How to pronounce my name:
Silvia (SIL vee uh)
Acevedo (ah seh VEH tho)
Want to know a bit about me? Here’s a short bio:
Silvia Acevedo is a children’s book author and co-founder of Fantasy Art Workshop’s Illustration Intensive, a week-long illustration workshop. Her latest novel, GOD AWFUL REBEL, won the prestigious Spark Award for excellence from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She is also honored to represent Wisconsin in the upcoming spooky anthology THE HAUNTED STATES OF AMERICA, coming July 2024 from Henry Holt/MacMillan.
Silvia worked in New York City in traditional publishing at Scholastic. Writers House literary agency, and Inkluded, a non-profit championing diversity within publishing. She simultaneously led the Wisconsin chapter of SCBWI and sat on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Writing Association.
Previously, Silvia enjoyed 25+ years in news reporting, covering everything from presidential candidates to state-fair-food-on-a-stick. She reported national and international stories for CNN, local TV, radio, and newspapers, in English and Spanish. Some of her favorite times were guest hosting a television morning talk show for Milwaukee’s NBC station.
Visit Silvia at www.silviaacevedo.com.
And here’s a longer bio:
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 took college prep classes at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and graduated high school with honors. She continued her education at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where she triple-majored in Journalism, Spanish, and Latin American/Iberian Studies. During her college years, Silvia reported for The Badger Herald college newspaper, The Milwaukee Sentinel metro newspaper, WORT-FM 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’s.
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 also provided news commentary at TODAY’S TMJ4, “the biggest stick in the state,” and even guest hosted their daily talk show, The Morning Blend. Take a look at some of her TV work here.
Silvia freelanced at various news publications and was happy to have circled back to UW-Milwaukee as a contributor to their Research and Alumni magazines.
Silvia feels her decades of reporting provided her a wealth of insight into human nature. She had 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.
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’s 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 GOD AWFUL REBEL won the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’s coveted Spark Award, a high recognition within the children’s book industry.
Silvia’s been a member of SCBWI since 2007 and served as Wisconsin’s (and the organization’s) first Indie/Self-publishing coordinator. She was then honored to lead Wisconsin as Regional Advisor for three years.
Silvia was on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Writers Association and is a member of the Council for Wisconsin Writers and the Wisconsin State Reading Association.
Thanks to all her years in news, 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 founded Fantasy Art Workshop and its annual Illustration Intensive, a week-long workshop for aspiring and professional illustrators. Their joint efforts have them traveling to many countries for their work. They hope to travel more.
Silvia launched her publishing career interning at New York literary agency Writers House, where she focused on agenting and editorial. She moved on to Inkluded, a nonprofit organization championing diversity in publishing. Then she picked up and moved east to work in Manhattan in Scholastic, the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books. Good forces eventually pulled her back to Wisconsin, but Silvia continues to love Manhattan and all of New York City.
Silvia’s future publishing includes a spooky short story chosen to represent Wisconsin in the upcoming anthology THE HAUNTED STATES OF AMERICA, coming July 2024 from Henry Holt/MacMillan. A different creepy short story won Honorable Mention in the Wisconsin Writers Association’s annual Jade Ring contest. Plus, Silvia is working hard to see her new story out in the world, a fun middle grade story of magical realism.
In her free time, Silvia enjoys working out. She’s a 13-time age-group national ice speedskating champion who also coached, officiated, and served as meet announcer. At the 2018 US Speedskating Olympic Trials, she called the play-by-play action and gave color commentary. She’s retired from speedskating, but she and Jeff continue to run and cycle, trying to keep a good pace.
Silvia enjoys meeting people from all walks of life, especially 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.