Melodee Patterson – Author Interview

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

The Adventures of Vanessa Andruz, Virtual Assistant is a unique “how to” ebook containing down-to-earth information on starting a Virtual Assistance business, wrapped up in an engaging story. You’ll meet Vanessa Andruz, an executive assistant to the president of an insurance company, who chucks it all to work at home as a Virtual Assistant (VA).

You’ll travel along with Vanessa as she starts to set up and grow her VA business, including how to decide on a business structure; choosing a company name; setting up a home office; determining services; setting rates; and learning how to network without fear.

There are extensive resource links and downloads included in the ebook. Plus, Vanessa’s extended family–her parents, her best friend, Marci, and her snake-in-the-grass ex-husband, Mark—provide a light-hearted look at how relationships can affect our life decisions.

Tell us something about yourself.

I’ve been a Virtual Assistant since 2006, after trying numerous career paths such as computer programming, desktop publishing and working in a molecular biology lab. As a VA, I get to learn something new everyday while helping my clients grow their businesses. It’s great fun!

What inspired you to write this book?

It was more like being “forced” than being “inspired”. Vanessa literally knocked on the inside of my skull and said “Let me out of here!” (O.K. – maybe not LITERALLY…) When I sat down to write, I just let Vanessa take over my fingers. Sounds weird, but it works for us.

How did you publish this book?

I wanted to include images and keep the resource links updated, so I published The Adventures of Vanessa Andruz as an ebook.

What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?

The hardest part is trusting that I’ll find something written on the paper or typed on the screen, if I just give it a little time!

How do you do research for your books?

A lot of the information in the ebook I learned while setting up my own VA business. The rest was gathered on the Internet and in Virtual Assistant forums.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

Vanessa is already started to whisper to me about the next ebook – where she starts to blog, sets up an opt-in box, and learns how to keep your business going while she visits her parents in Sedona. I’m trying to ignore her while I get some other things done, but…

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

If a voice in your head says you MUST write, then for heaven’s sake, quit fighting it and write! It won’t matter if no one else wants to read it – I guarantee your brain will thank you for getting it out and onto paper.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

Vanessa insisted on her own website, so you can read more about her and The Adventures of Vanessa Andruz, Virtual Assistant at If you have any questions that you’d like her to answer about Virtual Assistance, just email her at


  1. Mary Kay Aide says

    Love the interview…would love to meet Vanessa sometime, but I have this sneaking suspicion I already have!

    Great job, Melodee!