Beth Prentice was born in Manchester, England, but after moving backwards and forwards across the world 13 times in 14 years she decided that at the age of 18 that Australia was to be her home. She now lives on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia where every day is a good one. She is the lucky mother of two grown up children, and, along with her ever-patient husband, she is the proud but sometimes flustered owner of four dogs, a cat, and a canary. She has always had a love of reading, and even though her background is in accounting, she has now discovered her love of writing. Her main wish is to write books you can sit back, relax with, and escape from your everyday life…and ones that you walk away from with a smile! When she’s not writing you will usually find her at the beach with a coffee in hand, pursuing her favorite pastime—people watching!
What is the most important thing you’ve learned about writing?
Don’t procrastinate about how you’re going to do it. Just start writing. The first draft may be terrible, but that can all be changed on the second round. I also quickly learned that a good editor can be your best friend!
How has this helped you as a writer?
Whenever I get stuck on a plot or character I just write and see what comes out. A lot of the time the writing isn’t great, but it gives me a base to work from. And a good editor doesn’t get enough credit as far as I’m concerned :).
Mac or PC?
Mac all the way! Phone, iPad, desktop or laptop – I’ll use whatever is handy at the time!
Do you use Word or Scrivener?
Do you write or take notes with an iPad or tablet?
I write on the desktop or laptop, but mostly I like the iPad for taking notes. I’ve recently started using OneNote and it’s awesome. However, nothing compares to pencil and paper when trying to plan something out.
Do you have any writing rituals?
Yes. My house has to be clean and tidy before I can even think about writing. I then grab a cuppa and something nice to nibble on and get into it.
Do you start by writing or researching first?
Writing. I do the research when I get to the parts that need it.
Favorite spot to write in the winter?
My office with the heater, a blanket, and one of my dogs warming up my feet!
Favorite spot to write in the summer?
The beach under a shady tree. It’s my favorite place to go whenever I’m stuck with a plot problem. Or a life problem for that matter! It calms me and clears my mind.