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Author Interview: Daisy Prescott

We had the opportunity to chat with Daisy Prescott, author of Geoducks Are for Lovers.  Geoducks is a great summer read and we saw exactly why during our interview with Daisy.  Funny and charming, Daisy Prescott is a delight.  We hope you enjoy the interview!

We’re pleased to have you has our first tease! You never forget your first. 😉 I just want to let you know that every time I say your name, I change the words to “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” from Gypsy to “Everything’s Coming Up Daisies”. I can’t help it. It’s the Ethel Merman in me.

Love it! Now I have that song in my head too. And I’m singing it in my head in Ethel Merman’s voice. * side eyes you * Thanks for having me as your first! I’m so excited and happy for your new blog.

Out of all of the creatures in the seas, oceans, and rivers, why the geoduck (aside from it’s unbelievable phallic shape)?

Geoduck Clam

Does there need to be more reason than they look like peens? The fourteen year old in me giggles over them. The title is a play on the “Virginia is for Lovers” slogan. When I decided to set the book on Whidbey, a silly island euphemism came to mind. Words of wisdom: if a man ever asks you to go geoduck hunting and it’s at night and in a bar, he’s not talking about the clam!

So with penis clams and euphemisms on my mind, I did more research on geoducks, which are native to the Pacific Northwest. And many of their traits could by symbols for Maggie’s current life. Then SO (my hubs) reminded me that Evergreen’s mascot is the geoduck. No joke. After that, everything fell in place. I had their alma mater and working title. And it stuck.

You mention on your website that you have an imaginary house goat. How is he/she doing?

Sweet imaginary house goat. Believe it or not, you are the first person to ever mention the house goat! You should win a prize. Maybe an imaginary house goat of your own? He/she/it(?) is doing well. We’re lucky it’s is a pygmy imaginary goat so it takes up less space.

What books, old and new, have either influenced you or made a lasting impression on you? Why?

Tough question. I’ve been an avid reader all my life. I remember reading Pride & Prejudice for the first time in junior high and swooning over Mr. Darcy. He’s the romantic hero all man are measured against. In that light, I loved Bridget Jones’s Diary for Mark Darcy and that I could relate so much to Bridget at that time in my life. My favorite book is The Great Gatsby; the writing is genius. Recent reads that I’ve loved include The Sea of Tranquility, which has the best last line ever. I’m always influenced (and blown away) by great writing and great storytelling in any genre. I don’t read as much now that I’m writing and editing, but I try to squeeze in books when I can. For me, reading makes me a better writer.

How long have you been writing and what has inspired you to write (and more specifically) Geoducks?

As far as ‘writing’, I’ve been writing everything but fiction (and poetry) in my many various careers for years. Despite the encouragement of friends and SO, I just couldn’t find my voice to write a novel. Then last summer a scene from Geoducks popped into my head and wouldn’t leave. It was inspired by some friends’ upcoming 20th college reunion and seeing ‘the one who got away’ after such a long time. I wrote the scene, showed it to a good friend, who saw the potential and then outlined the book. I’d like to think I was preparing to write Geoducks for the past couple of decades. I’m a late bloomer.

How would you describe your writing process from the beginning to the end of Geoducks Are for Lovers? Did you hit any speedbumps?

Quick, slow, quick, slow. Does that work?

Like I said above, I wrote the first scene of Geoducks last summer, then plotted and outlined and mused over the characters for a couple of months while focusing on my professional freelance writing. I decided to do NaNoWriMo last November so I’d have a deadline to overcome my excellent procrastination ability. NaNo sets a goal of writing 50,000 words in a month, broken down into less than 1700 words a day. I realized I could do that and did. The holidays were a speedbump in productivity and it took me until the end of January to type “the end” on the first draft. I definitely learned a lot from the NaNo process and setting manageable daily word goals.

What has been the toughest criticism you’ve been given as an author?

I try to take all criticism and even bad reviews as helpful. Keyword: try. I think the toughest is when people say they couldn’t finish the book. Or that nothing happens. It’s a character driven story and their emotional journey is the heart of the book. But I understand not every book is everyone’s cup of tea.

What has been the best compliment?

Anytime someone tells me they love the book. Or can relate to one of the characters. It’s the best feeling to know that something that existed only in my mind is out there in the world touching people’s hearts. Best thing ever.

If you could go back and talk to “pre-writer” Daisy, what would you tell her?

