On a cold winter day, the anniversary of the birthday of Edgar Allen Poe, writer Vanessa Kristovich kicked her mom and hastened her entrance into this world. Raised in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey, she had the sound of the crickets and the cicadas to nurture her imagination. It was only natural that her first desire would be to put pen to paper. .
Vanessa attended Immaculate Conception Elementary School in Bridgeton, New Jersey. There she was encouraged to read, both by her mother and by her teachers. She became interested in writing by the time she was in fourth grade. She went on to attend Our Lady of Mercy Academy, from which she graduated Magna Cum Laude. There she won top honors for her studies in Latin, Italian, and Religion Studies. She was a regular contributor to Bridges, the school’s literary magazine.
In 2002, Vanessa published several poems on Poetry.com. She submitted stories, articles and poems to several other websites including: www.Fanstory.com, www.triond.com, www.strangeroad.com, www.constantcontent.com, and many others.
Vanessa began to search for other avenues for her poems. She became a regular contributor to Bell’s Letters Poet. She won a spot in the Bell’s Top 50 Contest often, and was in Bell’s Top 10 twice. She also won their Lines Aglow Contest twice.
In 2009, the City of Vineland hosted a public event for veterans who managed to make it home from the various wars, and Vanessa, who is a passionate supporter of veteran’s charities, was honored to be allowed to read her poem, Our Nation Cries for Joy, at this event. Vanessa’s brother was a career officer in the USAF, and she has always loved and supported him. She was grateful to the city for allowing her to participate.
In 2007,2019 and 2022, Vanessa won the Nanowrimo.
In 2010, Vanessa found Hubpages.com. She liked the open format of this website, and she has been writing for them ever since. She now has over 20 webpages and many more that she is in the process of creating or revamping.
With the hope that it would improve her writing, Vanessa joined the Creative Writing program at Southern New Hampshire University. In October 2019, she graduated with an MA in Fiction Writing.
Vanessa has many plans for future publishing. She is currently working an a collection of short stories about the created world, Neahmn. This is a place that the citizens call heaven, because it is beautiful and peaceful most of the time. The rulers of Neahmn are dedicated to the happiness of their people. This is a mash-up of Arthurian gothic fantasy and futuristic sci-fi with a Messianic undertone. It is a world where an ancient gargoyle may sit next to an ultra modern high-rise, and the soldiers use flying horses and laser tanks,
Vanessa is also a current member of WW and members can find her on Connect under the name Vness8,