ABOUT COLLEEN RIORDAN

  • Originally from the Midwest, Colleen has bounced from coast to coast, using a variety of styles and media to tell her stories. She writes both fiction and nonfiction.

    Colleen’s nonfiction articles highlight incredible people who are challenging the status quo and creating innovative solutions in their industries. In her fiction, she enjoys writing political intrigue, subverting tropes, and exploring the meaning of family.

    Colleen is co-coordinator for SCBWI San Francisco North & East Bay – Alameda County and a past recipient of the Young Adult Writer Mentorship from the SCBWI Wisconsin Chapter. She is the former editor of the Wisconsin SCBWI Blog about the craft and business of writing and illustrating. Her work has appeared in 24 Carrots, The Official NaNoWriMo Blog, Edible East Bay, Edible Door, You Magazine, and Fox Cities Magazine


ARTIST STATEMENT

  • I have always been fascinated by the ‘monsters’ who hide in plain sight, passing as human. Whether in a futuristic science fiction and or realistic contemporary fantasy, I love to explore the surprisingly empathetic villains and terrifyingly flawed protagonists and and leave you asking ‘Is redemption possible for everyone?’

    I write action-packed plots that are grounded in reality through rapid-fire dialogue and brutally honest characterizations. By pairing this intensity with a heavy dose of sarcasm, I enjoy writing stories that keep you laughing while on the edge of your seat.

    I am inspired by Roshani Chokshi, Garth Nix, Maggie Stiefvater, and Hafsah Faizal.