All About Vanessa Barneveld

Vanessa Barneveld lives in Australia. She has one husband, two cats, and three Romance Writers of America Golden Heart nominations. When she’s not writing, devouring chocolate or dreaming of going into space, Vanessa works as a closed-captioner for the deaf and audio describer for the blind.

Vanessa's debut paranormal YA novel, THIS IS YOUR AFTERLIFE, will be published by Bloomsbury Spark on October 21, 2014.

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Vanessa's Fun Facts

Ruby Nickname:
Girl from Oz

Sydney, Australia

GH Year(s)
2009, 2010, 2014

Completed Manuscript(s)

YA – light paranormal, contemporary romance

Started Writing:
Age 13

Day Job:
Television captioning for the Deaf and audio description for the blind

Blog Posts from Vanessa

Plot and Premise – An Epiphany

At the recent RWA national conference in San Antonio, one very simple tip from best-selling YA author Ally Carter almost tipped me out of my chair. I noticed other workshop attendees’ faces lighting up at the same time. (They were reacting to what Ally said, not to me falling out of my chair. Just thought […]

The Power of Three

As part of the Rubies’ continuing series on 2014 Golden Heart finalists, I’m shining the spotlight on my two dear friends and critique partners, Kimberly MacCarron and Pintip Dunn. The GH brought us together years ago. Much to our delight, all three of us are finalists again. Pintip has two nominations — one Paranormal and […]

Ask Yourself, “Am I Feeling Lucky?”

It’s Friday the 13th, and depending on your outlook, it’s either a lucky day or an unlucky day. I grew up in a household where there was a superstition for just about everything. Needless to say, I become overly cautious and terrified to do anything that would attract bad luck. I’m much more balanced now, […]

Writing Companions

It’s often said that writing can be a solitary business. And it’s true. Unless you have a ghostwriter, this is one job you can’t delegate to others. We cleave ourselves from the rest of the world in a quest make the scenes playing in our heads come alive on the page. Occasionally we might venture […]

Call Waiting

Are you, like me, sitting by the telephone waiting for that special editor to woo you with a three-book deal? Wondering if your ears are burning not because you have a medical condition but because an entire acquisitions committee is discussing your stellar publishing future? Four of my manuscripts have done the rounds of New […]

Ruby Release: URL Love

The Story Behind the Publication Story When our Darynda Jones won a RITA in July, she encouraged me rub her statuette after the awards ceremony. “For good luck,” she said. I believe everything Ms. Jones says, so I immediately took her up on that offer. And wouldn’t you know it? Good fortune started pouring in […]


They say the difference between men and women is that men can’t multitask. Well, if that’s the case, I must be a guy. This may come as a shock, but I am not Wonder Woman. I can’t multitask effectively. All right, that’s a bit of a porkie — I can multitask when necessary. I just […]

Ruby Release Spotlight: The Marked Son by Shea Berkley

Mark my words, Ruby-Slippered Shea Berkley is going to win a legion of fans. And what’s not to love? Shea is a three-time Golden Heart® finalist, a writing mentor, and she can kickbox her way out of any kind of trouble. Between you and me, though, her kryptonite is Vegemite, that salty, yeasty Aussie sandwich […]

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