Vanessa Couchman

About me

Vanessa Couchman lives in southwest France and is a novelist and freelance writer. She has an MA 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 2014. It was judged in the top four of the Flash 500 Novel Opening Competition in 2013.

Her latest WiP is set in 18th-century Corsica and Marseille. In addition, she plans a novella set in Corsica on the theme of vendetta, and a Corsican WWII novel.

Vanessa also writes short stories with an historical flavour. She has been published in anthologies and placed in creative writing competitions.

Her historical interests are wide-ranging, centring on France and Corsica. 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 story – Vanessa Couchman’s new Corsica-based novel

I’m appearing on author Katy Johnson’s blog today, giving a little peek into my current work in progress, set in Corsica (where else?). Katy's Writing Coffee Shop Today I’m thrilled to see Vanessa Couchman in the coffee shop. I love stories about houses which give up their longheld secrets so…

Rolling in the Aisles: 10 Tips for Doing an Author Talk

Yours truly signing books at the Parisot Literary Festival Doing an author talk and reading or a public book launch can be intimidating if you don’t have much experience. And public speaking generally is daunting unless you’re one of life’s extroverts, which I’m not. I have done quite a lot…

History People #6: Carol Maginn, Lured by History

Author Carol Maginn Next up in my series about people who write historical fiction is Carol Maginn, who shares with us her journey into history and its influence on her writing. She also tells us how she avoids the pitfalls of historical research – and I know from my own…

 
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