Vanessa Deroo


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.

Smashwords Interview

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.
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Where to find Vanessa Deroo online


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
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.

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  • Hello, Emptiness on July 28, 2013

    Really beautiful and heartbreaking - in a good way.