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

My Main Character Has Her Say…

The Corsican landscape Maria loves so much When you’ve spent months, or even years, with your characters they somehow take on a surprising reality and a life of their own. I felt a bit empty when I typed ‘The End’ to The House at Zaronza since  I had become very fond…

Food and Diet in Corsican History

Pigs in the Niolu, Corsica, one of the main sources of meat Finding out about the daily lives and concerns of your characters is hard, especially when they aren’t famous historical figures. You don’t want to put all the details of food, dress, housing, etc. into your novel, but you…

History People #8: Tim Taylor Looks at the Boundaries of Historical Fiction

Author Tim ‘T E’ Taylor Today, I’m delighted to welcome a fellow Crooked Cat author, Tim ‘T E’ Taylor, to the History People slot. He looks at the ways in which history has inspired his novels, and continues to do so. Take it away, Tim. Hello, Vanessa.  Many thanks for…

 
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