Interview with Ashlen Brown

What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind The Secret of Blackjack Woods is exciting because it was inspired by a true encounter my mom and sister had years ago. They were outside at our wooded home when they saw and heard something they really can't explain. The encounter became an intriguing story to tell family, friends, and guests visiting our home. After years of speculation, the story of Charlie was finally formed in my mind. I hope you enjoy!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I have fun telling stories. I enjoy the process of writing and finding out what will happen next! To me, it's almost like reading a story--I want to keep going, and I miss my book friends when I'm not writing. I also love sharing my writing with people who enjoy a fun story.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything to me. Writing is such a personal experience for me, and putting my work out there for the first time was a bit scary! Having people appreciate what I've done is the most rewarding thing, and I really have fun knowing that others had fun with my story.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on the sequel to The Secret of Blackjack Woods. Jim's coming back! It's going to be more adventure and excitement. I have other projects I'm working on, as well. Stay tuned!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to have control over what I published, how it was published, and when it was published. This has been an incredible experience and Smashwords is a great company to help make publishing dreams possible.
Published 2014-01-09.
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Books by This Author

Beyond Blackjack Woods
Series: Blackjack Woods, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,540. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Ever since Jim Thomas found Charlie, he has wanted to help him find his brother and sister. Long shot as it is, he's hopeful, especially with Shawna Pepper and her friends helping. The problem? Charlie's siblings are a couple of the most elusive species on the planet. Still, the humans are trying their best to find the hairy duo.
The Secret of Hoke Farm
Series: Blackjack Woods, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,310. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A year ago, Jim Thomas met Charlie. Now, the Thomas family is enjoying life with their new, hairy family member. But Jim knows that something is still missing from Charlie's life, and he's determined to find it. Are there more like Charlie? All packed up, the family embarks on a journey, with all roads leading to Hoke Farm and Bisby, Texas—a small town with its own big, hairy secret.
The Secret of Blackjack Woods
Series: Blackjack Woods, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,930. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
One summer evening, 12-year-old Jim Thomas is surprised by his mother and sister's account of seeing a mysterious creature in their woods. Is it bigfoot? Thinking there has to be a reasonable explanation, Jim sets upon discovering the truth. In short time, Jim is faced with a being that supposedly doesn't exist. Before long, his new friend is in trouble, and only Jim and his family can save him.