R.J. Reaver - Author

"The purpose of our lives is to be happy." (Dalai Lama)
  

About (Biography)

Raised in Los Angeles, California, R.J. Reaver fell in love with books at a very young age. She grew up with Nancy Drew and Sherlock Holmes and Encyclopedia Brown. When her father introduced her to astronomy, she  became intriqued with the stories behind the constellations. That led her right into Greek Mythology. Eventually, her love of reading evolved into a deep passion for writing and storytelling. 

R.J. left Los Angeles to attend the University of California at Santa Cruz. where she majored in English literature and deeply admired the banana slugs (they were so yellow!). Returning to L.A., R.J. wrote her first complete novel (unpublished) in her early twenties. At the time, most professional novelists lived in New York but R.J. was firmly rooted in L.A. She began working at B.Dalton Booksellers in Northridge where she had great good times commisserating with other fledgling writers. During her tenure there, she took a screenwriting course at a local college. In that class, she realized that she had a natural aptitude for screen dialogue. She could hear the characters.

So when one of her B.Dalton pals got a job as a teamster on the 20th Century Fox Studio lot, R.J. felt the lure of a Hollywood screenwriting career calling her softly in many a mused rhyme. But Hollywood does not open its doors easily.  Ultimately, the crack in the Great Wall of Hollywood for R.J. opened in the guise of a payroll position at an indie television production company. R.J. snapped up the opportunity to work on a studio lot.

What began as a short term means to a long term writing goal grew into an actual career in accounting in television and on feature films. R.J. has worked on widely diverse feature films from the cult classic  "Seven" starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman to the quirky Sci-Fi comedy "Galaxy Quest" with Tim Allen and Sigourney Weaver, to "Dreamgirls" with Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson.

Elliot: The Return to Roswell is R.J.s first published novel. It has been receiving rave reviews. Everyone sees it as a major motion picture. R.J. would love it if her fans started a Facebook and Twitter campaign calling for Steven Spielberg to make the movie. In the meantime, R.J. plans to have the sequel out by the end of 2011 (God willing).

In the Hollywood arena, R.J. has sold screenplays in both the Prime Time television and feature film markets. She is currently shopping several projects both as a writer and a producer. 

R.J. firmly believes in the power of Love to move the universe and the responsibility of every individual to give something back to society. In that regard, she donates a percentage of all of her profits to various charities.

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