Ashley grew up in Boston and has been writing her entire life. After penning numerous song lyrics, poems and short stories, she went on to write various articles and fan fictions, gaining much writing experience and grammar knowledge. After writing about the things and people she loved, it wasn’t long until Ashley created her own characters and wrote and published her debut novel “Masterpiece” in November 2012, at the young age of 18. “Masterpiece” received 5-star reviews on Amazon.
In July 2013, Ashley published her second novel and first GLBT book, “A Melody in Harmony.” The novel received 5-star reviews on Amazon and was recommended by USA Today. Ashley chose to write a GLBT story after becoming very involved and committed to equal rights and wanted to tell a story focusing on fighting for equality and showcasing two, young men in love. Ashley went on to write and publish a sequel book, “New Melody, Same Harmony,” centered around marriage equality.
Ashley is a strong supporter of the organization Stand Up 2 Cancer and a dedicated member of the Crush Kids’ Cancer team. Ashley also supports the NOH8 Campaign, Charity Water and R-Word.
What inspires you to write?
Lately, my LGBT characters Noah and Ronan. I did not plan on writing another novel after “A Melody in Harmony,” and now I’ve written the sequel “New Melody, Same Harmony” and a third book in the series will follows. I’ve just come to really know and love these characters and I want to continue telling their story. More than anything, I want to shed light on the different things, good or bad, that the LGBT community goes through. Whether it’s homophobia, unaccepting family members or the difficulties of marriage, I’ve made it a point to show it all in my Noah and Ronan Series. Like I’ve said before, a lot of the homophobia and bigotry in my novels is based off of things I’ve heard and witnessed in real life, so that definitely inspires me to keep writing these characters as well.
Tell us about your writing process.
I like to create a brainstorm page first with ideas and thoughts and character descriptions. Then I begin to write my story based off of my notes.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write about what you love. If you don’t write about what you love and what you feel passionate about, it won’t come out any good. I know that from experience. It may take some time, but really figure out what it is you’re interested in writing and then go from there.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I happened upon CreateSpace and it seemed like an easy and officiant way to publish my work and get it out there. CreateSpace has been my way to go with my three novels.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think, eventually, it’ll be only ebooks. Which is sad. I enjoy real books with pages. But if ebooks is the way the world is moving. us authors need to move along with it.
What genres do you write?
GLBT, Romance, Young Adult
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print