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

History People #5: Sue Barnard, Random and Retrospective?

Author Sue Barnard Sue Barnard is not only a friend and fellow Crooked Cat author, but she’s also my editor! Today, she’s here with her author hat on, though, to tell us about her approach to the history she includes in her own books. Take it away, Sue. Hello, Vanessa. …

History People #4: Nancy Jardine, fascinated by Roman Britain

Nancy Jardine A big welcome back to the blog to Crooked Cat colleague Nancy Jardine, the latest of my history people. Nancy’s enthusiasm for her subject leaps off the page! Read on and you’ll see what I mean. Thank you, Vanessa, for the invitation to contribute to your series #History…

Researching #Corsica: yes, but which one?

The citadel dominating the town of Corte, central Corsica, surrounded by rugged mountains   You’ve no doubt heard of Google alerts. They’re a useful way of keeping abreast of new items on a topic that interests you, without having to scroll through search engine pages to find them. You can…

 
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