Author of Dogs Don’t Drive

Vanessa Wood is the author and illustrator of “Dogs Don’t Drive!” She is also the illustrator of “The Breakaway Kid” by Ben Atkins and has created several illustrated Websites.

She studied illustration at Otis Art Institute (Otis College of Art and Design) in Los Angeles.

Vanessa has been a “dog parent” for most of her life. “I’ve never been in a home without a dog. We’ve had purebreds and strays– all were part of the family. We’ve had both big and small dogs: two Newfoundlands, two Cockapoos, a Greyhound, a Chocolate Lab. We had a terrier with rumors of a movie-star lineage and a couple of mixed breeds who probably had big stories to tell about their life in shelters.”

Cars have also played a large part of her life. She’s attended auto shows in Los Angeles and London. “I handled auto claims for a large rent-a-car company. I only had one claim with a dog behind the wheel– that must mean they’re pretty good drivers!”

Vanessa is a professional web designer and a WordPress developer. Her interests includes history, blogging, CrossFit and knitting. She creates illustrations at her Miss Ewe Studio in Connecticut.