Author: Ash Night
Book: Embracing Shadows
Genre: YA / Paranormal
Release date: 1st May 2015
This one is for all you paranormal fans out there!
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I was twelve when I first knew I wanted to be a writer. I remember the exact moment. I was in my English teacher’s classroom, handing her the next story for her approval before heading out to the bus. This had become an almost daily thing with us. I would give her a story and she would tell me what she liked about it the next day.
One day, she asked if I’d ever thought of becoming an author. I had never considered it before. Writing had been a really fun hobby for about a year, but I had always thought you needed to be famous or something.
That one question opened up my whole world.
It took me about six months to get the first draft done. Editing took another month and finding the right cover took a while. My cover artist, Lindsey, was amazing and very patient. If you ever need amazing cover work, she’s the girl to ask!
Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work? What impact have they had on your writing?
Amelia Atwater-Rhodes literally gave me my pen name. I read her book Demon in my View a couple hundred times in high school. I was obsessed with her world of Nyeusigrube (even though I can’t pronounce it) and The Den of Shadow series. She also inspired me because since she got published at thirteen, it gave me hope that I could be despite my age.
Do you have any advice for newbie writers?
My advice is to have a plan B. Writing is a great passion to have, but I learned the hard way that it can’t be your only option. Luckily, I had family support to continue my writing while working. Writing does not pay bills right away.
How do you feel about e-books vs. print books and alternative vs. conventional publishing?
I am self-published. I used to have the same judgment that most people had toward self-published authors. After reading one self-published book full of missing words, grammar errors, and gaping plot holes, I thought self-publishing was a lazy way for someone to publish with an excuse not to edit. An essay I wrote in high school changed my mind. I looked into self-publishing and stuck with it. As for e-books vs print books, I love print books because I love the weight of a real book, but my overflowing bookshelf loves e-books.
What do you like to read in your free time?
I still read Young Adult romance, but I’m also getting into the New Adult genre. I’m really liking Lindy Zart’s books. She’s a great author and her writing can really pull at emotions. She even has ‘Lindy Zart made me ugly cry’ T-shirts!
What are your plans for the future?
I’m almost done with the sequel to Embracing Shadows despite a few bumps along the way, a work in progress about a girl trying to escape a world of drugs while falling madly in love with a great guy who just happens to be on meds for Bipolar disorder, and a short story about Topaz’s life after Juliet.
What question do you wish someone would ask about your book, but nobody has?
I wish someone would ask what my characters fears are. Some of my characters would have really deep, serious answers, but my character Topaz Tylers, who has his very own book dedicated to him, has a really funny fear. He’s afraid of penguins. I’m not even entirely sure why. I came up with Topaz during a forty-five minute study hall and he’s still one of my favorite characters. My friend and I were talking about possible fears for him later that day and I looked at my penguin-dotted pencil and ran with the idea that he would get very paranoid around penguins.
What is your preferred method to have readers get in touch with or follow you?
You can find me on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAshNight/
Happy Reading 🙂