Latisha Leah Prescott is a first time author who grew up writing from a young child in her family home on Queen’s Avenue, San Juan. She continued writing creative stories all the way into her teenage years capturing many of her life experiences on paper much to the delight of her readers. The love of English Language was her hidden passion and unable to shake off the desire to write, she eventually pursued an academic qualification in Journalism and Mass Communications graduating in the top four of her class in 2013. During that time, she managed to have published four articles for a local parenting magazine, “Caribbean Parenting”, another cultural article for the in-house magazine of the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago, and published full-page articles and letters to the editor of a leading daily local newspaper, between the years 2009 to 2014. Now residing in Cocorite and married for over twenty years with three children, Latisha has decided it’s time to achieve God’s purpose for life by publishing her first book and eagerly looking forward to writing many more, including a children’s book. She also has a passion for teaching and desires to have a writing program for children one day, particularly males who are in need of expressing themselves.
Tell us about what are you working on at present.
I began drafting a story line around the concept of fulfilling your purpose despite the struggle of insecurity. It is based on the life of Moses who was born a Hebrew and brought up in the Egyptian culture. The intention is to highlight the inward insecurities Moses must have struggled with not really belonging to one group while not being accepted by the other. The story will touch on the feelings of abandonment and displacement while contending with God along the way. It required much research into both the Egyptian and Hebrew traditions and cultures along with the socio-political set up at the time of the birth of Moses.
What are some of your treasured milestones thus far?
Any mother would say her most treasured milestone in life would be having children. There is nothing to compare to that experience of childbirth. At the same time, writing HOPE in the midst of the storms was almost along those lines as it took nine years to draft and another three years to publish.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome and how did you deal with it?
Fear of anything is a challenge. Everything about fear is designed to cripple and keep you stationary. Getting over any fearful encounter is an achievement in itself and an experience no one can take away from you. I have faced many challenges in my short life, some of which are documented in the book, but I have to say a fear of failure often drives me to be a perfectionist in almost everything I choose to take on. However, I have learned over time that neither fear nor perfectionism is ideal and life requires balance. I had to learn the hard way to say, “no”, I have had to stop and breathe at times, even listen to music, meditate and, most importantly, surround myself with the right people for the right time and distance myself from the persons and things that bring negativity into my consciousness.
What is your ultimate goal or biggest dream for your future?
In the future, I would like to be closer to my purpose which is becoming a full-time author with an impactful story that changes lives and perceptions.
What’s the best advice you’d like to give to other women who may want to take on the same path that you have?
I am not in the habit of giving advice as I understand each person has his or her own experience to endure, however, I always say to God if given the opportunity to speak on his behalf, I would say to young women out there, ”Don’t rush life and don’t run away from the plan of God for your life”. “Spend time with God each day so you can get to know his love for you and his plans for your life which are plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you hope and a future. Pray, trust, obey and wait. It all works out in the end”. However, if there is a particular path you have decided to go on with a peace of mind and a conviction in your heart, the best advice I can give you is, “Don’t let anyone dissuade you”.