Welcome! Author of the Series: Families Growing in Faith

“In the beginning was the word…”
– John 1:1



As an inspirational writer, I pen encouraging stories (fiction and non fiction) for children and adults. 

Mission: To glorify and honor God through my storytelling.

Vision: To use my writing as a tool for Christian ministry that expands beyond the walls of the church and communicates an inspirational message that serve as a bridge for children and adults.


Awards for Grandma, Granddad, We Want to Praise God: 2023 National Indie Excellence Awards, Finalist in the ‘Children’s Religion,’ and 2023 Book Excellence Awards, Finalist in the ‘Children’s Religion.’ 

Several awards for Daddy, I Want to Know God: The 2021 Firebird Book Award in three categories: “Book Cover Design- Children Picture Books,” “Children’s, Inspirational/Motivational,” and “Children’s Religion;” as well as the 2021 Book Excellence Award, finalist in the “Children’s Religion” category!  Previous awards; 2019 Christian Indie Awards in the “Children’s (4-8 Years)” category and the  2018 American Fiction Awards, “Children’s Religious” category.

Awards for Mama, I Want to See God: 2017 Bookvana Award in the “Children’s Religious”  and the 2016 Best Book Awards, “Children’s Religious category. 

Please subscribe below to receive “Connecting Readers to the Word,” a free quarterly e-newsletter. Each issue features: Speak Life (words of inspiration), Vanessa’s Bulletin Board (announcements), and Vanessa’s Quick Picks (recommendations of books for children and adults).

What others are saying . . . “Thank you for the winter issue: His Light. This morning I walked into my great room and the light was so bright that I thought of your message. I know now that  whenever I see the sun shining through, I will think on God’s presence. Thank you for sharing the message.”   ~ W. A.


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Vanessa Fortenberry