twitter_iconI’m Vanessa Vale,  a USA Today Bestseller of erotic and contemporary romance. I live in the Wild Wild West with my husband and two sons. When I’m not making dinner with my pressure cooker, I’m writing.

Twenty-five things about Vanessa:

  1. I hate eggs. Eggs Benedict, poached, hard boiled, egg salad, deviled…whatever. Gag.
  2. I rode the overnight train from Moscow to St. Petersburg in the dead of winter. It is just as you imagine. Real sheets, overheated compartments, huge samovar, a babushka, snowy night.
  3. I have zero patience. Perhaps less than that. My middle schooler studied negative numbers in math so I know it’s possible to have -8 patience.
  4. I have very curly hair. Very. I wanted to have Princess Diana hair when I was little. Blond and straight. Several decades later, I have grown to embrace the curl.
  5. A cowboy is the stereotypical male that pushes every one of my hot buttons, especially at a rodeo.
  6. I am a third degree black belt in karate and am a blue belt in BJJ. Teaching is humbling. So is starting over.
  7. Favorite big city: London; Favorite island: Kauai; Favorite mountain range: Indian Peaks in Montana
  8. I graduated from art college with a degree in Graphic Design.
  9. I started writing on a dare. I mean, how hard can it be to write romance? Little did I know!
  10. I didn’t start writing until I was thirty.
  11. I lived in Montana for years. That’s why I write about it.
  12. I drink one cup of coffee in the morning that’s half chocolate milk.
  13. I love old Disney movies. Herbie, Escape to Witch Mountain, The Cat From Outer Space. Love them all.
  14. I do not watch TV. At all.
  15. I don’t like candy. Halloween candy is safe from me, but not pies, cakes, muffins, cupcakes, banana breads or other yummy desserts.
  16. I am a complete introvert. I am horrendously bad at introducing myself to new people and can’t stand big crowds or parties. If you want to get to know me, take me to a diner for some pie and one-on-one time.
  17. I love to cook with my pressure cooker (it’s the whole -8 patience thing). My favorite is macaroni and cheese.
  18. I can make maple syrup from scratch (tapping the tree and cooking it down).
  19. I am a merit badge counselor for over 10 badges for the Boy Scouts. Sculpture, scuba diving, family life, cooking and art are just a few.
  20. I am a complete control freak. Complete. Ask anyone who’s asked me to help with something.
  21. I am an East Coast driver, meaning I’m aggressive and will run you over, even when I don’t live on the East Coast.
  22. I know how many ounces are in a gallon.
  23. I do all my plotting in the bath tub.
  24. I talk fast. Really, really fast.
  25. I speak French…well enough to talk my way out of ticket in Paris. My French teachers would all be proud.