Renee La Viness never wanted to grow up, so she stopped at four feet, eleven inches tall. But, what is a grownup? Height? Age? Wisdom? The ability to reach the gas pedal?
Renee’ has been writing and marketing since her early teens, starting out as a thirteen-year-old ventriloquist who wrote her own skits and booked her own engagements. In more recent years, she has written for magazines, newspapers, anthologies, and other projects.
Most of the first short stories Renee' intends to publish as ebooks are polished versions of stories originally published in anthologies. She hopes to offer some of her more recent works in 2018.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Some of my favorites are series stories, not singles. I love Nancy Drew and The Little House on the Prairie. Why? Because I learned things from them, and both had a way of creating suspense that was emotional. Yes, I know Nancy Drew was written by different people. I actually like that thought, in a way.
I also like E.B. White's story, Charlotte's Web. Although it's a little over the top on possibilities in the real world, it encourages kids to keep on looking for solutions that work, even if they might sound a little silly, sometimes.
Another favorite is Kate Messner's book, Eye of the Storm. Tornadoes are one of my favorite subjects, and she creates the kind of intense emotions I connect with.
Ghosts Who Went to School, by Judith Spearing. This was a childhood favorite that still takes me back to my childhood, when I read it.
Johnny and the Tool Chest, by William D. Hayes. This book shares a timeless lesson about working for things you want. It's also a favorite of my 7-year-old grandson. We read it during his annual summer stay, this year. He loved it. He also worked very hard to earn a toy he wanted before he returned home for the school year.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love middle grade and young adult books. They are not 400 and 500 pages long. I don't have time for those. However, I stay more closely connected with the stories I like to write for those ages, if I'm reading that level.
I love old classics, like Swiss Family Robinson, The Time Machine, War of the Worlds.
I also enjoy a good DIY (Do It Yourself) book about something I want to know how to do. I don't have much leisure time, so I often spend it learning to do something I want or need to do.