Ashlee Craft


Ashlee Craft is an author, poet, artist, musician, filmmaker, & photographer. She has written more than 45 books in a variety of genres, & publishes a monthly art & poetry zine called Assemblage. Ashlee is also the CEO of the publishing company Freedom Meadow Media, & has been featured in a segment on Fox News. She can be found writing on her blog, Ashlee Craft's World, creating art, & living by her life-is-a-playground ideology.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The very first story I wrote was a book about talking rabbits and guinea pigs. I wrote this when I was 10 or so, and the finished book was about 40 pages long. Additionally, I had written several short stories around and possibly before that time, and most of my stories at that age were about children my age and the pets they had.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Actually, I don't remember the first book that I ever read. I've always enjoyed reading & being read to. My parents read to me ever since I was a baby. When I was about eight years old, I began reading some juvenile mystery books which I enjoyed very much. From that point on, my love of reading became even more cemented. As far as the impact any particular book has had on me, there wasn't a specific book which I remember made me say "I want to be a writer!" but the Harry Potter series did have a large influence on my early writing.
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Where to find Ashlee Craft online


Creative Fuel!: 65 Projects to Expand Your Creative Horizons
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,670. Language: American English. Published: February 18, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Psychology » Creative ability, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Creativity
In this fun and whimsical book, you'll find 65 ideas for unique and creativity expanding projects that will help you discover your own creative genius and expand your horizons in writing, music, art, photography, and filmmaking. A book of interpretation, there are no right or wrong answers - the results of each project will be entirely up to the artist - and that's you!
Flowers, One
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,060. Language: American English. Published: February 17, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Photography - Photo books
A zine featuring 24 photographs of flowers & three poems from photographer, writer, & zine-maker Ashlee Craft.
A Beautiful Question of Where & When
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,390. Language: American English. Published: February 5, 2016. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Love, Poetry » American poetry » General
it was the fifth of May – I was smiling & you laughed at some joke I told, about the fact that it was raining out – I kissed you on the lips as we walked from the bus station – the storefronts lit up night with neon – watching the moon slowly rising, above the boardwalk & my hand was in yours A Beautiful Question of Where & When is a collection of 42 poems.
Octopus (Wonderful Wildlife, #4)
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 950. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Animals / Marine Life
The octopus is an invertebrate (animal without a spine) and mollusk that has eight arms and large eyes. They are closely related to cuttlefish, squid, and the nautilus. If you are talking about more than one octopus, you can say octopi, octopuses, or octopodes. Learn more about octopuses with this fun book for children ages seven and up.
Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 53,920. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
Radiant is the story of 16-year-old Ally, a girl who hates herself, has a poor body image, and faces bullying and negative parents every day of her life. This is her journey in learning to love herself.
Sunny Days, Rainy Days
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 840. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Read the story of how the Sun learned about why it rains with this cute illustrated book with the message that inside every cloud, there is a silver lining.
Christmas Poems
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 6,280. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2013. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
Christmas Poems is a collection of 32 poems relating to the Christmas season.
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,320. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Animals, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Animals / Jungle Animals
Learn all about sloths in this fun & educational book featuring six original illustrations.
Summer Poetry Art Book
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,750. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2013. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Fine art
In this art book version of Ashlee Craft's poetry book, each poem is accompanied by an original coloring page relating to the poem.
Art Poems - Volume 1
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,750. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2013. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Artists
Art Poems, Volume 1 is a collection of 30 paintings by Ashlee Craft. Every painting is accompanied by an original poem relating to the theme of the painting.
Blossom the Elephant
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 900. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Hello! I'm Blossom the elephant! I love flowers, playing outside, spending time with my family, and reading. I'm so happy to meet you! I know we'll be great friends. Let me tell you about the things I love the most!
The Adventures of Sally the Kiwi
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,790. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
It's the middle of summer break and three kiwi birds - Sally, her best friend Denny, and her little brother James - are bored. When James finds a treasure map under a bush in the backyard, the three friends decide to follow the map and see where it leads. Will the kiwis find what they're looking for?
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,090. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Animals / Endangered, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Animals / Marine Life
Manatees are large, gentle, animals. They are aquatic, which means they live in the water. Manatees spend most of their time traveling, eating, and resting. Learn all about them in this illustrated and educational book.
A Thousand Cranes - Volume 3
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 23,960. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2013. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Poetry » Female authors
A Thousand Cranes - Volume 3 is a collection of 100 poems.
Giant Pandas
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,280. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Animals / Endangered, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Animals / Bears
Giant pandas are large black and white bears with thick, fluffy fur. Their middles, faces, and necks are white, while the rest of them is black. They are mammals, meaning they give birth to live young and they can heat and cool their own bodies. Giant pandas spend most of their time eating and sleeping. Learn more about giant pandas with this illustrated, educational book.
Pressure Point
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,280. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
In this psychological suspense novel, Jenna Andrews, a detective and secret agent, is sent to protect a rich inventor and his family who have been threatened by a mysterious killer known for taking his victims to a warehouse before murdering them. Tortured by her dark past, Jenna is afraid that once more she will fail those who she was sent to protect.
A Thousand Cranes - Volume 2
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 18,520. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2013. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Poetry » Female authors
