Author Interview with Ash Night
Introducing Ash Night
As much as we hate to admit it, most, if not all, writers spend as much time writing as we do in order to earn praise from our readers. The fear of not achieving this can sometimes cause us to withhold our work from readers, but when we do take that leap and give a finished piece to someone to read, even the tiniest compliment can be rewarding.
Author Ash Night has been met with the praise that she had been working for with her three self-published books. Below she answers my 10 questions about her writing, her motivations, and her successes. Be sure to check out her first book, Juliet's Lullaby.
Juliet's Lullaby book cover
1. How many books have you written and where can you buy them?
I’ve written three so far. You can find them on Amazon. I’m hoping to have them all available in paperback soon.
2. What famous books can you compare to your own?
My first novel, Juliet’s Lullaby, is written in first person. My main character, Topaz, who is the one telling the story of his life, has always reminded me of Louis taking to the nameless reporter in Interview with the Vampire, though Topaz is talking to himself in the forest near Juliet’s house.
3. Why do you write for this particular age group?
I write for young adults because I doubt I’ll ever fully feel like an adult. I’m 21 and am still amazed that I can live on my own.
4. How autobiographical are your books?
My books are purely fiction. My life isn’t all that interesting. I’m just a girl from a small town in Wisconsin who writes about worlds I wished I lived in and still believes in fairy dust.
5. What’s the best compliment that you’ve ever received about your writing?
When I was writing AngelRose and had the first draft on one of my favorite writing sites, one woman told me she stayed up all night to read it. I was absolutely thrilled, and it made my day to hear that.
6. What has been your greatest moment as a writer so far?
My greatest moment so far has to be when I showed my mom a paperback proof of Embracing Shadows, and she told me how proud she was of me. I was bawling my eyes out when I got the proof in the mail and started crying again when I showed her.
7. Where do you get your covers?
I usually look at a ton of sites before I decide on a cover. I’ll bookmark a few I really like, but I pretty much just know the cover is The One when I see it.
8. What is a subject/character/setting you would like to tackle?
I would like to write about mental illness again. I have experience with this, and I hate that there is a stigma surrounding it. I had a lot of friends help me through my struggle with self-harm. One of my best friends was struggling in recovery with alcoholism, drug use, and self-harm so she was essential in helping me through that horrible dark period. It’s my hope that my writing can be a safe haven for others who struggle every day, and I encourage anyone to reach out for help. My inbox is always open to anyone who wants someone to open up to.
9. What is next for you?
I’m hoping to have my next book out by New Year’s and then two or three more out in 2016. I’m also looking forward to hopefully go to a few book signings in the future.
10. End with a favorite quote.
”Let’s go to Neverland and never come back til forever ends.” - Peter Pan