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The Art of Travel-Inspired Novel Writing, with Janice Horton

Travel fiction has a long tradition. Think Gulliver’s Travels, by Jonathon Swift, On the Road, by Jack Kerouac, and more recently, The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger and The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall-Smith. The list is endless.

Janice Horton’s, The Backpacking Housewife, is in fine company, and although Horton is experiencing something like an overnight success with her new novel, it’s actually her thirteenth. Like most overnight successes, there’s a lot of hard work and learning her craft that has led her to this point. And a lot of travel.

Being in the right spot at the right time has brought this travel adventurer a bit of luck – or so it seems at first glance – when she ran into a Harper Impulse executive who invited her to write a novel for Harper line, which Horton immediately set about doing in a three hundred year old French castle surrounded by vineyards for inspiration.

It’s only on hearing Horton’s whole story that we learn her success has nothing to do with luck and everything to do with honing her craft over twelve novels and four years of writing fiction.

Francine Prose writes about The Art of Travel Inspired Novel Writing in Travel & Leisure magazine, stating, “Creating great travel-inspired novels means channeling the voices, thoughts, and perspectives of an imaginary foreigner.” You can read the full article here. 

You can find out more about Janice, her books and her inspiring lifestyle here.

And if you’re looking for a great travel fiction read to inspire your next trip, try scrolling through the 1,000 blog posts on here – or you can just use the search tool but who knows what adventure you might miss 🙂

You can find a list of popular travel fiction on Goodreads here.



About the author, Melinda

I'm an authorpreneur, English teacher and podcaster who dreams of a life on the road full of adventures and handsome heroes, whilst making squizillions of dollars in book sales to pay for my chocolate fix. In the real world, I write novels and non-fiction, and offer my expert advice via online courses (as soon as I make them) and writing retreats (as soon as I organise them).

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