Born in Switzerland to Spanish-Italian immigrant parents, Vanessa grew up fluent in six languages and has lived in the US, China, and Europe. She is the author of My Yolanda, a globetrotting suspense and century-spanning family epic. Her second novel, currently in draft mode, explores the paranoid world of Soviet ballet.

Vanessa is represented by Marion Duvert at The Clegg Agency..

Previously, she spent two decades working in advertising and digital marketing, leading cross-disciplinary teams for clients such as Nike. In 2017 she co-founded artisanal ice pop company Nordikos. In 2019 she co-founded @MadridBookie, a literary event series.

She lives in Madrid with her Danish husband and their daughter.