Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Self–pubbed/Traditional/ Other Writing Formats with Josie Riviera

This week we’re going to find out a little about author Josie Riviera. February’s theme is ‘Self–pubbed/traditional/ other writing formats/’ so Josie will be talking about self-pubbed and traditional. She’ll also tell us a little about herself and her writing, and answer some fun questions.
Josie Riviera is a USA TODAY Bestselling Author of contemporary, inspirational, and historical sweet romances that read like Hallmark movies. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband. They share their home with an adorable Shih Tzu who constantly needs grooming and live in an old house forever needing renovations.
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Beverley: Are you self–pubbed, traditional or both?
Josie: After working with a publisher for many years, I am now officially  self-pubbed.
Beverley: What made you chose that path?  And tell us how it worked for you.
Josie: Self-publication has worked well for me. I’ve been able to have control over my writing, although I continue to work with several professional editors with each new book.
Beverley: Have you written in any other writing formats? (non-fiction, journalism, flash fiction, poetry). If yes, can you share why you tried them and how it worked for you?   
Josie: Journalism and articles for magazines, which is extremely enjoyable.
Beverley: And how has it affected how you write today?
Josie: Writing for professional trade magazines has sharpened my skills as a writer. I’m definitely more attentive to deadlines.
Beverley: Is there anything else you’d like to share about differences in self-publishing and traditional publishing for todays writer?
Beverley: How long have you been writing?
Josie: I have been writing for ten years.
Beverley: What genre do you write in and why?
Josie: I write sweet contemporary and historical romances.  I love writing wholesome, happily ever after endings.
Beverley: Who influenced you the most in deciding to become a writer?
Josie: A writing instructor.
Beverley: What obstacles did you have to overcome to begin creating your work?
Josie: Hah! The day-to-day activities of life.
Beverley: What gets your creative juices flowing?
Josie: A wonderful movie, an excellent book.
Beverley: What will stop your creative muse the quickest?
Josie: When I’m on a deadline, or pressed for time.
Beverley: What do you have for breakfast?
Josie: Can’t function without coffee, fresh fruit and whole wheat toast. Then I hit the treadmill for an hour—5 days a week.
Beverley: What do you wear when you are writing?
Josie: A comfortable flannel shirt and well-worn denims.
Beverley: Where do you do most of your writing?
Josie: I’m fortunate to have my own office space.
Beverley: Do you have a favorite cartoon character? Why?
Josie: Gotta love the hapless and humble Charlie Brown!
Beverley: Who would you love most to meet 'in person' and why?
Josie: I would love to meet any of the hundreds of writers I’ve admired through the years—Nora Roberts, Judith McNaught, Harlan Coben, and Dave Barry to name a few.
Beverley: If you had an unexpected free day what would you do with it?
Josie: I’d write. J
Beverley: What are you working on now?
Josie: A contemporary sweet romance novel set in Ireland. Oh Danny Boy deals with the serious subjects of suicide and drug, gambling, and alcohol addictions. My daughter studies at a university in Ireland, and I’ve seen the problems first-hand.

Blurb for I Love You More

This novella touches on international adoption, a subject close to my heart as my husband and I adopted our daughter from S. Korea.

(Note the Asian child on the cover.) J

A billionaire and a single mother have more in common than they know.

He’s a billionaire businessman …

Luciano Donati, entrepreneur and eligible bachelor, lost his first wife to cancer. So though he lives in romantic Charleston, SC, he has every intention of ignoring the upcoming holiday for lovers … at least until he sets eyes again on his younger sister’s best friend.

He remembers Anastasia as a teenager who idolized him, not this lovely, fragile woman with heartbreak in her eyes. Heartbreak that he finds himself wanting to cure. Her smile warms his soul, her touch ignites his desire, and her little girl Soo-Min melts his frozen heart. Adopted internationally himself at a young age, Luciano understands all too well the strong need to belong somewhere.

She’s a single mom …

Anastasia Markow, cancer survivor and divorced mother, didn’t come to Charleston, SC, for romance. She's here to make sure she has custody of her adopted daughter, Soo-Min. But when she encounters the first man she ever loved, here in the city of horse-drawn carriages and candlelight, her battered heart can’t help but bloom again. And when Luciano and Soo-Min take to each other, resisting his charm becomes even harder.

Handsome, self-assured, every inch the successful billionaire, Luciano is out of Anastasia's reach. But when a hurricane strands them together and they must trust each other to survive … things heat up despite the driving rain and gale winds.

Can Valentine’s Day bring this unlikely pair together … this time for good?

Author's Note: Thousands of families around the world have opened their homes and hearts through international adoption. Soo-Min is the embodiment of many, many fortunate adoptive children and parents who’ve together created forever families.

Don’t miss this poignant story of love, loss, and renewed hope—get your copy of the novella today!

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Twitter: @josieriviera


Don’t forget to check back next week for another author interview and discussion of genres.


  1. Thanks so much for hosting me today on your beautiful blog, Beverley!

  2. Great interview. I loved the cover and blurb!

  3. Always great to learn more about. WOW treadmill for an hour every day! Wish I could do that.

  4. Great getting to know you and I love the picture.

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