About Vanessa Riley

I love History, Romance, the Regency, Food, Family, Faith and Friends.

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Vanessa Riley

Vanessa Riley writes Historical Fiction and Historical Romance (Georgian, Regency, & Victorian) featuring hidden histories, dazzling multi-culture communities, and strong sisterhoods. She promises to pull heart strings, offer a few laughs, and share tidbits of tantalizing history.
This Southern, Irish, Trini girl holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering and a MS in industrial engineering and engineering management from Stanford University. She also earned a BS and MS in mechanical engineering from Penn State University. Yet, her love of history and lattes have overwhelmed her passion for math, leading to the publication of over 20+ titles. She loves writing on her southern porch with proper caffeine.
Vanessa has a very diverse background. She has been a radio anchorwoman and church announcer. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and President-Elect of The Beau Monde, a specialty RWA Chapter. She is also a member of Georgia Romance Writers, NINC, and Historical Novel Society. She is on the Board of Directors of Christian Book Lovers Retreat where readers escape for a weekend of fun, faith and connection to the author community.
Her latest release, A Duke, The Lady, and A Baby is an Amazon Best of the Month Selection and a Publishers Weekly Summer Reads 2020 Editors' Pick. A Duke, The Lady, and A Baby has been reviewed by Entertainment Weekly, NPR, Library Journal, and the New York Times and received a starred review in Publishers Weekly.
She's currently working on Island Queen for William Morrow, a novel centering on Dorothy Kirwan Thomas, a formerly enslaved person who becomes one of the wealthiest women in the Caribbean. 
Vanessa loves cooking her Trinidadian grandma's cake recipes and collecting Irish crochet lace and writing on her southern porch with proper caffeination.
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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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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