Amy Jarecki Prompts Some Writing Confessions


Hello All! This week’s questions come from the incredibly talented writer and fan of all things Scottish, Amy Jareckip and gives us some insights into the writing mind of Katie O’connor.

When did you start writing, and why?

I have been writing since the early 1980’s. Not successfully, mind you. I wrote some God awful poetry, some short stories, some children’s stories and a whack of brutally sappy, poorly thought out romances. I took a hiatus for a number of years and in the mid-90’s started again with no more success. Early in 2011 I saw a call for submission by Etopia press that sparked my interest. I dashed off a story in a matter of weeks and sent it off. Four days after I emailed it, I received a contract in my in-box. I was hooked!
Now, I try to write everyday. Okay technically, I write, plot, edit, revisit, scheme or research everyday. Unless I feel like napping.

What do you like best about writing?

For me the best thing about writing is being able to work at my own pace, and write when I am motivated to do so. I like being able to push things aside to visit my children and grandchildren or to spend a weekend away with my man. I like being able to tell the stories rattling around in my head. I am partial to making things up as I go along too.

If you could go on a writing retreat, where would you go and for how long?

     Is there a writing retreat in London, England? Or maybe Scotland? That, I would love. Realistically, I cannot afford to go to retreats at this point, but I love writing anyway. During the summer and fall, I get to spend every weekend at Sanctuary (the land my husband and I own away from the city.) I spend most of my time there writing. It is kind of like a retreat, but I have to do my own cooking. Still, I do love it.
We’re hoping that one day we’ll have a few small cabins up there where other writers can come and visit and write or relax.

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