Dr. Saldana is a writer of adolescent novels and stores, as well as being an Assistant Professor in Language and Literacy. He obtained his bachelors at Bob Jones University, his master's at Clemson, and his Ph.D. at Georgia State University.
Dr. Saldana has become increasingly interested in the use of culturally relevant literature in the underrepresented classrooms, more specifically at the middle school level. He believes that if reluctant and non-readers are shown literature that validates them and their culture in respectful and accurate ways, they will be more encouraged to take a more active role in their own literacy education.
At present, Dr. Saldana is putting the finishing touches on an anthology of stories for young adults about how young people cope when they are faced with Alzheimer’s sufferers. Once this is completed, he will continue working on his next novel for young adults, which also has to do with Alzheimer’s Disease and adoption. In addition, he is working on a second short story collection for young adults.