Vanessa Lopez Aziz


Vanessa spent the first ten years of her adulthood adventuring. She’s lived up and down the California coast, Nevada, the Alaskan frontier, England, and Eastern Europe. She’s jumped off mountains, swam with whale sharks, excavated 15,000-year-old archaeological sites, and lived out of a backpack for months at a time. She is more often found writing about adventures than living them these days. 

She is first-generation half-Filipino and half-Pakistani. She always felt a lack of representation in media growing up, so now she writes the kind of novels she wishes to see more of. Her stories are populated with quirky protagonists finding their way in the world when traditional labels don’t fit. Her debut YA time travel novel Play it Back is inhabited by such characters. When she’s not writing, she works as a nurse in child psychiatry. She and her husband Tomas are raising two bright young children, Lincoln and Luna, in Las Vegas, NV. 

photo by Kenny Ecclesmith