Vanessa Salazar is a Trinidadian author. She was born in Las Cuevas Village, on June 3rd 1978, to parents Antoinette Noriega and deceased Lennox Salazar. As a child, Vanessa was very close to her grandfather, James Burnley. He introduced her to mermaids by telling her that long ago mermaids lived in a nearby river. Since then, she has loved mermaids and most things mythical.
At age seven, Vanessa moved to Belmont and lived there until her early twenties. After secondary school, she pursued several random courses before she settle on a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science. Her original choice for a degree was English, but at that time it was too costly. She fed her desire to write by enrolling in any available writing courses she could find and later she joined the Writers Union of Trinidad and Tobago.
Though Vanessa loved to write, she didn’t like to read until she was a young adult. The Green Mile by Stephen King was the first book that captivated her, and then her older sister insisted she read V.C. Andrews Dollanganger Series.
Vanessa eventually combined her desire to share her grandfather’s story with her dream of becoming an author. She succeeded in June 2014, when she published Selima and the Merfolk.