Ash Krafton

Biography

USA Today Best-Selling Author and 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 (BLEEDING HEARTS, BLOOD RUSH, and WOLF'S BANE), WORDS THAT BIND (The Wild Rose Press), and several volumes of poetry and short fiction. Most recently, she's working on a new urban fantasy series, The Demon Whisperer. CHARM CITY (Book 1) was released in August 2016; the sequel, MURDER THE LIGHT, came out May 2017. A prequel, STRAITJACKETS AND HOLY WATER, is forthcoming. Currently, she's writing TAKIN' IT BACK, an urban fantasy about a girl who works as the "repo man" for her dad's magical pawn shop. It will be released in November 2017 as part of a boxed set collection.

She also writes for upper YA audiences (originally under the pen name "AJ Krafton"). Her debut novel, an historical fantasy titled THE HEARTBEAT THIEF, is a little bit Jane Austen, a little bit Edgar Allan Poe, and a whole lot about stealing heartbeats to stay young and beautiful forever.

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.

Smashwords Interview

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.
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Books

Murder the Light: The Demon Whisperer #2
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,850. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Murder the Light: The Demon Whisperer #2... When Simon Alliant's partner is abducted, he sets out to get her back, come Hell or high heels. He doesn't realize he's in for a little of both.
Wolf's Bane: Book Three of the Demimonde
Series: The Books of the Demimonde. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 104,200. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
The thrilling conclusion to Ash Krafton's Demimonde series! In Wolf's Bane, Sophie's destiny to save her beloved Demivampire is derailed when the King of Werekind comes to town, entangling her in a destiny of his own.
Blood Rush: Book Two of the Demimonde
Series: The Books of the Demimonde. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 95,030. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
The Demimonde Trilogy by Ash Krafton picks up with book two, Blood Rush: Sophie doesn't believe in happily ever after. These days, she'd settle for alive after sunrise.
Bleeding Hearts: Book One of the Demimonde
Series: The Books of the Demimonde. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 94,580. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
An advice columnist-turned-oracle must save her Demivampire lover from the fate that threatens each of his race: evolution and the destruction of his soul.
Charm City (The Demon Whisperer #1)
Series: The Demon Whisperer. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 50,160. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Meet Simon Alliant. Call him exorcist. Call him master of the dark arts. Call him dime-store magician. Most names don't matter...not when Hell already knows yours.
The Heartbeat Thief
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 83,350. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Historical » Victorian
Haunted by a crushing fear of death, a young Victorian woman discovers the secret of eternal youth--she must surrender her life to attain it, and steal heartbeats to keep it. The latest in historical fantasy from Ash Krafton...It's a little bit Jane Austen, a little bit Edgar Allan Poe, and a whole lot of stealing heartbeats in order to stay young and beautiful forever.
Tales of the Demimonde
Price: Free! Words: 12,820. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Tales of the Demimonde is a collection of short works based on the urban fantasy trilogy "The Books of The Demimonde" by USA Today bestselling author Ash Krafton. Sophie Galen is saving the world, one damned person at a time. The advice columnist-turned-oracle must save her Demivampire lover from the fate that threatens each of his race: evolution and the destruction of his soul...

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