Interview with Ashley James

What do you read for pleasure?
I love ya and fantasy. They are my favorite. I also love to read books that help me become a better writer
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle
Describe your desk
I love Audrey Hepburn. She is such an inspiration. I have pictures of her, I have quotes from her and from her movies on my walls and on my desk. I also love Tinker Bell, so I have a tinker bell mouse pad and the fairies from all her movies on my desk as well.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a tiny town in Eastern Washington. One of my books actually takes place there.
When did you first start writing?
I wanted to write since I was in my early teens. I always wrote poems and short stories. After I had kids, I put it all on the back burner. I became a massage therapist and owned my own business. Due to health reasons, I had to quite and a friend of mine encouraged me to start writing since I was not able to work away from home. I published my first book on my birthday in 2017.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is about my 3 boys. They are taking over the fairytale world. I am really excited about it. They got to make their own characters and are going to help me with it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I did a lot of research and I wanted my books to reflect me and not someone else.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For my children's books, I love that I get to give my autistic son a voice and outlet to share his story. For my ya books, I just love to create new places and people.
What are you working on next?
I will be finishing up the 3rd book in the series "Secrets of Ullumia"
Who are your favorite authors?
I love Chanda Hahn, Marissa Meyer, and Melissa Marr
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My boys. They are my whole world
Published 2018-01-05.
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Books by This Author

Trappings of Youth
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 51,410. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Isabella and Ashlyn discover they are rare witches known as Caligaries. Having to hide what they did, they go their separate ways, never speaking to each other and never using magic. 10 years go by, and now something, or someone wants them back together. Will they be able to fight this evil that is forcing them to use the one thing they swore they would never use again?
Secrets of Ullumia: The Past Revealed
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 18,020. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
While Jason searches for Allison with the help of Officer Bailey, he recalls the first time they met, hoping to reveal some clues into her disappearance. Serene just discovered who she is. Now she must learn how to control her powers in order to defeat Makara and take back her land. Will she be able to control the magic or will it control her and turn her evil.
Secrets of Ullumia
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 17,540. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Serene ran from a past she couldn't face. She made herself a new life, a new name, and fell in love. Knowing we can never escape our past, Serene is thrown back into her world. Now she has to face the people she abandoned and the evil that threatens her land. As she prepares to fight the battle of her life, she must first remember how this evil came to be.