Growing up in Boston and writing her entire life, it wasn’t long before Ashley published her debut novel “Masterpiece” in November 2012. She credits singer David Archuleta and the popular soap opera General Hospital for a lot of her inspiration behind her writing, as well as helping her recognize her talent to begin with.
Chunell is also a strong supporter of the organization Stand Up 2 Cancer and a member of the Crush Kids’ Cancer team. Ashley also supports the NOH8 Campaign.
Ashley is currently working on a new writing project that she describes as “possibly risky” but “definitely worth the risk.” She hopes to release the new project before the end of the year.
What inspires you to write?
Everything. People, TV shows, ordinary, everyday things. I watch a lot of soap opera and those always inspire you in some way. I’ve also found that the little, most simplest things can inspire you and make it into your writing.
Tell us about your writing process.
Fast! haha Even when I want to try and take it slow, eventually whatever I’m writing takes on a life of its own and I get on a roll. I wrote “Masterpiece” in about 3 months and the same goes for the project I’m currently working on.
I’m definitely an outliner. I’ll create short character descriptions and fiddle around with some ideas and sometimes not everything I outline can make it into the story. I’ll open a word document or sometimes I’m old-fashioned and I’ll grab a notebook and a pen and start jotting down ideas.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t actually talk to them but I do try to figure out what I want the character to be and what their personality is, their way of talking, their mannerisms. It’s things like that, that really convince the reader and lets them picture this character in their mind.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t stop. Always keep writing, whether it’s a short, short story or an entire novel. Always be sure to write what YOU enjoy and not let other people convince you on how something should be done or tell you what to write. Don’t write whatever you think will be most popular or what will sell, just write what you feel and are passionate for and it will flow from there.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to publish my book when it turned into a book! haha While I was writing “Masterpiece,” I did not expect it to turn into what it did. When it became this novel, I just knew I had to publish it.
I went the self-publishing route and used CreateSpace. It’s a really great website to self-publish your work and it goes through Amazon. It’s easy to use and I plan on using it again.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I know everyone loves their eBooks and Kindles, but I hope real books with actual paper pages will always be published. When you hold that actual book that you wrote in your hands, it feels so real compared to just holding a Kindle and seeing the words you wrote.
What genres do you write?
Fiction, Romance, LGBT
What formats are your books in?