Clare Ashton

Biography

Clare Ashton's first novel, Pennance, was long-listed for the Polari Prize and After Mrs Hamilton is a Golden Crown Literary Society (Goldie) award winner. Her first foray into romantic comedy, That Certain Something, was a Goldie and Lambda Literary Award finalist and romance, Poppy Jenkins, is the Rainbow Award winner for Best Lesbian Contemporary and Erotic Romance.

Clare Ashton grew up in Wales and lives in the Midlands with her partner and children.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I scribbled down a multitude of short stories in my twenties. Queer women characters kept cropping up which friends thought was interesting in my 100% straight circle, including me. Fast forward a decade, and I'm living with my wife, (I knew those stories were trying to tell me something) and I caught the writing bug again, this time for a novel that would become After Mrs Hamilton.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Mid-Wales and rolling hills and luscious countryside are written right through me. Characters in my books are always seeking a quiet green idyll, from Pia in the tranquil ruined church of St Dunstan’s in London to the bucolic Welsh setting of Poppy Jenkins.
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Where to find Clare Ashton online

Books

The Goodmans
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 98,180. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
The lovely doctor Abby Hart lives in her dream cottage in the quintessential English border town of Ludbury, home to the Goodmans. But Abby has a secret. Best friend Jude Goodman is the love of her life, and very, very straight. But secrets have a habit of sneaking out, and Abby’s not the only one with something to hide. Life is just about to get very interesting for the Goodmans.
Poppy Jenkins
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 99,890. Language: British English. Published: June 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00 from 1 review)
Two old friends, one hot summer, a whole load of confusion - Poppy Jenkins makes everyone smile. She’s the heart of Wells, a beautiful village in mid-Wales, leaving light and laughter in her wake. But she’s the only gay in the village and it’s a long time since she kissed a girl. But could everything change when her old BFF arrives?
That Certain Something
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 59,940. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Love or money? Follow the head or heart? Pia and Cate seem to be flip sides of a coin. But when they meet, they definitely have that certain something, and these questions aren't so simple after a night like theirs in a summer London. An irresistible couple, a charismatic city, a priceless supporting cast - That Certain Something is a sparkling romcom from Goldie award winner Clare Ashton.
After Mrs Hamilton
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 102,720. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
(5.00 from 1 review)
Clo leads a loveless life as an escort for older women. Laura is locked in a safe marriage, but longs to break out and find the parents she never met. Two women enter the lives of these friends and Clo and Laura’s secrets, and those of the generation before, begin to unravel. Set in London and Oxfordshire, After Mrs Hamilton is an intricate tale of sex, secrets and obsession.
Pennance
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,110. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Lucy is haunted by the death of her partner, Jake, and lives in fear and reclusion. She lives in an introverted village in Cornwall called Pennance, and is surrounded by Jake's family and memories of him. She feels guilty about his death and thinks someone is out to get her in retribution. Relief appears to come when a new neighbour, Karen, enters her life, but is that when the real threat begins?

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