Interview with Ash Litton

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh, yes, and it was horrible. But that's what being a kid is all about. I got into writing through, and I used to have some *really* cliché stereotypes and tropes. But hey, I learned from the experience, and I got better. So here I am, more than fifteen years later, turning out quality published works.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
"The Beast From The East" by R. L. Stein was the first book I read cover to cover, and it taught me that the strange and unusual didn't have to be scary, it just had to be fun. Most of my stories are that way because it -- I try to take strange or unusual things and spin them so they're interesting and engaging.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Aside from doing my day job, I edit, draw, paint, crochet, knit, sew, woodwork, sculpt . . . you get the idea. I like being crafty, and so long as I have an outlet for my craftiness, I always have something to spend my time on.
What is your writing process?
It's different for every story. Sometimes I start out with just an image in my head of a character, and from there I sketch the character out, ask them questions, watch their movements, do a thorough study to figure out who and what they're about. The story usually comes from there. Other times, I'll have a vivid dream that I write down and use it to form the basis of a flash fiction that will be expanded from there into a larger work (be it a short story, novella, or novel).
How do you approach cover design?
I start out by picking elements from the story, then I search images to see if anything inspires me. I like to do my own covers since I can, so I want to make sure that whatever I chooses strikes a chord with what's in my head so I can properly translate it from brain to paper. The rest is just sketching it all out.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Deep Trouble by R. L. Stein, as my sister read it aloud to me when we were kids; The Beast From The East by R. L. Stein, as it was the first book I ever read on my own cover to cover; Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card was the first book I read in a day/in one sitting; The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald I read because I was told *not* to read it; and Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, because it made me fall in love with both of their works.
Describe your desk
Chaotic mess of things I need a larger desk to sustain.
What do you read for pleasure?
Science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance -- just about anything that'll step outside of Just Us Humans and allow us to look at the world (or universe) differently.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Rural West Virginia, where it's beautiful but isolated. Makes you start to think about the things that could be hiding on the other side of the hills that you never knew were there.
Published 2015-02-01.
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