Robbie Burns Night Celebrations with Janice Horton
I’m so glad you were able to work me into your busy schedule, Janice. You’ve been snap-gapping all over the place of late so I’m thrilled to have you here at Celtic Connexions. You’re looking very “Scottish” today, all decked out in your tartan.
I take it you’re ready for a good old-fashioned ceilidh – Canadian style.
Here, come sit by the fire take the chill off (escorts my esteemed guest to one of the tartan wing-back chairs facing the crackling fire ).
I’ll summon my manservant, Donald (the Red) , to bring us some refreshments. Would you care for a wee dram? Perhaps Glengoyne – Scotland’s only un-peated single malt? (rings bell and gives manservant instructions)
I think you’ll like what I have in store for you at the ceilidh tonight. I tried to get the Old Blind Dogs but they weren’t available. That’s okay as I do have a vast collection of Scottish music on CDs – Old Blind Dogs, The Corries, Runrig and the list goes on.
(swish of swinging door as the manservant returns with a tray carrying a decanter of whisky – 18 year old Glenlivet no less, two glasses and water). “Your whisky, my lady,” he says as he places it on the table.
As the manservant straightens to leave, I cry out… “Donald, where’s your trousers?” because so unlike him, he’s wearing a kilt!
Overcome by the shock of seeing him dressed in that fashion, it takes me a moment to regain my composure. (fans self with copy of Leopard Magazine).
Well, while we wait for our meal to be ready, Janice, let’s chat about your novel. I’m really interested to find out more about it and your creative process. You spent three months on the Island of Utila researching and writing Castaway in the Caribbean. Can you tell me more?
Yes, I had the most amazing time in 2014 visiting, researching and writing in the Caribbean. While there I spent a lot of time in boats (as one features in my new novel) and even got to sail off Tortola in the British Virgin Islands in a schooner used in the making of the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie! After visiting lots of islands, my husband and I settled down to island life for a stay of three months on Utila, a tiny Caribbean island off mainland Honduras. This is where I wrote the first draft of ‘Castaway in the Caribbean’.
When do you expect to release it?
April 2015. I have promotional online book tours organised for April and May.
What made you choose that title?
I feel the title suits the story line perfectly. The premise of the book is that the two main characters, a surly boat captain who hates tourists and a girl holidaying in the Caribbean who desperately needs to get to a neighbouring island, end up castaway together on a remote island. It’s a fun, fast paced romantic adventure novel that I hope will be the perfect beach read for 2015!
The manservant returns and tells us that dinner is served… so we pick up our drinks and at the first skirl of the pipes, wait for him to enter the room and we get piped in to the formal dining room (I wish I had one of them, too) to the strains of The Bonnie Lass of Fyvie for a traditional Robbie Burns feast.
Once everyone is around the table, we begin with The Selkirk Grace.
Some hae meat and canna eat, And some wad eat that want it;
But we hae meat, and we can eat, Sae let the Lord be thankit.
Our first course is Cock-a-leekie soup.
Not strictly traditional as I don’t put prunes in it.
You mentioned (or did I pick up on it) something about the names of your characters. Was there a particular reason why you used those names? If so, can you share it?
I wrote the first draft with my husband’s name, Travis, as the romantic hero’s name and the heroine of the story is called Janey (which is kind of like my name, Janice). I fully intended on changing the names in the second draft but for some reason ended up not doing so. The characters of Castaway in the Caribbean are Travis and Janey in their own right – they are not meant to be me and my husband – and the story is definitely a work of fiction!
The soup course is cleared away and the skirl of the pipes begins again. The door opens and the haggis is brought into the room with great pomp and circumstance.
Address to the Haggis
We’ll have a bit of a musical interlude courtesy of the Red Hot Chilli Pipers before we carry on with the rest of the evening’s festivities.
What’s your next project? Do you have another novel started?
I have a few ideas in mind for new projects. I’m travelling again this year and I’d like to continue the theme of writing romantic adventure novels set in places that inspire me.
Now that we’ve talked about your WIP (work in progress for those not accustomed to author-speak and abbreviations), tell us more about you and how the readers of Celtic Connexions can follow you?
Thank you, Melanie. I really enjoy connecting with people. I’m a keen blogger. I’m always on Facebook and I love to Twitter too. So here’s my links:
My Author Blog
Follow me on Twitter: @JaniceHorton
Friend me on Facebook Page
Link to my Amazon Author Page
Check out my page on Goodreads
My LLm Bookshelf
Associate Editor at: Loveahappyending Lifestyle Mag
Janice Horton writes contemporary romantic fiction with a dash of humour and a sense of adventure. Look out for Janice’s new release for 2015 ‘Castaway in the Caribbean’
and her Amazon Kindle bestselling books ‘Bagpipes and Bullshot‘
and ‘Reaching for the Stars‘
and her fun ‘Voodoo Romance’ series of novellas.
