Biography

Vanessa grew up in Cape Town, and still lives there with her husband of fifteen years, her baby daughter and plenty of furry, four-legged ‘children’.

Her passion for the written word started her career as an editor and copywriter, and she part-ran a writers’ critique group for close on seven years. She's been writing ever since she learnt how, has always been an avid reader, and currently lives on coffee and cigarettes.

Her interests include reading, photography, the supernatural, life's mysteries and martial arts, of which she has five years’ experience.


Books by Vanessa Finaughty

Wizard of Ends - Book Cover

When Lashlor Leaflin offers to escort Queen Narraki Dragonsbane to the Jeltar Woods, he’s unwittingly caught up in a magical adventure of the type he would rather not have. The sorceress Assassa believes the Land of Ends to be rightfully hers, but King Lanaran refuses to hand over his crown. In retaliation, the sorceress conjures creatures of darkness to hunt the queen and end her life. Lashlor helps where he can, but it isn’t easy when the Guards of Ends who protect the queen believe him to be false.

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Doorway to Destiny - Box set cover

With eight novels by TC Southwell and a trilogy and two anthologies by Vanessa Finaughty, this box set offers fantasy and sci-fi lovers escapism that will keep you up long past your bedtime. Dive into fantastic worlds and meet fascinating characters whose trials and tribulations will enchant and inspire. Discover how a vengeful assassin reshapes the fate of three kingdoms and share in a quest to discover the origins of mankind, then follow the tale of a young queen's fight to be free with the aid of a combat cyborg.

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Legends of Origin 3 - Book Cover

Liam and Arthean are trapped on a Harvester spaceship, hunted by the crew, when the rescue mission to save the mysterious Lenora Fairen goes horribly wrong. The ensuing events bring to light some disturbing information about the Harvesters – and their creators – and cause Arthean’s previously unfaltering faith to waver. Information is scarce about the Vorsors, the species that created the Harvesters.

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Legends of Origin 2 - Book Cover

Two months after Liam MacAskill’s return to Earth from Tridor Monastery, a portal opens in Orion’s Nebula, and a continent-sized spaceship emerges. It heads for Earth, where it hovers over Africa. Shortly thereafter, a second alien species comes through the portal. Then impossibility becomes reality – the second species steals Earth’s sun. The first species, the T’Acan – or Harvesters, as some call them – seem friendly enough, but Liam suspects they are omitting something about their reasons for visiting Earth, which seem lame to him.

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In his search for the origin of the human race, Liam MacAskill travels to another planet and comes face to face with the Devil himself. He’s driven to claim sanctuary from the monks and nuns at Tridor Monastery, where another stranger to the land lies in a coma. Liam teams up with Arthean, a Tridorian monk with a dark past and a heart of gold.

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Ashes to Ashes (book) by Vanessa Finaughty

When she hears that Mathieu Cousteau is dead, Michelle van Wyk is relieved to be safe from the man threatening her. However, Mathieu’s soul lives on and is determined to even the score for his murder. Michelle’s circumstances grow direr when Pierre, Mathieu’s handsome brother, becomes obsessed with her and draws her into a nightmare world of murder, treachery and warped love.

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Dragon Kin and other fantasy stories (book) by Vanessa Finaughty

The Dragon Kin anthology is a compilation of fantasy stories with myriad twists to keep you turning the page. In this anthology, a man's astonishing past is uncovered when he saves a young woman from conjured, fire-breathing dragons. A beginner wizard’s resolve is put to the test when rabid dogs chase him, set upon his trail by the king for accusing the queen of murder.

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Futurescape (book) by Vanessa Finaughty

The real world meets science fiction in this short story anthology, guaranteed to rip you right out of reality. Are you ready? Not much scares Lydia. She sees walking corpses every day without flinching, yet her phobia of cockroaches is crippling and may be her undoing.

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Terrorscape (book) by Vanessa Finaughty

Can’t decide between thriller and horror? Get your chills and thrills together in this three-part anthology including short stories, flash fiction and Lovecraftian horror. Terrorscape offers a full scope of terror, from sociopath chess players, abandoned buildings, serial killers on nicotine withdrawal and neighbours from Hell to whispering shadows ...

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Horrotica (book) by Vanessa Finaughty

A compilation of short horror stories that will chill your soul and remind you to never take anything at face value.

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