About Ashlynn Pearce:
Were it not for Hope, the Heart would Break…
Once upon a time…You ain’t gonna believe this sh**!
(I always wanted to start a bio like that!) But seriously—scrap that, I’m not serious, but I do love to write. Create characters. Give them hope that there is something better around the corner. It’s my passion. I live and breathe stories. When I’m not arguing with the characters in my head (yes, I do that, you can ask my hubby who thinks I’m nuts btw), I’m taking care of said hubby, my two kids and a melee of furbabies. I’m Okie born and bred and, yes, we get a lot of twisters and, no, there aren’t any teepees around that I’ve seen. Follow me around to see what other mischief I’m up to!
What inspires you to write?
Hope and that elusive Happily-Ever-After.
We all yearn for that HEA and hope that something better is just around the corner. That lies at the core of almost everyone. Its universal. No matter where you’re from, what your background is…those things seldom change. Cause, let’s be honest, life can be a storm. We all need that escape and that hope. Every book I write is based on my motto…Were it not for Hope, the Heart would Break.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am extremely character driven. All plot is based on the character. I do extensive character backgrounds, including research, images and I interview my own characters. I spend days on digging into the how, what why of who they are and what makes them tick. If my story isn’t progressing then I know it’s because I’m missing some key component of my character.
And, for the most part, I don’t plot. I might have ideas of a few big things that are going to happen, but really that’s about it. It all comes to me as I write…okay, the characters tell me what to write. hehe
All work I do is on MS Word, mainly because it’s easily searchable.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters are almost always demanding and usually stubborn. They argue with me when I have a scene wrong. Yell at me cause I’m not writing their story. One I had to lock in a padded room because she was getting crazy out of hand. (she’s gonna be a mess to write) Recently, the hero in my work-in-progress just smirked at me while he said nothing as I floundered trying to get his story out of him. Turns out, I had him all wrong. Soon as I figured that out, and he was done laughing at me, the story started flowing again.
Now, you know I’m crazy. lol
What advice would you give other writers?
Never give up. Study your craft. Write. Learn. Write. Keep going no matter what.
If it’s your passion then make it a priority. Do it no matter what.
I’ve had some serious health issues that tried to take my writing away. And at one point I thought I’d never be able to write again. But I didn’t give up. I kept trying. Kept at at…and one day, it came back. I can’t begin to tell you how much it means to me. Which is how my motto came about…without that hope that I could do it again, my heart would break.
So don’t give up. Whatever your passion is. Just do it.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My very first book was traditionally published. But because of my heath, I decided to go Indie this time. So far I’m really enjoying having control of everything. And I can set my own timeline as well. I just recently got my rights back to my first book and plan on re-publishing it on my own.
In my opinion, neither is better than the other. It’s a personal thing and it depends on your book. Most authors I know do a mix of traditional, small-press and Indie.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I love the direction the book publishing has taken. The reach you can get with eBooks is astonishing. The only downside I see is some authors don’t take the time to really hone their craft before publishing. Don’t hire professional editors and cover artists. Everyone’s situation is different and some don’t have the resources to put a book out in a professional manner…but publishing is a business. It’s art, but it’s also a business. I think some authors forget that part.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Romance
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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