This week on Author Spotlight, we speak to Dorrance poet Jennifer J. Prescott. Her book, The Silver Tongue’s Diary: A Memoir of Poems, is a book of poetry memoir of poems for those who have struggled to endure the dark, treacherous moments we all must face—and attests that we can survive. The book, which is intended for mature, adult audiences, is available now on the Dorrance Bookstore.
Name: Jennifer J. Prescott
Hometown: Born in Mount Holly, NJ, Raised in Browns Mills, NJ. Moved to Nahunta, Ga at the age of 16 where I currently reside.
Book Title: The Silver Tongue’s Diary: A Memoir of Poems
Describe your book in 10 words or less.
My poems are deep and dark, to light and uplifting.
What made you want to write your poetry book?
I dreamt of being a published author for 20 years. The selected poems in my book I wanted to share so others can see no matter how dark your world is at the time, you’re never alone and to never give up.
How long did it take you to write your book?
A handful of my poems were written when I was 16. Few are from 2014. However most of them are from 2017-2018.
What do you do when you have writer’s block?
I do my own form of meditation. However, I don’t force my writing. I wait and let it come to me.
What was your favorite poem to write and why?
An Oath to My Angel is written for my Mom. Timeless Love is written for my children. Both are beloved poems and I can’t choose between one of the others for they’re both very dear to me.
Besides writing, what are your other interests?
Well, I’ve always wanted to be a nurse since I was 6 years old. As a teenager, I had it in my mind to join the military and become an army nurse. Those dreams with time have dissolved. I was a CNA for six years and have currently departed from the profession.
However, I do enjoy antique shopping and have a small delightful collectible of antique teacups. I also enjoy learning about our dark and morbid history, ghost stories and of course writing about them.
Do you keep a journal?
No, I don’t.
How did you celebrate the publishing of your book?
Unfortunately, with unforeseen circumstances the celebration has been placed on hold.
What did you enjoy most about working with Dorrance Publishing?
The learning experience and how well they stayed in communication. I’m very grateful that I was given the opportunity to work with amazing people. Very polite, courteous and extremely professional.
What are some of your favorite books?
As a child… I loved all the R. L. Stine’s Goosebumps. However, my ALL time favorite book back then was Ghost Horse (phantom rider #1) by Janni Lee Simner. I loved that book! It has stuck with me all these years!
Amanda Miranda by Richard Peck – such a fabulous classic!
The Cahill Witch Chronicles by Jessica Spotswood, I could not put these books down, they drew me in and I just couldn’t get enough!
Venom by Fiona Paul a wonderful read!
Once A Widow, To a Stranger by Maranda Ballard, A very heartfelt story. Like a lifetime movie on paper!
What advice would you give other poets?
Write open and honest.
Write from your soul.
Allow your heart to lead your pen.
Thank you, Jennifer!