Author's find solace in what they do for many different reasons. This week, we had the opportunity to sit down with Patrice Rivers, who loves sharing the importance and bringing awareness to Sickle Cell Disease, especially to children.
You have several children's books out now; how have you kept your motivation?
Yes! I have published a total of two children books now that are all apart of a series called
"Come Learn with Patricia" which are educational books about a little girl living with Sickle Cell Disease. That is the central part of my motivation. I keep everyone educated and informed
about what Sickle Cell is and who it affects.
What made you write books for children?
I wanted to share my testimony and story of living with Sickle Cell Disease within the children's
book series I have created. It's not only a children's book but an educational piece where parents and kids can read together and go over the learning workbook at the end to help them better understand SCD.
Do you write any other genre? (include book names if so)
I have written a total of four poetry books; "A Collection of God's Word and Motivation (2012),
"Lyrical Passion Tears from my Inkwell" (2013, "Through my Lens," (2018), and "A Love
Scorned"; (2020). I have also written two fiction books as well called "For Kindle's Sake,"; where it was a college project, and I decided to publish it into a reader and "A Sinner's Cry."
Why has your children's series been vital for you to write?
My children's books have been vital for me to write because I want to educate others on what
Sickle Cell Disease is. This disease affects about 90 % of the African American community, and
not enough knowledge and education spread throughout the cities. Many people think that it is
only a "black person" disease, which's not true. In contrast, SCD affects other cultures such as
parts of the Caribbean, parts of the Meditteranean such as Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Greece, India,
and other parts of Africa.
Outside of being an author, what do you do?
I have two part-time jobs, and I also a freelance writer for three magazines. Writing keeps me
Do you offer services or products? If so, please name a few and why they matter.
I am the creative director and owner of That Riverz Gurl Brand LLC. The brand piggybacks off
of what I do. Under my brand, the other facets are my books, of course, my freelance writing, the Married to Journalism Suite. Other elements of the brand are my writing services and my health platform. These all matter because they are part of who I am as a writer and the passion I have behind it.
Is your book self-published, or traditionally published? How did you decide which route to
My children's book is traditionally published. I kept the same publisher since 2013 when he
published my second poetry book. When he published my first children's book in 2016, I was
very impressed with the set-up and decided to keep him for all my children's books.
What was your publishing process like? What kind of hiccups or great aha moments did
you encounter in the process?
The publishing process was very smooth and organized. Because I already know what the
experience would be like for my second children's book, I didn't have any problems.
What is one of your favorite parts of your book?
My favorite part of my book, I would have to say, is the workbook section of my book because it
gives children and parents a better understanding of what SCD is by offering facts about the
disease, true and false questions to help them learn more about it. I wanted to make it fun as
possible as well.
How do your books tackle essential topics and conversations?
My book tackles the critical issues of SCD is and who it affects.
What was the most challenging part of writing and publishing your book?
I always strive to publish and write books that no hardly talk on for my children's books. There are only a few children's books on SCD, but I don't hear anything about them. I want to remain creative and unique throughout the whole process.
Knowing what you know now about publishing, what would you do differently for your
Nothing because my publishing experience with my publisher has been great. I don';t have any
problems with him. He puts out great work and takes his time with each author he works with.
If you went back in time, what advice would you give your younger self?
The advice I would give to my younger self is never to get upset if someone doesn't like your
book or supports it.