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The Inn in Rhode Island by Judy Prescott Marshall

Judy Prescott Marshall

A powerful message about knowing, trusting, and believing in yourself.

At The Inn in Rhode Island, afternoons are reserved for soothing cups of tea while relaxing on one of the porch rockers. You’re welcome to take an easy stroll among the many aesthetic gardens. If reading is your pleasure and the owner sure hopes it is, the library offers an array of books, a comfortable sofa and two wingback chairs on each side of the fireplace. From garden tours in the spring to author events in the fall, you’ll be glad you stayed at the inn, especially for dinner. Chef Michael is passionate about food.

During the golden hour, Julie and Dan Holliday will renew their vows. The wedding will take place at The Inn in Rhode Island on what promises to be a magical evening surrounded by close friends, colleagues, gorgeous flowers, delicious food and a wedding cake baked by the bride’s best friend.

Judy Prescott Marshall is a multi-award-winning writer. Sher earned her certificate Write Your First Novel from Michigan State University. She writes women’s contemporary fiction.

Give a big welcome to Judy Prescott Marshall. Tell us, Judy, what was your inspiration for this book?

  • Real women facing life’s many challenges.

That is great. Most women could identify with that. If your book was sitting on a shelf in a brick and mortar bookstore like Barnes & Noble, where would we find it?

  • Women’s contemporary fiction

Is this your first book or do you have other books? Are they in the same genre?

  • Both books are in the same genre. STILL CRAZY released March 2022.

Do you have a brand. For example, my brand is Mother-Daughter Women’s Fiction.

  • Mine are also Women’s Fiction, but I’d call my brand “Later-in-Life Fiction”

Interesting. I like that everyone is not writing about the 20/30 something crowd. How long have you been writing?

  • In 2019 I wrote a little book on inspiration. 2020 I released my debut novel.

I find it so interesting how we all ended up writing from such different starts. Your cover is lovely. Did you design it yourself or have a cover designer?

  • I design my own book covers and have a professional put it all together for me.

What avenue did you go to get published? Traditional, hybrid, Indie or a small independent press?

  • I am Self published and a proud Indie Author!!

What do you like BEST about writing or being an author?

* All of it! Seriously, I enjoy the creating, writing, advertising, marketing and getting to know other writers.

I wish I could say the same. I hate the marketing. Is there anything then you would say would fall in the “least” category?

  • Not having enough time in the day to do all that needs to be done.

We all need more than 24 hour days, don’t we. How do you market your books?

  • Advertising on Facebook. Sharing the book on all of my social media, in my newsletter, blog, with my book clubs and my street team.

If you were to give advice to a new author looking to get published; what would you say ?

  • Create your platform FIRST!

Well, that could be another whole blog post. Platforms are very confusing to new authors.

Below is a list of where you can purchase Judy’s books.

Thank you Judy, for being on Writing Under Fire.

Other Buy Links: i.e Amazon Author Page, Goodreads, etc. Judy Prescott Marshall

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Rules of Friendship


I just finished Amy Sue Nathan’s debut novel, the Glass Wives. What a great story about two women that are thrown together under the most unusual circumstances. They were both married to the same man. Evie Glass is the ex-wife, but when Richard suddenly passes away, the widow, young Nicole  Glass, wants to be a part of Evie and her children’s lives.

The other theme that resonated with me was the friendship between Evie and her two good friends, Laney and Beth. They didn’t always get along, and a secret threatens to end their friendship. It made me think about how we define the rules of friendship. Does friendship mean that there are no secrets? Does it mean that your love should forgive anything? Most people say you can tell your friends by the ones that stick around during the hard times. I am not so sure that is the true test. People like to reach out and lend a hand to someone less fortunate or hurting. It makes them feel better about themselves. I think true friendship has more to do with sticking around when things are good, or boring, or uneventful.


When was the last time one of your friends burst through your front (or back) door without knocking? When did you last call a friend with no agenda? I think of the sitcom, Two and a Half Men, (which is usually hysterical even if it is not appropriate for all audiences.) Remember the time Charlie stood outside his mother’s door talking into the security camera? “What do you want Charlie?” His reply: “Do I have a reason to see my own mother?” Do you need a reason to see your mother, or child, or best friend?


Perhaps it is because our lives are so busy. Maybe it is a generational thing. Perhaps we have spouses to fill that spot as BFF. Personally, I miss the bond I had when my friend could stop over without calling first. I miss being able to pick up the phone for no reason other than I wanted to talk; about everything . . . or about nothing. Looking back, I think I have only had two friends in my entire life with that kind of relationship. You know who you are. Who are your Laney and Beth?

What is your definition of friendship? What are your rules?