This week we have the lovely but completely insane professional daydreamer Ashley Torbeck! Please give her a warm welcome!
Well, I have a couple of bios up, between my Amazon page, my website, my Facebook page, and a few others. But one of the more prominent facts is that I’m completely insane, and I embrace that insanity. Lol! Basically I’m an avid reader and writer, sarcasm specialist, professional daydreamer, and part-time mommy to three fur-babies.
When did you start writing and why?
I think I started writing in the womb…kidding, but I’ve always loved writing. From the moment I first learned to write my name I have loved the art of the written word. I wrote a few things in school, and of course I always did well in English classes, but my biggest fear was letting other people read my work. When I finally decided it was time to publish, I had to get over that fear quick, and now, I love hearing people critique my work. It doesn’t hurt my feelings for someone to tell me I did something wrong or part of the story needs improvement, because otherwise, I’ll never grow. Of course, I love the positive comments too!
If you are a parent how does being a parent affect your writing and writing habits? Or does it?
My kids have fur, tails, and walk on all fours, so I guess it hasn’t affected my writing or habits too much. Except for when we first got our Husky pup, he was very demanding and I had to take him out to potty once an hour for several months to get him housebroken…that made writing a little difficult, to say the least. Oh, and every now and then I have to remember to feed them. Usually the cats paw at my face until I get off my butt and get them food, though.
Who is your favorite author and why?
Stephen King. I know, I know, not very insightful, this is someone everyone knows and a lot of people claim to want to be, but I don’t think I want to BE him, just meet him. Pick his brain. He teeters on a level of insanity I can only hope to one day achieve.
What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?
Honestly, I write because I love it, and because I want to give people something to enjoy. I don’t expect to become rich and famous, I’m most likely not going to touch the lives of anyone, I’ll probably never make the headlines of a national or global newspaper, and I’ll never own a beach house in Malibu. Though it would be nice to be able to pay all the bills with writing, so my husband doesn’t have to work quite so much and we can still live comfortably.
Traditional or Self publishing? Why?
I decided on self-publishing, not because I didn’t think my work was good enough for traditional publishers, but because I was far too impatient to stress over a query, send it off, wait 6-8 months, get a no, then repeat the process dozens more times. It’s not as common to get a yes from an agency or publisher right away, and in my short experience, it took far too long to be declined before I could pursue more options. So I decided on self-publishing, and I’m incredibly happy with it. That’s not to say that in the future, I won’t consider traditional publishing, because I probably will. But on the flip side, I’m so grateful to have gained the experience of being an indie author and joining the indie community, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
Talk about your journey into the wide world of publishing.
Well, not much more to tell that I haven’t already babbled on about, really, lol! I had written my first book, Daughters of Night: Sanctuary, in around a year, and I waited a while before making the decision to publish it. After playing the waiting game and spending several weeks I finally got my first declination letter, and realized it was taking too long. A friend gave me some information on publishing via createspace.com and KDP, as well as a few ideas to help boost sales, and within 3 days of making the decision to self-publish, I was a published author. I’ve since published a second book, Daughters of Night: Possession, and am working on the third in the series, Daughters of Night: Tribulation.
Tell us about your book (s)
Daughters of Night is currently a 3 book series, following Carmen, your typical teenage girl, and Gaviyn, your atypically undead heartthrob. Gaviyn saves Carmen from another horrible death by changing her into a vampire. Suddenly, she’s thrown into this world of vampires that she never knew existed, and to make matters worse, she’s a witch. Now armed with witchcraft and vampire powers, she’s the most powerful creature on Earth. And in more danger than ever before. The series follows her as she is forced into impossible situations, bloody battles, and a nightmarish possession by a powerful demon, all while trying to protect those she loves. An interesting twist in Possession complicates matters as she’s forced to fight for the life of the only being now more powerful than her-her son. The third book is gruesome as Carmen races to save not only her son but her soul mate too, and this time, not everyone makes it out alive.
What inspired you to write these books (or in this genre)?
Someone wiser than I am once said you should write about what you know. Well, for me, that happens to be a wide variety of Young Adult Paranormal books. And some Stephen King, but I’ll take that challenge when I’ve honed my craft a bit more. I love reading Young Adult books, I love anything Paranormal, and it just made sense that I would write what I love.
Tell us why we should love or hate your main character?
There are really two main characters, but Carmen is the one in the spotlight. Carmen is someone most girls can relate to at some point, she was an average girl who overnight became this stunning goddess-like woman with powers a lot of girls wouldn’t mind. Like the power of seduction, using sexuality and compulsion to force your will and make things go your way. Then as we follow her through the story, the reader feels the need to cheer her on, pulling for her to win the battles and save her family, and do it all while still having morals and self-respect. What’s not to love?
Do(es) your book(s) have a soundtrack?
Haha, a soundtrack…well, I had a bit of a soundtrack for the characters in Possession. They each had their own theme song, in a way, a song that when I wrote the story from their perspective or when I wrote about them, it would make me feel like the character and put me in the mood that I would imagine them in. For the rest of the books, it’s more of a compilation of some of my favorite songs that stay on repeat and shuffle. I do have a few play lists that are for a specific mood or genre, like Rock Songs, “Breakup/Sad Songs,” “Feel-Good Music,” and others of the like.
You can pick up a copy of her books at any one of these fine retailers!
Sanctuary US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009372F4K
Possession US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ASBZ0JM
Sanctuary UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B009372F4K
Possession UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00ASBZ0JM
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