BIO From Vanessa's Website: Vanessa has been writing since she was a young child. When she wasn’t writing poetry, short stories, stage plays and novels, reading great books consumed her free time. However, it wasn’t until she committed her life to the Lord in 1994 that she realized all gifts and anointing come from God. She then set out to write redemption stories that glorify God.1, Did you always have the writing bug? If not, how did you get started as a writer?

To date, Vanessa has completed the Rain and Storm Series. She is currently working on the Forsaken series, Second Chance at Love series and a single title, Long Time Coming. Vanessa believes that each book will touch readers across the country in a special way. It is, after all, her God-given destiny to write and produce plays and novels that bring deliverance to God’s people. These books have received rave reviews, winning Best Christian Fiction Awards and topping numerous Bestseller’s lists.

■Best Christian Fiction Mahogany Award 2003

■Red Rose Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction 2004

■Nominated for the NAACP Image Award (Christian Fiction) 2004

■Essence Bestseller’s List March 2008; May 2008 (Former Rain)

■Essence Bestseller’s List September 2008 (Rain Storm)

■Black Expressions Book Club Alternate Selection 2007, 2008 & 2009.

Vanessa is a dedicated Christian and devoted mother. She graduated from Capital University with a degree in Organizational Communication. In 2007, Vanessa was ordained by her church as an exhorter. Vanessa believes this was the right position for her because God has called her to exhort readers and to help them rediscover their place with the Lord.

1. Did you always know you were going to be a writer? If not, when did you catch the writing bug?
Yes. Every since I was a child, I knew I wanted to write. I just didn’t know how the stories I wrote would become books and end up in bookstores. But, as I grew up and began to research the business I found my way into the publishing industry.

2. How did you come up with the premise for Long Time Coming?

The premise of this story comes from a woman I knew who died of cancer at the young age of twenty-seven. Long Time Coming is fictional, so it is not her story, but the idea came from this young woman’s journey toward salvation.

3. How does the cover process work for you? Did you have any say in picking out the cover for your books?

My editor at Abingdon Press sent me a few different designs and I choose from those designs. Once I picked the cover, then the team at Abingdon perfected it a little more.

4. I know that you have written and published many books, what genre do you like most to write?
I only write Christian fiction, but within that genre I have written general women’s fiction, one mystery and Christian Romance. I really enjoyed writing the mystery, because I read a lot of mysteries.

5. Can you give my readers a sneak peek into what you are working on now? When will it be released?

My next book will release in April 2011. The title is A Promise of Forever Love. This is one of my Christian romance novels, but it also has a touch of mystery going on. A Promise of Forever Love is a fun ride all the way to the last page.

6. What has surprised you most about being an author? Why?

How much work it takes to get the word out about my novels. I do a lot of touring and promoting of my novels, but I still run into so many people who haven’t heard of any of my books. When I was just dreaming of being a writer, I foolishly thought that all an author had to do was write the book, and readers would just find their way to the books… big surprise.

7. Out of all the books you’ve written which ones are your favorite and why?

At one point, Through the Storm was my favorite, because it is written as a mystery and it shows readers about the power of prayer. But this year, I wrote a book titled, Long Time Coming, and I fell in love with how emotional that book is. So, I would have to say Long Time Coming is my favorite.


1. If you could visit any place in the world where would you go and what would you do?

I want to visit Israel one day. I would love to walk the same streets that Jesus walked and see some of the places he taught and prayed at. But that would be a long flight, and I’m still trying to talk myself into it. To comfort myself in the meantime, I toured the Holy Land Experience in Orlando, Florida.

2. If you could be apart of any two events in the history of the world which two would you pick.

This is a difficult question because I would love to be apart of the ministry of Jesus when He was alive and I would love to have been apart of the civil rights movement during Martin Luther King Jr.’s time on earth. However, both of these times in history were difficult for the people who lived through them. Imagine watching the crucifixion of Jesus, I don’t think I would be able to take it. And I know I wouldn’t have wanted to live in the condition African American lived in before the civil right’s movement. Sometimes we have romantic images about occurrences in history that really weren’t so romantic at all.

3. What T.V. shows were you most passionate as a kid? (You know the ones you couldn’t miss each week)

The Brady Bunch. I’m sure there were others, but that is the only one that I can remember watching on a regular basis.

4. What THREE things would you not want to live without?

Jesus, family, water!

5. What TWO movies could you watch over and over again?

The Family Man… I watched that movie so much I broke the VCR tape.

Daddy’s Little Girl, by Tyler Perry

Thanks Vanessa for stopping by and letting us get to know you and your books. I can’t wait for the ACFW book Club discussion of your book A Long Time Coming. If any of you would like to join in on the discussion please do. You can join the ACFW book club by going to the American Christian Fiction Writers website  look for the book club and following the direction to join.

The discussion on the ACFW book club loop will start December 20th.  See you there.

Nora :D
The Book Club Network

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  1. Please put my name into the drawing. I'd love to win/read Vanessa's book.

  2. Wonderful interview by a very accomplished woman! I have her book, Long Time Coming, and it is extremely well done.
    Donna Winters

  3. I loved the Brady Bunch as a kid too. thanks for the interview.

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  4. Sounds like some good books! Enjoyed the interview.

    Gail Mundy

  5. Please, enter me in this giveaway! I would love to visit Israel someday, too! Great interview ^_^

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  8. The novel Long Time Coming sounds great. Any novel that brings deliverance to God’s people is a winner in my book.

  9. Uplifting, inspiring, real, fresh, moving. Those five words tell me that I need to read Heavenly. I am on a journey toward salvation myself.
    Another book I just read was The Guardians: Loving Eyes Are Watching. It's a romance mystery where two people's (a sister and brother) life is turned upside down and they find out where true help comes from. Two dogs (the Guardian Angels) will help them find their way back to the path of God's love.
    Thanks for the post.

  10. I love the sound of your new book, a Christian mystery is right up my alley. Can't wait for it.

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