Vanessa Couchman

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About Vanessa Couchman

A graduate of Oxford University and Warwick Business School, Vanessa Couchman is a novelist, short story writer, freelance writer and consultant and a former Writers Bureau tutor. She has lived in SW France since 1997.

She runs a business offering writing services and coaching in report writing to organisations in the UK and internationally. Examples of her work include research reports, annual reports, instruction manuals, promotional literature and strategy documents.

She has also written many articles for print magazines and websites on French life, travel and culture and on writing and literary history.

In her spare time (!) she writes short stories, some of which have won or been placed in competitions and published in anthologies and online.

She wrote her first novel in November 2012 during National Novel Writing Month. The House at Zaronza, set on Corsica and at the Western Front during WWI, was shortlisted in the Flash 500 Novel Opening Competition in 2013 and published by Crooked Cat Publishing in July 2014.

She has just finished a second novel, set in 18th-century Corsica and Marseille.

Writing site: Vanessa Couchman author

Blog about French life: Life on La Lune

Amazon author page

My news/views
Sep 24th

Hi Bruce, yes I saw it. Sorry you're having difficulties. I don't think you can reply directly to a comment on your profile, but you can post a reply in the Shout Box on your profile. Alternatively, click on Inbox in the very top RH and you can send an email to any member. You should have been sent a quick site guide when you joined. If not, you can find it under FAQs. I know the site isn't that easy to get your head around to start with, but I suggest you spend a bit of time just looking around and seeing what happens where. Most of the activity is in the forums (see top bar), which are private to members. Just be careful not to click on 'delete' anywhere! I think Lesley is away temporarily but hopefully she'll be back early this week and should be able to help you get around. You've managed to post your profile and mug shot, so you're already doing pretty well!

Sep 24th

I saw you message, but have no idea how to respond. Can you see this? I am going crazy trying to learn how to work this site. 

Bruce

Apr 19th

Hi Vanessa,

Thanks very much for your welcome. I'm looking forward to working here.

About Me
Here For
Writing, Critiquing, Support, Networking

Interests
Writing, walking, yoga, food & drink, music

Favorite Music
Mozart, Don Giovanni

Favorite Movies
Jean de Florette & Manon des Sources; Joseph Losey's Don Giovanni, with Ruggiero Raimondi and Kiri te Kanawa; Le Vieux Fusil

Favorite Books
Too many to list!

Favorite Quotations
Samuel Johnson 'No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money.'