Interview with Ashley Varner

What are your five favorite books, and why?
It's so hard to pick just five. "White Oleander" by Janet Fitch had a lasting impression that I'll never forget. I tend to read a lot of series. The "In Death" series by J.D. Robb is one of my absolute favorites. All my favorite books are probably somewhere in there.
What do you read for pleasure?
Everything. I read a lot of mysteries, young adult, adventure, and throw in some romance occasionally.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Honestly, I'm a print girl but I have a Nook that I use a lot as well.
Describe your desk
My desk is a mess. It has bookshelves above it that house my favorite collections as well as a bunch of little knickknacks and post-it notes. It's a catch-all.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I'm from a small town in Oklahoma and I think that definitely has had an impact on my writing. I tend to find ways to include little country moments in my writing. There's so much that happens in small towns, we kind of have our own time. Life is just a little bit slower.
When did you first start writing?
I will give credit to my 6th grade reading teacher. She told me I should be an author after she read some of my stories for an assignment and that stuck with me through the years. I haven't spoken to her since but she definitely kickstarted my love of writing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Taking nothing more than a simple idea and some words then creating something bigger.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a novel and a children's series.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to make things. I spend a lot of time with a crochet hook and some yarn. I also enjoy coloring, reading, binge watching TV shows, and petting cats.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember a book that my mother read to me. I don't remember the title or character names or anything like that but I remember that it was about being an outcast. I can remember the town shunned this character and labeled her a witch, they didn't want any of the children going near her. I honestly do not remember anything else. I can't tell you how it ends or anything more but for some reason that stuck with me. It made me realize that people often judge and react before they know anything about you as a person. I believe it made me aware of how I want to treat others, how I want to include them.
Published 2017-05-28.
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Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 2,750. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Arbitrary is a collection of 3 short stories ranging in genre from drama to science fiction. With such a diverse selection and each tale bringing a new plot with new characters, it's a delightful adventure.