Interview with Kathie Rivera

What do you read for pleasure?
I love to read works of fiction. I read sci to, fantasy, romance and some classical works.
When did you first start writing?
I began to write short stories when I was like seven or eight years old. My mother was a secretary at the time, and she had a typewriter when I was a kid and I loved the punching sound of the keyboard. That's how it all began for me. Then when I was like ten I wrote in notebooks. I have always enjoyed writing. I stopped writing during my adolescent years and then I started to write again after my daughter was born.
What are you working on next?
Honestly, I can't say, because I'm always changing, growing and coming up with fresh new ideas. I can tell you though, that I will continue to work on my Magicka book and try to create a trilogy if it's possible, but I'm always on the go, the lightbulb is always turned on, so it's difficult for me to say.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yeah. It was in Spanish. I was eight and it was about two girls that died and went to heaven. One of the girls was the "good girl" and the other was the "bad girl". In the story the good girl fights with the devil because he wanted to take Gods crown away. In the end she returns it to God who takes it gladly. It was a one page story and I was really small, so it's not that complicated. I still have it somewhere, but I don't remember the title.
What is your writing process?
Freewriting, rewriting and research. I don't know if it could be considered a process, but that's what I do. Oh and revision at the end.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I can't remember the first story because my mom loved telling stories when I was very small. She used to read to me and my brother fairy tales and bible stories or tell us stories that she made up. I remember Stone Soup and Mama do you love me, but the very first one, I really don't know, but I do remember my first novel though. It was written by R.L. Stine. Who's been sleeping on my Grave? It was about a teacher that turned out to be a ghost. After that I was a sucker for R.L. Stine books. I read much of the Fear Street series and Goosebumps. After reading that novel I never stopped reading since.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Just five? Okay. I really loved the Harry Potter Series, Mary Called Magdalene, the Historian, The Picture of Dorian Grey, War of the Worlds, The Historian, Twilight, must I go on? I've enjoyed books that I can't even remember their titles anymore, but that touched my heart and helped me when I needed them the most. I hope one day my stories help others as well.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My mobile phone.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have always enjoyed writing and I knew that as an indie author I would have the chance to share my stories into the world. I'm a very shy person and very introverted. I don't think a publisher will ever accept my works, so I thought that Indie was the best way to go.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I enjoy losing myself in the process. I feel that it takes a lot of the stress out of me and that I can express myself freely, like a therapy. When I write I feel like I'm somewhere else, creating something good and something enjoyable. The greatest thing for me is to finish my first draft, it's like, wow, I'm done, I'm really done.
Who are your favorite authors?
I don't know. J.K. Rowling, Dan Brown, Tolkien, Stephanie Meyer, P.C. Cast, I don't know. I don't think that I have a favorite per-se. I just like reading good stories and stories that entertain me, so I don't know.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm a housewife, so I do chores around the house, read books and watch T.V. Sometimes I go to the mall maybe, it's all pretty dull. There's no mountain climbing or throwing myself off an airplane on a parachute or any of those things. I cook, clean and play with my daughter.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Well, I read them from smashwords of course, or on Wattpad. I know you're not supposed to judge a book by it's cover, but in this modern age we're very visual people, at least I'm visual and if the cover or the blurb appeals to me I will read. I'm right now reading Aegus, a story written by a smashwords author and I'm really enjoying the book.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean the world to me. They are the ones who support my stories, they're the ones I write for, they're the ones who motivate me to continue writing. I love to receive comments and reviews that let me know that my story helped them relieve the tension of their daily lives. It's very touching.
Published 2016-09-04.
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Books by This Author

Modern Fairy Fables and Legends
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,450. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Will the wolf get to eat Red Riding Hood this time? What if Cinderella couldn't make it to the ball? Find out the beginnings of the Three Bears, read of a Shredded Christmas and watch out for Hades who loves books and is willing to kill his favorite author for a new one.
Nothing, but a dream
Price: Free! Words: 1,040. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
This is a story I wrote for a contest. You had to choose a picture and make a story. It's based on a character I'm working on in my Magicka story. Cynthia is not the chosen one, she is the cursed one. Her life isn't easy after her grandmother disappears. However, this is strange account is not in the book. It's nothing, but a dream.
