15. December 2017
Dearest Reader Friends~ I love the simple things that help to keep the Christmas season joyful and peaceful; the wonder of falling snow, smiles on the faces of kids, curling up by the fire with a good book, and one of my pets. I have always been into small cute and cozy things. Along those lines I just wrote my first novelette, which is one size shoter than a novella, which is one size shorter than a novel. I'm kind of excited to get my first copy of the paperback version of Sweetwater Cafe...

07. December 2017
If there is one thing I enjoy in my writing world as much, if not more than writing, it's creating my book covers. I absolutely love it! Why? Because it gives me a window into my next story before it's even written. I am a very visual person. Surprisingly, I can come up with an entire premise and vision for a story just from an image that resonates with me. If my publisher asks "Who would like to be in a historical Christmas collection?" I hop over to Bigstock's photo gallery and plow through...

28. November 2017
Tis the season! I LOVE curling up by my fire with a good old fashioned Christmas Story. When I was 7 years old I got Little House in the Big Woods for Christmas.My family decided to go snow skiing in the mountains that day but I somehow talked my mom into leaving me in the car with my book, for about 4 or 5 hours while the rest of the family went skiing while I read my book. You have to remember this was the year 1966 and things like this were considered somewhat normal. Needless to say I had a...

04. November 2017
In the hustle and bustle that comes with the season, laughter really is the best medicine. One of my favorite memories as a writer, is sitting alone at my computer, the only one at home, laughing my head off until I’m crying about something one of my characters has just done in my story. I know that sounds a little strange, and you may be wondering what my character could possibly have done that is so funny. So I’ll tell you. Nine out of ten times, it’s something I did myself that was...

24. April 2017
Home About the Author Colleen's Books Writing Tips Author Friends Sunday, April 16, 2017 Meet Renee Riva More than a dozen books reflect Renee Riva's motto: "Writing to edify, inspire, and encourage the young and young at heart." Renee has been writing family-friendly books ever since she won her first writing contest in second grade. Her subject material, humor, unusual characters, and inspiration produce titles for readers of all ages. Saving Sailor, first of a YA trilogy, won 3rd place in...