Friday, 23 March 2012


Welcome Vera Jane Cook, many thanks for taking the time to answer my questions on behalf of the amazing readers out there.

So on to the questions.

1.  Annabel Horton, Lost Witch of Salem has been out for a few months now but how did it feel for you on release day?

It felt terrific. The book was actually written years ago.  I was so happy to finally find a publisher and I could not have been more excited to share Annabel’s voice.

2.  From The lost witch of Salem  which is your favourite character ? and why? 

 My favorite character is Annabel herself. She’s not perfect and she finds a lot of excuses for what she does, she justifies her deeds, even taking bodies. But she does everything in the name of God and feels she is now entitled to take fate into her own hands.

3. Is there a favorite genre of books that you love to read and write?

Just about everything. I enjoy writing southern fiction, women’s fiction, paranormal and spec. My favorite books are usually women’s fiction, writers like Shreve and Picoult.

4. If you could send a letter of advice to your younger self what would it say? And why? 

I would tell myself to start writing earlier. I waited a very long time but then again, maybe I didn’t know anything about life for a very long time.

5. What is your inspiration/muse while you are writing? 

My partner of nineteen years who will always tell me when something doesn’t work.

6.What do you like to do in your down time? 

Go to the country and commune with nature, take walks, cook, read and watch my little dog run amuck.
So just because I’m a little mad here’s some random questions for you to answer

7. What is your favourite fruit ? and why ? 

I like Minola oranges because they’re so sweet.

8.  If I looked in your fridge now what would I find ? 

Coffee, milk, half and half and last night’s dinner, which was brisket.

9. What 3 thing would you take if you were stranded on a desert island? 

Books, my lover and my dog.

10. What songs do you like to sing to whilst working? 

I like old rock and roll and 70s rock.

11. Chocolate or Vanilla ? 

Vanilla came latter but now I love it.

12. What does turquoise  smell like? 

The sashay in my dresser.

13.  What one thing could you not live without ? 


14. Why’s a Raven like a writing desk ? 

It makes me think of Poe, who was a writer

One final question what are you working on now?

 It’s called Misty Flowers, it’s southern fiction and is about sex and the dysfunction of a family living in 1960s small town Georgia.

I think that concludes my questions for today many thanks for doing the interview.

The Lost Witch of Salem 

 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…..

When I am not in the form of flesh, I live in the confines of shadow. The psychics of your dimension have said that I can be seen floating between the kiss of dusk and the evening moon. Yes, some of you can actually see me, though you are unaware of what I am. You usually ignore me because I vanish so quickly. I simply blend into the surface of your world and disappear,  into objects, into trees, into the soft fur of a sleeping squirrel, into anything that will have me.
 Before I begin my tale, you must know this: I can also blend into a human body. I can steal your flesh if I choose. But before you judge me, you must understand my loneliness. You have no idea how desperately I desire the physical senses you so cavalierly take for granted. But please, do not fear me. I will not harm the innocent. Hear me out before you cast any stones. There are secrets in my tale worth knowing.
The snap of my neck appears to have granted me immortality as a captured soul, doomed to live over and over again in stolen flesh and blood. Therefore, I take bodies in exchange for my freedom. I want you to understand that if I were to ever choose your flesh, I would mean you no harm. I would simply borrow the luxury of your language and take comfort in the pleasure of your warm, beating heart.
The process of my abduction is painless. You see, the earth holds time. When I consume a body all I do is absorb time. It is quite simple. My soul moves out of one perception and into another. Let me reassure you that though I can take any one of you, I prefer the flesh of those whom the devil favors, and I do not have to go very far to consume the devil’s own.


My Review:
It took me a few chapters to get into this book, but once i had got over that i really enjoyed the story. The characters were well written and the story line itself was far different to what i expected. The time travel and family connections are amazingly in depth and the fight from the devils clutches is well worked and well written. This is not a YA read but it is full of action and with great interaction between the characters. I really like Annabel as a character she try's to keep her family together and make good judgements but they don't always work out the way she planned. I would recommend this book to people who love cross over as it has witches, time travel, demons, history and action in it. This is really worth picking up and reading. 


  1. Awesome author review, Jen! Thank you for sharing!!

  2. No problem Jenny glad you enjoyed it