Interview with Ashley Douglass

Why use story telling as a form of expression?
I naturally feel compelled to write stories. It is my natural response to boredom. Writing is simply what I do and what I have always done. When I was little I used to devise lengthy adventures for my plastic figurines which I would tot around the house. Sofas would be transformed into mighty mountain ranges and armrest would become sheer cliffs were epic confrontations took place. To me, writing is the adult version of these childish impulses.
I try to filter my creativity, distilling my core ideas and doing away with meaningless action, but I regress at times though I promise that at the core of every book that I publish there is an idea that I believe needs to be told, an idea that justifies the action packed nonsense that often fills the pages. I believe that people learn from experience so a story is the second best teaching utensil because an author can eliminate unrelated events and exaggerate ideas to their extremes to prove a point.
What inspires you to write?
I am inspired when I feel as if I gained new insight on an issue that has been troubling me. I have to admit that I am inspired by the same sort of ideas. Ever since my senior year in high school I have been wondering what sort of lifestyle I would likely live in the future. Who do I want to be and how will I become one with the vision that I hold of myself.
Since most of my books were written at the end of high school and the beginning of college these ideas keep cropping up in various forms, unifying my books core ideas, which all of their plots are abstractly derive from.
Who are you as a person?
In see myself as a dreamer with high improbable goals. I want to be recognized for my ideas. I want to be an established author, a neuroscientist, a person with the freedom to explore one's own ideas. I want to wake up in the morning inspired and I want to have the freedom to act on those ideas.
I know it is unlikely that I will achieve all of my goals or any of them at all so I am constantly conflicted. I am bound by nearly unshakable limitations that dull my enthusiasm but I keep on dreaming of possibilities that I can scarcely imagine.
I write in a desperate effort to convince myself that I can overcome the inherent challenges that I will surely face in the future. My books are my inspiration to never give up even when faced with the incredible likelihood of failure.
What are you working on next?
My next book is The Residue of Ancient Magic, which is about a war that is being waged against powerful beings that possess incredible powers that violate the laws of nature. The King has send hunting parties to snuff them out of existence but his efforts only enrages them further. Word of these magical beings seem to have been reduced to drunken rumors in places when a girl joins forces after learning that she too is receptive to magic's mysterious presence.
What genre do you favor?
I like writing fantasy and science fiction books with high action and strong adventure components though I try not to write the same book twice. I experiment with plotlines. Sometimes I place a heavy focus on characters, other times time I focus more heavily on the number of action scenes so my books often have different strengths and weakness. I am even thinking of writing a book solely in second-person. Experimenting with plotlines is half the fun because it is a mental challenge and it makes my books distinctively different from one another. I believe this broadens my audience, bringing together, the people who prefer a slower story with well-developed characters and those that prefer an unpredictable book where danger seems to lurk around every corner.
Published 2013-09-16.
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Books by This Author

The Paradoxical Nature of Knowledge
Price: Free! Words: 46,340. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Will science’s lifelong study of causal relationships ever yield the answer that humanity has been eagerly awaiting since the dawn of time: why? In a time when life’s deepest mysteries have been solved, a young girl comes about who is capable of reprograming military grade weaponry with her mind. Despite the scientists efforts her abilities force them to question what they truly know.
The Creatures that History Forgot
Price: Free! Words: 44,630. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
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A civilization of unknown creatures battle for scraps, living in humanity’s shadow, when their leader is fatally wounded on one of her dangerous expeditions. Kyzudo must prove herself as a warrior or her society may fall into chaos as traditions, that benefit the people, are abandoned. Kyzudo seeks a solution within the world of humans, seeing our familiar world with new eyes.