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Rick F. | 7231 comments Mod
BIO
My name is Vanessa Richardson and I am an author, poet, and playwright. I have been blessed to have written several stage productions and also blessed to have been able to perform them at various venues. My stage productions includes: Someone To Love Me, Why Do Bad Things Happens To Good People? Lord, I Don't Understand, and The Fullness Of Time.

I wrote my freshman Nonfiction inspirational novel titled, The Certain Ones. A spiritual impacting novel that inspires her readers to know that not everyone are called into greatness. It deals with a rare female heath issue called, Catamenial Pneumothorax. This is when a woman has her cycle and within 24-74 hours, her lung collapses.

I've recently released my Inspirational Fiction, Love Found Me, under GSH Publishing. This is a not to be missed read! I am currently working on the second installment of her, Inspirational Suspense Love Series titled, Love Lifted Me.


Synopsis:

Mike Montgomery once lived the American dream. Gainfully employed, beautiful home, and a wonderful loving wife. Growing up in a loving family whose faith was unbreakable was his source of strength. Mike's faith would one day be shaken after losing the love of his life in an unexpected tragedy. Mike thought he would never love again until he meets Sheila Lawson. Everything about Sheila made him want to love again. Could he risk his heart again?


Sheila Lawson, a woman’s health advocate was strong and independent, yet something was missing in her life. Immersing herself in her work, she vowed off any relationships. Sheila would find her self-made decree shaken when she meets tall, dark, and handsome Mike Montgomery. There is an evil lurking in the shadows. Mike and Sheila will have to unite to overcome evil forces trying to keep them apart. Will their love be enough to see them through the testing of their faith?



Website
www.vanessarichardson.net

BLOG TALK RADIO SHOW
www.blogtalkradio.com/thecertainones

Love Found Me Book Trailer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_xyPQ4dQ...

Vanessa Reading an excerpt of Love Found Me
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqK7VjG0x... Love Found Me by Vanessa Richardson


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Rick F. | 7231 comments Mod
Hi Vanessa
how did you decide on the genre of books you would write and the characters involved


message 3: by Rick (last edited May 19, 2010 05:24AM) (new)

Rick F. | 7231 comments Mod
Rick wrote: "BIO
My name is Vanessa Richardson and I am an author, poet, and playwright. I have been blessed to have written several stage productions and also blessed to have been able to perform them at var..."


The Certain Ones You're not Forsaken. You're Chosen for Purpose. by Vanessa Richardson Love Found Me

[close:] Mike Montgomery once lived the American dream. Gainfully employed, beautiful home, and a wonderful loving wife. Growing up in a loving family whose faith was unbreakable was his source of strength. Mike's faith would one day be shaken after losing the love of his life in an unexpected tragedy. Mike thought he would never love again until he meets Sheila Lawson. Everything about Sheila made him want to love again. Could he risk his heart again?


Sheila Lawson, a woman’s health advocate was strong and independent, yet something was missing in her life. Immersing herself in her work, she vowed off any relationships. Sheila would find her self-made decree shaken when she meets tall, dark, and handsome Mike Montgomery. There is an evil lurking in the shadows. Mike and Sheila will have to unite to overcome evil forces trying to keep them apart. Will their love be enough to see them through the testing of their faith?


message 4: by Brian (last edited May 19, 2010 06:13AM) (new)

Brian | 274 comments Welcome to Goodreads Vanessa! By reading your synopsis, your book deals with the centuries upon centuries scenario of good verses evil. Do you personally believe that everyone can be instilled with faith? I often observed a "Christian" family that has sons or daughters or both. Some follow the example of their parents while others are vehemently against it. I am very curious to know which writing style you like best. Writing novels, poetry or playwright? Or do you enjoy all equally? Which of the three would you deem the most difficult to write? Finally, how would you personally describe performing in front of an audience? Best Wishes.


message 5: by Vanessa (last edited May 19, 2010 05:08PM) (new)

Vanessa (vanessarichardson) | 12 comments Hi Vanessa
how did you decide on the genre of books you would write and the characters involved


Hi Rick! And thank you for the opportunity!

Great questions, I wrote what was inside of me. There are just something’s that we know that we are called to do. I knew I was called to write inspirational novels. What I didn’t know however it would be more inspirational suspense than inspirational romance.

