When Vanessa Wester decided to start writing she found an outlet for her imagination. It is the best way she can think of to express herself and escape from everyday life.
She has a lot of eggs in her basket since she is a qualified Secondary School Mathematics Teacher, ASA Swimming Teacher, has a degree in Accounting & Law, has been a competitive swimmer and enjoys art, singing and drama. In addition, she is bilingual in English and Spanish, and speaks some Dutch, since she was born and raised in Gibraltar and has lived in Rotterdam.
However, since her son was born, she has been a stay at home mum who gives up a lot of her time towards voluntary organisations.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Gibraltar, and for the first 9 years of my life the frontier to Spain was closed so I only knew the "rock". My mum and dad encouraged me to read, and I especially remember going a lot to the library with my dad and the book shop. We also used to trade books, comics, etc for cash so I could get new ones - this was great fun!
Even though sidetracked by television, I always loved a good book and had my favourites.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I really remember writing was based on the movie "Poltergeist".
It was creepy and still makes the hairs at the back of my back rise since the girl in my story disappeared. I was actually really proud of it, and it got featured in our yearly school magazine so that was a bonus!