Pushcart Prize nominee Ash Krafton is a speculative fiction author whose work has been featured in Bete Noire, Niteblade Fantasy and Horror, and Red Penny Papers. She's the author of the Demimonde trilogy (Pink Narcissus Press), various titles including WORDS THAT BIND through The Wild Rose Press, and several volumes of poetry and short fiction. Ms. Krafton resides in the heart of the Pennsylvania coal region, where she keeps the book jacket for "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" in a frame over her desk. Visit www.ashkrafton.com to learn more about her books and upcoming appearances.
She also write New Adult speculative fiction as AJ Krafton. Her debut novel THE HEARTBEAT THIEF will be available in mobi format in June 2015 with worldwide release to follow in September.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
An English teacher. My seventh grade English teacher said DON'T YOU DARE. (Yes, she really did speak in all caps. It really kept the middle-school boys in line) Although she’s actually read my books, I thinks she’s still relieved I went to pharmacy school. Parochial school teachers didn't really earn a King's wage back in the eighties.
How did you start writing?
I began writing as a form of cheap therapy. *grin* I have a high-pressure job that was becoming increasingly stressful…so I did the sane thing and retreated inwardly. I've always had a literary soul (my mom has a stack of my writing from when I was in school.) Going back to writing was a natural thing and it really helped me to focus and enjoy my time off.
I ended up writing passages and scenes from a fantasy that eventually became a novel-in-progress. But it wasn't serious. It was, like I said, cheap therapy. Then I got the idea for BLEEDING HEARTS—and the whole game changed. I was serious about this project and, with the support of my family, I worked on that project until it was a candidate for publication.
The "short stuff" as I call it, is the result of a mishmash of things—some of it I wrote to combat writer's block, other things I wrote to express ideas that didn't fit into my novel writing. I also began to explore traditional forms of poetry—sestinas, villanelles, ghazals—because the mixture of meter and cadence and line count and rhyme is a decidedly scientific thing. It helps keep my left brain happy.
That the short stuff has ever been worthy of recognition still blows my mind.