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

History People #1: Wartime Fiction: Wandering Off the Beaten Track

The first GI arrives in Northern Ireland, January 1942 This is the first in a series of guest posts by fellow historical fiction authors. Dianne Ascroft, who writes World War II fiction, kicks it off with some thought-provoking reflections on unusual settings for wartime fiction and what readers are looking for.…

Sunday Sojourn – with Vanessa Couchman

Fellow Crooked Cat author, Jennifer C. Wilson, invited me to her blog today, where I talk about creating a sense of place in fiction and describe some of the research I had to do for The House at Zaronza. Tales from the notepad... For today’s Sunday Sojourn, I’m joined by…

Write Despite – Procrastination

Sunset on Corsica – well worth procrastinating for Fellow Crooked Cat author Margaret K. Johnson has invited me onto her blog today to take part in her ‘Write Despite‘ series, in which women writers talk about their writing challenges and how they address them. So I’ve focused on a topic…

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