Vanessa Lanang

Vanessa Lanang lives and writes in California near Los Angeles.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

The Day Buddy Ran Away by Pauline C. Peck

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Anne Rice, Roshani Chokshi, and Laini Taylor

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I’ve always had a love for books, even as a child I spent summers reading and staying up past bed time to finish a book. I wrote my own stories growing up, but it wasn’t until I had my own children that I wanted this as a career.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Don’t stop writing! Even if your book doesn’t get published, you grow as a writer with each book and learn something from getting those words down on the page and editing them.