Joined Aug 6 2012
SAVVY BOOK CLUB
Vanessa Williams Snyder, anaward-winning educator and author, spent nearly 15 years in journalism beforelaunching a second career. Since leaving Gannett News Service, where she was aneditor and writer in the Features department, she has blossomed as a teacherwhile still finding time to write.
Her first novel, “The Second First Lady,” was released near theend of 2010. It’s the story of Clairmont Jenkins, a recently-widowed,40-year-old pastor who must learn how to date again and be a single parent,while figuring out what God wants him to do for the congregation and community.Of course women are lining up because he’s such a good catch, while his14-year-old son shuts down on him. It’s the first book in a three-part seriesthat centers around Clairmont’s family.
In addition to writing abouthealth, marriage, music and other topics for GNS, Vanessa has written numerous freelancearticles for several magazines — including Emerge, BET Weekend, Gospel Todayand Excellence. She also wrote youth curriculum for many years for two SundaySchool publishing companies. Along with her husband, Deron, she’s the co-authorof “50 Ways to Put Christ in Your Marriage: AndLive Happily Every Day,” in addition to “50Ways to Put Christ Back in Christmas: And Keep the Spirit Alive All Year.” Vanessaand Deron are co-owners of BlackDoor Ventures, Inc., which specializes inhigh-quality writing, editing and communication services, including publishing,public/media relations and broadcasting.
A native Washingtonian, Vanessa isa National Board-certified teacher, with a Master’s degree in Education fromWalden University and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University ofMaryland. Among her many education honors is a Golden Apple Award for “Teacherof Distinction,” and “Teacher of the Year” awards in Lee County (Fla.). Shecurrently teaches Language Arts at the internationally-acclaimed Duke EllingtonSchool of the Arts, in Washington, D.C..
The Snyders were married in 1990and reside in the D.C. metropolitan area with their daughters, 16-year-oldSierra and 13-year-old Sequoia.