Jen: Today we welcome Daisy Prescott to Romancing the Book as her book tour makes a stop with us. Daisy, will you share a short bio with us?
Daisy: Before writing full time, I worked in the world of art, auctions, antiques, and home décor.
Baker, art educator, antiques dealer, blue ribbon pie-maker, fangirl, content manager, freelance writer, gardener, wife, and pet mom are a few of the other titles I’ve acquired over the years.
Born and raised in San Diego, I currently lives in a real life Stars Hollow in the Boston suburbs with my husband and our dog, Hubbell, and an imaginary house goat.
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Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Daisy: I just released my first novel, Geoducks Are for Lovers, on May 15th. The idea was spawned last summer by watching Reality Bites and The Big Chill around the same time. I realized that Generation X are now hitting forty and wondered what their lives would be like. I wanted to write a love story that focused on people who are not in their twenties but have baggage and history that comes with a few decades of being adults. Because the book was inspired by ensemble movies, I knew there would be a great supporting cast of friends too.
Jen: Do you have a writing routine?
Daisy: I have a room in my house that is my dedicated office. I love it in there. Everything is decorated to my taste and it’s full of things that I love. Do I write in there? Nope. I find myself writing while sitting on the sofa in the living room. Most of the time I write to a playlist or a song on repeat for a certain character or scene. Or I’ll have Bravo on in the background with the volume turned low. The constant chatter helps me write dialogue. I also like to eat gummy bears as I write or as a reward for hitting a word or chapter goal.
Jen: How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?
Daisy: I carry a small Moleskine notebook in my purse and have even taken it out to record dialogue I hear around me. Some of Ben’s financial lingo comes straight from eavesdropping on someone while I was standing in line at the airport.
Jen: What kind of research did you do for this book?
Daisy: I’m very familiar with the setting of the book so a lot of the descriptions of Whidbey Island are from memory. I did a lot of research on geoducks and there are a lot of fun facts about them woven into the story. My characters went to The Evergreen State College so I researched the school and its traditions to get that part of the story correct. Other research involved tide charts, King Salmon fishing season, contacting berry farmers on Whidbey, and where you can buy Fat Tire beer. If something didn’t exist or work for the story, I fudged things or made them up. That’s the fun of fiction!
Jen: How do you come up with characters names?
Daisy: I’m so glad you asked this question! All of the character last names and many of the first names are places in the Pacific Northwest. I have a vintage school map of the Pacific Northwest and looked at that for name inspiration. Here’s a pic. See anything familiar?
Jen: What’s the most interesting comment you’ve received about your books?
Daisy: The most interesting reaction or comment seems to be when people Google “geoducks” and see them for the first time. I describe them in the book, but they are shocking to see in real life! Apologies to anyone who has been shocked by their appearance!
Jen: What’s next for you?
Daisy: I have another standalone novel in the works, plus two shorter works inspired by Geoducks that I am working on now and hope to release this summer.