Left side of brain:
Allllllllrighty, Righty. We’ve been procrastinating enough. Time to write this bio. All websites need a Bio or About page. Get crackin.

Right side of brain:
Me? You’re the one who’s all about facts. I’m into make-believe. Let’s instead write a story with trolls!

Lefty:
First the bio.

Righty:
No fun.

Lefty:
Get this done and then you can write about mermaids or whatever.

Righty:
I said trolls. Isn’t the left side of the brain supposed to listen and show reasoning? If you won’t listen, well then, you can just reason your way to writing the bio yourself.

Lefty:
Fine. I’ll start with a list. Silvia is a … what?

Righty:
Really want me to tell you?

Lefty:
Shut up. Here’s a starting list…
Television personality
Former news reporter
Occasional anchor/talk show host

Righty:
Don’t forget speedskater, Wonder Woman fan, daydreamer.

Lefty:
No one cares about that.

Righty:
What? Dreams totally matter.

Lefty:
Okay, fine. But people want to see accomplishments.

Righty:
Speedskating is an accomplishment. And there are shiny medals involved.

Lefty:
This site is supposed to be about who she is as a writer.

Righty:
Aha! See, daydreaming does matter because fundamentally Silvia is a journalist turned novelist. 

Lefty:
Ooh, that’s a good start. Keep going.

Righty:
I’m bored already. You go on. Make it sound impressive. But don’t lie.

Lefty: 
Lying is for chumps. Okay, in her 20-plus years in news, Silvia’s interviewed presidential candidates, covered national and international stories, and given breaking news reports for CNN and local television and radio stations around the country. She also occasionally guest hosts a television morning talk show for the Milwaukee NBC affiliate.

Righty:
Super! On to trolls.

Lefty:
Hold on. That doesn’t explain how she started writing fiction.

Righty:
Everyone wants to write fiction.

Lefty:
Seriously everyone?

Righty:
Well, a lot of people.

Lefty:
So explain specifically how Silvia moved into fiction.

Righty:
Easy. All those years of reporting objective fact enticed her to delve into her imagination in her off time, and so Ms. Acevedo brought fiction — particularly mythology — back into her life. When she did, the gods of old pestered her until she relented to write about one in particular.

Lefty:
Go on.

Righty:
Oh, you want more about the books. Her creative side. Okay. Her return to mythology led her to write God Awful Loser, in which she deftly weaves vignettes of ancient myth with a wholly new and laugh-out-loud story for the modern age. Its sequel, God Awful Thief, brings new hilarity and an ever-expanding cast of fickle gods to Cupid’s misadventures. Silvia is reveling in writing the third and final book in the God Awful Series.

Lefty:
See? I knew you could help with this bio.

Righty:
I do more writing around here than you do.

Lefty:
Maybe.

Righty:
Why don’t you finish off? Family stuff.

Lefty:
Oh, yeah.
Silvia lives just outside Milwaukee with her husband, Jeff Miracola, who is an accomplished fantasy illustrator and children’s book artist, and their three kids.

Righty:
Super. Done. Troll time?

Lefty:
Hulk smash.

Right:
I said Silvia likes Wonder Woman, not the Hulk. What do you do when you should be listening to me?

Lefty:
I often contemplate the virtues of the Oxford Comma. Grammar matters, you know.

Righty:
*smh* Fine. You’re right. I’ll get back to you when I need a hefty adjective to describe the troll’s complexion, ‘k?

Lefty:
K.

Oh, you were serious when you came to this page? Okay. Here’s a very grown up and serious bio, written in third person even:

Young Silvia AcevedoSilvia Acevedo and her two brothers were the first generation of her family born in the continental United States, specifically in the great state of Wisconsin and even more specifically in Milwaukee, the city of festivals (or the beer capital of the world, or, if you prefer, “a great place by a great lake”). She spent a lot of her childhood exploring the area’s beauty, learning about its many ethnicities, and reading in the library. South Milwaukee had an especially large Polish community and a not-so-large Puerto Rican one, which made her rather stand out in their suburban schools.

Silvia graduated high school with honors and continued her education at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where she triple-majored in Journalism (dual emphasis: news editorial, broadcast), Spanish, and Latin American/Iberian Studies. During her college years, Silvia reported for The Badger Herald college newspaper, The Milwaukee Sentinel metro newspaper, WORT radio, and WKOW TV, where she was honored with an Associated Press Award for her part in a documentary about migrant workers. Again Silvia graduated with honors, made the Dean’s List, and received the College of Letters and Science’s highest honor, the Dean’s Achievement Award for the Area of Humanities.

Silvia Acevedo reporting for the Milwaukee Sentinel, circa 1992She then went on to a fruitful, 20-plus-year career in journalism, having writen and presented news for newspaper, radio, television, and the web. Silvia reported traffic for WISN-TV in Milwaukee, reported from and managed the Southern Bureau for KRDO-TV in Colorado Springs, and reported and anchored at KTBC-TV in Austin, where she also offered news of Latino interest in her segment entitled Neighborhood News. In Austin, she garnered another Associated Press Award, this time for Best Series for an in-depth look comparing Austin’s skyrocketing growth to that of Las Vegas’. Silvia’s final stop was a trip back home to Wisconsin’s flagship station, WTMJ-TV, where her reporting earned her the Milwaukee Press Club’s “Wisconsin Excellence in Journalism” Award for Best Live Reporting. She’s also provided commentary at TODAY’S TMJ4, “the biggest stick in the state,” and even guest hosted their daily talk show, The Morning Blend.

Silvia feels her decades of reporting not only developed a great appreciation for writing under deadline, but they also blessed her with the opportunity to talk with some of the nation’s most influential newsmakers, highly regarded experts, talented creators, dedicated athletes, passionate personalities, and fascinated observers. It’s provided a wealth of insight into human nature.

God Awful Loser and God Awful ThiefFeeling a growing desire to write fiction, Silvia began jotting down story ideas and interesting lines until she’d completed not one manuscript but several. It was then that she fully allowed fiction – especially mythology – back into her life, back from her days of reading in the library. The result was her debut novel, God Awful Loser, featuring Cupid, the Roman God of Love, in a comedic adventure for teens and adults. Silvia got to visit some of the book’s key scenes at Paris’ Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe and Italy’s Roman Colosseum; she has yet to visit Death Valley, the site of another crucial scene.

The book’s sequel, God Awful Thief, continues Cupid’s misadventures. Silvia’s hoping The Fate are kind and send her to the places of which she’s written, this time Sicily’s Venus Tower and the Sydney Opera House. The third and final book of the God Awful trilogy is set to release in 2017.

Silvia Acevedo on the iceSwitching from in front to behind the camera, Silvia is videographer for the award-winning Fantasy Art Workshop Video Series and Jeff Miracola’s YouTube channel, which features nearly 70 videos and tallies more than 1.5 million views. Her husband is an accomplished fantasy illustrator and children’s book artist. Together they’ve traveled to many countries for their work and hope to visit many more.

When Silvia’s not writing, reading, or shooting video, she’s most likely working out. She’s a 13-time national ice speedskating champion who also coaches and officiates.  She and Jeff dabble in running and cycling, trying to keep a good pace. They have three children.

Silvia enjoys meeting people from all walks of life and especially enjoys chatting with writers and readers at her many talks at bookstores, writing conferences, and schools. To see if she’s available for your next event, go to her In-Person Visits page.

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