Hello All! This week's questions come from the incredibly talented writer and fan of all things Scottish, Amy Jarecki (http://amyjarecki.blogspot.com)
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.
Find out what up and coming writer Steven C. Mitchel thinks ... http://scmitchell.wordpress.com/