DECEMBER WA MEMBER SPOTLIGHT - Vanessa Couchman
I was brought up in southern England. My love of reading, literature and history comes from my mother, who read to me when I was very young. My own early forays into writing were stories about witches and magic – illustrated by my own fair hand.
Writing has been a golden thread throughout my career, but until recently it was exclusively non-fiction writing. I have worked in publishing, public relations and communications, and have run my own copywriting business since moving to southwest France in 1997. I also write magazine articles, which have been widely published in lifestyle magazines about France.
In 2010, I joined Writers Abroad and took up writing fiction again, starting with short stories. I wrote my first historical novel, The House at Zaronza, during National Novel Writing Month in 2012. It was published by Crooked Cat Publishing this year.
I find inspiration for much of my fiction in French life, history and culture.
Writing site: http://vanessacouchmanwriter.wordpress.com
France blog: http://vanessafrance.wordpress.com
The House at Zaronza
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