Author: Andrea Janes
Publication Date: March 18, 2014
Publisher: World Weaver Press
Townie. That’s what eighteen-year-old Christina Sundy is. All year round she lives in a one-stoplight town
on Cape Cod and when summer comes she spends her days scooping ice cream for rich tourists, who she
hates. So when one of them takes a job in the ice cream shop alongside her, she’s pissed. Why does a
blonde and perky Harvard-bound rich girl like Reese Manning want to scoop ice cream anyway?
Something else weird is happening to Christina: tiny blue sparks seem to be shooting off her fingers. It
isn’t long before she realizes the truth about herself — she’s actually a powerful hereditary witch. But her
newfound powers are too intense for her to handle and, in a moment of rage, she accidentally zaps Reese
into another dimension.
So that no one will notice that the rich girl has disappeared, Christina casts a disguising spell, or
“glamour,” and lives Reese’s life while she tries to find a retrieval spell. But as the retrieval spell proves
harder than anticipated, and as she goes about living Reese’s life without anyone on the outside noticing the switch, Christina realizes that there’s nothing to stop her from making the glamour permanent…
except, of course, her fellow witches, a 16th century demon, and, just maybe, her own conscience.
Glamour will be available in trade paperback & ebook via Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com,
Kobo.com, and other online retailers. (Links will take you directly to Glamour by Andrea Janes.)
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Interview with Andrea Janes
Better Read Than Dead: Please introduce yourself and tell us two or three quirky things about you.
Andrea: I’m a write by day, and lead ghost tours by night! I run my own company called Boroughs of the Dead. People sometimes just email me their own ghost stories and photos out of the blue, and sometimes they’re incredibly scary.
I once wrote a book of short horror stories set in and around New York City, which you can find here.
I live in a hundred-year-old co-op apartment building in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. It was built by Finnish immigrants and is one of the first co-operative apartments built in the United States.
B: A very interesting life you live. I would be too chicken to join one of your ghost tours myself, but I do think it's a super unique way to make a living.
B: GLAMOUR has a unique premise. Tell us a little about how you came up with the concept and why you chose the setting you did. (I’ve always loved anything based in the Cape Cod area.)
A: GLAMOUR is really a tale of friendship, and it was appropriately enough inspired in a large part inspired by some of the friendships I’ve been lucky enough to have in my life. I started working on this story in 2004, based on a casual suggestion from a friend (“You should write a script about a girl who works in an ice cream shop and she’s an ambidextrous scooper”) that I thought was amusing.
As for the Cape Cod setting, I don’t really have much a claim to New England, other than I love the landscape and beaches, and am fascinated by the history of whaling ships! I love all things nautical so naturally my idea of a really fun day is the Museum of America and the Sea at Mystic Seaport.
B: I love how your story came about. It makes me smile. Tales of friendship are always such fun, and sometimes traumatizing. I completely I agree with your assessment of New England. Great choice of setting.
B: We’d love to have a little bit of insight into your main characters. Just a fact or two about each one that will help us understand them as we read.
A: You HAVE to take the “Which Witch Are You” quiz right now! This will give you so much insight into the characters, and tell you which one you most identify with!
B: Hmmm... I got Christina, she sounds sort of scary. Hehe.
B: Describe (or feel free to insert a picture) of your writing area. Do you have a certain routine or require any specifics (caffeine) to write?
A: My writing area is clean and sparse because it doubles as my office. I don’t believe you need to have an exciting or “inspiring” setup in order to write. It’s great if you do, but a writer can write anywhere, in any setting. Nor do I have a routine. This isn’t some kind of sacred ritual. You get up, you grit your teeth, you write.
B: I think I've had about a 50/50 answer on this one. Some people who may be a little more OCD need everything to be set in a certain way, and their coveted cup of coffee at their sides every day when they sit down to write, facing out their east window. Others are more like you. I love hearing people's unique perspective.
B: Now, the question every blogger has to ask any author they interview. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors or what was the best advice you ever received?
A: I generally don’t give advice. The process is different for everyone. I guess the best advice I’ve ever heard is “read a lot.” And write a lot. What else is there?
B: I find most writers find it helps to both read and write a lot. The advice I get most often in these interviews is to never give up. I think that is equally important. I completely agree that you can't tell one person how to write, because we're all different people with varying backgrounds and preferred ways to do things. These differences make us human.
Andrea Janes writes horror, dark comedy, thrillers, and historical slapstick. She is the author of Boroughs of the Dead: New York City Ghost
Stories. She is also a licensed NYC tour guide, and offers a variety of ghostly tours around the city. Her many obsessions include New York City history,
old photographs, Mabel Normand, all things nautical, and beer. She maintains a personal blog over at Spinster Aunt, where she discusses these obsessions in more detail than is probably healthy.
World Weaver Press is a publisher of fantasy, paranormal, and science fiction, dedicated to producing quality works. As a small press, World Weaver seeks to publish books that engage the mind and ensnare the story-loving soul.