Vanessa Barger is a Young Adult and Middle Grade author living in Hampton Roads, Virginia. When she's not writing, she teaches Technology Education to high school students. She is a member of the SCBWI and the Virginia Writers Club.
Vanessa Barger was born in West Virginia, and through several moves ended up spending the majority of her life in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She is a graduate of George Mason University and Old Dominion University, and has degrees in Graphic Design, a minor in Medieval and Renaissance Literature, and a Masters in Technology Education. She has had articles published in Altered Arts Magazine, has had some artwork displayed in galleries in Ohio and online, and currently teaches engineering, practical physics, drafting and other technological things to high school students in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. She is a member of the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) and the Virginia Writer's Club. When not writing or teaching, she’s a bookaholic, movie fanatic, and loves to travel. She is married to a fabulous man, has one cat, and can often be found baking when she should be editing.
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October 13, 2015
Thirteen-year-old Caroline is a freak. Her parents have uprooted her to a town full of Supernaturals. You'd think she'd be thrilled. But, with someone without a magical bone in her body, this daughter of tree sprites feels like even more of an outcast than she has ever before.
To make matters worse, her new home is cursed. But when Caroline takes to investigating the mysterious and strange happenings of Harridan House, her BFF goes missing. Seems someone doesn't want Caroline sticking her non-magical nose where it most certainly does not belong. Determined to prove herself, Caroline uncovers a plot to destroy her new hometown.
Undeterred, Caroline can't give up. But what's a human without magical powers to do? Caroline better figure it out fast, before she loses everything she has ever loved and the whispers she's heard all her life prove true: Caroline is a useless superfreak.
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A WHISPERED DARKNESS
August 26, 2014
When Claire Mallory's father leaves, her mom moves them to a new town and into a dilapidated Victorian house.
The old house creaks and whistles, and smells well -- like it's been abandoned for years. But as the nights grow longer and the shadows take on substance, Claire wonders if the strange sounds and occurrences might be more than the house showing its age.
Just as things start to pick up in Claire's love life, her mother becomes possessed. In an attempt to save her mother and their new home, Claire enlists the help of two boys, each of whom is interested in Claire for different reasons. As she chooses one boy over the other, something dangerous is unleashed, and the spirits make their move.
They aren’t content to moan and scream inside Claire’s house, or even control her mom. They want a taste of freedom, and she’s their key. But is Claire strong enough to fight off the evil spirits, or will they claim her and her mom before it's all over?
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13 Fun Facts
- Why 13 facts? 13 is my lucky number!
- I can wiggle my ears. This is not as cool as it
- I have always wanted to be a writer, even as a
little kid. The highlight of my kindergarten year was winning an essay contest
for the Kindergarten level and getting to eat lunch with Norman Bridwell (the
Clifford author) with the winners from the other grades at my elementary. I’m
the only one looking like a goofball in the photo, though.
- My mother used to punish me as a child by taking
my books away. Then my flashlights (so I couldn’t read until the covers at
night), then finally—and worst—turning the heavy bookcase against the wall so I couldn’t
get to ANY of the books.
- I loved King Arthur until I got to college and
took a Medieval Lit class. Reading the original, my whole perspective shifted.
I loathe Guinevere, Arthur was a wishy-washy king, and Lancelot…. Let’s just
say I avoid King Arthur now. It’s better for everyone.
- I also have a degree in Graphic Design. I
wanted to do that, and teach later. Fate had other plans, and I got my Masters
and teaching certification just after my Bachelors. My graphic design now is
just for personal purposes and for friends.
- Twice in my life, I’ve tried to find a job in
England and move. The first was at the end of college, and the last was just
after my first year teaching when I thought I would lose my job due to budget
- I don’t eat the ends of pickles or French fries.
Its always the dark end of pickles, and French fries the ends that look ugly.
Luckily, I don’t like fries all that much. Except Chik-fil-a. They also have no
- I love to travel, but I have a problem--I
will go in every church you pass. It is so bad (I’ve gotten better, I swear!)
that on one trip in college, I was told that I had a three church limit. After
that, I had to visit a pub for every church. As I’m not a huge drinker, that
curtailed my activities.
- My friends also take me traveling because I’m
apparently a walking tour book. If its English history, I either already knew
it or have read the guidebooks and history books before we go. I was told this
makes traveling easy – they don’t need to look for info, because they have me.
I’m not sure if that’s a compliment…
- Despite all the romance in my books, I didn’t go
on an official date until my freshman year of college. I was always the girl
that the guys asked for advice – or to accompany them to their girlfriend’s
recital so they wouldn’t be bored. (Yeah, really.)
- I can quote almost the entire movie of the
Princess Bride. But I will still stop everything and watch it if it’s on.
- I have discovered that I like writing darker books and horror. This is especially entertaining when you realize I didn't watch ANY horror movies until college, and even then I'm a wuss. I still can't sleep with the closet door open or even cracked. As a child, I believed that Dracula lived in my shower. I still prefer to sleep with the covers over my head. Everyone knows that the monsters can't see you then. (Noses are invisible, by the way. otherwise, you'd suffocate.)