Vanessa never thought she'd end up in the south of France, but she moved there more than 20 years ago and hasn't looked back. She describes herself as a "history nut" and derives great inspiration from French and Corsican history and culture. 'The House at Zaronza' is based on an intriguing true story that she came across when holidaying on the beguiling Mediterranean island of Corsica.
The second novel in her Tales of Corsica series, 'The Corsican Widow', is set on Corsica and in Marseilles during the 18th century. She is also working on a sequel to 'The House at Zaronza', set during World War II, in the same series.
Vanessa's short stories have won, been placed and shortlisted in creative writing competitions and published in anthologies and online. Some of them, inspired by and set in France, have been released in 'French Collection: Twelve Short Stories'.
Vanessa has a degree in history from Oxford University and an MBA. She is a member of the Historical Novel Society, ex-pat writing community Writers Abroad and the Parisot Writing Group.
Learn more on her website: http://vanessacouchmanwriter.com.
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