Friday, October 26, 2012

Voodoo with Janice Horton

RNA member Janice Horton lives in Scotland and writes contemporary romance with humour. Her novels ‘Bagpipes & Bullshot’ and ‘Reaching for the Stars’ are both Amazon Kindle bestsellers. Her latest title ‘How Do You Voodoo?’ is a novella and launches today - 26th October! 

So, for a bit of spellbinding fun, do pop over to Janice’s blog today or follow the party on Twitter using the hashtag #voodoo.

Tell us more about How Do You Voodoo? 

The idea for this story was sparked by a real life event. On a flight back from the Caribbean, I witnessed a nasty spat between two female passengers. My imagination soon took over and I thought - ‘what if one had put a voodoo curse on the other?’ - and it had me scribbling in my notebook for the rest of the flight.

This is the story I came up with:

Loveless fashion model Nola Nichols thinks being beautiful is a curse; that is until she is cursed and her looks begin to fade just a week before the most important photo shoot of her career. Nola rejects all rational explanation on what might be causing her lost looks and decides she has to find a way to get uncursed. This imaginative quest takes her from the Caribbean to Glasgow’s own City of the Dead. Along the way, she finds herself taking part in a rather unconventional funeral, involved in a voodoo ritual, reveals one or two unrests in her own past and falls madly in love with a doctor. Erm, that would be a witch doctor, right…?

Janice, tell us why you decided to write a novella?

It occurred to me that there are certain times of the year like Valentine’s Day, Christmas or Halloween, when an opportunity exists for an author to offer readers a seasonal short fun read between full length novels. I’m currently working on another full length novel but I’m mindful that it will have taken me a full year to write it. I like to think that by offering novellas in between novels, I can retain the interest of my readers and also have some extra writing fun myself. It’s also a good way to introduce new readers to your writing as they may then go on to read your other work.

Tell us how you set about the research.

I find the research I do for my stories just as much fun as writing them! On this occasion, a central scene in ‘How Do You Voodoo?’ takes place in a huge spooky Victorian cemetery in Glasgow known as ‘The City of the Dead’. You do know that all my books include a Scottish setting, don’t you? You didn’t? Well, I suggest you pop over to my tartantastic blog and check them all out! Photos – Janice exploring Glasgow’s spooky ‘City of the Dead’.

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That was such fun, thank you for sharing with us Janice, and we wish you every success with your new book.
Best wishes, Freda

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Rosemary Gemmell said...

It's a great fun read, Janice, and I enjoyed hearing how it came about!

Janice said...

Thanks Rosemary! It was great fun to research How Do You Voodoo? and today it's great fun launching it. I loved your birthday spell by the way!

Like all the party peeps over at my blog today, I have cast a spell but really should have given it more thought - as what I really need today is a 'Be Everywhere At Once Spell' as I dash between blogland, Facebook and Twitter - it's all amazing!

Also amazing is how clever and inventive people are being in casting their spells - and I can't wait to hear if any of them actually work - lol!

It's great to be here on the RNA Blog - thanks so much for having me!

All day today only my romantic Halloween novella 'How Do You Voodoo?' is FREE to download. It's my party gift - so please get your copy now.

Love, Janice xx

Linn B Halton and Lucy Coleman said...

What a fab day! The research is so interesting, but best of all is How Do You Voodoo? It's a fab read Janice and you fans will not be disappointed! Lxx

Janice said...

Thank you for your kind comment Linn! How Do You Voodoo? was such a fun story to write and I hope readers enjoy the humour as well as the moral of the tale!

Janice xx