100 Ideas Tontas, Estupidas y Alocadas para Ahorrar Dinero
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,640. Language: Spanish. Published: June 30, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
Para ahorrar hay que ser inteligente, astuto y valiente. Este es un libro que da 100 ideas para que puedas ahorrar tu dinero. La autora no es una experta en economia o en el ahorro. Es solo una persona cotidiana que ha pasado por una recesion y que ha tenido que buscar las maneras de sobrevivirla. Este no es un libro de consejos, sino que solo son ideas que puedes usar o no para ahorrar.
Colores y Figuras con Kelly y Nelly
Price: Free! Words: 120. Language: Spanish. Published: May 1, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Concepts / Colors, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Concepts / Size & Shape
Esta es la version en espanol de los colores y las figuras junto a dos mejores amigas que se llaman Kelly y Nelly. Te mostraran los colores y las figuras de manera muy sencilla y divertida. Pasa la pantalla una y otra vez, repite, diviertete y aprende mucho con Kelly y Nelly.
Shapes and Colors Bilingual Version
Price: Free! Words: 250. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Concepts / Colors, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Concepts / Size & Shape
This is a Kelly and Nelly Shapes and Colors book bilingual version in English and Spanish. Kelly and Nelly will show you the shapes and colors in both languages. Have fun with the pictures and the simplicity of this book.
Libro de ABC con Kelly y Nelly
Price: Free! Words: 130. Language: Spanish. Published: May 1, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Concepts / Alphabet
Kelly y Nelly saben mucho acerca del abecedario y te mostraran las letras y las palabras que empiezan con cada letra. Disfruta con laminas sencillas pero coloridas el libro con las mejores amigas Kelly y Nelly.
Numbers with Kelly and Nelly Bilingual Version
Price: Free! Words: 230. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Concepts / Counting & Numbers
Learn how to count and read the number words with this new Kelly and Nelly book. Now you can learn to learn in English and Spanish. Learning was never so much fun!
Los Numeros con Kelly y Nelly
Price: Free! Words: 110. Language: Spanish. Published: April 22, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Concepts / Counting & Numbers
(5.00 from 1 review)
Aprenda a contar con Kelly y Nelly, dos amigas inseparables. Aprenda divirtiendose, para las edaded pre-escolares.
Shapes and Colors with Kelly and Nelly
Price: Free! Words: 120. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Concepts / Colors, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Concepts / Size & Shape
Kelly and Nelly are two girls and they are the best friends ever. Join Kelly and Nelly to learn more about shapes and colors and enjoy! Discover and learn the world of shapes and colors with fun!
Numbers with Kelly and Nelly
Price: Free! Words: 260. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Concepts / Counting & Numbers
Kelly and Nelly know a lot about numbers. They will teach your kids how to count from one to ten with this new fun and exciting book!
The Little Adventures of Kelly and Nelly
Price: Free! Words: 410. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Health & Daily Living / Daily Activities
These short stories are about Kelly and Nelly. What happens to Kelly and Nelly when they decide to eat something else instead of eating their dinner? What happens to Kelly and Nelly when they go to the Park? Kelly and Nelly learn and share their knowledge about shapes and colors.
Lágrimas de Chocolate
Price: Free! Words: 310. Language: Spanish. Published: May 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Friendship
Una bella flor que se llama Rosi hace algo increíble. Llora con lágrimas de chocolate. ¿Pero, porqué no llora lágrimas de chocolate cuando los niños la molestan? ¿Cómo entonces puede Rosi llorar chocolates? Leélo y descubre la magia que existe en el amor.
La Leyenda del Gallo Papá Candelo
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,210. Language: Spanish. Published: May 25, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Caribbean & West Indies / General
(5.00 from 1 review)
¿Quieres conocer cómo se jugaba el deporte de los gallos en la época de los treinta en Puerto Rico? ¿Quieres saber porque los jibaritos adoraban a Papá Candelo? Conoce la esperanza de un pueblo pobre, humilde y agobiado. Lee la historia de Papá Candelo, un gallito que vivió de verdad.