Meet the Characters with Josie Riviera

A-Snowy-White-Christmas-Kindle(1) (1)Hello and welcome to my blog for another round of Meet the Characters!  Today I am featuring a guest blogger who has graciously agreed to let me do a character interview, which is my favorite kind of interview. Join me in welcoming author, Josie Riviera, and her characters from A Snowy White Christmas. It’s a fantastic holiday romance with wonderful characters so without further ado here is the interview with Fernando and Margaret.

What are you proudest of?

I’m proudest of the fact that I was able to donate a kidney to my dwarf brother and that the operation was a success. My brother, Michael, is now able to live a productive adult life and is no longer on dialysis.

What is your least favorite characteristic your writer has attributed to you?

I’m pleased with the fact that I’m a planner, but the writer attributed this characteristic in a negative way, a controlling factor. However, I believe there’s nothing wrong with an orderly life that runs on schedule.

What do you do for a living?

I love hockey, ice skating and cold weather. I always beloved I would be a hockey coach, but Real Estate became my passion.

What are your favorite scenes in your book: the action, the dialog or the romance?

I’m a guy—so I love the action. One of my favorite scenes in A Snowy White Christmas takes place in the local ice hockey arena. I enjoy ice skating with my daughter, and then snuggle with the beautiful love of my life, Margaret, my Snow White.

Do you like the way the book ended?

The book ended exactly as I planned. Margaret and I were meant to be together. There’s a scene in the book where I tell her that I’ve forgiven her for her secret—and that whether all the stars aligned or it was spiritual, she was meant to return to Owanda and to me.

Did you ever think that your life would end up being in a book?

Fernando called me Snow White when we dated in high school, so I’m not surprised that my life ended up in a book. But, believe me, my life was no fairy tale. And, I always wanted be a movie star. Or at least, I thought I did until I realized that the love of family and friends was more important than fame and compromising my integrity.

Did you have a pet as a child?  What happened to it?  How did you feel about that?

LOL! I had many pets as a child, most with deformities. When I was in high school, I spent two nights nursing a sparrow with a broken wing I’d found in my back yard. Sadly, he died. I cried for days.

On a happier note, I loved my deaf parrot in A Snowy White Christmas. He traveled from California to upstate New York with me. Did you know that African grey parrots can live up to eighty years?

What do you think your greatest weakness is?

Although I was a magazine cover swimsuit model, I suffered from poor self-esteem. I needed to prove to myself that I could be successful and make it on my own. Lucy, my best friend in the book, said it was because of my dirt-poor childhood.

What are you proudest of?

That’s easy! My beautiful five-year-old daughter, Amelie. She is my world.

Would you be interested in a sequel, if your writer was so inclined?

Although my story with Fernando has been written, I’d like to keep spreading awareness to adopt animals with deformities. And, let’s not forget my best friend, Lucy, and her various escapades. Let’s hope she doesn’t get any more tattoos before she’s featured in her own book! 


Margaret Snow doesn’t believe in fairy tales, but as a devoted mother she’s determined to give her five-year-old daughter a Christmas filled with heart-warming memories. The once successful LA swimsuit model returns to her small upstate New York town to buy back the foreclosed trailer she once called home. Her menagerie of rescue animals travel with her.

She doesn’t expect to see her former high school sweetheart, the athletic, ever-popular, and decisive Fernando Brandt.

Sparks fly when she realizes that the teenage hockey star is now a successful Realtor who is also interested in her dilapidated trailer for reasons of his own.

But can she resist the handsome, charismatic Prince Charming a second time?

And can she surrender her insecurities and accept the true gift of Christmas, finally feeling worthy of unconditional love?


“Don’t assume you know everything about me,” Margaret said.

Fernando stepped back toward her. She breathed in his familiar scent of the outdoors and cold air. No expensive men’s cologne for him. “But I do know everything about you.” His tone had changed, warmer now, sensual.

No, no. Not this. She moved away. “We never agreed about anything.”

“We agreed about one thing,” he said. “And beneath your stardom and expensive clothes, you’re still the same passionate woman. Somewhere along the way you’ve lost sight of what’s important. I understand.”

“I have a therapist in Los Angeles. I don’t need your advice.”

He grabbed her shoulders and pulled her closer. His dark brown eyes reminded her of melted chocolate. “You’ll find everything you’re looking for right here.”

She wasn’t prepared for the tenderness in his voice. “Who am I, Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz?” She jerked away. “I’m not wearing ruby slippers and don’t need a lecture. There’s nothing in this depressing town for me.”

He brushed his fingers along her cheek. “You used to enjoy when I held you. You said it was comforting.” His glance slid to her lips.

She inhaled sharply. “Not every situation can be arranged by you because—”

“Of course it can.” His arms locked around her, and his lips came down on hers in a long, demanding kiss. “So enchanting.”

She leaned against him as he deepened the kiss. He’d been so good to her and they fit so well together. Her perfect match. Her soul mate. Her protector.

“My stunning princess,” he whispered. “You’re as beautiful as Snow White.”

She twined her arms around his neck. She shouldn’t. She did. She’d always loved when he’d called her Snow White because of her shiny ebony hair, chin length and parted in the middle and her contrasting pale skin. A thousand lifetimes ago. But life changes—one last time in his bed, an unplanned pregnancy, a resolve to pursue her dreams.

She drew a great gulp of air and dropped her hands. “I have to leave.”

“So do I.” Melted chocolate cooled, and he moved back a step. “When can I see you again?”

Never. Had she said the word aloud?

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Meet Josie:josie riviera camel_

Amazon Bestselling Author, Josie Riviera, is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA). She writes contemporary and historical sweet and Christian romances. She’s a transplanted New Yorker now living in the sunny Carolinas. She has three grown children and shares the empty nest with her husband and the family dog.

Josie’s an expert at board games and a compulsive reader of every genre, especially romance. In her spare time, she eats Peppermint Patties because they’re lower in calories than other chocolate candy.

You can email her at

She ALWAYS answers.

Connect with Josie:

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Tweet me at@Josieriviera

Visit my blog, The Italian Blog, for recipes and updates at


As s special treat, Josie is giving away an e-book copy of A Snowy White Christmas (Amazon only) to one lucky commenter. So be sure to include your EMAIL so Josie can contact you if you win. (Email will not be used for spam or any other purpose other than to notify the winner).

Thank you for joining us today! I hope you enjoyed this round of Meet the Characters and will join us again next week!


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