Born and raised in Venezuela of Italian immigrants, Susan completed a BA 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's 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 was published 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 (Founder of Reader Views), her new found passion developed into her I Have Something To Say brand (blog, online radio show and publishing company). Her websites are www.susanviolante.com and www.ihavesomethingtosaypress.com. She founded the Reader Views managed I Have Something To Say Manuscript Contest in 2012, which announced its 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 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.
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!
Maria Juliana Leal-Belloso
Director of Contests/Reviewer
I was born and raised in Venezuela where I obtained a degree in pre-school Education, and worked as a freelance English translator. I retired after a couple of years from the Education field and started my 20 year career in the Airline industry which brought me to the US. Few years ago I retired from the Airline Industry and went back to my translator roots, and now work as a Spanish translator in Austin. I enjoy reading, crafting, and spending time with my family.
Foreign Language Book Reviewer
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 SomethingTo 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.”
I am Ben, I spent 4 years in the US Army and now work in the fitness industry in Austin Texas. I am currently pursuing a degree in advertising and in my free time I enjoy reading.
Tyler R. Tichelaar
Associate Editor - Author Interviews, Media - Press Releases
Tyler is a seventh generation resident of Marquette, Michigan. He has a Ph.D. in Literature from Western Michigan University, and Bachelor and Master’s Degrees from Northern Michigan University. He has lectured on writing and literature at Clemson University, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of London. Tyler is a regular guest host of Authors Access Internet Radio, the President of the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association, and our own Associate Editor here at Reader Views. Tyler is the author of the regionally bestselling Marquette Trilogy, a family saga covering seven generations between 1849-1999 and centering on the pioneers who settled Upper Michigan. The trilogy consists of the novels: “Iron Pioneers,” “The Queen City,” and “Superior Heritage.” Tyler lives in his native Marquette where the roar of Lake Superior, mountains of snow, beautiful scenery, and sandstone architecture inspire his writing. He has just published his fourth novel, “Narrow Lives.”
I have an extensive background in computer programming, beginning with a bachelor's degree from Michigan Technological University back in 1986. Since then, I've written dozens of technical articles for journals such as C++ Users Journal and Windows Developer. I'm the author of two books on computer programming and editor of several books on psychology topics. My wife's background in trauma counseling got me more interested in that field of work. I've become more involved with it each year, culminating in the founding of Loving Healing Press (LHP) in 2003. LHP is dedicated to producing books which redefine what is possible for healing mind and spirit. Specifically, this includes psychology, self-help, personal growth, trauma recovery, and living with disabilities.
I'm Peggy (the tall one), I was abused and abandoned on the streets. Our family rescued me from the Austin dog shelter sometime in 2008. I fell in love with Scotty (the little one) the first time we met, and I learned everything I know from him. But he decided to go to Doggy Heaven, so now I am the Security VP at Reader Views. My mission is to bark as loud as I can when the books get here, and I take my job very seriously...
I was born in Long Beach, California but raised on the east coast in New Jersey. I now reside in the Imperial Valley. I have a Master of Science degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling. I teach disabled students at my local community college. I run a computer lab that has assistive software to help my students with their special needs. I love what I do! It is what keeps me living down in a place that gets over 120 degrees in the summertime. In my free time, I travel. I am single and do not have any family where I live. I like to travel to see my family, or I like to travel to see new places. My number one hobby, of course, is reading! I love to read. My favorite genres are fiction books with a touch of the paranormal. I love fantasy books. I read self-help and spiritual types of books. Really, I will read anything. If I am stuck in your car, you can be guaranteed that I will be reading your owner's manual! I also listen to audio books. I like to walk a lot, so I have my audio books going. My other passion is martial arts. I have my black belt in Shorin Ryu karate. I have been fortunate enough to go to Okinawa to train under the grandmaster of my style. Just in case the karate doesn't work, I also enjoy target practice with my .357 magnum. In my spare time when I am not kicking or shooting things, I also like to lift weights. I walk a lot, I haven't gotten the running thing down yet, but am working on it. I don't have any pets. I am away from home too much to give them the care that they would need. However, I do love animals. I like to review books because it gives me an opportunity to be introduced to new authors that I might learn about. When I receive a book to review, I know in my heart that I am holding something that is very precious to the author feel honored to be asked to give my opinion about a book that they have poured their heart into. I am grateful to have opportunity.
Kristine holds a Master of Library Science degree and is a certified school librarian and teacher. She is an active member of the Texas Library Association and has been an officer and served as chair of various committees for the New Members Round Table. She reviews books on her blog, Hall Ways, and especially enjoys helping Indie authors.
I am a working mom, living in McKinney, Texas, and spend my downtime reading as much as I can.
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 major retail corporations. I am also a bookworm and sports addict and dedicate my free time watching sports, reviewing books, and helping Susan (my wife) with computer issues when needed.
Christine has been with Reader Views since 2006 in a variety of roles. She started out doing book reviews, and then worked as an editor for a while. She has most recently been blogging articles on all of the websites affiliated with Reader Views as well as maintaining the homepages of several of the websites. Christine has a diverse background, starting out as a health and wellness professional after receiving her BS and MS in Exercise Science. She was offered an adjunct teaching position at a local college, and realized her true passion was teaching. It took her a few more years to get there, but she finally became a certified teacher and began her journey as an educator. Her certifications are: Principal, Special Education, PE, Generalist k-4, Social Studies Composite, and ESL. Christine became a teacher, school administrator and private school owner. She loved to teach writing and literature to her students, and help them put their thoughts and ideas on paper. “Writing is one of the most difficult skills to teach, and it is wonderful to be joining an industry where individuals enjoy the process of writing, even when it can be maddening!” Christine has been married to a proud Canadian for 10 years. She enjoys playing tennis, hiking, reading, jigsaw puzzles, movies, and spoiling her 2-year old nephew.
Hello, I'm Susan's and Michel 24 years old daughter. I have a BA in Political Science and am currently in Grad School pursuing a Masters Degree in Social Services. 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!
I've always been shy, but curious about almost everything! I love reading books - they are the friends that you can be completely open with. If I'm not reading, I'm usually digging into something creative!
Judy discovered books at an early age and has always been an avid reader of just about anything she can get her hands on. She raised 3 children, and went back to college after the age of 40 to complete her University degree in Psychology because she loves finding out what makes people tick. You can find her curled up with a good book just about any day of the week.
Tammy Petty Conrad
As a native Texan, I have been shaped by the bigger-than-life characters and surroundings of my home state. I have also lived on three continents and visited as many countries as my five decades has allowed. As an educator, my 3rd and 4th grade gifted and talented students teach me so much each day. My goal is to read as much as they do, which will be a challenge. But I’m up for it!
Carol Hoyer is a retired psychologist and college professor. She is an avid reader and book reviewer. She lives in Calabash, NC with her husband Pete, who is the author of Characters on the Green.
David is the author of ClanDonnell: A Storied History of Ireland. He attended the University of Michigan as an undergraduate and law student. He practiced law for over 30 years. His passion (next in importance to his family and law practice) is history. He's always been fascinated by how people used to live, what they used to do, and how that shaped the world that followed.
I reside in Tampa, Florida. I graduated from University of Central Florida with a Bachelor's degree in Management in addition to a Master's in Business Administration from Webster University. I enjoy bicycling, walking, and going to the beach. Some of my passions are learning and reading. My passion for reading began when I was a young girl and my mother would read to me and my sister every night. Reading is the best way to me to escape to a new place and in most cases not know what to expect from the characters and the story as a whole.
I am a husband, father, son, friend, reader, teacher, instructional designer, and more who strongly believes that to whom much is given, much is required.