Saturday 17 December 2011

Janice Horton Visits The Plotting Shed

Janice Horton’s new e-book ‘Reaching for the Stars’ is about a Scottish celebrity chef called Finn McDuff who is media stalked and disillusioned after winning his third star and losing his third wife. He decides he’s had enough of all the food campaigns, the TV cookery shows, the constant frenzy surrounding his private life and, after giving up all his accolades and closing down his restaurant, he disappears.

With the enfant terrible of the kitchen missing, two rival newspapers, having lost their media meal ticket, compete against each other to whip up further public curiosity in the missing chef.

Love him or hate him, everyone is out looking for Chef McDuff. Who will find him first and whose side will you be on...?

Scottish author Janice Horton launches her latest book ‘Reaching for the Stars’ this week in e-book format and I’m delighted to be hosting her as part as her blog tour. Janice writes romance novels with a Scottish flavour and I asked her where was her favourite place to write them?

This is the view from just behind my cottage on the side of a hill in Southern Scotland. As I set all my novels here, when the weather allows, sitting up here on the hill overlooking the beautiful Nith Valley is my very favourite place to write.

Here there are no distractions except for the fabulous sweeping views or the call of the birds, so I take a pencil and a notepad and I write freehand. I find it both inspiring and liberating, which is especially useful if I’m stuck or have a story plotting problem.

I’m often accompanied by my two little Westies, Polly and Ruby, and our free range rescue hens. It’s the perfect spot in the summer. In the colder and wetter months of the year however, you’ll find me wherever it is warm and peaceful. I do have a home office but, as my self employed husband uses it too and is often talking to clients on the phone, it’s not exactly conducive to my writing. The kitchen table is a good spot, right in front of the Aga - but not if the kids are home. Then the sitting room is more likely to be the quietest place in the house and it’s often where you’ll find me - and the doggies - right in front of the wood burning fire!

Reaching for the Stars is published in e-book format.
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Janice writes romantic novels with humour which are, for the most part, inspired by the beauty of the heather-filled glens around her country cottage. When Janice is not writing novels, she write lifestyle articles and has had work published in national and international magazines and regional newspaper. She edits The Review Chair for the innovative reader/writer website She is also the bestselling author of the humorous romance ‘Bagpipes & Bullshot’.

Thanks for visiting us in the shed, Janice, and good luck with Reaching For The Stars!


Deb Rickard said...

I'm already transported - and tempted!

Janice said...

Hi Debs and Grumpy - thank you so much for hosting me in The Plotting Shed. It's a snowy day in Scotland - so it's sitting by the fire for me and Polly & Ruby today. Happy Saturday!

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

Deb - I love the idea of Scotland, but haven't ever visited. Not yet, anyway.

Glad you're tempted!

janice - thanks for visiting. I love the idea of having a snowy day and sitting by the fire. It's stopped raining here now, but still cold. Time to light my fire, I think.

Glynis Peters said...

Lovely to see your side of the world, Debs. Like me you chose to stay close to home for Janice's tour. :)

Anonymous said...

Wonderful to get an insight in your world and favourite writing places. Thanks for sharing, and good luck for today. X

Anonymous said...

You know how much I loved Janice's earlier novel, Bagpipies and Bullshot, I can't resist this one. Congratulations on the launch, Janice, and many good wishes for a successful tour.

CJ x

Ananda said...

Wow,what a view!I've never been to Scotland but looks amazing!So peaceful,could just look at the picture for hours! Great post and congrats on the launch Janice. Really looking forward to reading "Reaching for the Stars". x x

Melanie said...

The scenery in your part of Scotland, Janice, is stunning! I can say I've been lucky enough to visit your beautiful country and have fallen head over heels in love with it. I'm not sure how well I'd do with pencil and paper writing about my book in longhand in the outdoors. I think I'd be too distracted by the scenery. On a day like today (we finally got a dusting of snow last night) I'd be happier sat in front of your wood stove.

I read Reaching for the Stars and loved it!

Wishing you the best of luck with the rest of your blog tour.

Pauline Barclay said...

Janice, wishing you great success with this new book as your debut novel. Have a great day with Debs and Grumps... x

Linn B Halton said...

What views Janice and absolutely love Polly & Ruby! Debs potting shed is a real hideaway... love it!

Suzanne Ross Jones said...

Terrific post, Debs and Janice. Very much looking forward to reading this.


Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

Thank you all so much for visiting and for your lovely comments.x

Kim The Book Worm said...

Great review and interview Debs, really enjoyed reading it and love the dogs Janice! I've just read Reaching For The Stars too and really enjoyed it. Am looking forward to my spot on the blog tour on 21st x x

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

Kim - Thank you. I look forward to visiting your blog on 21st.

Janice said...

Hi everyone and thank you for your lovely comments - it's been a snowy day here, and certainly one for Polly and Ruby to be next to the fire - as I will generally sit wherever the 'girls' are happy to spend their day.

Love Janice xx

Kaye Manro said...

It was great reading about you, Janice. Thanks to Debs for having you as a guest.

Carol said...

Oooh this sounds right up my street AND it's set in Scotland :-)

C x

D.J. Kirkby said...

That's a great price! Love the photos in this post.

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

kaye - thank you.

carol - it does sound good, doesn't it?

dj - I agree. The photos are lovely.

Janice said...

Thanks again to Debs and everyone who so kindly left a comment - I really appreciate your support and was thrilled to read about your enthusiasm for Reaching for the Stars, its launch, and the blog tour. I'm really excited about this book myself and it is so wonderful to feel that excitment spreading through the blogosphere!

Do please stick with me through this week on the tour - there's lots to come!

Merry Christmas and Happy Hogmanay everyone!

Love, Janice xx