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

Hungry Like the (Were)Wolf*

*with apologies to Duran Duran   Ruby Release! DARK SECRETS: EDGE OF EVIL by Shea Berkley When I first heard news of Ruby Sister Shea Berkley’s DARK SECRETS paranormal series, I thought it was about her secret love of Vegemite, a breakfast delight invented by my people. Now, I’ve just read the second book in […]

Why YA?

Yesterday I celebrated a birthday that puts me ever further away from my books’ target audience: teens. (There’s a ‘two’ in my age, and let’s leave it at that, shall we? ) Despite this, I’m in no way ready to leave high school behind me. Nor am I quite ready to see Young Adult, the […]

A Writer’s Little Helpers

Twenty years ago, the only tools I needed for a productive writing session were a sharp pencil and a fresh notepad. But that was before the internet. Now my already short attention span gets pulled in every direction. So to increase my word count or to even get a single word on the page, I […]

Writing Funny

I’m here to talk about a very serious subject — comedy writing. In writing, getting the comedic balance right is tricky. Years ago, a contest judge said my entry read like a series of jokes. Unfortunately, this was not intended as a compliment. What s/he meant was a novel shouldn’t come across like a stand-up […]

Ruby Release: This Is Your Afterlife!

It’s Shea Berkley here and I am so excited to introduce Vanessa Barneveld’s debut Young Adult book, This Is Your Afterlife! USA Today called it a “must read!” Clink your champagne glass to the screen and give a shout out to Vanessa. YAY, Vanessa!!! If I had confetti, I’d throw it in the air, but me being […]

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, […]

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