Today, I’m featuring an interview with cozy mystery author, Summer Prescott. She’s the author of several cozy mystery series including Cupcakes in Paradise Series, the Incredibly Sweet Series, and the Frosted Love Cozy Mysteries. The cupcakes and other sweet treats on the covers of Summer’s books always make my mouth water.
In addition to writing her own cozies, Summer also runs an indie publishing company. Grab a beverage and a snack and find out what Summer has to say about writing, penguins and cookies!
1 – What inspired you to write your books?
I’ve always loved writing and mystery is one of my favorite genres to read. I also love food, animals and hobbies, so when I discovered that Cozy Mysteries involved all of the above, I was super excited!
2 – What’s your favorite thing about cozy mysteries?
I love the relationships between characters, whether they’re family, good friends, coworkers, etc… There’s a sweetness and simplicity to Cozies which makes them a welcome escape from reality.
3 – Do you have any writing rituals?
Yes, I always have to have a cup of coffee at my side, and I usually wear fuzzy slippers, no matter what the time of year.
4 – What’s more important – character or plot?
Both. Strong characters are essential, but the storyline has to be equally strong.
5 – What do you like best about being an author? What do you like the least?
I love creating make believe worlds which transport readers into kinder spaces, even if it involves murder, lol. What I like least…hmm…that’s a tough one. I suppose what I like least about being an author is the business side of things that are involved in the production and publication of books. I’d much rather spend my time writing than doing marketing.
6 – What’s your favorite cookie? If you don’t like cookies, what’s wrong with you? Oops, sorry, scratch that. My follow-up question was meant to be far more polite – “Why don’t you like cookies?”
Hahahahaha! No worries, I LOVE cookies! All of them! If I had to pick a favorite, I’d have to say either shortbread, or sugar cookies.
7 – A penguin walks through your front door wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why did he come visit you?
Come away with me and tell me stories and I will feed you tacos and margaritas.
8 – What else would you like us to know about you?
I own Summer Prescott Books, an Indie publishing company, and have been fortunate to work with some very talented authors. The company functions as a launching point for gifted new Cozy Mystery authors, many of whom stay onboard for years. Patti Benning, Gretchen Allen, Allyssa Mirry, and Carolyn Q. Hunter are the current core writers at SPBP right now, but we’ve also had the pleasure of working with many other talented folks in short-term and boxed set arrangements.
Our commitment to quality and fostering good author relationships has helped to make us a healthy and happy company.
About Summer & Her Books
Summer Prescott is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal Best-Selling Author, who has penned nearly one hundred Cozy Mysteries, and one rather successful Thriller, The Quiet Type, which debuted in the top 50 of its genre. As owner of Summer Prescott Books Publishing, Summer is responsible for a combined catalog of over two hundred Cozy Mysteries and Thrillers. Mentoring and helping new Cozy writers launch their careers has long been a passion of Summer’s, and she has played a key role in the incredible success of Cozy writers such as Patti Benning and Carolyn Q. Hunter.
Summer is a doting mother to four grown children, and lives in Champaign, Illinois with her Standard Poodle, Elvis.
Editor’s Note: Thanks so much for your interview today! I loved your answer to the penguin question. Tacos and margaritas sound like a great exchange for stories 🙂