Interview with Ashley Quigley

Published 2014-05-22.
Who are your favorite authors?
I generally read a variety of genres, but I must say I really enjoy Marian Keyes literary style and sense of humour. Heather Grahams mysteries and thrillers are always a good read, and I look out for books from both these authors.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Writing. Plain and simple. Im the type that gets ideas for new books at random or who will be walking down the street and Ill come up with the next plot in my book. A day is never the same for me and the fulfilment I get from putting pen to paper, and then having people actually read my work, is amazing. Im very fortunate that I get to do what I do as my full time job.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Im usually on the beach or in the park with my three dogs. I love spending time on the beach and in the sun.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I dont like to stick to best seller lists only, as I find that there are some fantastic unknown authors out there, whose books just need a chance. I usually scroll through genre lists. Once there, its the title and cover that catch me. Typical, I know, but thats the first thing the eye sees.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes - it was a love story set in Paris. Never published but definitely nurtured my love for writing.
What is your writing process?
I usually jot down ideas in a sketch book as they come to me. More often than not, I will draw a mind map of the plot. This usually changes some as I write the book and the characters develop, but helps me keep the story on track as far as possible.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Not really, but I know as a kid it was the likes of Enid Blyton's The Famous Five and The Magic Faraway series that had me sitting for hours on vacations engrossed in the magical stories. It drew me into a world full of magic and suspense, which definitely developed the love of reading that was already starting to show in me.
How do you approach cover design?
I like bold, hard covers. Something striking. as I am a person who is drawn to covers I like to make sure my books can do the same. I will choose images based on the story line i.e. if there is an image that sums up the story or part of it, thats got me.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I enjoy books that keep me on the edge of my seat. Im a fast reader so I go through books quickly and there is nothing more satisfying that getting to the last chapter of a good old "who done it" mystery and still not knowing who in fact had done it. To me, that is great story telling.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything I can get my hands on really. I like challenging books, but also opt for light hearted, easy to read novels when in the mood.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I own a Kindle.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Social media definitely has had a positive impact I have really enjoyed getting in touch with readers directly and love the hands on approach. Its very rewarding having direct contact with your fans.
Describe your desk
Neat and organised, with shelves of books alongside and above me. Yip, im one of those neat freak, super organised types!
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