Vanessa Couchman

About me

Vanessa Couchman lives in southwest France and is a freelance writer. She has a degree in History from Oxford University.

Her first novel, The House at Zaronza, set in early 20th-century Corsica and during World War I, was published by Crooked Cat Publishing in summer 2014. It was judged in the top four of the Flash 500 Novel Opening Competition in 2013.

She also writes short stories with an historical flavour. She has been published in several anthologies and placed in various competitions.

Her historical interests are wide-ranging – from Eleanor of Aquitaine to occupied France during World War II. Her life in France blog often includes posts about French local and national history.

She is an avid reader of historical fiction.

From my website

Why Corsica Should be a Happy Hunting Ground for Authors

  Prehistoric menhirs at Filitosa. Corsican culture was forged early on. I went to a very interesting talk at the Parisot Literary Festival in October 2013 by former journalist and think-tank head Martin Walker. It was about why France is a happy hunting ground for authors. Martin should know: he…

Milestones or millstones? Or how to stop beating yourself up when your writing goals elude you

Where the writing gets done – or not… I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I invariably break them before January is over. And there’s something about these worthy tablets of stone that kills one’s enthusiasm even before they are fully formulated. For a few years, I faithfully used to set…

The Beekeeper, a Short Story set in Corsica 

  Lavender in the maquis near Corte, central Corsica. The bees make honey with a distinctive flavour from the aromatic plants. I’m posting this story as part of Indie Authors Appreciation Week, running on Facebook from today, Friday 9th January to Friday 16th January. It’s an opportunity to meet 60 authors…

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