My characters were such joy to write. I absolutely adore Mike Montgomery and Sheila Lawson. Mike is a man’s man who is both humble and staid with whom he is as person. These traits of course were obtained on his journey of self-discovery. Sheila is a Women Health Advocate who readers will absolutely adore. I know do! Rick, this book “Love Found Me”, basically wrote itself. The characters wanted their stories told badly, and I obliged them.

I am currently working on my next installment in this love series, titled "Love Lifted Me." This is Rayna's and Eric's story. These characters are both stubborn and are a little resistent in sharing their stories with me, as both them are private. But, I shall prevail! lol. I am enjoying what I know of them so far!

Best
Vanessa

http://www.vanessarichardson.net


message 6: by Vanessa (last edited May 19, 2010 05:16PM) (new)

Vanessa (vanessarichardson) | 12 comments Brian: Welcome to Goodreads Vanessa!

Vanessa: Thank you for the welcome Brian!

Brian: By reading your synopsis, your book deals with the centuries upon centuries scenario of good verses evil. Do you personally believe that everyone can be instilled with faith?

Vanessa: Great question! I believe we are all endowed with a measure of faith, Brian. Faith is a wonderful thing to have and I dare say a necessity. Faith can be acquired through our life experiences. I know many of people who’d experience hardship (s) their situation transforming them into soldiers and warriors; actually doing bold things they never thought they’d ever do! As was the case with my hero; Mike Montgomery in “Love Found Me.”

Mike find’s his faith shaken, due to an unexpected tragedy. Naïvely, his mind set was, good things happens to good people, and bad things happens to bad people. Mike’s long standing faith is shaken, thus he begins to question not only his faith-- but himself as a man.

Brian: I often observed a "Christian" family that has sons or daughters or both. Some follow the example of their parents while others are vehemently against it.

Vanessa: This is very much true, Brian. I found myself smiling in agreement as I read this passage. I have to admit family has played apart in my faith.

Brian: I am very curious to know which writing style you like best. Writing novels, poetry or playwright? Or do you enjoy all equally? Which of the three would you deem the most difficult to write? Finally, how would you personally describe performing in front of an audience? Best Wishes.

Vanessa The Author: Brian, I am what one calls an introvert extrovert. I love to write and perform. Then I have my moments, where I just a quiet little thing. Lol. My books are more of a private journey. I am blessed to write these wonderful inspirational stories and then share them with the world, to read with the hope that they’d love it.

The Poet: My poems are from another place and journey. Sometimes these places and journeys are not mine but that of others and just creations of my mind. When I memorize my poems and act them out. I take my audience on a journey with me. Here is something I’ve learned. While performing—if my audiences are silent and wide-eyed with anticipation, then; I have connected with them. If they are fidgeting and looking at me in askance and boredom, then I didn’t succeed in connecting neither with them; nor with my character am I performing.

The Playwright: I write, direct, and produce my stage productions annually. It is hard work! I love it, however. There is a recipe to stage production. A great script and greater actors and actresses to name a few ingredients. I call it the frenzy! The band is popping. The atmosphere from the cast and audience members is tangible! Words can not explain the feeling. Truly, one would have to be there. I love performing before a live audience because of the instant feedback. Every now and then we get some advice from the audience when a certain scene shocks or upset them. Such fun!


Vanessa: Thank you for your wonderful questions, Brian! Best to you!


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Brian | 274 comments Wow Vanessa, very informative answers! I really enjoyed the way you broke the questions and answers down into individual segments. I am so curious as to who are your favorite poets? Mine are Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allen Poe and Robert Frost. I really enjoy the message of "The Road Not Taken". Are any of the poets I mentioned an influence? If not which ones do you prefer and perhaps inspiring? I remember being eight years old and carrying around 1,000 poems by Emily Dickinson. I must have read it at least 5 times. My kid sitters loved it for they just had to bring me to a park and I would be lost in that book. I thought I was so different as noted in my diary because no one my age read anything like that. Best Wishes.


