About the Author and Photographer


Virginia Saalman has won recognition for her writing,  samples of which are included in Frog Poop and Other Stories.  While a resident of Southwest Florida, she enjoyed writing about the Everglades and photographing many of the critters who inhabit that area.  Since moving to Dunnellon in North Central Florida, her focus has been primarily on photographing the birds who stop over on their way north or south.

Saalman was born in West Virginia and moved to Washington D.C. when she was four years old. Her writing career began first in Junior High School, and then as the Sports Editor, albeit briefly, for her High School newspaper.
   
After serving in the Federal government for 35 years in Washington and Florida, she became a management consultant with her own firm, Great Scott Training. Her federal clients included the U.S. Departments of Defense, Agriculture, and Interior. Other clients were academia, state and county governments, as well as private individuals.

During her years with the Federal Government, Saalman held administrative and management positions including public affairs, long-range planning, management, and program analysis.

In the early 1990s, she published Virginia Scott Speaks, a self-help book that dealt with management issues. Before moving to Southwest Florida, she traveled throughout the United States as a consultant and trainer on management and workplace issues.

After moving to Southwest Florida in 1997, she continued her writing as a student of author and film critic Hollis Alpert. It was Alpert who encouraged Saalman to concentrate on the short story.

During the ensuing years, she was a columnist for a local newspaper and contributed many feature and news articles to local newspapers and magazines. In 1998 she became involved with the Collier County (Florida) Museum system, first as a Museum Assistant and then as the Manager of the County’s Museum of the Everglades. Her experience in that position and living in Southwest Florida provided much of the descriptive details that are found in the four stories in Frog Poop and Other Stories that are set in the Florida Everglades.

Saalman and her husband, Bill, moved in 2013 from Naples to Dunnellon, Florida.  Saalman has two sons, a daughter,  four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.   Besides writing, she now enjoys photography. In 2004, Saalman was diagnosed with colon cancer and in 2010, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.  She is a two time survivor.

In November of 2016, Bill Saalman passed away.  Saalman continues to live in Dunnellon, Florida.


Frog Poop and Other Stories was first published by ECity Publishing of Everglades City, Florida.  Reprints 1 and 2 published by MoSon Publishing of Naples, Florida.

The Kroopenpopper Series is published by MoSon Publishing of Dunnellon, Florida.

To view some of Saalman's images, visit www.flickr.com/photos/currangirl

 

 
    

ISBN 978-0-9716006-4-5     

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