Interview with Ashton King

Who are your favorite authors?
This is a tough one. I draw my inspiration from al ot of authors but a few of my favourites are Terry Brooks, especially his Magical Kingdom of Landover series. Anne Bishop and her Black Jewels Trilogy, fellow Canadian Spider Robinson and his Callahans series, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Frost and probably one of my most favourite poets of all, Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My son is my greatest inspiration. He is the one thing that keeps me going, keeps me pushing through ever storm that life throws at me. He is my sunshine and everything wonderful in this world.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend it working, or preferably with my friends and especially my family. My family is the most important thing in the world to me.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I search for a topic or author on my phone. Many times the books (ebook or otherwise) are recommended to me by my mother.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
First poem I ever wrote, absolutely. It's actually included in the book and titled "Suicide" I have written short stories before, one called "The Coffee Shop" That I wrote when I was 15, shortly after my grandmother passed away.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mostly Poetry and Science-fiction/fantasy.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a VERY small town of about 350 people called Manor, in Saskatchewan Canada. It absolutely influenced my writing, small town dynamics are very different from the big city, I was bullied a lot by my peers and had very few friends throughout my childhood, yet at the same time my peers stood up for me and defended me if anyone else were to ever attack me. I always felt safe there, I was able to learn to appreciate silence and wide open spaces and the ability to walk 5 minutes from your home and there not be a soul in sight. It was lonely but very conducive to good writing
When did you first start writing?
When i was 10 years old I began to use poetry as a way to express my anger and depression with the world around me
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to write something that genuinely moves people. Something that makes them happy, or makes them cry.. something that just makes them feel.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1 - The Hunger Games - the situations that the main character overcomes and how she stays strong and brave throughout the whole thing is just amazingly inspiring. I wish I could be more like Katniss Everdeen
2 -The Magical Kingdom of Landover Series - It's just a really fun book and extremely well written by an excellent author.
3 - Graceling Trilogy - Again very well written, beautiful story of overcoming obstacles regardless of the odds.
4 - Callahans Chronicals - This is an excellent book full of crazy and wacky characters and weird situations but they all stick together, they are a family and never abandon each other no matter how bad it gets. They love each other, they share their joys and their pain. it's beautiful and full of puns. I love puns.
5 - War & Peace by Tolstoy - why? Because it's the book my son was named after.
Published 2015-05-13.
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Books by This Author

The Small Things
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 6,700. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Biography
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This is a collection of poetry written by the author, Ashton King. The collection was started with her first poem that she wrote when she was 10 years old. The poetry grows as the author grows, throughout the depressive teen years full of angst and anguish, grief over losing loved ones, to finally accepting yourself in your early twenties and lastly to her current joy in Motherhood.