Rio Koviak was born in Los Angeles, California and eventually went to school at UCLA, where she earned a degree in Theater/Film. After graduation, Rio worked in the talent and casting departments for such companies as ABC, Warner Bros., and Paramount Pictures. Rio always had a fascination with animals, however, and chose to change her focus and career by obtaining a degree in Exotic Animal Training, Behavior, and Management at Moorpark College in California. Her goal was to work at Monterey Bay Aquarium releasing orphaned sea otters into the wild, and training exhibit otters who were not able to be released. This decision prompted her to move to Northern California, where she would eventually meet her book-designing husband, and raise their two spunky children. The family later moved to Portland, Oregon which they continue to call their home.
Aside from managing her families needs, Rio dabbles in voiceover projects and manuscript reading for her husband’s book design business theBookDesigners.
Hoagie & Katie is Rio’s first children’s book which she hopes to serialize and develop as an audio book with rich vocal characterizations. This is also the first husband-wife book collaboration between Rio and her supportive husband, Ian Koviak.