What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?

Josie Riviera

Sweet contemporary and Christian Historical


Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?

Maeve is part of the Beach Brides Series. All the stories take place because of a free 1 week vacation through an online dating agency.




How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?

Contemporary romance—collaborating with other authors.


What kind of research did you do for this book?

I researched the island of Corsica, France.


What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?

Writing is full-time for me.


Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?

The newest book is a Christian contemporary romance, A Christmas to Cherish. It will be part of a new Christian contemporary romance set in Cherish, SC.




How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?

Many times the meanings have significance. In A Christmas to Cherish, the fictional town of Cherish, SC, is an uplifting, inspiring town to set a contemporary Christian romance.


Where do your ideas come from?

The newspaper, life, and collaborating with my editor.


What is the hardest part of writing for you?

The long hours and concentration.


What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?

All of my books have book trailers. My YouTube channel is:



What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?

Meeting my writer deadlines. 


What’s the best thing about being an author?

The readers.


Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Still writing.


Have you always liked to write?




What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?

Stick with it!


If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?

I am also a professional pianist.


Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?

Yes, I read reviews, and do not respond.





What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?

The time involved in between the beginning of a new story and the actual publication.


Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?

Chapter One Excerpt: A Christmas To Cherish:


Emmanuelle Sumter surveyed the picturesque town of Cherish, South Carolina, brightly lit in crimson and green holiday decor. The town looked as if it had emerged from a Christmas card. Glittering frost framed bare tree branches, and local artists were setting up their canvases for an art walk. The coldness in the air was soundless and serene, comforting in its own way.

She exited the Cherish Central train station, zippered her cobalt-blue puffer coat to her chin, and stepped onto the curb.

Who believed an actual, breathing town could resemble a holiday snow globe?

Evidently, her friend Dorothy did, considering her enthusiasm whenever she described her idyllic South Carolina town.

Emmanuelle stood on the curb and shoved her hands in her pockets. A cold December gust slapped her cheeks, sharp streams of frigid air. She swept a wisp of hair from her cheek and searched for Nicholas, Dorothy’s older brother. He was supposed to pick her up. People were shouting greetings, kissing, cooing over babies. A teeming mass of humanity.

But no Nicholas.

A taxi’s horn spiked. Emmanuelle jumped, an involuntary nervous reaction.

Take a deep breath. Relax. Dorothy had assured her Cherish was a safe haven, a harbor in a storm.




Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?

Enjoy reading Christian contemporary and historical, as well as sweet romance.


Where did your love of books come from?

Have always loved to read.


Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?

Judith McNaught, Harlan Coben


Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?

Oh Danny Boy is set in Ireland, and features an Irish hero, Danny Brady. His struggles are real, and his character is exemplary.




Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Depends on the day.


What is your writing Kryptonite?

Lots of tea.


Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

A mix of both.


What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?

My author friends also write in my genre and are very encouraging.



If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?

One Day At A Time


What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?

Can’t think of anything here…sorry! 




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Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️

Thank you!



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