Sunday Sojourn – with Vanessa Couchman

Fellow Crooked Cat author, Jennifer C. Wilson, invited me to her blog today, where I talk about creating a sense of place in fiction and describe some of the research I had to do for The House at Zaronza.

Jennifer C. Wilson

For today’s Sunday Sojourn, I’m joined by Vanessa Couchman, to talk about creating a sense of place…

Vanessa CouchmanCreating a Sense of Place

I’ve lived in Southwest France for nearly 20 years. The region is steeped in history and chock-full of scenic and fascinating places. Why, then, didn’t I set my first historical novel, The House at Zaronza, here? I could have done, but it wouldn’t have been the same. The novel is set in early 20th-century Corsica and on the Western Front during World War I, and it’s based on a true story.

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We have made six visits to Corsica, a captivating Mediterranean island. Once, we stayed in a B&B where framed love letters hung on the walls. The owners discovered them walled up in the attic when they restored the house. They were written in the 1890s by the village schoolmaster to the daughter of the…

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Published by Vanessa in France

We moved to an 18th-century farmhouse in SW France in 1997. I'm fascinated by French history, rural traditions and customs. I also write historical novels and short stories.

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