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Author has written 6 stories for Play, Young Adult, Historical, Supernatural, General, and Romance.
Announcements: O.k. so here's what's been going on: I've been plagiarized. Yes, Run, Delaney, a story I've been working on for a good three years now, has been ripped off. Reading the comments left on the letter I put for the 20th chapter, my sadness and anger has deepened. No one should have to feel the pain of seeing their work taken from them. I have since spoken with management of the website, stating that I am the original owner of Run, Delaney and it's content. I also sent a message to the motherless prick who stole it from me. Here's letting you know once more that if you take anything else from me I will come down on you with the power of four gods. I now have © of all my work, so unless you want to be sued by me and the state of California, leave me alone! On a lighter note, hope everyone else is happy, safe and blessed. I know I am, no matter what these people think they can do to me.
My name is Ashley and I've been a member of fiction press since late 2008 and a creeper since 2006. I've just now decided to take the first step and become a publisher on this site; most of my stories up now are ones that have just been in my head, collecting comb webs, lol.
Here are a few thingies about myself :)
1. What was the first piece you ever wrote?
I wrote my first short story when I was 8. It was about the unicorn I thought was hiding in my closet (haha.)
2. How much do you feel you've improved in the last few years?
Personally, I feel I've come long way in my writing. I'm by no means the best there is, but compared to some of my earlier work, I no longer cringe when I go back to reread, :).
3. What is your favorite genre?
My favorite genre at the moment is Supernatural. I feel it allows more freedom for the imagination. It's like a breeding ground for creativity.
4. Where do you get most of your ideas?
Inspirations from things I read, heard or seen. Some from my own life, some just random ideas I thought be cool to write about, just because.
5. What room is your favorite to write in?
The Girl Cave a.k.a my room, haha
6. What is your favorite place for thinking?
The bathroom. Is that weird?
7. Who was your favorite childhood author?
It depends. But I'd have to say my childhood inspirations were Lemony Snicket, Jerry Spinelli, Nina Bawden, Sharon G. Flake, Lynne Reid Banks, Roald Dahl, Louis Sachar, Judy Bloom, Ann A. Martin, Mildred D. Taylor and S.E. Hinton. The Outsiders, baby :)
8. Who do you act out the scenes in your novels with?
My imaginary friend Gina or my cat Harley.
9. How old where you when you first started writing?
8 years old.
10. What is your favorite thing you've written?
I like all my work, personally.
11. Who is your favorite character(s) in any of your works?
Sonya Rain. She was very tragic to write for, though :(
12. How do you choose the names for your characters?
My best kept secret: Babynames.com! When choosing a name, I just choose one that wouldn't get on my nerves to hear everyday, lol
13. What's your favorite character archetype of literature?
The Bad-ass in both genders, the Tomboy, the Hopeless Romantic, and my guilty pleasure, the Bad Boy with a Heart of Gold (gets me every time, haha)
14. What is your favorite theme or element in writing?
The theme of perseverance. It takes a lot of it to succeed and generally survive in life. I feel it's an important lesson to learn. (Oh and everlasting love. Yeah, I'm a sap, so sue me, haha)
15. What is your favorite novel by a different author?
Off the top of my head: The Outsiders, Joy Luck Club, House on Mango Street, Jane Eyre, Derailed, Impossible, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Tuck Everlasting, Blood and Chocolate, The Giver, Stolen, Silver Phoenix, Evermore, and The Immortal Instruments series.
16. What scene in your writing has made you laugh the hardest or cry the most?
The death of Delaney's daughter, Vita and her burial. I wrote a "sex" scene between a main character and her crush. It was extremely awkward for her, but hey it was funny as hell for me :)
17. What do you think makes good writing?
There's no such thing as good writing, lol I would know. Everybody falls short somewhere.
18. How long have you been writing?
Since I was 8.
19. What made you fall in love with writing?
I fell in love with writing when I realized how fun it was. It's an escape and an outlet for me. Writing to me represents true immortality. When everything else is taken from you or fades away, words, characters, storytelling, they live on. I think that's freakin' awesome. :)
You know you're an author if...(part 2)
You would rather talk to the voices in your head than the person sitting next to you.
You know the research librarian’s office, cell, and home phone numbers but can’t remember your own.
Some of the letters on your keyboard are completely worn off.
You would rather write than go out.
Your/you’re and their/there/they’re errors send you into an apoplectic fit.
You get cranky if you don’t get to write.
You’ve ever said, “The voices are getting louder; I must go write.”
When talking with others, you mentally edit their dialogue and compose tags and beats.
You’ve heard/seen something and thought, 'I need to write that down.'
You’ve ever written a scene, outline, synopsis, or character sketch on a restaurant napkin . . . and it wasn’t a paper napkin.
You wake up in the middle of the night and scramble for the pen and paper you keep next to your bed to write down a scene to make the voices be quiet so you can get some sleep.
You end an argument with your boyfriend/girlfriend by saying, “Oh, wait, I have to write this down–this is the perfect conflict for my characters! Now, repeat what you just yelled.”
Getting the scene finished is more important than food, coffee, or the bathroom.
You have a momentary reality lapse and mention your characters’ situation as a prayer request in Sunday school.
A blank wall becomes the screen where the scene you’re writing takes place right in front of your eyes.
The easiest way for you to deal with conflict is to go home and write it into your story.
You purposely eavesdrop when out in public.
At parties, your method of making conversation is to discover people in the room with interesting occupations (preferably your hero’s or heroine’s) so you can conduct research.
You listen to the writer’s commentary on every DVD so that you can analyze his/her writing process.
You enjoy reading mostly so you can analyze the author's writing style and use it to work on your own style.
You have a favorite line from every movie you’ve seen.
You can’t write because you’re mad at one of your characters.
You argue with said character (and even lose sometimes).
You wake up at 3:00am with an idea for a plot and immediately grab a pencil and paper, and rather than go back to sleep you stay up the rest of the night fleshing out your plot and developing characters. Then you stay so focused on it that you don't feel your lack of sleep until the following morning.
You have a folder on your computer labeled “Ideas.” Some of the files within this folder have only one or two words or sentences and while they made perfect sense fifteen years ago, between the software changes in that period of time garbling half the words and your own faulty memory, you have no idea what it means or where you were going with it. But you keep it anyway because you never know, you might remember it eventually.
(copy this into you're profile if you fit one or more of the descriptions) Haha, its like whoever wrote this knew me personally:)
Louisa May Alcott: Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
Mark Twain: This (writing) is the love of your life. It's what I want to do when I wake up. Nothing feels so absorbing, so fulfilling.
Samuel Butler: To live is like to love--all reason is against it, and all healthy instinct for it.
Andre Dubus III: Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.