Ava is a member of the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators). At an early age, her parents read to her fables and myths from different cultures. Her imagination filled with the fantastical. The love of a good narrative rooted in deeper mysteries carried over into her writings.
During her grade school years, she recalls constantly bugging her artist uncle. She whined and begged him to illustrate for her little homemade books. Graciously, he conceded a few times- to which she was grateful. Eventually, Ava picked up a pencil and learned to draw herself.
“Only I truly know how my characters should look. If I can’t draw them to look as they should, I’ve got no one to blame but myself,” says Ava. Her novels will include her illustrations.
Ava is also a “chibi enthusiast,” dabbling in its style, whether it be art or doll making.
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Ava Reiss’ Books:
Fall of Ima is a fantasy/sci-fi YA book. (click on title to view on Amazon.com)
Meliora lives on the Earth-like planet of Ima where days are idyllic and worries never last. Tension enters the north continent as her father, the King of a prominent sovereignty passes away. Her mother is left with the crown, but shows no interest in ruling. In desperation to find a cure for the hereditary disease that took her husband, Queen Vesper travels off-planet to study sorcery. Magic had long been banned on Ima, leaving desperate questions in her wake. To make matters worse, soon after her departure, Queen Vesper ceases communication. The lone successor to the throne is teenage Meliora, who feels shy of the task. With her best friend, Jedrek by her side, she musters the strength to lead. Meliora’s reign is short lived as the previous Queen returns after years of silence. Though once close, the woman now wielding magic isn’t the mother she remembers. Includes ten pen and ink illustrations of scenes by Ava Reiss.
Space Tigers is available on Amazon.com. (click on title to visit it on Amazon.com) This title is also offered in Spanish. Check out Tigres Espaciales on Amazon.com.
Space Tigers Mantou and Mochi are being picked on by their kind. They decide to leave Catopia in search of new friends. They find themselves on Earth and unable to return home. The story teaches one not to judge a person (or a Space Tiger) by their appearance.
Vesper’s Curse follows the events of the the novel, Fall of Ima. (click on title to view on Amazon.com)
Ivan meets a young victim of human trafficking. Through a heroic act, he saves her and many others. Afraid those he crossed might be after him, Ivan moves out of state and establishes a new life. Years pass and Ivan’s shadowed past eventually catches up. With his wife and daughter abducted, he turns to Agatha as a friend. Can they solve the case before it’s too late?
The Chiller is only available seasonally. Please check back around Halloween!
Jedrek and Meliora learn the lessons of lying the hard way. They sneak away to play deep in the forest of Carpecillero. Night falls and they discover they can’t find their way home. To make matters worse, a legendary ghost is pursing them. With Jedrek’s horse run away, the two fear they’re doomed to spend the rest of their lives lost in the forest.