Interview with Ashley B

What's the story behind your latest book?
The first book you mean *smiles*, for now. No Magic First Spell is actually inspired by a video-game: Low Magic Age. It's a paper inspired DnD based game; made digital on steam, the 3.5 rules I believe. In the world of the game: Magic is "low" and can only be used by the few mages left who know how to use magic. In place of magic though, something else has surfaced that can bring hope to the world. I actually emailed them after writing the first draft; wanting to get permission to make it into a novel, and to be respectful. Not only did they give me permission, they shared it by making a post on their steam page. I'm very grateful and hope to be able to do things like that in the future. I highly recommend playing the game, it's a lot of fun, and for "noobs" like me, they have preset characters to play with.
When did you first start writing?
I'm not sure. I'd like to say I have always loved English, but I don't remember how long I have enjoyed the subject. I hate maths, can't stand the subject. It took me forever to get my Functional Skills Level 1 in maths. But it took me three tries to get my C in English. I'm not ashamed of that, I'm actually very proud. Because it allows me to go to University in October (2017) and study script writing and other areas of film.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in England, Dagenham; near the Heathway, and just a walk from my primary school and a bus to Romford. I think it was the 74 or 75 busses. It wasn't a pleasant place to grow for me, I made a lot of mistakes and went through a lot of bad things to get where I am. But I'm glad they happened, if you knew you might be shocked. It's because of what I went through that I have become the man I am today. I take a lot of things to heart, but my tutor once said I write with a soul; in regards to my script-writing.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I don't have five haha. Sadly, I'm a very fussy reader. It takes a lot for me to pick a book, as I don't like to read just anything. But I do have two: Immortal Champion by Lisa Hendrix and The Black Tattoo by Sam Enthoven. The Immortal Champion is about a cursed immortal viking that finds love. The Black Tattoo is about a young boy who receives a demonic tattoo that gives him supernatural powers. Both have an interesting premise to me, and kept me reading the entire way. The Black Tattoo has an important place for me, as I heard about it as a kid, and didn't read it until I was at college. It took me a while to find it, as I couldn't remember the title of the book; only the story, even then it was vague.
What do you read for pleasure?
Unless it's the rare book (when I can find one I want to read), I like to read Manga. No matter what I read; I like fantasy, action and adventure mostly. I'm really into the medieval age, haven't found a good book that takes place in that time period yet.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Probably my laptop or my phone. I don't own a tablet, nor do I want one.
Describe your desk
Clean, seriously you have no idea. Right now: It's a single bed; my shoes are beside it, one short wooden wardrobe with a single item; an xbox 360 controller to play some PC games with, and a window. Oh, I may have a letter which holds an important document. But that's it. It's nice, and I don't have much to distract me. I actually have a friend who felt really guilty when I showed him a photo, he couldn't believe how empty it is. He's a programmer with a huge PC gaming setup.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I've only just started haha. Before my first short story: No magic First Spell; I was writing scripts and editing videos (whilst at college). So for now I'd say Smashwords. I'm looking into Amazon, but for now I'm writing free short stories, maybe for novels I'll charge a fee. My original plan was to write short stories (and novels) to support my script writing. But after making a Reddit post, I got a lot of hard and brutal advice (but good advice). Which showed me I needed to release some, or all, of my short stories for free. With two chapters potentially free when I get around to writing my first novel.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I'll let you know when it happens haha. Seriously though, I have only just got around to publishing my first short story. I still need to work on my second (which I have planned), and get started on planning my third, and eventually start planning and writing my first novel. So when I start to get an audience, I'll let you know how Smahwords has helped me.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to support my script-writing. Whilst it's my first love, I have started to really enjoy writing short stories, and maybe novels when I get around to it. I always do my best to put my heart into what I write when it matters.
Published 2017-07-24.
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Books by This Author

No Magic First Spell - Short Story
Price: Free! Words: 1,790. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Magic is non-existent, long since faded (with few still holding on). This is the result of a war that has caused magic to cease to be. Through a spark of hope, there may be a chance for magic to blossom again.