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

Letters from Elsewhere: Rachel Swift

nessafrance:Rachel Swift, one of my characters from The House at Zaronza appears on Miriam Drori’s blog today, in her Letters from Elsewhere series, with a letter to the main character in the book, Maria Orsini, whom she never met. Originally posted on An' de walls came tumblin' down: Today, you’re…

Kaleidoscope Anthology Launched Today!

Writers Abroad’s latest anthology of short stories, flash fiction and poetry, Kaleidoscope, is launched today, with the proceeds in aid of the charity Room to Read. The theme is “light” and the book is a sparkling collection of writing from ex-pat writers around the world. And we’re having a Facebook…

Revisiting Inspiration on Corsica

  Special Corsican village Should you go back to places that have a special significance in your memory, or where you have found inspiration? It can turn out to be disappointing. They might have changed beyond recognition, or the magic you experienced might simply have dissipated. So, it was with some misgivings that…

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