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.
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:

Twitter: AshleyLWillis!/AshleyLWillis

Facebook The Calling Page:

Facebook Author Home:

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….

The Calling

  • Publisher:CreateSpace (October 28, 2011)
  • ISBN-10:1466464755
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466464759
Mandy Hardy lost more than a breast to cancer; she lost her
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.
Justin Seward is a headstrong Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer
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.
Now dear readers go forth and tweet,facebook,like and if you do not already have “The Calling” by Ashley Lynn Willis go forth and purchase.
Thanks to Ashley we are offering 1 lucky commenter an e-book copy of “THE CALLING” by Ashley Lynn Willis. Open globally. This giveaway will run from today November 15 until November 22,2011. **Please leave your email address in your comment. This informationWILL NOT BE SHARED.
***Please check back in a few days at My Book Addiction Reviews for our review of “The Calling” by Ashley Lynn Willis***


  1. I think it's wonderful that your write what you love to read. It sounds common sense but it works and it shows. Thanks for the interview.

  2. I enjoyed the interview and I'm looking forward to reading The Calling, it sounds like a fantastic story.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  3. Hi Ashley!

    Thanks for sharing with us today!

    I know how it feels and I LOVE it!! To be with family on the day after Thanksgiving, man, what fun, I would never trade those memories for anything! The decorating of the tree, the singing of Christmas songs and all the yummy snacks in between. LOL! Just way too much fun for one day.
    On this day we also trade our gift list with one another and then have one heck of a laugh at all the crazy items listed. 🙂

    It was always awesome seeing my son's list written in crayon with magazine clippings taped on it.

    Your book has definitely peeked my curiosity, I would love to win a copy!
    I need to know what happens between Justin and Mandy.
    Thank you for the give-away!

  4. Ooops, sorry, forgot email address.
    If it still counts here it is…..


    Thank you!

  5. Thank you for stopping by, Ashley!

    THE CALLING sounds great and the cover is beautiful.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  6. Thank you April and Wendy for inviting me to be a guest on your site. Your questions were a lot of fun. And thank you everyone for entering the giveaway.

    @Dalila – Yep. You just captured the spirit of Christmas. I love the crayon list with magazine clippings taped on. My kids are still a bit young for that, but I'm looking forward to the creative ways they let me know what they want from Santa. 🙂

    @Pam – dickhead pretty much sums it up. LOL. He's actually the worst villain I've ever written because all of his motivations are selfish, and he's manipulative beyond belief. Thank goodness I don't know anyone like that in real life. :0

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