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. “A Miracle Melody” is the third and newest book in the series and focuses on the LGBT characters becoming parents.
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.
Ashley also puts real life into her books. A lot of the homophobia and ignorant remarks in the Noah and Ronan Series were based off a things Ashley heard and witnessed in real life, which made her stories all the more realistic to her.
What inspires you to write?
Real-life experiences or anything I see, hear or witness in real life. That’s where most of my Noah and Ronan Series came from. Aside from wanting to write an inspirational, uplifting, love story between two, young men, I also wanted it all to be as real as possible. So, I was sure to include a lot of things I witnessed or experienced in real life. I think it makes the story all the more real.
Tell us about your writing process.
I usually create a brainstorm first with story ideas, character descriptions, etc. After that, I’ll write the beginning of the story. Then I’ll just write whatever comes into my head and see where it fits in the story after.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
What advice would you give other writers?
Write what you believe in. Don’t write what you think will sell or what you think other people will like, write what YOU enjoy.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’ve always used CreateSpace. I think they’re such a good platform for getting your writing out there in the beginning.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think, sadly, it’s going to be all ebooks! I love real books with real, turn-able pages and it’s sad to think that’s ending.
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print