Raquel Rivera, authorI’m a writer living with my family in Montreal, Canada, since 1999. Prior to this I practiced my profession in Washington DC, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Barcelona and Toronto.
My travel experiences and my own family background have led me to write on themes such as opposing viewpoints, cultures in conflict and in cooperation. I read history and biographies for perspective on the challenges facing our world today; I guess I’m seeking ancestral wisdom to help me mediate the wonders and the horrors of our species’ amazing technological ingenuity.
I write adventure stories but I’m not outdoorsy. City-born and bred, I like a built, busy landscape with lots of windows for peering into. But my regular short stints with nature--camping, kayaking, or skiing-- bring me an unusual sense of peace, and a special animal pleasure just in being part of it. So I worship nature, with the fear and respect of an un-furred, dull-toothed incompetent.
I’m proud to be a member of Quebec Writers’ Federation (qwf.org), CANSCAIP (canscaip.org), Writers’ Union of Canada (writersunion.ca), and Canadian Children’s Books Centre (bookcentre.ca). These organizations do great work for writers and anyone who cares about reading and literature.
Raquel is available for readings, school visits, talks, and seminars for people of all ages. Funding support may be available from the Writers’ Union or the Quebec Writers’ Federation.