We were so privileged to welcome New York Times Best-Selling Author & Chico Native Vanessa Diffenbaugh. Returning to her hometown of Chico, we have the New York Times Best-Selling Author of the Language of Flowers. Written in over 43 languages, and sold worldwide!
Vanessa Diffenbaugh opened her home to foster children in 2005, which gave her the opportunity to become intimately familiar with not only the ‘system’ but also the children that found themselves dependent upon it. Vanessa is said to have two passions: writing and children in need of a home. She wove both of these passions into her writing of the New York Times Best-Selling novel, the Language of Flowers. While the main character, Victoria is entirely fictional, Vanessa drew inspiration in bits and pieces from other foster children that she has known. She recalls a young woman in particular, that her and her husband mentored many years ago who was fiery and focused & distrusting and unpredictable in a manner similar to Victoria. This young woman had a number on her birth certificate where a name should have been placed, and had been in more foster homes than she could count. But still, she was resilient, beautiful, smart, and funny. While she was loved completely, she struggled, and would sabotage it over and over again. In the book, Victoria has a similar dysfunction, but the link is obvious; the struggle of loving when you feel unlovable. The struggle of feeling valued when you feel worthless.
Proceeds from the luncheon benefited the housing programs of the Jesus Center.