Today I’m chatting with Vera Jane Cook, author of the Annabel Horton Series. Welcome, Vera! What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on a novel I wrote ten years ago. Everyone told me at the time it needed to be three books instead of one so I am finally making it three books. It’s a historical novel that begins in 1912 and chronicles the very different lives of three generations of women. I hope it will somehow reflect how we are a product of our time. It is not a paranormal novel. I tend to be very eclectic and enjoy writing women’s fiction, spec and paranormal.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I like to be in the country because I live in the city, which disturbs me most of the time. I like to walk, to garden, to read, obviously, to write. I love film, art and dinner parties. I really like when I am home, except when all three of my dogs are barking at the same time.
Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Lestat the Vampire because he is deep, dark, mysterious, haunted, displaced and ambivalent about everyone in his beautifully tortured life.
What’s your paranormal element of choice?
Witches, obviously. I like time travel, devils and writing about evil. I also like mixing humor with the paranormal/fantasy.
How do you research the paranormal elements in your story?
Since my novel took place in different centuries I did some research on the time in which I was writing. I also did some research on witches and witchcraft but my character is very unconventional. She is called a witch because her soul does not die but lives on in the bodies of others. She can’t turn herself into a toad but she can give herself life in any century she choses.
Have you ever made big changes in your story because someone – your crit partner, a friend, or beta reader – really didn’t like it? Are you glad you did?
Yes, I make changes when my partner tells me something is off or doesn’t ring true. The only time I didn’t listen is in my spec book, Pharaoh’s Star. Time will tell on that.
How do you keep track of plot elements or twists?
Re-reading helps. I don’t make outlines or take notes but often just jot things down to remind myself of something.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I was only eight years old or so but being pigheaded, went on to be an actress instead. I returned to writing after I had made all my mistakes in living, or at least that’s what I tell myself.
What is the most exciting part of your writing process?
The editing process for me is most exciting. I get to read my own book, tear out my hair and fix it.
Annabel Horton, Lost Witch of Salem
By Vera Jane Cook
From the Salem Witch trials through the Nineteenth Century and beyond, Annabel Horton is pursued by the devil’s disciple, Urban Grandier, the demonic priest from the incident at Loudon. She must take the bodies of those that the devil favors to protect her family. She must uncover the motive behind the illusive Ursula/Louis Bossidan, the scandalous cross-dresser who is pursuing her beautiful granddaughter, and she must learn, being one of God’s most powerful witches, how to use her power. But will it be enough to save her husband from Urbain’s fiery inferno? Will it be enough to save her children from demons greater than themselves? Read on, you will learn more…..
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About the Author
Vera Jane Cook, writer of Award Winning Women’s Fiction, is the author of The Story of Sassy Sweetwater, Lies a River Deep, Dancing Backward in Paradise and Annabel Horton, Lost Witch of Salem.
Jane, as she is known to family and friends, was born in New York City and grew up amid the eccentricity of her southern and glamorous mother on the Upper West and Upper East Side of Manhattan. An only child, Jane turned to reading novels at an early age and was deeply influenced by an eclectic group of authors. Some of her favorite authors today are Nelson DeMille, Calib Carr, Wally Lamb, Anne Rice, Sue Monk Kidd, Anita Shreve, Jodi Picoult, Alice Walker and Toni Morrison. Her favorite novels are too long to list but include The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, Cheri and The Last of Cheri, The Picture of Dorian Grey, Wuthering Heights, Look at Me, Dogs of Babel, The Bluest Eye, The Art of Racing in the Rain, Body Surfing, Lolita, The Brothers Karamazov, She’s Come Undone, Tale of Two Cities, etc., etc., etc.,
Dancing Backward In Paradise, Jane’s first published novel received rave reviews from Midwest book review and Armchair Interviews. It also won the Eric Hoffer Award for publishing excellence and the Indie Excellence Award for notable new fiction, 2007. The Story of Sassy Sweetwater received five stars from ForeWord Clarion Reviews. The Story of Annabel Horton, Lost Witch of Salem is her first paranormal novel and will be followed by Annabel Horton and the Black Witch of Pau and Annabel Horton and the Demon of Loudun.
The author works by day for an education publishing company as an account manager and lives on the Upper West side of Manhattan with her long term partner, her Basenji/Chihuahua mix, Roxie, her Chihuahua, Peanut and her two pussy cats, Sassy and Sweetie Pie.