Friday, March 31, 2017

Guest Post: Amy Jarecki author of The Highland Duke

Guest Post Amy Jarecki author of
The Highland Duke

Hello and thank you for inviting me to the EskieMama & Dragon Lady Reads blog! I am very excited to be here today and thought I might talk about my method of writing. I sit on panels at writing conferences from time to time and am often asked what entails my writing process. It’s not rocket science, but a fair bit of preparation goes into building a story before I even start writing:

What is your writing process like?

Writing a book is a multifaceted process that sometimes starts with a kernel of an idea:

I build a notebook for every book. It starts with research. I usually find an event in history, or someone who sparks my interest. I learn everything I can about them and use that as a framework for my outline.

Once I'm ready to write I start with a premise statement. It’s usually two or three sentences that explains what the story will be about.

Next I write a 2-3 page general outline of the book with a general sequence of events.

I spend a couple days on character development. I identify their personality types, then I use a character profile sheet that I developed to make them into a real person, explaining their likes, dislikes, physical features, beliefs, and their back stories.

I then use an Excel spreadsheet to plot each scene. I use a numbering system that allows me to insert scenes, because once I start writing, the gloves come off and my characters start taking over. Inevitably, the outline changes as the story comes alive.

Once all the preparation work is done, it takes me about two months to crank out the first draft.

After the knock-down, drag-out work is done I then edit the heck out of it...that has become my favorite part.

Do you listen to music to enhance your writing?

Yes, I listen to classical music. My favorite is the Celtic Harp.

What two songs best describe your overall body of work?

This is a tough one! I don’t think any two songs could describe my work, but I’ll give it a try. Beethoven’s 5th, because there’s always something going on and the hero and heroine get in into nerve wracking situations. Moonlight Sonata, because the story grows and grows until the big finish shatters everyone’s world. Yes. I guess I’m a Beethoven enthusiast…though JS Bach is my favorite composer. Love baroque.

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The Highland Duke (Highland Lords Novel Book 1) by Amy Jarecki

Date of Publication: March 28, 2017


She'll put her life on the line for him…
When Akira Ayres finds the brawny soldier with a musket ball in his thigh, she has no qualms about doing whatever it takes to save his life. Even if it means fleeing across the country to tend his wounds while the English redcoats are closing in. Though she's never been in battle, Akira is just as fierce and brave as any of her Scottish kinsman. But even she's intimidated by the fearsome, brutally handsome Highlander who won't reveal his clan name.
Yet she can never know his true identity…
Geordie knows if Akira ever finds out he's really the Duke of Gordon, both her life and his will be forfeit in a heartbeat. The only way to keep the lass safe while his enemies are on the hunt is to make sure she's by his side day and night. But the longer he's with her, the harder it becomes to think of ever letting her go. Despite their differences in class, despite the danger, he will face down death itself to make her his.

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About Amy Jarecki

A descendant of an ancient Lowland clan, Amazon Bestselling Author Amy Jarecki adores Scotland. Though she now resides in southwest Utah, she received her MBA from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. Winner of the prestigious RONE Award, she found her niche in the genre of Scottish historical romance. Amy loves hearing from her readers and can be contacted through her website at (where you can also sign up for her monthly newsletter).

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