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Folsom woman pens Scottish-based trilogy

By: Laura Newell, Of the Telegraph
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For readers looking for a new trilogy to read next to a warm fire, one Folsom writer may have the answer.

Amanda Scott, of Folsom, wrote the first book in her upcoming “Lairds of the Loch” trilogy, featuring young noblemen connected to Scottish Lairds in the Loch Lomond area. The first book is titled “The Laird’s Choice.”

“Anyone who likes Scotland, history, romance and a good story will enjoy this book,” Scott said.

“The Laird’s Choice” is the tale of a young woman with unusual gifts who rather abruptly meets an escaped prisoner of her father’s worst enemy, hiding in her family’s woods, Scott said.

“Her father’s land is said to take care of itself and to protect all true MacFarlans,” she said. “The enemy is her father’s cousin, who usurped the rest of his lands, and his chiefdom, just about the time that Scotland’s young King was captured by the English, 19 years ago.”

Through more twists and turns, readers will be able to learn the whole story of this Scottish tale.

“I tend to follow the history and set any book or a trilogy according to where I am in the greater scheme of things, historically speaking,” she said. “For this trilogy, I wanted to continue with the medieval Highlands (where her previous “Scottish Knights” trilogy is set), but I wanted a different area of the Highlands, so I set this trilogy in the Highlands west of Loch Lomond.”

Scott said the process of writing a book usually takes her about six months.

“I have generally written about two books a year,” she said. “I write every day, often all day, and at the end of a book usually into the wee hours.”

She said in the summer months, she writes in a cabin in the high Sierra with no land-line, no internet, no road, no sewer and no electricity.

“I love it there,” she said about her cabin. “I do have a family, though, and the rest of the year, I work in my office in my home. I occasionally listen to music, but I do best when I can concentrate.”

Scott said she is also very organized in the way she approaches a book.

“I do a lot of research, and I do detailed outlines before I begin to write, although I usually know what the first chapter will be before I finish the outline,” she said. “I’ll sketch that out and write it first, so the publisher can use it as a teaser chapter in whatever book I’ve just finished.”

So when can readers expect the rest of the Lairds of the Loch trilogy to hit selves?

Scott said, “The Knight’s Temptress” will be out in August, and “The Warrior’s Bride” will be out in early 2014.

Scott said her full-time job as a writer is fulfilling a life-long passion of telling stories.

“I’ve told stories since I first began talking,” she said. “I was the oldest of four kids and second oldest of a host of grandchildren, and that made me everyone’s babysitter of choice. I made up hundreds of stories in those days to entertain the younger children. We spent a lot of time on my grandparents’ ranch in northwestern California and at their cabin in the High Sierras. Neither place had TV, so we spent most of our time outside, playing games, and I made up many of them on the fly, although the others always added their ideas and fought to play their favorite roles. ... I’ve always liked to write. However, I never expected to become a writer.”

For more information on Scott and to read the first chapter of “The Laird’s Choice,” visit amandascottauthor.com.