J. Reynolds, review of First Salmon, p. 106.

ONLINE

Roxane Beauclair Salonen Home Page,http://www.roxanesalonen.com (November 12, 2007).