Contemporary romance author, Rissa Brahm, grew up in New York and has since lived in all four corners of the United States, and beyond.
The beautiful paradise of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, the core setting of her steamy debut series, Paradise South, is Rissa’s most recent and beloved home. Home. The term “home is where the heart is” applies to Rissa’s life more accurately than most, as the full-time writer roves the world with her amazing husband and their equally amazing young daughter, rarely staying in one locale for longer than a year due to the nature of their family’s hospitality business.
And while her years of exhilarating adventure have helped to satisfy Rissa’s travel-bug, she had put off another passion altogether: writing stories. Now, more than two decades after leaving her college creative writing program, she has turned her dream into reality, ready to release her debut series. Readers and fellow authors alike have relished Rissa’s stories and have screamed out for more. Her unique writing voice has been described as gripping and real with light touches of Maya Banks, Jackie Collins and Nalini Singh mixed in—a tremendous compliment to Rissa, who enjoys all three of the great novelists.
Her debut series, Paradise South, includes five sensual, deep and destined romances, all with captivating heroes and heroines to love and lust for throughout their impassioned journeys toward their divine happily ever afters. The first novels of the series, Tempting Isabel, Taking Jana, and Catching Preeya are out now. Books four and five, Satisfying Ali and Freeing Kyla will be released in the Fall of 2016 and the Winter of 2017 respectively.
When not writing: Rissa’s second (adopted) child, her laptop, goes with her everywhere—really, everywhere. But when her husband or daughter tell her to pause her fingers and fantasies, she puts “Baby Mac” to sleep to join them on more family adventures. From the heights of the Tibetan plateau, to the pristine beaches of Costa Rica, her and her family’s need for new perspectives is unending. But down time is a must. Rissa also loves cuddling on the couch with her first and only love; laughing to tears with a good rom com (without her first and only love, because he does not dig chic flicks); eating amazing Indian food with a good handful of chocolate chips for dessert; reading good, hot scorchers in bed; biking, long walks, and yoga; zoning out to killer music from across the decades and the globe; and getting lost only to discover a new exciting route home, wherever home is at the time.
Rissa Brahm is a PRO Member of the RWA, and has studied Creative Writing at The University of Rochester, The University of Washington in Seattle, and has attended courses and workshops at Columbia University.