Her nonfiction guide to online promotion ‘How To Party Online‘
is recommended reading for all authors and writers by publishers. Janice is a regular blogger from her website at janicehorton.co.uk and you’ll also find her on Facebook and Twitter. She is also associate editor at the award winning online magazine Loveahappyending Lifestyle Magazine where she produces her monthly ‘The Bookshelf’ feature and her seasonal ‘Snap Gap Travel’ features.
Thank you so much for coming to my “un”conventional Robbie Burns Night. I hope you won’t have a sair heid tomorrow. I see the chairs have been rearranged in the front room so shall we move the party in there and let the ceilidh begin?
Gay Gordons, anyone?
21 thoughts on “Robbie Burns Night with Janice Horton”
Oh wow – what a fabulous and fun post Melanie – thank you so much for inviting me to your Burns Supper!
Love the photos – the cosy tartan room and the scary manservant!
I’ll be having haggis tonight for sure and toasting Robert Burns with a wee dram. I do love a good Burns Supper!
I leave you with my favourite Burns poem: the most romantic ‘My Love is like a Red Red Rose’. In this version Rabbie calls it ‘lurve…’ Oh yeah baby!
O my Luve’s like a red, red rose,
That’s newly sprung in June:
O my Luve’s like the melodie,
That’s sweetly play’d in tune.
As fair art thou, my bonie lass,
So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry.
Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi’ the sun;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
While the sands o’ life shall run.
And fare-thee-weel, my only Luve!
And fare-thee-weel, a while!
And I will come again, my Luve,
Tho’ ’twere ten thousand mile!
I’m glad you’re enjoying my Burns supper, Janice! My manservant really isn’t all that ‘scary’. He makes a lot of it up. 🙂
A Toast to the lassies…
Aye to be in the company of two lassies so fair
Their beauty and talents are beyond compare
uisge beatha they drink it mair an’ mair
Michty me they are quite the pair.
A lovely toast to the lassies, indeed. Perhaps one of our lassies leaving a comment would like to respond? 🙂
Nice to get such a feel for the voice of this writer. Thanks, Janice & Melanie for sharing.
What an entertaining and informative party. Thank you so much for the invite!
Thanks for joining the party, Susan! I hope you have a good time.
Wow what a blast, I had such a good time. Great party as always Mel!
Just sipping my 12 year of Glenlivet and nibbling on cheese… here is to Robbie Burns!
Everybody dance now ….What a blast Melanie! We had breakfast today with a new-to-Canada couple from Switzerland – and I decked in my Gordon tartan wrap and thistle kilt pin (alas, the kilt a tad too small). When I greeted them with Happy Robbie Burns day, it evolved into a wonderful discussion.
I just loved ‘the Donald”, and Red Hot Chili Pipers videos. Great interview with Ms. Horton too.
’til next time …. Jen
What a fun post.. sounds like you had a great visit with Janice. I look forward to her new book.. loved Bagpipes and Bullshots…
Thanks for coming, MJ! I hope you enjoyed your 12 year-old Glenlivet. 🙂
Happy to see you here, Jennifer! “The Donald” is a pretty special character.
Bagpipes and Bullshot was a fun book, wasn’t it Dorothy. Cheers! Thanks for dropping by. 🙂
Hi Janet! *waves* Glad you enjoyed the interview with Janice.
Thanks for making this such a fun gathering of the clan everyone!
Love, Janice xx
Glad you enjoyed yourself, Janice! It’s certainly been a lot of fun. 🙂
Lovely party, Melanie and Janice – even though I missed it on the correct evening! Looking forward to your Caribbean book, Janice!
Hi Rosemary! Sorry you missed our party “on the day” but that’s the best part about virtual parties… they live forever! Hmm… maybe that’s not such a good thing after all. 😉
The haggis looks really good. It sounds like you had a fun celebration and lovely to hear the story behind Janice’s forthcoming novel. I will raise my glass to you both later tonight and I’m really looking forward to spiriting myself away on Janice’s Caribbean island!
It was a grand time and the haggis was great! About now with all the cold weather, I wouldn’t mind some time on Janice’s Caribbean Island, myself.
I’ve nominated you for an award. You can pick it up at my blog.
Have a lovely day.