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What I’m Reading…

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Merri Gleason is a woman at the end of her tether after a ten-month-long search for her missing daughter, Abbey. With almost every hope exhausted, she resorts to hiring Jones Cooper, a detective who sometimes works with psychic Eloise Montgomery. Merri’s not a believer, but she’s just desperate enough to go down that road, praying that she’s not too late. Time, she knows, is running out.

As a harsh white winter moves into The Hollows, Finley and Eloise are drawn into the investigation, which proves to have much more at stake than even the fate of a missing girl. As Finley digs deeper into the town and its endless layers, she is forced to examine the past, even as she tries to look into the future. Only one thing is clear: The Hollows gets what it wants, no matter what.

Writers on Writing: Summer Prescott

Kindle Cover Peaches n cremeGrowing up with a military dad, Prescott had the amazing experience of having lived all over the world – experiencing other cultures, customs and cuisines from an early age.

 

Now that she’s settled into a peaceful and pleasant adulthood in the Midwest, Prescott’s loves in life are simple – a good book, some fine wine, and furry friends underfoot. She has found that Cozy Mystery readers are some of the nicest folks you’d ever want to meet, and Prescott is glad to have befriended many of you as she journeys through this wonderful mystery called life.

 

Prescott finds inspiration for characters every day in the people she meets and the places she visits. Taking unique traits and expanding upon them, Prescott imagines the way that new characters would look, talk, think and go about their daily lives. The folks in Prescott’s  books live interesting and colorful lives in the movie that plays in her head, and she gets to enjoy writing down their shenanigans.

 

What is the most important thing you’ve learned about writing?

To quote Nike…just do it! Practice makes perfect. The more I write, the more growth I experience as a writer. I now look back at my first books and cringe a bit. Everyone has to start somewhere though, and the main thing is to never give up!

 

How has this helped you as a writer?

It motivates me. I see much more growth and polish in my writing – it just keeps getting better and better, but I never want to feel like I’ve learned it all – there’s always room for growth and improvement.

 

Mac or PC?

PC all the way!

 

Do you use Word or Scrivener?

Word. I’m a creature of habit, and even if a program makes my life easier, I tend to stick with the tried and true.

 

Do you write or take notes with an iPad or tablet?

Nope, my laptop is my constant companion. Sometimes if I’m out and about and I need to remember a new plot or character idea, I’ll email myself with it.

 

Do you have any writing rituals?

Yes, I always check my email, Facebook and other accounts before I sit down to write. I get all of my distractions out of the way so that I can focus, and I always have a snack and something to drink (coffee, tea, Gatorade) nearby. And music, definitely music.

 

Do you start by writing or researching first?

Some of both. I tend to research when something technical pops up in the midst of writing, but if I have a storyline or locale that requires more info, I’ll do the research ahead of time.

 

Favorite spot to write in the winter?

Under a blanket, in front of the fireplace, on my comfy couch.

 

Favorite spot to write in the summer?

Anywhere with a cool breeze and plenty of sunshine!

 

eBook Review: New England Clam Murder by Summer Prescott

eBook Review: Clambake Murder by Summer Prescott

 

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Copyright © 2016 by Diane Morasco

What I’m Reading…

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Building a small business has been murder, but Callie Costas didn’t expect to be confronted with an actual body. The 36-year-old Greek-American proprietor of “Callie’s Kitchen,” a meals-from-scratch business in an idyllic small town, has been busy creating a post-divorce life for herself, her young daughter and her Yorkie, Koukla. After a lot of hard work (including staving off her father’s continual advice), she’s got the locals and tourists clamoring for her delicious Mediterranean dishes and Midwest comfort food classics. Recently, she’s started a budding romance with a fellow foodie, the wealthy owner and chef of Crystal Bay’s most popular bistro.

However, success is as fleeting as one of Wisconsin’s glorious autumn days. As local businesses begin to shut down due to a slow economy, Callie is struggling not to become another statistic. A contest with a hefty cash prize seems like the perfect chance to fix her financial woes, until a shocking murder threatens not only her livelihood – but her life.

When she’s targeted as a prime suspect by an attractive expat British detective, Callie’s situation becomes more delicate than her Greek egg-lemon soup. She’s got to find the killer and fast if she wants to protect her daughter, save her business and stay alive.

Writers on Writing: Patti Benning

REV BBQ kindle coverPatti Benning has lived in Marquette Michigan for what seems like forever, and she absolutely wouldn’t trade it for the world. Benning has a loving and supportive hubby, and furry friends Sadie and Rags, who seem to be constantly underfoot, which is just fine with her. Benning was the editor of her high school newspaper and has written short stories, just for fun, ever since she can remember. When Benning’s not tapping out Cozies on her faithful, and still running, laptop, she loves working in her vegetable garden and cooking, of course. Readers often ask Benning for recipes, but unfortunately, she is one of those gals who just puts in a sprinkle of this, and a dash of that, tasting as she goes. Benning has made every dish that is described in the Darling Deli series, with varying degrees of success, and fortunately, her hubs is very patient with her cooking adventures.

What is the most important thing you’ve learned about writing?

To take creative criticism to heart and learn from it. Being a writer means having so many people read your writing in all of its various stages – if I’m too sensitive, I might miss out on a learning experience, so I try to take comments in stride.

 

How has this helped you as a writer?

Well, it certainly keeps me humble. I get so excited when readers really love my story, but I learn a ton from the ones who don’t, as well as through the editing and proofreading process. When a manuscript gets bounced back to me for a revision, I don’t take it personally, I just try really hard to make it better the next time. No matter how much I write, I am still learning and evolving as a writer every day.

 

Mac or PC?

Definitely. I have just now joined in on the 21st century and created my very first Author Facebook Page! I’m pretty shy about using new technology.

 

Do you use Word or Scrivener?

I use Word and have never tried Scrivener. Word is just so user-friendly and that is just what I need.

 

Do you write or take notes with an iPad or tablet?

I use good old fashioned pen and paper when I take notes. I have a notebook right next to me at all times and am always writing something down to help me stay organized. I even keep one in my handbag for when I am on the go and get a crazy idea and need to jot it down.

 

Do you have any writing rituals?

I like to write when I first wake up in the morning. I feel like I am at my best at about 5am. I make myself a cup of tea and head over to my desk in the den that overlooks the back yard and get right down to it. I generally get several hours in every morning.

 

Do you start by writing or researching first?

I don’t do a huge amount of research, but when I’m working on a new book, I do like to get an outline going that I TRY to follow. I spend some time checking out new recipes though, and that’s always a ton of fun!

 

Favorite spot to write in the winter?

My den, except instead of sitting at my desk, I curl up in my lounge chair and grab my laptop and work from there. There’s just something about being warm and cozy that helps get the creative juices flowing.

 

Favorite spot to write in the summer?

Out by the pool, for sure. Usually around mid-May we get it opened up for the year and I just love sitting out on my little patio with a cold glass of lemonade and a snack, feeling the sun shine down.
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Copyright © 2016 by Diane Morasco