Mark Ash


I was born and bred in Southern England, and live in a fantasy world in the general area of the New Forest, Hampshire. I'm kind of middling: middle height, middle weight, and middle-aged. Over the years I've been owned by animals of various species, both domestic and agricultural. Many of my family have been journalists and writers; my younger daughter has started writing her own books, and her son is already showing promise in his wordcrafting. I'm somewhat of a recluse; I like to remain fairly anonymous as far as my writing is concerned; it helps me to keep my fantasy world and The Real World separate.

I'm one of the many New Forest Commoners – which means that some of the ponies grazing on the New Forest belong to me & my family.

"Mark Ash" is a pseudonym behind which I hide; it's actually a local place name.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I can hardly remember a time when I didn't write. I wrote short stories from a very early age, and my first full-length work was completed when I was fifteen. I tried submitting it to a couple of publishers, and had some constructive comments and compliments from one or two publishers' readers, but neither it nor I was ready for publication. I've had a few factual articles published in specialist magazines (under a different name), but I gave up doing those once I'd said everything I wanted to say. I can't imagine a life without writing, but this is possibly because several of my close relations have been writers. My father wrote and illustrated mini-books just for us when we were children; it wasn't until I was older that I appreciated the real charm of them ("See that sarcophagus; that's my mummy!")
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in England, and when part of my stories takes place on Earth, England is the most likely place for that to happen. I've always felt inspired by the wilder places of Britain, where man has had (or appears to have had) little impact. The mountains of Scotland and Wales, the "wild north" of England (the Yorkshire Fells, Dales and the North York Moors), and those parts of the coast still under the influence of ancient sea spirits, trigger the muse for me. My local wild place – the New Forest – is a permanent source of both relaxation and inspiration; and the sea is the same.
Read more of this interview.


The Horns of Elfland
Epic fantasy aimed at readers aged 15+.
The Unknown Quest
Price: Free!
The Unnamed Blade
Price: $4.99 USD.


The Unnamed Blade
Series: The Horns of Elfland. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 92,700. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Aimed at readers aged 15+. The Children and Farinka embark on the long journey to the Hidden Valley and adulthood, and Nemeth retrieves the Unnamed Blade from its hiding place.
The Unknown Quest
Series: The Horns of Elfland. Price: Free! Words: 82,940. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
For readers aged 15+. Thousands of years ago, one of Sherath’s distant ancestors refused to take on a quest. He's agreed to complete it, but without his full powers that can't be done. Time is running out for his race, and they have been waiting for the saviour and leader, told of in an ancient prophecy, to arrive and help them. But she turns out to be a volatile teenager from modern-day Earth.

Mark Ash's tag cloud

dragons    elves    quest fantasy    unicorns   

Smashwords book reviews by Mark Ash

  • Missing on Aug. 31, 2017

    A very good read! Nicolle shows excellent insight into the complexities of her characters' interactions and the motives which are behind them. Believable, complex characters and a good storyline combine to produce a good book overall. The work is more character-driven than plot-driven, but only by a little way. Nice to find a work in this genre which takes this approach; it's unusual and refreshing. Looking forward to more works by Nicolle: keep up the good work!