Kristen Ashley’s Interview

I had the opportunity to ask Kristen a couple of questions. If you have never read her books I highly recommend reading her books.

She has a unique style of writing that makes her books so enjoyable to read. Her interview is below:

Q: What are 5 surprising facts about you and your writing process?

When I write, I can have no distractions. No music. No one milling about me. No TV going in the background. Silence and focus. Though, I’ll let my cat distract me.

I never plotted until I wrote The Rising series, and I didn’t plot that. But it was the first time I made copious notes about world and characters prior to writing, as well as planned several chapters in advance before writing them.

If I had nothing dragging on my time in work and life, I could write a full-length novel (upwards of 110,000 words) in two to three weeks.

It is very rare I’ll see or use a photo of a person (famous or not) that I identify as any of my characters. They are very real in my head and it took years for me not to be taken aback when people would define my characters visually with images of people they’d found.

The first time I ever went back into a finished manuscript and made major edits was very recently. I wrote a book during COVID and the hero and heroine just didn’t have that KA connection. Nearly four thousand extra words and a full manuscript, fine-tooth-comb edit and it was all good.

Q: Which book was your hardest to finish writing?

Rock Chick Revolution, because I thought it was the end of the Rock Chick series (it wasn’t) and I really did not want to say goodbye.

Q: What is the most enjoyable aspect of being an author?

All of them. I know that sounds crazy, or even dishonest, but it isn’t. The process. The creativity. The expression. The readers. The sisterhood of writers. It’s all fabulous.

Q: How did Covid affect your writing process?

I found it very, very difficult to focus. And as you can tell by my answer to question one, it’s crucial for my process to be able to focus. And it was quite bizarre, to be alone in my house with nowhere to go, which is really not out of the norm for me. I work at home. I don’t have an office or a studio that I go to in order to write. And yet I was unable, like I usually am, to tune everything out and get into the zone.

Q: What is your favorite hobby?

Shopping. And I wish it wasn’t. But I love clothes and home stuff and cooking and pampering and to get the fix of all of that, it starts with shopping!

Q: Will there be other books within the ‘burg world?

Probably not. Though, one day, a dream of mine is to start writing books for the children of characters from my first series. Fingers crossed that’ll work out.

Q: Will you do a next gen series for your ghost and reincarnation series and the ‘burg series?

I think I answered that above!

Q: Do you have a favorite couple that you have created? If yes why?

I always say this about heroes, and couples, because it’s true. I love the ones I’m with. I am obsessed with who I’m writing when I’m writing them. As such, my favorite right now is Chloe and Judge from Chasing Serenity, the upcoming book in the River Rain series. They are very sweet and hilarious together. I think it might be getting my mojo back after the COVID situation, but it felt like coming home when I was with them.

Q: What is your favorite book at the moment?

I really fell deep, deep into Sarah J Maas’s Court series. It is exceptional. I also read Daisy Jones and the Six a few years ago and I adored that book. I didn’t want it to end. In fact, I prolonged the reading of it, when I just wanted to devour it, because I hated that with every page, I was getting closer to the end.

Q: Who are your favorite authors?

Do you have a year? Judith McNaught for vintage romance. Love JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood and really enjoyed her book Consumed, which I’m hoping will become a series. Used to gobble up anything by Carl Hiaasen. His books have it all, sardonic wit, action, real characters and just plain good writing. Read everything by Margaret Atwood, who’s mind-blowingly phenomenal. Adore Joey W. Hill’s erotica. One of my favorite books of all time is The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series was phenomenal. I’m a historical romance fan and totally fell into Elizabeth Hoyt’s Wicked Intentions.

I could go on! See…I’d need a year!

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