Commentary From the 2018 Writer's Digest Self Published Book Awards

Author has chosen well to write this book in the present tense, giving the reader a sense of the now that brings so many of the book’s settings and sensory details to life. We get a chilling wind, the dampness of the forest, the movement of water, and the author engages a tremendous sense of experience in the realm of the story. Author excels at gorgeous phrasing to elicit emotions throughout. When the strangers begin their walk together, they share ‘the parallel depths of their wounds.’ I would have loved some dialogue here to give these characters individual depth and differentiation, but the author moves the pace so naturally and so well that the lack of dialogue can be accepted as a narrative device. When the storm hits and she loses him, we’re given a resonant insight, that he never left her. We can hear the plaintive cry as she calls out to her soulmate, and the silence and futility deeply move us. We feel the loss, an emotion so beautifully created by the author in well-chosen …

An Interview with Reader Reviews

I was very happy to be interviewed by Reader Review recently and discuss "An Essential Song" with them! Here's a few excerpts:

Welcome Amy and thank you for being with us today!  Why don’t you start by telling our readers a bit about your journey to becoming a published author? 
One of the tools I utilized with my bereavement counselor and trauma specialist was writing. I began writing a story about my husband Leon’s death and put it aside when I met my next life partner, Ben. I picked up the story again after Ben died, then put it back in the folder. When the bereavement counselor and trauma specialist retired, I picked up the story again to bring it to fruition, so I could thank them while they’re still alive.

What was your biggest challenge writing “An Essential Song?”
My biggest challenge was discovering a way to tell an honest story that contains sadness without being too heavy for the reader. The idea to utilize colorful illustrations helped me create im…

Bronze Winner of a Living Now Award for 2018!

“An Essential Song”, written by Amy R. Saltz and illustrated by Mike T. Cherry, has won the Bronze 2018 Living Now Award for the category of Grieving/Death & Dying. The Living Now Book Awards are designed to bring increased recognition to the year's very best lifestyle books and their creators. We all seek healthier, more fulfilling, and productive lives, and books are an important tool for gaining knowledge about how to achieve these goals for ourselves and our loved ones. Both the paperback and Kindle editions of “An Essential Song” may be found on Amazon. Paperbacks are also available at the Spirit of ’76 Bookstore and the Temple Emanu-El Judaica Shop in Marblehead, MA.
Hi! Welcome to this blog. I recently wrote and published a book entitled An Essential Song. It's a metaphorical story of love, loss, recovery, and healing. The book takes the reader on a journey through hopelessness to wholeness. That's what I hope this blog can do!

A Reader Reviews "An Essential Song"

Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views (08/18)

“An Essential Song” by Amy R. Saltz is a poignant story of finding love and enduring loss, persisting through the journey of growth and finding one’s self along the way.

The story begins as two people meet, each on their own personal journey. For a time, all is well and the two cherish each other, but soon tragedy comes to pass, and the one left behind cannot fathom how to stop the pain and begin again. I don’t want to give any more specifics about the actual story but will say this – you don’t want to miss this one, it’s a rare gift.

I couldn’t help but get chills while I was reading this haunting story. The overall tone for me was a bit forlorn, while at the same time creating a mood of appreciation, and I was reminded of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s quote, “'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.”

Inspired by personal tragedy and the loss of two loving partners, Amy Saltz pours her heart and soul into a mod…