We are so excited to have the opportunity to interview the lovely Katie Ashley
Thank you for joining us
What /who inspired you to first start writing? 

I’ve written stories my whole life. My late mother claimed I wrote my first one when I was just four years old. It was mainly pictures, but it was about three cats who went on a camping trip. Growing up, my parents greatly encouraged me to read and write. I was an only child, so I depended on my imagination a lot. So when I was young, I was always writing stories. College and career put a hold on writing for many years because I was so busy. Although I always dreamed of becoming a writer, I didn’t really take the dream seriously until four years ago when I sat down to write my first novel, The Road to Damascus.

What's your favorite part of a book?
Books come to me in scenes, so I write all out of order. Because of that, it’s hard to say which part is my favorite.

When naming your characters, do you give any thought to the actual meaning?
Sometimes I do. In The Guardians, I did a lot of angelic research, and I named my angels based on that. In The Road to Damascus, everyone who lives in the community of Damascus has a Biblical name. It’s supposed to represent that the town is like an Eden on earth—a perfect utopia.

Would you ever write a book of a different genre?
Lol, I’ve written just about every genre out there. I started with an adult Southern Literary Fiction called The Road to Damascus—it was inspired by To Kill a Mockingbird and Fried Green Tomatoes. You can find it under my real name, Krista Ashe. Then I wrote a Young Adult Urban Fantasy called, The Guardians, about guardian angels in high school. I stayed in YA for about three years, and I have YA Contemps and a YA Dystopian.

What advice would you give inspiring writers? 
Don’t give up. Even when it looks like it’s never going to happen, keep going. I tried to the traditional route for three years. I had two agents and two almost book deals with New York publishers. There were many times I wanted to give up and say it would never happen. It truly gets the darkest before the dawn. 

Do you have any further books planned?

Oh yes…many, many books, lol. In January, I was blessed to become a full time writer in January, so I plan on putting a book out every 2-3 months for the foreseeable future. 

What would five works would you use to describe you new book? A sexy emotional roller coaster where true love conquers all. 

Who is your favorite character from your books and why?
I love them all that it’s too hard to pick a favorite. I do love naughty bad boys with hearts of gold. I strong, gentile women who make bad boys wanna be good and who want to be bad for their men!

If you could work with any fellow author who would it be and why?hmm, I'd say JK Rowling. I love the world she has been able to create while I also relate to the pain and loss she experienced in her life

Top five authors/books
To Kill a Mockingbird: Harper Lee
Harry Potter Series: JK Rowling
On Dublin Street: Samantha Young
The Blackstone Series: Raine Miller
Thoughtless, Effortless, and Reckless: SC Stephens

Fan question....When is your next book coming out about Aidan and Emma?

I have an Easter short story coming out this weekend. The Pairing, Pesh and Megan’s story, will not be coming out until later this summer or early fall. I’m planning on taking a break soon because I’ve been on a pretty grueling writing schedule coupled with the fact I’ll be doing a lot of traveling in the coming months to book signings and all.

Thank you so much for taking part.

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    Katie Ashley

    New York Times Bestselling writer of The Proposition. The Proposal


    March 2013