Start writing sooner. I’ve been talking about, thinking about, and being told to write books since my twenties, but never thought I could or would start and then abandon the project. In the last few years I’ve made incredible friends who are writers and publishing. They taught me the key to writing is just to write and write the story you want to tell. So I did. I’d also tell myself to have hope, faith and trust. 😉

One of the interesting aspects about your novel is that the character’s are older. They certainly aren’t in nursing homes, but they are older than the characters in many popular books. Was this a conscious decision?

Definitely. I’ve been reading a ton of YA and more recently NA books. As someone who is “older” too I was craving a book with people I could relate to more. So I wrote it. It’s great seeing more contemporary romances coming out with characters in their 30s and 40s.

Your main character, Maggie, is a food blogger and her friends indulge in some really good eats while staying at her home. Are you like her in that way? Do people love you for your food?

I’m a big foodie who loves to cook and bake. For a crazy six months I was even a professional baker, but the hours killed me. Who goes to work at 3:30 in the morning? Bakers do. God bless them. People love my salted caramels, sticky buns and cinnamon rolls.

Food really is an essential character for the novel. Its preparation and consumption really see to steer the characters in certain directions. How does food influence you? Did you explore recipes while writing or are these the standard go-to types of dishes in your home?

Maggie is named after one of my besties’ mothers who made the best scones in the world, so I knew she had to make scones. Some of the food in the book is quintessential “Whidbey summer food” so it had to be included: fresh salmon, blackberries and Penn Cove mussels. Other foods are sentimental favorites like my Mother-in-Law’s Bloody Caesars on Sundays. Oh, and if you haven’t had Ina Garten’s curried couscous salad you must try it. It’s a staple in our house.

Did you have any specific people in mind for Gil or Maggie?

Hot forty-something guys are not as easy to come by as studly twenty-somethings so my field of inspiration was more narrow. Given his background in a band and the location of the story, only one forty-something could be Gil in my mind: Dave Grohl. Maggie is more a mix of several actresses including Leslie Mann and Diane Lane, but curvier.

Which of your characters would you like to meet in person and why? What would you say to them?

While Gil is swoony, hands down I want Quinn to exist. I’d tell him we have to be best friends forever and then take him for Bloody Mary’s. He’s my favorite character.

Whidbey Island, its inhabitants, and their way of life also play an important role in the story.  What made you choose this location and how did you do your research to get it just right?

Whidbey has been a special place in my life since I was a kid. I had my first summer romance on Whidbey; I have family roots there; I lived there for a short time; and met my husband in Langley. It’s one of my favorite places on the planet. After deciding to set Geoducks at the beach, I contemplated a few other locations, but knew pretty quickly it would be set on Whidbey. It’s as much a love note to the island as a story of friendship and second chance love.

What project are you working on now?

I’m editing a short story/novelette called The Pink Pearl. Readers of Geoducks will recognize the title as one of Selah’s pirate “smut” stories. I’ll be publishing it under her pen name, Suzette Marquis. Look for it on Amazon the week of August 12.

Pink Pearl Small

Once that is out in the world, I’ll be focusing on the first of two Geoducks spin-offs featuring the secondary characters. I’m excited to go back to the Pacific Northwest. Hopefully the next book will be out before the end of the year.

How would you describe Geoducks Are for Lovers in 140 characters or less?

It’s a Generation X version of the Big Chill that takes place over a summer weekend with friends, old and new love, second chances & clams.

Pick up lines:

* What is your best or favorite pickup line? To use? Well, I picked up my husband by saying, “Look, Neil Diamond is on 
Letterman!” Worst pick up line ever, but it worked.

* Do you speed while driving? Sometimes. Shhh.

* What was the last great meal you ate? Nobu in Malibu. Great food, great setting, great company– the trifecta of an amazing    meal.

* Two part question: Golden Girls or Designing Women? Golden Girls!
   Which character would you be? Sophia.

* Which Monopoly token do you pick? The thimble because it reminds me of Peter Pan.

* Best sugary indulgence ever? Salted caramel macaroons. In Paris.

Thanks for letting me ramble on and on today! I loved spending some time with you and your readers. Now I’m going to attempt to get Ethel Merman out of my head and hunt down some salted caramels. 🙂

Thank YOU for chatting with us, Daisy!

Daisy PrescottFind out more about Daisy by visiting her website or by chatting with her on Twitter and Facebook!

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Click the image below for your chance to win 1 of 3 great prizes from Daisy Prescott which include a SIGNED copy of Geoducks Are for Lovers, 1 eBook copy of The Pink Pearl by Suzette Marquis, and 1 Geoducks Are for Lovers swag pack!

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One Comment on “Author Interview: Daisy Prescott”

  1. Theresa Fischer August 14, 2013 at 11:51 am #

    It’s been a really long time. Hopefully we can get away sometime this year.

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