John Ashley is a second year mechanical engineering student at Harding University. When he's not there, he lives with his family and rambunctious dog Cotton on an apple orchard in Western Arkansas. With an imagination that would surely explode if he did not tell his stories to someone, John Ashley enjoys everything from ghost stories around a campfire to writing science-fiction novels. He is currently hard at work promoting the recently released finale to the Xavier Series, The Lost Tribe.
You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or learn more about his work at www.scrollsofxavier.com.
When did you first start writing?
I think the furthest back I can remember showing an interest in writing fiction was about ten years old. Even at that age I can remember telling my mom and dad that I was going to publish a book one day, and I had started on several before losing interest. At twelve years old, I began writing The Scrolls of Xavier--the first novel I would go on to publish four years later. Of course it endured so many rewrites along the way that I don't think there are more than a few surviving sentences that I wrote when I was twelve, but I'm still happy to have got such an early start on my writing career.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first book I ever sat down and read cover to cover was Rakkety Tam by Brian Jacques. It was a whimsical, adventurous story about small woodland creatures who built castles, carried medieval weaponry, and had to defend themselves against evil creatures such as foxes and weasels. After reading Rakkety Tam, I went on to read every other book in the Redwall series and fell in love with storytelling along the way. Those books provided the spark my imagination needed, and it was from that point forward that I knew I wanted to be a writer.
In order to shed light on the ominous secrets of the planet Xavier997, Captain Michael Dawn must lead a joint-operations mission across its globe in search of five ancient relics that are guarded by the deadliest creatures in the universe.