Saturday, November 26, 2016

Q&A with Ashley Earley about Alone in Paris

1)    Tell us about your latest book:

I am very excited about my upcoming book, Alone in Paris! It will be released next year. I haven’t set a date yet because I am still revising to make it as perfect as can be for my readers. If you follow me on Instagram (@ashley_earley) or Twitter (@ashleyc_earley), then you’ve seen all my editing updates. I’m so close to finishing, and I’ve been sharing my excitement constantly!

Here is the summary:

Breathe, Taylor.

Taylor Clay's family isn't exactly perfect. They may look the part with the nice, big house and her dad's fancy job, but that's what's tearing them apart. That, and her dad's sudden recurring drinking problem.
Though her family is close to falling apart, she never wished for something like this to happen. She never wished for her father to drive off a bridge. Especially not while they were on vacation; especially not when her and her mom were in the car with him at the time.


She's devastated after the fact. And it isn't helping that the papers are gossiping about how the pristine lawyer could have driven off the bridge on purpose. And just when she thinks nothing could possibly make things worse, she realizes she's left alone with no relatives to care for her.
So she's alone. Her parents are dead. And she's stuck in the country her family was visiting for their vacation. She's alone in Paris.

Just breathe.

Then Nathan walks into the picture. Funny, snarky, persistent, and sometimes, just flat out rude, he annoys Taylor to no end. He won't leave her alone, but Taylor doesn't know whether or not she should push him away.

2)    How old were you when you started writing?

I was 14-years old when I started writing. At first, it sort of started out as an experiment. I wanted to see if I could write a book—to see how difficult it was. I ended up loving it and couldn’t stop. I wrote one book after another!

3)    What do you do when you are lacking inspiration?

I listen to music; I read for a little bit, or I take my writing gear and go somewhere else for a change of scenery. I love writing outside on my back patio!

4)    What made you decide to publish your book(s)?

I had tried to get published the traditional way, but when that didn’t work out, I decided that I wanted to take one of my books to the next step myself and publish it on my own. It was very challenging to publish The Darkest Light. I ran into a lot of bumps in the road, but I was determined to get it in print. It was all worth it once I got to hold a physical copy of The Darkest Light. I’m looking forward to publishing another book!

5)    At this point in your career, what has been the most memorable experience as a writer thus far? 

Actually submitting my book to publish it. It was horrifying and exciting all at once. I wanted to take it back as soon as I had done it because I was worried what people would. I was really worried that no one would like it, like every author. It’s a scary thing to share something you’ve created. It’s even scarier to share a part of you because every book (even if it’s fiction) holds a bit of truth. I’m not saying that dragons are real, but life struggles or thoughts that character(s) have can be true—as well as other things.

6)    What would be your advice to fellow writers who want to publish their work?

Don’t give up on it. Sometimes you’re going to feel like your book isn’t good enough to publish, and you shouldn’t feel that way. You can always edit and revise your book to make it better. You should be proud of what you wrote! You worked hard, whether if it was for weeks, months, or years. You should publish your book if you feel like you’re ready for the challenge.
And do your research! Don’t just hire anyone to do your book cover art.

7)    Share one of your past obstacles in your writing career, and how you overcame it?

I battle with one obstacle constantly. It is one of the most common obstacles for writers and the most difficult to overcome. Writer’s block.
I hate writer’s block just as much as every writer. Having a block is horrible, and pushing through it isn’t always the best solution because you’re not doing your best writing. Sometimes, listening to music can help me, or reading another book. Though, most of the time, I have to wait out my block. It can take days or weeks until I’m ready to write again. But, once I do, I usually find myself unable to stop.

8)    If you were starting your writing career over today, what is one thing you would do differently?

I would have done a better job at putting together The Darkest Light and done a better job spreading the word about The Darkest Light. I plan to do a much better job with Alone in Paris. The story is put together a lot better, and the writing style and grammar are all much better, at least, I think so. Hopefully, everyone else will too! 

Saturday, November 19, 2016

When Will Alone in Paris Be Released?

   Hello fellow booknerds! I have a new update on Alone in Paris. Nothing huge; just giving the general idea of when I think I will release it.
 So, the other day I announced on Instagram (@ashley_earley) that I've been trying to pick the release date for Alone in Paris. As of now, I'm thinking about doing the cover reveal in January or February, and I've been thinking about publishing in April. It will, of course, be available for pre-order on Kindle before then. I'm just not sure when quite yet.

 I've spent the last 2 weeks formatting Alone in Paris so it looks pretty inside and out. I have the cover, it looks fantastic! I feel like it fits the book really well and I'm excited to share it soon!

