Ashley O’Melia was born in Denver but has lived most of her life in Southern Illinois. She of course loves to read, but also enjoys various crafts, gardening, hiking, and spending time with her family and pets.
After writing her first story at about 5 years old, Ashley was hooked. She has been greatly influenced by many authors throughout the years, including Robin McKinley, Douglas Adams, Sarah Addison Allen and Madeleine L’Engle.
When did you first start writing?
I was about five when I wrote my first story. My mom is a writer, so I’m sure that’s where a lot of my inspiration came from. I took one of those mini legal pads and only filled up half a page, but I was so proud of it! I continued with a lot of super short stories in grade school, and wrote a ton of poetry in high school.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Graveside Detective is a mystery, and I wrote it to help solve a mystery of my own. The opening scene of the book, when Claire is at the cemetery and finds the grave of Frank Flanagan, is semi-autobiographical. I really did find a tombstone that intrigued me while I was at a funeral, and it drove me nuts wondering what the guy’s story was. I finally decided that I could write one for him.
In this modern fantasy, Aubrey Goodknight's life is changed when she is put in charge of raising a dragon. While discovering new friends, new creatures, and even a new world, she discovers her true self.
Claire Stevens lived a quiet, introverted life as a writer. That is, until she decided to solve the cold case murder of a man she had never met. Her only clues are the mysterious hints given to her by the dead man himself. Detective work is harder than she imagined, and things are not always what they seem. Claire finds out that a death can change your life.
Simon the spider builds a web, but it is not quite perfect. He enlists the help of his friends to make the web exactly what he wants! Follow Simon on a journey across the valley to find out what will make his web just right.
With brilliant paper-cut images, "Simon's Perfect Web" will delight readers of all ages!