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

Scent of Corsica: the Maquis

Rosemary, a typical maquis plant Can you name some famous Corsicans? There’s the obvious one, Napoleon Bonaparte. Slightly less obvious ones are the singer Tino Rossi, and Pasquale di Paoli, who headed the short-lived independent Corsican republic in the 18th century. But did you know that François Coty, who founded…

History People #10: Katharine Johnson, Inspired by Italy

Author Katharine Johnson Today, I’m delighted to welcome Katharine Johnson to the History People slot. Lucky Katharine has lived in Italy, which has provided inspiration for her writing and she’s supplied some mouth-watering shots of Italian views and villages below. But I’ll let her tell you about that. Hello, Vanessa,…

Free Literary Mag & a Chance to Win Amazon Vouchers

The 6th edition of Writers Abroad’s literary magazine, The Third Space is published today. It’s completely free and you can read it online on Joomag or download a PDF copy. What’s more, the first person to email us the correct answers to our new literary quiz will win 15 euros…

 
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