About Amy Jarecki:
A descendant of an ancient Lowland clan, Amy adores Scotland. Though she now resides in southwest Utah, she received her MBA from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. Winning multiple writing awards, she found her niche in the genre of Scottish historical romance, writing steamy edge-of-your-seat action adventures with rugged men and fascinating women who weave their paths through the brutal eras of centuries past. Amy loves hearing from her readers and can be contacted through her website.
What inspires you to write?
I love history. I might read an article about an event–something that might not have been all that significant in time, but it will needle at me until I sit down and draw up a plot of romance and adventure.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am a super planner.
I start with an overview statement of the book. Then I do detailed character sketches and backstories for the main characters, followed by a detailed scene by scene plot. While I’m writing the story, I sketch out the details of each scene in a spiral binder, but when there’s a key problem that I need to resolve, that’s when I pull out the white board.
I also have a stand up desk which I use about half the time. Sometimes ideas flow better when I’m standing.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters talk to me, and sometimes I have a character who always challenges the plot, and I end up rewriting my outline five times before I finish the first draft. Naughty characters!
What advice would you give other writers?
Believe in yourself and stay the course. There is more negative feedback in this business than any other I’ve worked in. It takes a tough skin and a lot of hard work mixed with talent, but I wouldn’t do anything else.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’m a hybrid author, which means I’ve gone the traditional and the self-published route. Honestly I prefer the self-published route because I’m the type of person who likes to be in control. I like choosing my covers, my release date and whether a book will be in audio or not. The down side of self-publishing is marketing and circulation to all mediums, but I’m happy being an indie.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think major publishers aren’t going away. There will always be mega-selling authors who prefer to go the traditional route. The nice thing about the current market is that it gives authors choices. The bad thing about the current market is that it is flooded with sub-standard books. But I believe in the market, and that the chaff will be separated from the wheat by the readers. I think we are heading to a reader-driven market, which is where we should be.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Historical romance, Scottish historical romance, Medieval historical romance, Time travel romance
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print, Audiobook
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