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Saturday, October 15, 2011

ABA AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH ASHLEY M. CHRISTMAN


Kiki: What is your favorite genre to read in, and what is it about that genre that attracts you to it? If you like a specific mix of genres, please state that particular combination.  
Ashley: My favorite genre to read is speculative fiction. I love the world building that goes into it and the fact that the subgenres like urban fantasy have fantastic elements sort of rooted in reality.

Kiki: What is your favorite author to read in that genre, and why? Also, please tell me a little about the best book by that author you have read.
Ashley: Neil Gaiman by far. I love American Gods, which follows a man named Shadow after he’s been released from prison.

Kiki: Do you have a Favorite Book of All Time? Of course, please tell us what about that book makes it your favorite.
Ashley: Brave New World by Adolous Huxley. It’s a look into a future where people drown themselves in Soma and cut themselves from true feelings. The way it’s written is compelling and makes it a sci-fi must read.

Kiki: What is the best book you read last month, and would you recommend it to a friend?
Ashley: The best book I read in the last month was actually a non-fiction book. It’s the RUNNER’S WORLD GUIDE TO ROAD RACING.  I would recommend this book to anyone training for any kind of running race.

Kiki: What are your reading habits like? For example, how many books do you read on average in a week, what format do you prefer to read in, what time of day do you read, and what setting is ideal for you to get lost in that book?
Ashley: Between working on my own books and reading kind of takes a back seat. When I take a sabbatical from writing, I tend to devour books quickly, going through seven or eight a week. I don’t really have a preferred format. If it’s a good book, I will read it.

Kiki: If pressed, could you chose a favorite from the books you have written? Why is it your favorite?
Ashley: I don’t know. I had a lot of fun writing every single one of them and there are reasons why I love them all. There isn’t a story I haven’t told that I don’t love.

Kiki: How do you become inspired to write?
Ashley: Inspiration actually hits me in the most unusual and often times, inconvenient moments. But when it comes, it doesn’t leave my head until I jot it down, so that’s helpful.

Kiki: What part of the story do you think is your strength to write?
Ashley: I think my strength is the endings. If I can toot my own horn for a moment, I’ve found that I am really good at wrapping up loose ends.

Kiki: Please share with ABA readers something I did not think to ask you about.
Ashley: When I’m not writing, I’m currently training for a half marathon. It’s long and arduous, but running gives me a chance to clear my head and I gets the creative juices flowing.


Nightingale
By Ashley M Chrsitman
Being Sidhe is hard, but a Sidhe without a heartbeat? 

Life is lucrative and easy for Dr. Grace Caldwell--daughter of vampire father and fey mother--until her ex-boyfriend, FBI agent Jack Montgomery, blackmails her into helping him solve a prostitute's murder. If only she wasn't as attracted to Jack as ever, she could concentrate on finding the murderer and get back to her regularly scheduled life. And then there's the vampire Constantine, seductive and powerful, a family friend she's supposed to marry... 

Not much of a vampire, and clueless about her fey powers--if she has any--Grace must journey to the Sidhe and enlist the help of the fey to unravel the riddle of the murder. She and Jack might just get killed, but then, two worlds depend on her success. If she fails, both her worlds and all of humanity will descend into chaos of epic proportions. 

Ashley M. Christman
Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Fiction Author

As a child, Ashley M. Christman spent many hours in imaginary worlds, exploring the depths of mythology and immersing herself in a breadth of classics. After spending so much time reading, she decided to try her hand at writing.

An avid fan of film noir, she combines fantasy, noir style heroes and heroines, and the paranormal in a modern day setting in such a way that hopefully would make even Bogie proud.

When not writing, she can be found in the wilds of Minnesota enjoying great cuisine, avoiding the gym, and being walked by the dog with her partner, Tom.

Author Website and Blog: www.ashleymchristman.com 




Other Books by Ashley

Requiem
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing
Release Date: September 27,2010 (Ebook)| January 1, 2011 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-60592-163-1 (Digital)| 978-1-60592-163-1 (Print)

For millennia, Kate, a vampire succubus, has wandered through life feeding on both the blood and sex of mortals, with an utter disregard for human life. Even that gets boring after a while. But problems don't arise until Kate meets the new "Hollywood Heartthrob," Aidan Cross.
Aidan is human, which would normally put him on the menu, but Kate finds herself attracted to him in more ways than one and decides to wait before she kills him to see if the allure is something more than his irresistible good looks.

Jack and Kate have a very complicated relationship dating back to the fall of Rome. He's an angel, she's not. One night with her will make him fall and be damned to life in the demon ranks, and she'll become mortal.

With Aidan, she gets a chance to play human. One night with Jack and she'll actually be human, but that also means giving up everything she loves.


“I recommend this book, Requiem by Ashley M. Christman, to readers that believe that love brings certain twists into life but it is up to you to make that choice of which path to take, it might take you once or twice but you will have your happily ever after.”
-4/5 stars from Happily Ever After Reviews

“Requiem was very well written. The characters that come in and out of Kate's life all have their purpose. The love story of Jack and Kate and Aidan is a sad one with brief moments of happiness for all concerned. Ms. Christman has done an excellent job of creating Kate's surroundings and Kate's morals. I read it in one day and enjoyed every minute. You will, too.”
-3.5/5 stars from Manic Readers

The Witching Hour
Publisher: Lyrical Press, Inc.
Release Date: November 22, 2010 (Digital)
ISBN: 978-1-61650-206-5

The gods just might be crazy…

Lucky Sands is anything but. His wife is cheating on him, his job sucks, and when she walks out on him and dies in a car crash, the only thing he can think of is drowning himself in cheap booze and cheaper sex. But when he finds his childhood friend Tuesday Peters working in a brothel, his luck takes a steep downward dive after he finds out her twin sister is dead...and that Wednesday's death was no accident. Together Lucky and Tuesday embark on a search for answers, plagued by spirits and deities alike. Every clue along their path points not just to the truth of Wednesday's murder, but to divine machinations that prove everything Lucky knows about life to be wrong--and prove there's no such thing as luck. Only fate...and the madness of the gods.


“I thought this was a great book.”
- 5/5 stars from Ghost Writer Literary Reviews

“The Witching Hour by Ashley Christman is a unique supernatural tale that expertly mixes mythology and witchcraft to create an intriguing Noir style mystery. Interesting characters, a childhood romance, and a dark family secret all culminate to make this an interesting piece with an original tone unlike anything I've read...Heavily focused on mythology and witch craft, Christman created a wonderfully unique novella that definitely kept me entranced.”
- 3/5 stars from Black Lagoon Reviews

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