 Anyway, it shouldn't be much longer before Alone in Paris is available for pre-order either. Anyone that follows me on any of my social media outlets and/or blogs will know immediately!

 I will be releasing the first chapter of Alone in Paris sometime in the next couple of months!
I also have plans to host giveaways for physical copies of Alone in Paris and for bookmarks!

 The title and summary has been released but not the cover! If you want to be one of the first to receive updates on my upcoming young adult contemporary romance, follow me on Twitter @ashleyc_earley  and on Instagram @ashley_earley! I'm always keeping my followers updated on what I'm writing, editing, and reading! Always!

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Q&A by Matthew Carpenter with Ashley Earley

   I did an interview with an acquaintance that I met in a class I took in high school and he sent me an email earlier this year asking me a bunch of writing and personal questions. The questions he asks are in bold. Sorry it took me so long to post this Matthew! :)

Questions about Writing:

-Have you ever done, or even considered, devoting a whole day to writing? As in, something along the lines of waking up to see just how much quantity you can get on the page. Not leaving your room, only stopping to eat, refraining from calling or texting friends, and really just carrying on with it all until you're sleepy and ready for bed.

I've done that many times during the weekends! That's when I get most of my writing done. I genuinely enjoy days when I can devote my entire day to nothing but writing!

-Do you prefer more of a slow and steady pace, or are you often into writing bombs, where you try to produce a lot of pages in a short period of time? Does the former become monotonous and disheartening, or does the latter only  mean low quality and, in the aftermath, exhaustion that hinders further work?

I like writing bombs the most. Slow-paced writing can be disheartening for me because I find it harder to focus on the task at hand. I don't find writing bombs low quality. At times it can be, but I believe that it depends on my mood and the scene that's playing out. I do get tired after but it's because I devote an entire day to bomb writing! After going on a writing craze, I can't imagine anyone not being exhausted haha.

-Does your writing always pertain to one location, or do you sometimes switch up the setting and write by a busy street corner, a rushing waterfall, or whatever might be radically different?

I switch the setting quite often in my books but it mostly depends on the type of book. As in, if I feel that I'm visiting the same places much too often, I will take my characters to another location. Or, if the plot demands it, I will. Like, for example, my character is a time traveler or something or other, I will move my characters around a lot.

-What do you think of the quote that writers must stay immersed in what they do so that they don't let reality destroy them? Is writing a form of drunkedness, just without alcohol? That is, do fictional writers write because they hate reality and need something else to connect with, delude them, whatever?

I feel like being out in reality can mess with the part of you that needs to stay in the story. You get distracted with the things going on in your life, other people's lives, work or school, and the things around you. If you're consumed by reality, then it can be harder to visit the world you've created on your pages. I do, to an extent. I feel like I belong in the worlds I've created more than in reality most of the time. Writing also helps me escape my problems. Writing is my way of taking a step back from everything for a while.

-Do you prefer getting up early to write, or rather staying up writing long into the night?

I'm a night owl so I absolutely love staying up till 2am to write. My house is quiet and there's never anyone awake to bother me haha.

Personal Questions:

-How does it feel to have actually completed and published your own novel? What an accomplishment! Has the glory faded much?

It has a bit and I think it's because I've written 2 books since then. I'll get that feeling back when I publish another!

-Do you keep a journal? If so, for how long? Is it as enjoyable as writing stories?

I do have a journal but I don't use it often. Like I said before, I write to escape my problems - it calms me. Writing in my journal helps me access and make sense of my problems, and allows me to blow off some steam. It's not as enjoyable as writing fiction because I would rather pretend to be someone else.

-Is there a particularly favorable music genre of yours? To write to or just listen to. Artist? Band? Song?

I listen to all kinds of music so there is no way I can give you a list haha. I have a "writing album" of the songs I listen to the most but it's rather long. I don't really have a favorite song, it switches almost every week. My favorite artist would have to be Ed Sheeran. And I don't really have a favorite band.

-And finally, do you have a most influential life event of your own, something you did, from which you seek and pull inspiration during hard times?

Not particularly. I think about my friends and family and how it was difficult to self-publish my own book but I managed to get it done, and that I will get it done again.

Friday, November 4, 2016

What is to come in 2017

I have a feeling that next year is going to be amazing. I’m both excited and scared of what is to come.
  • Love my classes for Spring 2017
  • Publish Alone in Paris
  • Spend spring break in California with a friend
  • Move out of state to follow my dreams, despite my fears
  • Spend the summer settling into my new environment
  • Market Alone in Paris, as well as work on writing a new book
  • Read and write as much as I can between all of the excitement!