Meet Janni

Janni Nell is the author of fun paranormal mysteries. Before she became a writer, she worked as a personal assistant, receptionist and sales clerk. Now she is happy to spend every day creating stories.

When she isn’t writing, you can find her at dance class, Pilates or walking the dog. She is hard at work on the next book in the Little Shop of Spells cozy mystery series.



Q&A with Janni Nell

Are you inspired most by places, people or experiences and how do these work their way into your writing?

All of the above. In The Bride, The Groom and Me, Sassy’s relationship with her best friend, Amber, is based on my relationship with my best friend. Although I was never in danger of ruining my best friend’s wedding. No, really, I wasn’t.

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How do you come up with your characters’ names?

Mostly the first names of main characters are just names I like. Other times the names need to convey the personality of the character, such as Meredith Smiley, a sweet, kind and happy woman, or Madison Juniper Goodcharm, who is a good witch. 

In the Sassy Chance series, the name Sassy suited the character so well, but once again I struggled to find a surname that matched the character’s personality and conveyed a sense of quirkiness. After much trial and error I came up with Chance. I’m happy to say that Sassy’s hero was much easier. Devlin Fox arrived fully formed along with his name. He simply wouldn’t answer to anything else.

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What is your favourite holiday?

Anywhere warm with good restaurants and a day spa.

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How many times were you turned down before you finally got published?

1,969,732 times. Okay, I’m kidding, it wasn’t that many, but it was a lot and I haven’t kept an exact count. I’ll always be grateful to editor, Liz Bass, for picking my manuscript out of the slush and recommending it for acquisition by Carina Press.

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What is your favourite book of all time that you can reread a hundred times, and it still feels like the first time?

Well, nothing ever feels quite like the first time, but Susan Howatch’s Starbridge and St Benet’s series have a special place on my book shelf. I reread them often and I’m always in awe of the depth of her characterizations.

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What do you need to set the mood for you to write?

I used to write to music, but now I find that distracting…so these days it’s silence, a cup of good coffee and knowing I won’t be disturbed.

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If there is one genre that you have not written in yet, but would love to try writing a book in that specific genre, what would it be?

I’d love to do a gothic. I’ve tried but my humorous voice keeps intruding. Maybe a humorous gothic?

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If you could bring one of your characters to life, who would it be? And why?

Maddie Goodcharm from the Little Shop of Spells series. Maddie knows some awesome spells, which could really improve people’s lives. I’d love to hang out with her in Silver Moon Falls.

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