Vanessa grew up with British pop and punk music, then made several attempts to play some of that music before finding peace writing about it. She then moved to the British soil, and now listens to said music when she's not writing stories or articles.
She also has a soft spot for Taylor Swift's music and would have loved to live in a John Hughes movie.
on Aug. 28, 2013 :
This is a sort of small collection of pieces of writing, cleverly presented in the form of an LP album; all the pieces are well-written and I give especial credit to the different viewpoints, characters and styles presented here. All of the writing seems \to hang around music in some way, indie, growing up, meaningful music - the kind that you listen to on a loop when a relationship ends, the kind you can find solace in. Therefore a well-evoked\ atmosphere shines through the writing; and this is the point, I think, that rather than a strict linear story, as such, these are pieces to touch you in certain ways; the tracks or stories might not always grab you, but the album as a whole makes an impression of what the author wanted to say. Some good snapshot visuals, and a nostalgic atmosphere give this points in my book. For the authors attention, my favourites here were towards the end, 'Max And Sally' and 'Pen And paper Girl'.
Enjoyable real-life stuff, the atmosphere is of a certain time, a certain place. I'm a big suede fan, and i'd liken the feeling here to much of their work. Good stuff; what's next?
(review of free book)
on Aug. 23, 2013 :
There is a handful of very powerful ideas behind Paper Ghosts. This is a collection of post-romantic short-stories, presented as an EP (a fascinating idea) and targeted at the broken hearted, the lost and the lonely. It's preoccupied in particular with the idea of being haunted by old loves: a notion which I'm rather taken by.
The writing is technically very good (better than many 5* stories I've seen here), with a nice style, dripping with angsty atmosphere. These are stories more about feelings than plots. All of us will be able to relate to at least some of these ghosts.
Sadly, I didn't enjoy all of the stories. Some felt a little under-developed, perhaps a bit too much style and not enough substance. I tend to prefer my flash fiction to have a little bite to it - and while Paper Ghosts is an enjoyable read, it did leave me feeling a touch unsatisfied.
An entertaining, stylish debut. I look forward to seeing what Vanessa has in store next!
(review of free book)