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

The Story Behind ‘The List’: Occupied France 1941-42

It’s surprising where research can lead you. I have been reading about World War II and France. Robert Gildea’s book Marianne in Chains: Daily Life in the Heart of France During the German Occupation describes everyday life in the Occupied Zone and investigates certain myths about ordinary French people’s attitudes…

History People #2: Miriam Drori, an Unintentional History Person

Author Miriam Drori A big welcome to fellow Crooked Cat author Miriam Drori, who continues my series about authors who write historical fiction. She’s involved in an interesting co-authoring project with another writer, but I’ll let her tell you about that. Hello, Vanessa. Thank you so much for having me on…

Sunday Sojourn – Corsica

Author Jennifer C. Wilson kindly invited me to her blog to talk about a place that inspires me. No contest – it has to be Corsica, so I’m writing about the village that inspired The House at Zaronza… Jennifer C. Wilson Happy Sunday everyone – the last before December kicks…

 
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