Interview with John Ashley

When did you first start writing?
I think the furthest back I can remember showing an interest in writing fiction was about ten years old. Even at that age I can remember telling my mom and dad that I was going to publish a book one day, and I had started on several before losing interest. At twelve years old, I began writing The Scrolls of Xavier--the first novel I would go on to publish four years later. Of course it endured so many rewrites along the way that I don't think there are more than a few surviving sentences that I wrote when I was twelve, but I'm still happy to have got such an early start on my writing career.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first book I ever sat down and read cover to cover was Rakkety Tam by Brian Jacques. It was a whimsical, adventurous story about small woodland creatures who built castles, carried medieval weaponry, and had to defend themselves against evil creatures such as foxes and weasels. After reading Rakkety Tam, I went on to read every other book in the Redwall series and fell in love with storytelling along the way. Those books provided the spark my imagination needed, and it was from that point forward that I knew I wanted to be a writer.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love having the ability to create entire worlds inside my head. I think on them constantly, dream about them, shape and mold them just like a creator would a real universe, and I try to transfer as many of those details as possible into my stories. Writing allows me to immerse myself into worlds of my choosing as well as sharing those worlds for others to enjoy. Just like reading, writing is a wonderful escape into a new, exciting reality.
What are you working on next?
Having completed the Xavier Series, I'm going to take the opportunity to try my hand at the horror genre. Currently, I am working a novel that's tentatively titled The Skins, and I'm hoping to publish it within the year. After this, I plan to start another science-fiction series that is loosely tied to the Xavier Series called Darker Dimensions. It will be the second series in a four part plan that really tells the full story of a fictional, future timeline of humanity.
Any Last Words?
No last words, but just farewell for now. So long as there are stories left swirling in my mind, I'm going to be writing them down and broadcasting them to the world. In that regard, I don't think readers will have to hear a last word from me for a very long time to come.
Published 2015-03-05.
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Books by This Author

The Scrolls of Xavier (Science Fiction/Adventure) (Xavier Series Book 1)
Series: Xavier Series. Price: Free! Words: 88,570. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
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In order to shed light on the ominous secrets of the planet Xavier997, Captain Michael Dawn must lead a joint-operations mission across its globe in search of five ancient relics that are guarded by the deadliest creatures in the universe.