No more… please… stop… I confess. My name is Clea Saal and I was born on this planet, though I am not certain whether or not that would have been my first choice if anyone had bothered to ask for my opinion on the subject. I was born at an early age somewhere in the Southern hemisphere, although I was dragged to the other side of the equator by my parents when I was only a few years old and I have been playing equatorial ping-pong ever since. I began writing when I was six and, to some people’s annoyance, I haven’t stopped yet. I endured twelve years of basic education –make that thirteen, I did flunk once– and then by reason of tradition, masochism or insanity, I went on to devote several more years of my life toward obtaining a degree in English Literature. The day I finally graduated most professors in my department literally cried for joy.
Ever since I can remember I have been surrounded by books. I saw them, smelled them, chewed them, tore them to pieces, scribbled on them, heard my mother reading them to me, and, as I got a little older, I read them myself… not to mention that I also had quite a few books thrown at me. So, under the circumstances, becoming a writer seemed to be a logical next step.
My first work of fiction was Soulless… and I freely admit it was a mess (don’t worry, that one has been fully rewritten since then, what you see listed here is the second edition that was produced some ten years later. If you see one with a red cover, however, I would recommend that you run in the opposite direction). I followed that with Scales at a Glance, a book on music theory which is currently in the process of being revised. After that came a book on self-publishing and a children’s book (that one was deemed hopeless and nixed altogether last year when I decided to do some house-cleaning). And then in May of this year (2012) I released three books simultaneously: Laira, a science fiction novella; the revised version of Soulless I mentioned above and which is what I tend to describe as ‘philosophical horror’ (think of it as science fiction written around philosophical issues rather than scientific ones); and Citlalli on the Edge of the Wind, which will hopefully be the first one in a series of pseudo-Young Adult books.
As for future projects, well, the second one of the Citlalli books seems to be coming along nicely, the revised version of Scales at a Glance should become available in the next few months, and Laira is actually being translated into Spanish!
Okay, I’m done talking about myself… now I’ll shut up and let the writing do the talking.
MAY 2013 UPDATE: It’s been a year since this bio was posted, and that means that the future projects that were mentioned above (i.e. Citlalli and the Sards of Light, the revised version of Scales at a Glance, plus the Spanish versions of both Laira and Scales…) are done. Of course, the fact that those formerly future projects are done doesn’t mean I don’t have a brand new batch of future projects to worry about. Life is funny that way.