Vanessa Couchman is a novelist, short story author, freelance writer and journalist.
She has lived in an 18th-century farmhouse in the glorious countryside of southwest France since 1997. French and Corsican history and culture provide inspiration for much of her fiction. The stunningly beautiful Mediterranean island of Corsica keeps drawing her back.
The House at Zaronza, Vanessa’s first novel, is based on an intriguing true story and set in early 20th-century Corsica and at the Western Front during World War I. It was published by Crooked Cat Publishing in 2014.
She has just finished a novel set in 18th-century Corsica and Marseille and plans a novella about vendetta in Corsica and a sequel to The House at Zaronza, set in World War II.
Her short stories have won, been placed and shortlisted in creative writing competitions. They have also been published in anthologies and online.
Vanessa is a member of the Society of Authors and the Historical Novel Society and has been a Writers Bureau tutor. She belongs to online, ex-pat writing group Writers Abroad and the Parisot Writing Group in southwest France. She was a founder of the Parisot Literary Festival in 2013, now an established annual event on the literary scene.
Vanessa has an MA in Modern History from Oxford University and an MBA and runs a copywriting business. She also writes magazine articles on French life and the art of writing.