About Vanessa Riley

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Vanessa Riley

Vanessa Riley is an award-winning author of Island Queen, A Good Morning America Buzz Pick. Riley's historical novels showcase the hidden histories of Black women and women of color, emphasizing strong sisterhoods and dazzling multicultural communities. Her works encompass historical fiction, historical romance, and historical mystery and have been reviewed by the AAMBC, Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, Publisher Weekly, and the New York Times. She's received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist.
 
This Southern, Irish, Trini girl holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering and an MS in industrial engineering and engineering management from Stanford University. Riley also earned a BS and MS in mechanical engineering from Penn State University. Her research skills have helped NASA, GM, Hewlett Packard, and several startups. Yet, her love of history (Caribbean, Georgian, and Regency) and lattes overwhelmed her passion for math and has led to the publication of over twenty titles. 

Her latest releases are Island Queen (Historical Fiction), An Earl, The Girl, and A Toddler (Historical Romance), and A Duke, The Lady, and A Baby (Historical Romance). Upcoming in 2022: Sister Mother Warrior (Historical Fiction), A Duke, The Spy, An Artist, and A Lie (Historical Romance) and Murder in Westminster (Historical Mystery).
 
Vanessa is a member and former president of Regency Fiction Writers, a member of Georgia Writers Association, the Historical Novel Society, Crime Writers of Color, and on the Board of Directors of Christian Book Lovers Retreat. She's an avid baker who loves creating her Trinidadian grandma's cake recipes. You can find Vanessa writing on her southern porch with proper amounts of caffeine.

Sarah Younger of the Nancy Yost Literary Agency represents Vanessa. 

Standing: Tessa Dare, Sabrina Jeffries, Vanessa Riley, Scarlett Peckham, Sarah Maclean

Seated: Julia London, Ursula Renee

Workshops & Events

Vanessa loves to interact with readers, romance and history buffs and fellow writers. She can schedule a Facebook, Skype, or Facetime chat to discuss her book(s) or upcoming projects.

Invite her to do workshops on:

  1. Changing Perspectives of a Woman's Power in History
  2. Claiming Your Story
  3. The Writer's Journey: Seven Things I Wish I Knew at the Beginning
  4. Hybrid Author's Path
  5. Hidden History
  6. Pushing Past the Patriarchy to Empower Women
  7. Cinderella has a Voice and Gets Her Fellow Even in the 1800s.
  8. Faith, Forgiveness, and Forging Your Own Path
  9. The Caribbean Regency

 

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Vanessa practicing for Good Morning America with Island Queen.

More Fun Facts on Vanessa

Vanessa juggles mothering a teen, cooking for her military-man husband, and speaking at women's and STEM events. She's known for her love of romantic gestures, hidden histories, and humorous delivery of poignant truths. You can catch her writing from the comfort of her southern porch with a cup of Earl Grey tea.

Vanessa loves to write at night and research during the day. Weekends are for reading.

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