About Me


  • WHO I AM.

I am a...powerful goddess (at least I like to think I am). A Wife. A Proud dachshund owner and cat mom. An Enthusiast of Medieval England, Greek mythology, and fairies. I love art and good stories. 

You could spend the rest of your life trying to get to know me and never succeed. To start, my name is Vanessa Paige Israel. I am the youngest of four siblings, all of whom were homeschooled. I was raised in a conservative Christian home in the Central Valley of California where we had a boer meat goat ranch. 
In 2010, I moved with my family to South Dakota and started a church. That would be the first of a series of moves.
In 2012, I had my first paying job. My life changed a lot that year.
In 2015, I started this blog and really began to focus on writing and building a writing community for myself.
In 2017, I moved to Oregon where I lived and worked for nearly a year and a half. I also met the man who would become my husband.
In 2018, I finished college online, graduating from Thomas Edison State University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. Later the same year, I moved to San Diego and got married.
In 2020, I published my first book!!


  • ABOUT MY WRITING.

I have been writing since I was old enough to know how, from short stories to novellas, though I didn't know I wanted to be an author until I was about 12 years old. To date, I have completed about 30 short stories and 4 novellas. The Story of Hollyhocks is my first novel, which I self-published and released on May 1st, 2020. You can also check out a novella I wrote when I was 13, The Enchanted Island.

I consider myself a dreamer and a helpless romantic. I am obsessed with nothing; only hopelessly and helplessly passionate. XD

I love to read, I enjoy all books except for the ones I don't. ;)
I have reviewed several books on my blog, so if you are an author and are interested in having me review your book, contact me and we'll see if we can work things out

If there is one thing I want you to know, it is this: I am a writer. I write not because I wish to teach you something which you do not already know, nor do I wish to tell you something you have heard a thousand times. I do not write because I have a story I think you need to hear. I write because I have a story burning within me, desperately trying to escape. I have to write. I used to believe, that if I ever got published or not, I would never stop writing. I still hold those values and I still write many things I never intend to publish, it just so happens that I am a published author now (feels so weird saying that).


  • WHY I BLOG.

I started this blog in the late summer of 2015. I have a tendency to overshare on so many topics. Upon meeting with a published author, she suggested I start a blog as an outlet for me to talk about my writing projects. It was a way for me to share my ideas with the world and gain a following of readers who would be interesting in reading my stories.

I don't just post about my book though. I want my blog to be a creative outlet for me to write about my life events, my writing, and other projects I'm working on, such as painting or drawing, traveling, etc.


  • OTHER THINGS I LIKE.

Some random facts about me: I am truly fascinated with the ancient art of puppetry, especially marionettes. I currently own six. My dream is to one day own a hand-carved wooden marionette from Prague, Czech Republic. If I could travel to just one place in my lifetime though, I'd go to England!!
I also love toys and American Girl and going to toy stores and embracing my inner child.  Did I also mention that I collect beautiful nutcrackers and I really like the story of the Nutcracker and have seen the Moscow Ballet perform the Nutcracker twice??
I like a wide variety of music, mostly folk, indie, and celtic, some alternative music, and some good oldies (music from the 60's-80's).
Some other things I like include anime (especially Tokyo Ghoul), Tim Burton films (all of them, but have you seen Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street?), horror films, Alice In Wonderland, Peter Pan, Disney movies (and Disneyland), Doctor Who, and books (obviously).

Click here to see a list of my favorite books!!

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