Susan Violante
CEO/Managing Editor, Author, Reviewer

Born and raised in Venezuela from Italian immigrants, Susan completed a BA degree in Political Science and Business Administration before moving to the US . Although she built a career as a Business Analyst / Accountant, she also kept herself active as a Freelance writer in the US; publishing articles, poetry, children stories, and illustrations since 1996. She published her first book in 2009, and released her revised edition: Innocent War: Behind An Immigrant's Past - Book 1 in 2011. Her picture book: Tuma, The Tribe's Little Princess will be available in early 2013 under her own label. When Susan started working for Reader Views, she discovered a passion for helping other authors get their stories and messages out there. Mentored by Irene, her new found passion developed into her I Have Something To Say brand (blog, online radio show and publishing Company). Her websites are and She founded the reader Views managed I Have Something To Say Manuscript Contest in 2012, which will announce the first winner in 2013. Currently, Susan has partnered up with Reader Views to keep Irene's vision alive. She resides in Austin, TX with her husband (Michel), her two daughters( Nicollette and Arianna), and her two dogs (Peggy and Scotty). Susan enjoys cooking, reading, knitting, painting, writing, and any outdoor activity. Her favorite things are scouting for people to interview in her online radio show with her husband and writing about them. 

Robert Watson

Robert is the widower of Irene (Founder of Reader Views)and father of Juanita and Daryn. The reason the family ended up in Austin was because Robert was transferred here to manage a multi-family complex for a Canadian firm. After several years, when the project was sold, Robert and Irene decided to make Austin their permanent home. He is very active in the Founder's Lions Club in Austin, Texas, chairing projects and being a board member. He likes to golf and catch the occasional hockey game on TV. Robert's reading interests are business and real estate related.

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Sheri Hoyte

I enjoy reading in all genres, and getting so involved in a story that I lose all track of time.   Austin, Texas has been my home for over 30 years. I love to exercise, be it jogging around the lake, working out at the gym, or playing golf with my husband. I enjoy cooking and creating new recipes, and gardening is my new passion – I’m determined to grow vegetables in this rocky terrain!

Cristina Lanzi
Book Reviewer/Foreign Language

Born and raised in Italy, I studied foreign languages, literature and translation studies at the University of L’Aquila, but after finishing Grad school I soon moved to the UK where I majored in English at the University of Cambridge…  at that time I didn’t know that my traveler career just started! After my British experience, I moved to a small village in France where I taught Italian in middle and high schools. The year I spent there didn’t meet my personal needs but, somehow, it gave me the opportunity to get in contact with the Colorado College, who offered me the position of Italian Instructor and Cultural Program Coordinator. Very happily, I then left France and I moved to the US to teach Italian at a great College, where, after two years, I had the opportunity to become a Visiting Professor. At Colorado College I was lucky enough to meet Susan and her beautiful family, who believed in me and gave me the opportunity to join her “I Have Something  To Say Press” team as an Italian translator, and I will always be grateful for her trust. What I love about translating literature is that I don’t have to create characters, settings or perfect endings: the author handles the blank page. My challenge is to have a perfect grasp of the “sense and spirit” of the writer, to choose the best words, to respect the original style.  My job, if done correctly, is invisible… but there’s no better reward than hear the author saying, “I could hear my own voice, but in Italian.”

Janet Reeves
Book Reviewer

I am a lover of knowledge. I am a part time adult college student  planning my next career as a family therapist. I enjoy reading books for pleasure and to learn. What a great thing it is when I get so engaged in a book that I don't want it to end! I hope every child has that experience with a good book!  

Michael Philliber
Book Reviewer


Pastor Philliber spent 20 years in the U. S. Air Force, traveling all over the United States, and even spending two years in Turkey. He retired from the Air Force in 1999, finished seminary (Reformed Theological Seminary - Jackson) in 2000, and was ordained 11 February 2001, at Pickens Presbyterian Church, Pickens Mississippi. He is the Assistant Pastor, Heritage Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Edmond, OK.

Pastor Philliber has been married to Anna Marie (Reichert) Philliber since 6 October 1979, and has four children, one of whom is married, and three living at home.

Michel Violante
Book Reviewer

I was born and raised in Bari- Italy, and moved to Venezuela at 14 where I finished a BA in Computer Science. I came to the US in 1982 and completed a MIS Masters Degree. I currently work supporting Supply Chain IT Operations for mayor retail corporations.  I am also a book worm and sports addict and dedicate my free time watching sports, reviewing books, and helping Susan (my wife) with computer issues when needed.

Nicollette Violante
Book Reviewer

Hello, I'm Susan's and Michel 21 years old daughter. I'm in college studying Political Sciences. I love the outdoors, thrilling sports, travel, animals, and most of all books! I also enjoy writing, so reviewing for Reader Views came out naturally for me. I hope you enjoy my reviews, and can't wait for the next book!