Interview with Ashlyn Forge

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
thinking about writing...
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
word of mouth or stumble upon them.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was a very poor story back in jr. high school which my teacher essentially laughed in my face about once I finally worked up the courage to ask her for some feedback.
What is your writing process?
dump everything out, rewrite and dump everything out again. then rewrite and start reconstructing it. then beta readers once it's done. then rewrite again, reconstructing it, beta readers, revise, betas, tweak/revise, development editor, reread, beta, line edit, proofread, betas again.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
the first story I ever read was "The wind in the willows" and I'm still recovering...
How do you approach cover design?
I ask my cover designer and she advises me. I always start out with an idea in my head, however.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Mort: Terry Pratchett, Wyrd Sisters: Terry Pratchett, the animal farm, sneeches on beaches, Of Mice and Men
Describe your desk
Cluttered and old.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The best part of writing is when a story just comes together. Even if you struggle with it here and there, when it just falls into place, there is nothing like it.
What are you working on next?
I am working on Eorsions (book 5 which is a standalone) then I will work on book 2.
Why are your books published out of order?
The series itself does have a connection, stories connect but it was written to be read in any order at all. That way a reader does not have to feel compelled to start at number 1. Each book does have elements or storylines from the others but nothing that will spoil the other books. Also, the books each focus on one aspect of the Colony, and the story fits together like a puzzle. They can be read in order or out of order. The only book 1-3 must be read together since they are a set. Same goes for 5, and 6 (they are a set pair).

1-3 (Liam's story)
4 (Johann)
5-6 (Galen)
7 (Met)

I hope readers will give them all a go.
Published 2013-10-06.
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