Vanessa Jones is a fiction writer of novels, short stories and screenplays. She began her writing career with a stage play for a fringe theatre company named Room for Revue, and co-wrote another play, GSOH, with comedian Arthur Smith.
Vanessa has written three novels, all of which experiment with different genres and explore themes of identity and belonging. Her first book, Twelve centres on a group of 20-somethings trying to find their way in an anonymous city; her second The Kindest Use a Knife is a crime novel ; and her third Somewhere Nowhere is a family saga in which the eldest generation are ghosts. Vanessa won an Arts Council award for the first 10,000 words of Somewhere Nowhere in 2003, and also received the Clarissa Luard award for the most promising writer under 35.
In 2003, Twelve was translated into Italian and published as Dodici. Vanessa subsequently moved to Rome in 2005, and continues to live there with her young daughter. Since 2010, she has co-written screenplays and treatments for Pampaset Productions.
Vanessa also works as a freelance copywriter and editor. Her clients include development organisations, corporate organisations and small businesses, as well as artists and designers.