I'm Vanessa Riley, and I write Regency and Historical Romances of dazzling multi-culture communities with powerful persons of color. I write for historical romance readers who admire and acquire books that showcase women who find joy in sweeping kisses and strong sisterhoods. Even in the darkness, I promise to give you laughs, maybe a few cries, to show you how light always prevails and how love always, always wins.
I am represented by Sarah Younger of the Nancy Yost Literary Agency.
More of Vanessa's Background
The Regency and early Victorian eras have always been a magnetizing draw for Vanessa Riley. Even as she worked to complete her doctorate in Mechanical Engineering, she made time for renaissance fairs and any novel or cinematographic work depicting these genteel societies of old. Perhaps, the attraction arises from the kinship she feels with the period being brought up in the restrictive Southern Bible Belt with its stringent definitions of decent behavior and life expectations. Perhaps, the common dominator to this appeal is her own thirty-day Christian courtship or even the arranged marriages of her uncles; each is emblematic of the nuptials of those earlier times.
A technology muse like Dr. Vanessa Riley is probably not the immediate choice to write about haute ton English society set in the 1800's. With published works such as 'Reducing Deformation by Phase Manipulation,' the common visceral reaction is Providence has given another mule a voice to tell His story. Nevertheless, this mule uses her determined spirit and dogmatic tenacity to discover the hidden nuances of a character making him believable, her touchable, and both ready to be used of God.
Vanessa holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering and a masters in industrial engineering and engineering management from Stanford University. She also earned BS and MS in mechanical engineering from Penn State University. She has been a radio anchorwoman and church announcer. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, and Specialty RWA Chapters: The Beaumonde and the Georgia Chapters. She is also a member of the Historical Novel Society. She is on the board of Christian Book Lovers Retreat where readers escape for a weekend of faith and connection to the Christian author community.
Today, Vanessa juggles mothering a teen, her military hubby, engineering, writing and speaking at women's events. She is known for her humorous delivery of poignant truths.