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Gary F | 168 comments Hi Vanessa,

Welcome to the forum! I am wondering about the effort and planing that go into writing a book versus a poem versus a play. Of course a book is likely the longest process but do you start at the same place with regards to plotting an idea and beginning to implement it?


message 9: by Brian (last edited May 20, 2010 06:20PM) (new)

Brian | 274 comments Hi Vanessa; I am curious if there is one particular event in your life that you wish to share which solidified your faith the most? I live my life the best I can but have a difficult time with the concept of faith. I was taught traditional values that I follow to this day, like respecting people, obeying the law, not to litter the forests, etc.


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Vanessa (vanessarichardson) | 12 comments Hi Gary! Thanks for the welcome!

It is uncanny really, but with each entity, I start from different places, as the styles are different. You are correct, writing a book requires greater effort and planning. Depending on subject matter, the research varies. For Love Found Me, I did some research on domestic abuse.


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Vanessa (vanessarichardson) | 12 comments Brain, excellent mentions! I happen to love those poets as well. I was deeply influenced, by Maya Angelou and Nikki Giovanni! Fierce poets. Awesome women! Fantastic authors!

Best,
Vanessa


message 12: by Brian (new)

Brian | 274 comments Hi Vanessa; I enjoy "fierce poets", those who were not afraid in the least to expand boundaries that were established at the time. Can you tell me a little information about Maya and Nikki? Women possess such a different perspective which I find to be of great value. I am curious of the two you mentioned what part of their poetry is inspirational in you own? Or is fierceness the underlying theme, in which case that is an awesome basis to write poetry. Another who I have read very recently is Sylvia Plath whose writing style is modern to this day.


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Gary F | 168 comments Thanks Vanessa. When you do research do you put together an outline of the results of that research or how do you store it logically to use in your writing?


message 14: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa (vanessarichardson) | 12 comments Hi Brian! Hurray to fierce poets. You are correct, when you stated these "fierce" poets are not afraid to expand their boundaries.

Both Maya Angelou and Nikki Giavanni influenced me- not only through their words but their deeds and action. Their life and testimony are quite fascinating, and inspiring.

You can make it over the bumps in the roads. :)

If you should choose, (providing if you have not) to read these ladies works, would love to know how it goes for you. I will be certain to check Sylvia Plath works out! Thanks, for the recommend, Brian.

Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Nikki Giavanni Nikki Giovanni

Ego-Tripping and Other Poems for Young People


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Vanessa (vanessarichardson) | 12 comments Gary, I do use an outline for my characters as far has their background, hair and eye color, location, and personality. This is very important, as you want to make your characters come alive and connect with readers. This was something, I've learned. Especially if your book is very character driven.

Best,
Vanessa


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Rick F. | 7231 comments Mod
Vannessa- dont you agree that is is sad that so many fine poets are now mostly forgotten - my favorite Countee Cullen draws blank stares when I mention him to other readers- are you familiar with his brilliant work. his death at 43 was a terrible tragedy.
Langston Hughes is another favorite- but it seems that in today's society that people are more concerned about his sexuality then his poetic genius


message 17: by Vanessa (last edited Jun 15, 2010 04:15PM) (new)

Vanessa (vanessarichardson) | 12 comments Hi Rick,

I want to say you are doing a great job with your group here, and again thank you for the invite and opportunity. :)

I do admire Countee Cullen's works and Langston Hughes, whom most are familiar with. :)

For some poetry is considered as a fad. However, you have those poets and poetry lover who continue to breathe life into it. I've connect with several poets via some social sites, and it is unbelievable how alive poetry is.

Although, poetry is defined, styled, and/or structured.

Poetry Styles

- Acrostic Style
- Ballad Style
- Clerihew Style
- Damante Style
- Epitaph Style
- Free Verse
- Haiku
- Limerick Style
- Monody
- Monorhyme
- An Ode
- Palindrome
- Pantoum
- Quatrain Style
- Shape Poetry
- Sonnet
- Tongue Twister
- Villanelle


There are just those poets who can not be defined... whose talents are from the hearts. If you listen to them you... look past the exterior, and see their soulful words.

Langston Hughes, his words does just that! :)

Best,
Vanessa


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Rick F. | 7231 comments Mod
I could not agree more Vanessa!
well said!!


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Vanessa (vanessarichardson) | 12 comments :)


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