In her professional capacity Candace E. Salima speaks throughout the nation on subjects of self-motivation, turning dreams into reality, making life work for you instead of against you as well as speaking on numerous religious themes. She is the author of fiction and non-fiction, has been a reporter, screenwriter, teacher, worked in the professional corporate field as a trade show presenter, office manager, and executive secretary. She now focuses all her time on writing, production of films, and speaking to groups, which include universities, high schools, private organizations and church groups.
Candace E. Salima was born right smack dab in the middle of twelve children. In a family comprised of his, mine and ours, Candace can barely remember a time when reading wasn't an integral part of her life. Her love of books, reading and writing, was born of hearing her mother read nightly from the James Herriot series about a veterinarian's mishaps in the British countryside.
She thrived in a family of readers, began writing original stories at the age of eleven and has never looked back.
The daughter of a father who survived the invasion of Hitler's war machine in his homeland and a mother who is an often controversial conservative columnist,
Candace spent her childhood on the back of a horse or trudging through the mountains and valleys of the American west. Born in California, she lived in Nebraska, Montana, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico . . . all before she was twelve-years-old. As an adult she lived in Idaho, Wyoming, Arizona, and another short stint in California before making her home in Utah.
She met her sweetheart at Brigham Young University in 1983. Ten years later she appeared on the Phil Donahue Show in defense of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which precipitated a reunion with him. In 1995, Alvin and
Candace were married in the Bountiful Temple and settled in Utah Valley. Unable to have children, Alvin and Candace shower their love and attention on their nieces and nephews.
In the course of her life, Candace has been a reporter, a writer of health booklets, a screenwriter, and a teacher. Her philosophy in life is simple . . .everything can be turned into a good story. Hence her nine day rafting trip down the Colorado River, hiking the Colorado Rockies, or horseback riding in the northern Wyoming Grand Teton mountains. A love of BYU football, basketball, swimming, movies, plays, concerts and socializing with family and friends round out her life. All this, and she still prefers to be curled up on her couch withal good book, a cup of hot chocolate and a blustery Winnie-the-Pooh day brewing outside.
July 26, 1963
National City, San Diego, CA, USA
I attended Ricks College from 1981 to 1983/1984 to 1985 and BYU Provo from 1983 to 1984 and 1985 to 1988.