Renee Riva is an ACFW award winning author who writes for WaterBrook/Random House, and David C. Cook Publishers. Renee has been writing inspirational, humorous stories ever since she won her first writing contest in the second grade. From there she became a greeting-card verse writer and is currently a Young Author's Instructor teaching writing workshops in schools throughout the Northwest and as far South as Alabama. She loves working with children of all ages, hoping to inspire and spark young imaginations. An animal lover and kid at heart, Renee has published two children's books: Izzy the Lizzy, and Guido's Gondola, as well as a humorous, family , YA-Adult trilogy: Saving Sailor (which took 3rd place in the ACFW Book of the Year 2008), it's sequel, Taking Tuscany released 2009, and Heading Home 2010.