A Thousand Cranes - Volume 2 is a collection of 100 poems that will inspire your life & brighten your day.
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 52,720. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
Sixteen-year-old Tami has wanted nothing more than to spend a night camping out on an island. When her parents finally agree to let her do this, she is ecstatic. On the way to the island, the ship crashes, leaving Tami as the sole survivor. She takes refuge on an uninhabited island, but her future is uncertain. Will she be able to survive until she is rescued?
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 19,290. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
Hayden, a lonely girl, lives with her aunt and uncle. Her greatest wish is to be able to live with her father again, but every time she asks him, he makes an excuse as to why she cannot. One day, Hayden finds an abandoned puppy, who she names Samantha. From that day on, things will never be the same again. Will Hayden's life change for the better?
Dark Hours
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 49,930. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
It was just after midnight. The hallways of The Singing Bird apartment complex were nearly empty, and a deep silence filled the walls. Suddenly, a scream rang out through one of the rooms in the nearly-vacant apartment building. This scream was followed by an eerie silence, the sinister type of silence which leaves you both wondering and fearing what has just occurred.
A Thousand Cranes, Volume 1
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,980. Language: American English. Published: May 26, 2013. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Poetry » Female authors
A Thousand Cranes, Volume 1 is a collection of 100 poems to inspire you and brighten your life.
Little Bird
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,730. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2013. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Poetry » Female authors
Little Bird is a collection of 58 poems to motivate and inspire you.
Dancing in the Sunlight
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,430. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2012. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Poetry » Female authors
walking into the sunlight & off down the road, the rhythm of my footsteps echoing amongst fields & cities & flowers & the air around me, like music of passionate enthusiasm, the fervor of my heart guiding me from the shadows & into the sunlight ahead / venturing off so that I may find what I've always been looking for Dancing in the Sunlight is a collect of 40 poems.
Four Seasons
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 24,880. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2012. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Poetry » Female authors
A collection of all of the Four Seasons books including nine bonus poems.
New Life, New Day
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,800. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2012. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Poetry » Female authors
New Life, New Day is a collection of 35 poems about celebrating life & the possibilities each day holds.
Summer Hayes & The Idol of Neuworth
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 23,730. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
When teenaged adventurer Summer Hayes finds the Idol of Neuworth, an antique gold sculpture that has been lost for many years, she gets more than she bargained for. Just days after her discovery, her parents are kidnapped and held hostage. To make matters worse, the kidnappers rivals are also after the Idol and will stop at nothing to get it. Will Summer Hayes be able to save her parents in time?
Reflections in the Green Triangle
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,460. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2012. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Poetry » Female authors
Reflections in the Green Triangle is a collection of 36 abstract poems that will stimulate your imagination & lighten your day.
Four Roads to Freedom
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 19,710. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2012. Categories: Poetry » Female authors, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Four Roads to Freedom is a collection of forty-five poems exploring the beauty of life, self expression, and discovering who you are. Open your heart and your mind as you rediscover the magic of your dreams, see the beauty surrounding you, and feel the pure joy of what you can accomplish when you believe in yourself. Dare to dream as you walk down the four roads to freedom & discover your destiny.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,780. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2012. Categories: Poetry » Female authors, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
The sun shines down upon your face as you dance in the field of sunflowers. The smell of freshly mown grass fills the air and the flavor of watermelon lingers in your mouth. You run along the beach, picking up beautiful shells until night falls and you gaze up at the luminous moon and the twinkling stars. Experience the magic and freedom of summer with this collection of 23 poems.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,630. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2012. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
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The air is filled with the sweet aroma of fresh flowers & the sound of new life. The snow is melting, leaving behind puddles of cool water and making way for the joys of spring. Everywhere you look, bright patches of flowers sway in the breeze, seemingly placed there by the paintbrush of an artist. Embrace the new beginning of spring with this collection of 17 poems.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,760. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2012. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
The first snowflake of the season falls gently from the sky, bringing with it the warmth, magic, and joy of the season. When the aroma of pine trees and warm cookies fills the air, you know that the season of giving has returned. Cuddle up by the fire with a cup of hot cocoa and a warm blanket as you enjoy this collection of twenty-five poems.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,500. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2012. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
In her freeform style of writing, Ashlee Craft's second poetry book features poems that let you feel the beauty and coziness of autumn. Let your mind soar with the falling leaves, feel the thrill of the cool air against your skin, then sit down for a feast with the family with this collection of sixteen poems.
The Allure of a Summer Evening
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 20,140. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2012. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Ashlee Craft makes her debut as a poet with this collection of thirty-three poems. Breaking free from the traditional confines of rhyme and meter, Ashlee Craft's poetry explores the rhythm and beauty of words, giving each reader a highly personal interpretation of each poem. Each word is a brush stroke on canvas, allowing the reader to experience poetry like never before.
Strange Occurrences
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 33,110. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Cathy’s dying grandmother tells her about something called “Strange Occurrences”. When Cathy returns home that night, she is thrown into the past by the Strange Occurrences, forced to relive her past and see things from different viewpoints. Through the knowledge she learns on her journey of self discovery, will she be able to overcome the darkness in her life and change things for the better?

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