About the Author

From Chemistry in the Lab

to Chemistry between People

A PhD in chemistry, I worked for years in an environmental company as Director of Analytical Chemistry. After the DOD awarded us a contract to refurbish a military laboratory in Belarus, more international contracts took me to Kiev and Uman in Ukraine; to Almati and Stepnogorsk in Kazakhstan; to Moscow, St. Petersburg and Sergei Possad in Russia. Each new project presented more challenges due to the clash of cultures, different languages, and work habits.

To relax from my hectic schedule, I avidly read romance novels and mentally plotted my own books. Soon I realized that I had reached the end of my rope. Working an average of fourteen hours a day for sixteen years, I had garnered more degrees than the average student, and reached as high as I could in my career. I had been honored by my employer and the executives with whom I collaborated. It was time to take an early retirement and fulfill another dream: I wanted to write and publish romance novels.

Turning the page, I concentrated on my new goal and sent an email to my favorite romance author, Debbie Macomber who advised me to join the Romance Writers of America (RWA).

Now I live in sunny Florida, but I can’t stay long in one place and traveled to more than ninety countries on business or vacation. I’m lucky to be married to a wonderful man who likes traveling even more than I do.

Through my first novel To Love a Hero released in 2008, I practically relived my fantastic trips to Belarus. Many of the adventures I experienced in Minsk are related in my book, such as my fall on the broken escalator of the airport. But my lucky heroine fell straight into the arms of a gorgeous hero, and enjoyed a lovely romance.

Several more books followed, set in the fascinating places I had visited during my business or vacation travel: in exotic Belarus or historical France; in the islands of Greece, Ancient Egypt, and the mysterious Islands of Seychelle; in Argentina, Spain and Italy, or on a cruise ship, and in the USA cities where I lived and knew well.

In 2011, I tried my hand at self-publishing and was stunned by the amazing number of ebooks I sold on Amazon and the enthusiastic reviews of my fans.

Babies in the Bargain won Best Contemporary Romance of the year at Editors & Preditors, and Amazon translated the book in German (Babies Inklusive) and in French (Des bébés en prime). No More Lies won Best Novel at Readers Favorite.

After publishing many more books and contributing to multi-author anthologies, I earned the top honor for a published author: the enviable status of “USA Today Bestselling Author,” and “New York Times Bestselling Author.” But my biggest reward came from bedridden readers who said my novels brought joy to their lives and took them on an armchair trip around the world.

Writing is my relaxation and my passion. With more than fifty novels published and many multi-author anthologies, I intend to keep writing until my last day.

Sign me up, Ms Risk, I’ll be looking for your next foreign escape. ~ Publishers Weekly Saturday Blurb Barbara Vey’s Special Beyond her Book.

Ms. Risk is one of those authors who puts together a tale that’s captivates from first page to last. ~ The Romance Studio Review.

Mona Risk is a talented author. She knows how to weave intrigue and romance into her story. ~ Review Your Book Review.

Mona Risk will pull you in with her amazing characters and in-depth twisting suspense. ~ Night Owl Romance Review.

Mona Risk’s writing sweeps you into the story from the first page, and keeps you turning the pages.~ The Long And The Short Reviews.