When Vanessa got into her car that winter’s afternoon, she had no idea she was setting off on a journey with no return. An inner journey that would call into question a whole life spent living up to other people’s expectations.
With tragic and comic episodes that bring together a domineering mother, a hippie aunt, a boring marriage, an insufferable boss and a friend who never knows when to shut up, “The Strange year of Vanessa M.” shares Vanessa’s voyage of self-discovery with us. And it makes us marvel at the power we have to question things, because there’s no end to the pursuit of happiness.
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My writing is very visual, maybe because I’m used to creating commercial for a living. I like people to see what they are reading
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Keep writing and be humble. Listen to what people say about your writing and try to do better every time.
Filipa Fonseca Silva was born in Barreiro, Portugal, in 1979. She has a degree in Communication by Universidade Católica Portuguesa and works as an advertising copywriter since 2004.
She is also a published author. Her first book Thirty Something (nothing’s how we dreamed it would be) has been widely praised, and her second book, The Stange year of Vanessa M. was launched this June. You can find them at Amazon.
Besides writing she loves painting, collecting shoes and eating watermelon.
She lives in Lisbon with her husband, baby and Gucci, the cat.
A story I read in the newspaper about a mum that left her children in the sidewalk and drove away. I wanted to explore what drives someone to do something like that. What kind of life she had? Why was she so stressed? What led her to loose her temper like that?
That’s hoe Vanessa was born.