Vanessa L. Torres
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Vanessa L. Torres

Vanessa L. Torres is an author of books for young readers. She loves to read anything with a vivid setting, but there's a special place in her heart for urban tales. She was born and raised in Minneapolis Minnesota, and now lives in Olympia Washington with her husband and daughter. When she's not writing, she balances her time between anything outdoors, and her other job as a firefighter/paramedic. And when the snow hits, you might catch a glimpse of her ski patrolling on the mountain. Vanessa was a young ballet dancer at The Minnesota Dance Theatre in the 80s and was a member of the children’s company. THE TURNING POINTE is inspired by her time at MDT, when Prince used a studio in the building to take private dance classes. He was preparing for the filming of his movie, Purple Rain. And Vanessa would sneak up to his studio and watch him take class. Sometimes, she’d stalked the elevators, just to share a ride down with Prince and his bodyguard, Big Chick. These encounters were the spark for her young adult debut—the beginnings of a story she always hoped would make it to the published page. Thank you so much for reading. She hopes you love the book as much as she loved writing it.
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