Interview with Vanessa Deroo

How do you approach cover design?
I am sadly one of these people with loads of ideas but no drawing/design talent (I've tried, though). So I basically write ideas down, about what the story (or, with Paper Ghosts, the set of stories) is, what it means to me, what I want to evoke, and my good friend and crazy-talented designer Luke Basset mixes everything and does his magic.
What do you read for pleasure?
Young Adult mainly, and anything music-related. I also love biographies and essays on feminism.
Describe your desk
A mess? Haha. It's currently full of notebooks (five or six), books, some admin papers, a Mickey StarWars moneybox, a Frankenweenie mug I use to store my pens, a Radiohead tape, a dictionary, Scrat from Ice Age, upcoming gig and comic con tickets and a magic 8-ball.
I swear I can still put my laptop on and write.
When did you first start writing?
When I was a kid, around seven or eight, mostly (bad) poetry. I started writing stories around the age of 10. Spooky stories, sometimes.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I've been writing a lot since I've moved to the UK, and I wanted to reflect my new inspirations as well as my obsessions: absence, nostalgia, loss and regrets. And music. There's an "old" story from five years ago that I really wanted to publish, "Haunts", and that's how "Paper Ghosts" was born.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The urge to share! I come from the punk community, all things DIY, sharing your art with people is more important and meaningful when you do it yourself, I think.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When an idea comes to life. It's the most exciting process, having these characters in your head, then on paper, then everywhere.
What are you working on next?
I have several ideas in mind, maybe a YA series, maybe more short stories. At the moment I just write, we'll see how it goes.
Who are your favorite authors?
Nick Hornby changed my life. I also love Rob Sheffield, Gwendoline Riley, and Neil Gaiman...and JK Rowling!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work on articles, I read a lot, I go to gigs and comic-cons (I love comic-cons) ....And I've found myself watching a lot of TED talks recently!
Published 2014-03-22.
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Books by This Author

Freefalling
Price: Free! Words: 1,790. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
A prelude to Lights, a contemporary fantasy novella about Meira, a young fairy with a gift, and Niall, the human she has to save. Both are threatened by an invisible and powerful enemy, The Dark. Freefalling focuses on Niall on Christmas Day, a few months before he and Meira meet for the first time.
Grey Days
Price: Free! Words: 2,210. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
One day, the Earth decided to stop. No peace, no sun, no hope on the surface. But resistance and help lie underneath. This is where Anna lives, counting the Grey Days and carrying on. Because that's what humans do.
Paper Ghosts
Price: Free! Words: 5,080. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age
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There are stories of love, stories of loss. Stories you wouldn't think are real, and yet they are, of course they are, because the people who lived them are here to tell them. Stories of letting go, stories of moving on. Stories of second chances. Stories of people looking for something.Ghost stories, caught on paper to be real.