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Vanessa Couchman

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Vanessa moved to southern France in 1997 and hasn't looked back. Being a "history nut", she's in totally the right place. The beguiling Mediterranean island of Corsica also provides great inspiration, and she visits whenever she can.

Two of her three novels, THE HOUSE AT ZARONZA and THE CORSICAN WIDOW, are set on Corsica; the third, OVERTURE, is set in Southwest France and Paris, as is AUGUSTINE, a novella prequel.

Vanessa's short stories have been placed in writing competitions and published in anthologies. The stories in FRENCH COLLECTION: TWELVE SHORT STORIES are inspired by and set in France.

When she's not writing, Vanessa is reading, singing, walking, or enjoying France's famed cuisine and wine. She writes a popular blog about life in Fr
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Vanessa Couchman Be persistent and keep writing even if you receive rejections. All writers do and we all hate it, but you have to develop a thick skin. Ask others to …moreBe persistent and keep writing even if you receive rejections. All writers do and we all hate it, but you have to develop a thick skin. Ask others to critique your work – but preferably not your spouse! I find other people’s comments very helpful and important because you cannot judge your own work from the reader’s point of view. Read as much as you can, because you will learn a lot from other writers. Constantly seek to improve your writing and give it that little bit extra. (less)
Vanessa Couchman A sequel to my first novel, The House at Zaronza, which was set in early 20th-century Corsica and at the Western Front in World War I. Book 2 follows …moreA sequel to my first novel, The House at Zaronza, which was set in early 20th-century Corsica and at the Western Front in World War I. Book 2 follows some of the characters in Book 1 through World War II.(less)
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Corsica novels on Easter promo

Throughout Easter, my two Corsica novels, The House at Zaronza and The Corsican Widow, are on promo on Amazon Kindle.

The House at Zaronza is free during that time. It’s a dual-timeline novel based on a true story. Hidden letters found after more than a century reveal a tale of star-crossed lovers against the backdrop of the rugged mountains of Corsica and the trenches of World War I. “Vanessa

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Description: This is Chapter 1 of my published debut novel, set in early 20th-century Corsica and at the Western Front during World War I. The story starts in the present day with a young British woman seeking to trace her Corsican ancestors.
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Vanessa Couchman Sue1958 wrote: "Thank you Vanessa for connecting with me"

Hi Sue, I'm terribly embarrassed, because I've only just seen this message from you dating back to Jan this year. Even after more than 2 years, I'm still getting my head around Goodreads. Thank YOU for connecting. I'm always interested to read your incisive reviews. How many books a year do you read?!


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