How to pronounce my name: SIL vee uh ah seh VEH tho (Easy peasy, no?)
Want to know about me? Here’s a short bio:
Silvia Acevedo is an award-winning journalist and novelist. In her 20+ years in news, she’s interviewed presidential candidates and covered national and international stories for CNN, local TV, and radio and newspapers around the country. She guest hosted a television morning talk show featuring the lighter side of news on Milwaukee’s NBC station and currently freelances at various news publications.
All her years reporting objective fact enticed her to delve into her imagination in her off time. Ms. Acevedo brought fiction — particularly mythology — back into her life. Once she did, the gods of old pestered her until she relented to write about one in particular. The result is the God Awful series of books, starting with God Awful Loser, followed by its sequel, God Awful Thief, and the final book in the trilogy, God Awful Rebel, winner of the coveted SCBWI Spark Award.
Silvia is co-leader of the Wisconsin chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She is also half of the leadership team of Fantasy Art Workshop‘s week-long Illustration Intensive.
Visit Silvia at www.silviaacevedo.com
And here’s a longer one:
Silvia 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 a rarity 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 (news editorial and 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 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 titled 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 trip back home brought her 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 currently freelances at various news publications and performs voice-over work.
Silvia feels her decades of reporting 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.
Feeling a growing desire to write fiction, Silvia began jotting down story ideas and interesting lines until she’d completed several manuscripts. She then fully allowed fiction – especially mythology – back into her life. 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 Fates 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, God Awful Rebel, incorporates scenes from Moscow’s onion-domed St. Basil’s Cathedral and the Mayan Tikal Temple in Guatemala. Silvia is thrilled that it won the coveted SCBWI Spark Award, a highly respected honor within the children’s book industry.
Silvia’s been a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators since 2007 and served as Wisconsin’s (and the nation’s) first Indie/Self-publishing coordinator. She’s now honored to co-lead the region. She is also a member of the Council for Wisconsin Writers and the Wisconsin State Reading Association.
Thanks to all those years in new, Silvia enjoys fiddling around with video cameras. She’s videographer for the award-winning Fantasy Art Workshop Video Series and Jeff Miracola’s YouTube channel, which features more than 125 videos, tallying 2.25 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 age-group national ice speedskating champion who has also coached, officiated, and served as meet announcer. Early 2018 saw Silvia call the play-by-play action at the US Speedskating Olympic Trials.
She and Jeff also dabble in running and cycling, trying to keep a good pace. They have three children and call southeastern Wisconsin home.
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 Speaking page.