It's another hot day here on the island, so I'll just wind up the parasol as my lovely guests makes herself comfortable.
Janice Horton, now relaxed and sipping champagne is going to talk about her humorous new book, Bagpipes & Bullshot and life in . Take it away Janice... Scotland
Thank you Pauline, for inviting me to the beautiful island of Lanzarote this week to be your guest. I’m absolutely delighted to accept. Only, what did you mean about me not actually needing to get a flight over there...?
Hello everyone. I’m Janice Horton and I’m the author of Bagpipes & Bullshot, an entertaining and humorous novel which, for the most part, is inspired by the romantic beauty of the heather-filled glens around my Scottish country cottage.
I must admit that after the last particularly harsh winter here in Scotland, with freezing temperatures and deep snow, the recent photos of Pauline’s beachside home on Lanzarote have made me feel rather envious of her year-round sun-kissed lifestyle, and I have wondered why it is that I choose to live on a Scottish hillside?
Twenty three years ago, when I first came to live in Scotland, I was in awe of its raw wild beauty which was bathed in a strangely diffused northern light. I marvelled at the traffic free roads, the deer ambling past my unlocked door, the rare birds flying overhead. I was captured by the romantic castles swathed in mist and the ancient traditions that mark the seasons, bringing together people in remote communities.
In Bagpipes & Bullshot the heroine of the story, Orley, arrives from Texas to experience not only the beauty of Scotland but also the harsh realities. The story is, of course, intentionally larger than life and that’s what hopefully makes it entertaining and fun. I’m told there are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments in Bagpipes & Bullshot!
So now I’ve conceded all over again that Scotland is a paradise of its own making.
And perhaps if it was always warm, dry, and conveniently midge free, everyone would want to live here - the wild beauty would be gone - and with it perhaps my creativity, my inspiration, my romantic notions, and my heather clad settings?
So I’ll stay after all. But I think I’ll mention to my dear husband how it might be nice to take a holiday, somewhere sunny, dry and warm, like the Canary Islands...?
Bagpipes & Bullshot is available to download from Amazon Kindle and Smashwords
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Janice blogs at: www.janicehortonwriter.blogspot.com
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