On a cold winter day, the anniversary of the birthday of Edgar Allen Poe, future 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 began to be interested in writing by the time she was in fourth grade. Vanessa was a very shy child, and the writing gave her an outlet for the things she could not easily say. 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.
Vanessa’s first attempt at publishing came when she was just 13. Her story was rejected, and with her parents’ urging, she abandoned her writing career for a while in favor of a paying job. While she often regrets this decision, she sees it as a positive thing. It was, to her, a necessary maturing stage in her life. She feels her writing is better for it.
In 2002, Vanessa found a spiritual renewal of her desire to write. She published several poems on Poetry.com. She sought out other websites that would accept her material. 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, Vanessa won the National Novel Writing Contest for her novel, Mr. Leeds. In the Nanowrimo, an author is challenged to write the first draft of a novel of 50,000 words within the month of November each year. That year, Vanessa agreed to clean up after her friend’s Dobermans if she didn’t win. She found that was enough incentive to finish it. She is currently working on the rewrite. She hopes to finish it and find a publisher by the end of this year.
In 2010, Vanessa received an email from her first fan. This was a moment that she treasures. Someone from Saudi Arabia found her story Faith and Flight on Strangerroad.com. He claimed that it changed his life. She was pleased to know that her work was able to reach someone. She emailed him back, and they have been friends ever since.
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 50 web hubs published or in the works. She goes on that site regularly to create new hubs and to update her old ones.
In 2012, Vanessa joimed the Creative writing program at Southern New Hampshire University. She is hoping to improve her writing there. In October 2016, she graduated the Bachelor's program and will entered the Master;s program in Fiction Writing. She is hoping to
find an adjunct position upon completion.
Vanessa has many plans for future publishing. She is currently working an a collection of short stories about the created world, Neamh. This is a place that the citizens call heaven, because it is beautiful and peaceful most of the time. The rulers of Neamh 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.