Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin is the founder of the award winning writing resources website,, and of The Inkwell Group publishing consultancy.  She is Ireland’s leading literary scout who has assisted many award winning and bestselling authors to publication.

Vanessa conceived and developed the National Emerging Writer Programme for Dublin City of Literature, and was the lead consultant and presenter for Writers Web TV bringing free, live, online workshops to writers worldwide.  Vanessa is the Chair of Irish PEN and is the Irish and Eurozone Adviser to the international Alliance of Independent Authors.

Vanessa has been writing fiction since her husband set sail across the Atlantic for eight weeks in 1999 and she had an idea for a book.  She is represented by Simon Trewin at WME and writes crime as Sam Blake.  The first of her Cat Connolly thriller trilogy Little Bones was published in May 2016 and hit the bestseller list, spending 8 weeks in the Top 10 with 4 weeks at No. 1.  In Deep Water, book 2 of the trilogy came out in April 2017 and book 3 No Turning Back hit the bestseller list in May 2018. The trilogy is available on audio.