Growing 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!
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