Interview with Ash Night

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm an avid reader, as most authors are. Some of my favorites include Demon in my View by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, The Vampire Diaries by L.J Smith (hardcore Delena fan!), Twilight by Stephanie Myers, and anything by Edgar Allan Poe. I also love to camp, like pitch-a-tent-style camping. I enjoy playing video games too. I pride myself in training my pokemon. Pikachu is and always will be my favorite pokemon!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember very clearly. I was eleven and had discovered a fanfiction site. I love an anime called One Piece and wanted to write a story about my favorite character, Sanj, so I got out a green spiral notebook and wrote on my bedroom floor for at least an hour. My first story was four pages long. I still have that notebook tucked in a drawer in my room.
When did you first start writing and how did you decide on publishing?
I first starting writing when I was eleven. A year later, my 6th grade Language Arts teacher, who had read some of my short stories, asked if I'd ever considered publishing my work. That day changed my life forever. I kept writing and learning everything I could about grammar and, by eighth grade, I was ready to start looking for an agent to represent me. My senior year of high school, I wrote an essay on traditional publishing vs self-publishing. Up until then, I was completely against self-publishing. I'd only heard horror stories about it. After researching it for the essay, I was more open to it. I was intrigued by having more control over my work. Since then, I've really enjoyed my decision to self-publish.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I absolutely love the feeling I get of being so completely entranced in my writing that I don't notice two hours fly by. That feeling is the greatest feeling in the world.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean the world to me. I couldn't be where I am today without their support. I would be happy to sign anything for them or answer any questions they have about me or my writing. I owe them so much.
Published 2015-03-27.
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