IT IS OUR PLEASURE TO WELCOME,ASHLEY LYNN WILLIS, PARANORMAL ROMANCE AUTHOR, TO MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE TODAY….
GOOD MORNING, ASHLEY!!
MBA: Tell your readers a little about yourself?
ASHLEY: I’m a stay-at-home mommy to two preschoolers,and when I’m not wiping snotty noses, kissing boo boos, or performing myshort-order cook duties, I’m writing. That’s pretty much my life. Wow. Put like that, I’m kind of boring.
MBA: What made you decide to write this paranormal genre?
ASHLEY: Write what you read is advice I’ve always obeyed.I’m a lover of all things that go bump in the night, from vampires, to demons,to ghouls and ghosts. I also love angels, faeries, and elves. And I’m a sucker for a great romance. I guess it just seemed like a natural extension to write in the genre I love, but the paranormal is fairly light in The Calling. The book straddles both contemporary romance and paranormal romance. I love reading both, and that shows in the story.
MBA: How do you feel your writing has grown over the years?
ASHLEY: Well, I’ve only been writing for two years, but I’ve logged over 450,000 written words during that time. The first year was a crash course in the basics—not using too many adverbs, avoiding passive
sentences, showing not telling. In 2011, I’ve focused on pacing, emotion, and motivation. It’s fun to compare my first attempts at writing to how I write now. Night and day. That’s all I have to say. And to anyone who thinks writing is all talent: that’s totally not true. It can be learned. I’m proof. Also, an author is always evolving. I’m sure I’ll read The Calling five years from now and cringe at my word choices. At least I hope
I do, because that will mean I’ve grown as a writer.
MBA: What is the weirdest piece of writing advice you got that actually works?
ASHLEY: “Substitute “damn” every time you’re inclined to write “very“; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.” Mark Twain
I love Mark Twain!
MBA: With the holidays fast approaching, what are some of your favorite music, movies, drink, food, holiday, and family traditions?
ASHLEY: My absolute favorite holiday tradition is the day after Thanksgiving when my family puts on A Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack, breaks out the tree, and starts decorating. Nothing warms my heart more than seeing my husband string lights around the tree to Linus and Lucy singing. Tinsel and ornaments are strewn on the floor, with the kids plucking through them and finding their favorites. When the tree is all decorated, about seventy-five percent of the ornaments are on the very bottom because the kids can’t reach any higher. I’m smiling just thinking about it.
MBA: If you could change anything in your writing career what would it be and why?
ASHLEY: If my writing career is defined by when my first book became available to the public, then nothing. It’s only been available for a little over a month, so I haven’t had much time to wish I could change
anything. In five years, I’m sure I’ll have a list a few miles long. If my career encompasses when I first put pen to paper, a small part of me wishes I had waited another year before I published so that I could continue to improve my craft, but the response to The Calling has been great so far. Plus, I’m the type of person that cannot under any circumstances spend more than a year on a novel before I have to start the next
one. So if I had waited another year, The Calling probably would have been pushed to the side and maybe never released. That would have been a shame because I’ve met so many wonderful people during the publishing process.
MBA: What is on the horizon for you, Ashley?
ASHLEY: I’ll sum it up in two words: Killing Abel. That’s my next book, scheduled to release in the Fall of 2012, maybe sooner. It’s an urban fantasy about a band of immortal brothers and the woman who tears their world apart. Killing Abel is the first in a five book series, and it’s actually the first story I ever wrote. In other words, it’s going through extensive edits to fix all the bad habits I had back when I wrote it. I’ve never seen so many adverbs on one page in my life! If you want to know more about it, you can find the blurb and the
first chapter here. http://authorashleylynnwillis.blogspot.com/p/killing-abel.html
MBA: Last, but not least, tell our readers where to find you and where to purchase your books?
ASHLEY: You can find me on my blog: http://authorashleylynnwillis.blogspot.com/
Twitter: AshleyLWillis http://twitter.com/#!/AshleyLWillis
Facebook The Calling Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Calling/121064727991603
Facebook Author Home: http://www.facebook.com/people/Ashley-Lynn-Willis/100002829151062
You can purchase The Calling at these places:
Ashley: Thanks you April and Wendy for having me!
MBA: You are so welcome,please visit with us again, soon!
Thank you Ashley, for taking the time out of your busy schedule to visit with us today….
- Publisher:CreateSpace (October 28, 2011)
- ISBN-13: 978-1466464759
fiancé when he dumped her a week before her mastectomy. Her ego bruised and her self-esteem battered, Mandy’s sure she’ll never fall in love again.
with a heart of gold and the supernatural ability to command the seas. He had to hide his feelings while Mandy was engaged to his best friend.